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Vision

In our 30th anniversary year, we are relaunching the VHI with a bold expansive vision: to become the first Institute of Advanced Studies in Europe inspired by a catholic worldview and to create a home for catholic critical thinking in the heart of Cambridge University, one of the best universities in the world.

As academic work is becoming increasingly fragmented and culture more polarized, the Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry wants to be

  • catholic by promoting research and action across all disciplinary borders always connecting the particular and the universal, the descriptive and the normative, the practical and the theoretical
  • critical  by analysing the good, the true, and the beautiful wherever they are to be found through reasoned and searching dialogue with all
  • transformative  by inspiring imaginations to have a measurable impact on real lives in the pursuit of a better shared global future.


An interdisciplinary research hub inspired by Catholic thought and culture, focussed on contemporary global realities, and dedicated to encounter, dialogue, and transformation