Madonna University Successfully Hosts 2024 IFCU International Conference


In a remarkable celebration of academia and tradition, Madonna University recently concluded its hosting of the prestigious 2024 International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) International Conference. This significant event not only marked Madonna University’s 25th anniversary but also commemorated the centenary milestone of the esteemed IFCU.

The conference brought together scholars and experts from across the globe, who engaged in insightful discussions spanning a multitude of topics pertinent to Catholic higher education. Under the overarching theme, “Catholic University, an Educational Project to Respond to the Academic, Human, Spiritual, Political, and Social Challenges of Our World,” participants delved into pressing issues facing contemporary society.

Throughout the event, Madonna University showcased its unwavering commitment to academic excellence and the holistic principles of Catholic education. The conference served as a testament to IFCU’s century-long dedication to advancing Catholic higher education and its profound impact on global society.

The 2024 IFCU International Conference was hailed as a stimulating and productive event, offering attendees unparalleled opportunities for intellectual exchange and collaboration. Madonna University extends its gratitude to all participants, sponsors, and organizers for their invaluable contributions to the success of this historic occasion.


Francois Mabille

Very Rev. Fr. Prof. Remy N. Onyewuenyi

Prof. Hyacinth Ichoku

Prof. Michael Uchenna Orji

Rev. Prof. Stephen Mbugua Ngari

Rev. Fr. Prof. Bakangana Désiré Kiyombo

Nlandu Matondo Faustino

Sr. Maria da Assunçāo

Loic Roche

Dr. Foday Augustine Bangura

Prof. Ranga Zinyemba

Inaugural Mass




Opening Prayer
Led by Fr. Charles Eke, Madonna University Chaplain

Welcome Speeches
Father Founder Prof. Emmanuel Edeh, Madonna University
Prof. Uchenna Casmir Anyanwu, Vice-Chancellor, Madonna University
Prof. Martin Osita Anagboso, Deputy Vice-chancellor, Madonna University
Rev. Prof. Stephen Mbugua Ngari, IFCU Vice President, Vice Chancellor of the
Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Kenya)

Challenges and Issues Facing the Future of Catholic Universities
Dr. François Mabille, IFCU Secretary General

Live Record

Day 2 Part 1.

The Gospel in the Catholic University: from Meanings to Actions
Very Rev. Fr. Prof. Remy N. Onyewuenyi, CSSp, Spiritan University, Nigeria

Panel: Making Live our Catholic Identities in Examples
Rev. Fr. Oliver Udaya, Saviourite House of Formation, Nigeria
Dr. Désiré Kiyombo, Université Catholique la Sapientia, D. R. of Congo
Prof. Nkechi Ezenwamadu, Madonna University
Sr. Maria da Assunção, Universidade Católica de Angola

Live Record


Day 2 Part 2

Catholic Education and the African Youth. Challenges and Prospects –
Medical Auditorium
Sr. Prof. Purissima Egbekpalu, Madonna University

Panel: The Service to the Common Good in Practices: Service to the Poors /
Service to the Peace / Student’s as Actors for the Service of the Community
Prof. Jan de Volder, K.U. Leuven, Belgium
Dr. Ejike Akpa, Madonna University
Prof. Martin Osita, Madonna University

Live Record

Day 3 Part 1

Engineering Effective National Solutions through Catholic University Education
H. Exc. Matthew Hassan Kuka, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto

Live Record