Loyola University Chicago

Melbourne 2015

Expanding the Jesuit Higher Education Network: Collaborations for Social Justice

Frequently Asked Questions

This conference is being organized by Father Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., Secretary for Higher Education for the Society of Jesus and President and CEO of Loyola University Chicago in collaboration with the Jesuit Curia in Rome. The Australian Catholic University is partnering on this conference and assisting with the logistical planning for this event.

An opening reception will be held on Tuesday evening, July 7, 2015. The conference will run from July 8-10 and conclude with a closing banquet dinner on Friday, July 10.

The conference invitation is being sent to Jesuit university/college presidents and directors of Jesuit institutions around the world.

We are hoping to gather about 300 people from around the world for this conference.

For a list of topics being discussed at this conference, please view the Conference Schedule.

For a list of speakers, please view the Speakers page.

Unfortunately, the Father General’s schedule does not permit him to join us in Melbourne in July 2015. However, a video welcome with remarks by the Father General is being created this year and will be featured at the beginning of the conference the morning of Wednesday, July 8.

For a detailed agenda, please view the Conference Schedule page.

The dress code for this conference is clerical attire or business casual (suits and ties for the men and suits for the women are not required).  Jeans and/or sneakers would not be appropriate dress for this conference.

We anticipate that wi-fi access will be available at the Australian Catholic University.  Additional information regarding wi-fi will be available soon.

Light continental breakfasts, buffet lunches, as well as a reception on Tuesday evening and dinners on Wednesday and Friday evenings are included in your registration fee.  Dinner on Thursday, July 9, is not included.

Your spouse/partner is of course welcome to join you in traveling to Melbourne. The conference, however, is open to the invited individuals as detailed in question number 3.

We cannot refund any part of the registration fee after Friday, June 5, 2015.

Hotel information will be availabe on this website by mid- to late-December. Please check back at that time, and you can make your hotel reservations using a link that will be provided here.

A limited number of vouchers may possibly be available. Please see the Vouchers page for more information.

Yes, please do so.  Travel arrangements should be made directly by conference attendees.  You will want to arrive in Melbourne in time to check-in before the Tuesday, July 7, opening reception.

All visitors to Australia need a visa (only New Zealand nationals are exempt).  Many European passport holders are eligible for a free eVisitor visa, allowing stays in Australia for up to three months within a 12-month period.  eVisitor visas must be applied for online at www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/evisitor.htm.  Passport holders from eight countries that are not part of the eVisitor program—Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and the USA—can apply for either a visitor of business ETA at www.eta.immi.gov.au.  For additional information, please visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship at www.immi.gov.au.

In filling out your visa paperwork, please use this name and contact information as a local contact:

Ms. Malou Guevarra-Leone
Project Officer, IFCU 25th General Assembly/Jesuit Higher Education Conference/Presidents’ Roundtable
Office of the Provost
Australian Catholic University
Level 8 (West), 250 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne Vic
Locked Bag 4115, Fitzroy MDC, Fitzroy Vic 3065
Phone: +61 3 9953 3960

July is winter in Australia.  For typical weather patterns and updates, please visit the Australian Bureau of Meteorology at www.bom.gov.au/vic/forecasts/melbourne.shtml.

To register, please go to the Registration page.

The conference registration fee is $100 per person.

Conference reservations must be made by Wednesday, April 1, 2015.  **Please note that discounted hotel room rates for this conference will only be available until Friday, April 3, 2015.**

Registrations must be made online with the full payment of $100 using a credit card.

In order to secure a spot to attend this conference, your registration fee of $100 must be submitted electronically at the time you register.  Individuals interested in attending this conference cannot register now and pay later, but rather payment is due at the time of registration.

Conference check-in will take place at Australian Catholic University beginning at noon on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Additional information regarding check-in will be sent to all registered attendees in advance of the conference.

The most updated information about this conference, including an updated list of speakers and any changes to the daily conference schedule, will be available on this website.

Currently we plan to record some, but not all, of the conference speeches. Additional information will be available here soon.

The conference speeches will be simultaneously interpreted into English, French and Spanish.

If you have a question that was not answered here, please contact Lorraine Snyder at lsnyde2@luc.edu and she will follow up with you directly.