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ESADE (Barcelona) belongs to the university sector of the Spanish Province, but has a projection towards the social sector. An example of this projection is the SUD. The SUD is our development cooperation office. Indeed, "SUD" is an acronym for "Servei Universitari per la Desenvolupament", (University Service for development).

The SUD is dedicated to training and sending members of the ESADE community to developing countries to carry out university development cooperation activities. The main programme of the SUD is that of Solidary Professional Practices, in which students from different programs (Grades, Masters of Science, MBA) put their academic knowledge at the service of organizations and communities in countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. In this academic year 2019-2020, around 110 students will spend a minimum of 10 weeks in the field, helping to promote cooperatives, small businesses, microcredit banks, NGOs supporting refugees, law firms, courts, etc. Since its foundation in 2003, more than 700 students have participated in the Solidary Professional Practices Program, contributing to more than 400 projects with more than 250,000 consulting hours, valued at around 6.5 million euros.

A long and intensive preparation

But the SUD experience begins long before fieldwork. Candidates must take various credits in relation to development cooperation, follow a process of personal discernment and selection by the SUD office, and participate in an intensive weekend of final training. In addition, on their return they must present reports on the main personal and professional lessons learned from their stay in the South and meet with the SUD team to integrate their field experience into their vital and professional project.

Iustitia, utilitas, fides and humanitas

It is important to note that the participants will develop their professional activity in the field, because we want them to link work for justice with their profession. We want supportive and responsible professionals: not just professionals who practice solidarity outside their working life. In the terms of the Ledesma-Kolvenbach paradigm, the SUD invites you to relate "iustitia" (engaged) and "utilitas" (competent).

But we also encourage the competencies of fides" (conscious) and "humanitas" (compassionate). Indeed, throughout the formation, on the ground and on the way back, the SUD office accompanies the candidates and cooperators to make a deep discernment in relation to the experience (working motions). It also equips them with forms of meditation and prayer (e.g., Ignatian examination) so that they can live their stay on the ground from inner peace and a deep empathy with the people and communities they have chosen to serve.

SUD programs are open to believers and non-believers, but are deeply Ignatian in inspiration. They therefore constitute a way of making present the mission of the Society of Jesus in a plural environment, in which people of different religious sensibilities live together.

In short, the SUD is working on some of the frontiers to which the Society of Jesus is called: mainly poverty, injustice, dialogue with various forms of belief/belief or the formation of young people.

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