By Honoré Onana Olah, SJ
From 16 to 18 November 2018, many Jesuits working in different universities and their collaborators gathered at Hekima University College in Kenya to talk about research (JCAM Research Network workshop). Fr. Evaristus Ekwueme, SJ, Pro Vice-Chancellor Academics of Arrupe Jesuit University and one of the member attending the workshop, was kind enough for an interview:
I came here for the JCAM Research Network workshop. Indeed, Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ., President of the JCAM (Jesuits Conference of Africa and Madagascar), established since august this year a new Research Network. In this network we have the five Jesuits institutions represented: Hekima University College, Arrupe Jesuit University, Saint Paul’s in Antananarivo in Madagascar, and the ITCJ (Institut de la Compagnie de Jésus à Abidjan) in Côte d’Ivoire, and Loyola University in Democratic Republic of Congo. So all those five institutions (formations houses) were represented. We came here for two days workshop on different projects all of us are working on.
What are those projects?
These are research projects that are made for publications. We started with a call of papers from all the five institutions, and lecturers submitted papers and they were reverted by the five representative from those institutions. The coordinator of this particular workshop is Fr. Wilfred Sumani, SJ, from Hekima University College. All the papers were submitted… and those we accepted were invited to attend the workshop.
The workshop was very successful. It is a first of his kind. Lecturers in our formation houses used to complain about the difficulty of publications….and the opportunity to share the ideas with the rest of the world. Fr. Orobator, SJ, has established this workshop to help us, to help those in formation houses, to also present and help each other pair revue the articles and book projects; to help them to publish their own work.