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On Monday 20th November the second Steering Committee of the HEST project (Higher Education for Social Transformation) took place, with the collaboration of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas.

The meeting was presided over by Father Franck Janin, President of the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials, and was attended by the two coordinators of the seven research groups that make up the project, together with Father Peter Rozic, delegate of the Social Apostolate in Europe, Father Jaime Tatay representing the Cultural Journals in Europe, and the two coordinators of the project: José Carlos Romero and Iciar Villacieros.

The meeting had two distinct parts: The morning was mainly dedicated to present the progress of the project in this first year of its life. It was highlighted that the 7 groups have already been formed and are in the process of defining their respective action plans for the next two years; plans that, in addition to including the research activity of any academic project, will also include a programme of advocacy activities related to the study topic.

After updating the situation of the project, the afternoon was devoted to working on the social transformation dimension that HEST intends to address. The coordinators proposed a working group session, which consisted of answering two questions:

1. What does social transformation mean for my own discipline?
2. What actions aimed at this social transformation can I foresee that could be carried out in the context of the project?

After that time of work, we concluded the session with a sharing of the reflections that each group had made, followed by some practical questions and a final evaluation.

Finally, after saying goodbye to some assistants, the rest of the group celebrated the Eucharist in the chapel of the Mag+s office and continued with a dinner at the Mandela Restaurant.

This second HEST Executive Committee was a wonderful occasion to confirm that the project is slowly but firmly established on the horizon of the collaborative work of the intellectual apostolate of our Conference. And that is something to be congratulated and thanked for.

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