Instructional Objectives12 May 2017 / 17:32 hrs
1) A vision motivated by the dignity and centrality of the human person. The dignity of the person does not consist in what they own or produce but in the person itself. Every person is a creature of God, is able to know the truth and to freely search for the good, and is meant to find fullness in Jesus Christ. Its centrality means that everything in the social life has the human person as center and tends toward the comprehensive good of the person as its goal.
2) A profoundly human and social vision of the profession. Professional work, besides being a means to develop your own gifts and potential and to solve with dignity the needs of your own family, shall contribute to the common good of society.
3) A critical view of cultural development. Every age in history is in a way the result of a long cultural evolution. Therefore, a critical knowledge of this evolution and how it has branded our own time and culture -with its positive and negative aspects- allows people to be a better part of the surrounding and to work more efficiently.
4) An ultimate meaning of life. Human beings have been created to love and reach God and thus material goods - even though necessary - do not fully satisfy their thirst for happiness. This conviction must make any professional to devote themselves responsibly to their family, work, and other activities, but without forgetting they are only a means to love God and our neighbors.
5) A profound belief that human reason is capable of knowing the truth. The possibility of science, sincerity in family and social relationships, and the same universal validity of the moral principles, depend upon human reason being able to know reality itself. Therefore,,a professional needs to be convinced and develop scientific reasoning. In other words, objective, reasoned and systematic thinking.
6) Convinced knowledge and experience of their own faith. It is in faith in God - whose final revelation is Christ - where the ultimate meaning of human life is discovered. Adamantly knowing and living the values of the Gospel does not alienate the person. On the contrary, the person becomes more human by being encouraged to defeat their selfishness through their love to God and to others.
7) An ability to influence and be leader. Societies follow leaders. Professionals graduating from our universities need to develop leadership skills to be an influence - with values of Christian humanism - in family life, work structures and sociocultural surroundings.
8) A strong moral education. Science and technology only have meaning if they are at the service of the human being, of their life in society, and of the eternal destination. That is achieved when people with a righteous moral conscience develop science and technology. Therefore, it is not enough to provide an excellent professional education, professionals must receive a solid ethical foundation as well.
9) Excellent professional education. The professional training students receive shall be of the highest scientific quality, be up-to-date in the advances in science in different fields, and should be a training that will lead them to successfully overcome the challenges society brings in the professional arena. Likewise, it shall foster the desire for constant updating.
10) An effective communication ability. Communication is essential for a professional to develop, as human person, in their family, social and working life. On its own, an university education must also encourage the ability to communicate, both verbally and written, with honesty, respect and efficiency.