Promoted by the Focolare Movement, the Institute was erected by the Holy Seee by decree of the Congregation for Catholic Education on the 7th of December 2007.
It offers a master’s degree in “Foundations and Perspectives of a Culture of Unity” – a two-year course duration – and a corresponding doctoral degree.
The institute was born from an intuition of Chiara Lubich who, ever since she was a young woman, longed to delve into studies in search of the truth. For this reason she enrolled in Philosophy at the University of Venice. But the Second World War came and destroyed the plans she had made for herself, and she was not able to pursue her studies.
Her search for truth was illuminated by the Gospel, and, through historical events, it led her along a way of active love for God and for neighbour.
The history of the Institute originates in her experience of knowledge through love and still today, this is the main characteristic of the Focolare Movement’s approach to the field of culture and study.