… Students, lecturers and researchers on mission!


  • To contribute to producing and transmitting knowledge in a demanding and open dialogue between the Catholic faith and human reason.
  • To promote the Christian vision of man by an individual formation which integrates teaching and research.


IUPG activities are international – the foundation of university colleges and student hostels, collaboration in university courses and diplomas, multi-disciplinary symposia (philosophy, theology, exegesis, the sciences, ethics), summer university courses, bursaries for study and research and editorial activities. IUPG also benefits from inter-university collaboration in many different areas.

IUPG particularly offers:

  • Formationfor married couples involved in pastoral work for the family. This is done in collaboration with the ‘Institut d’études théologiques’ (IET = Institute for Theological Studies) in Brussels.
  • The creation of centres for study and reflection on the theme of ‘Faith and Reason’. This accompanies the practical support given to research workers of ‘academic merit’ whose research is of interest.
  • Support and formation of young Catholics who are involved in service to society.
  • Symposia in Rome : biennial meetings for research and discussion on the challenges to Christians in modern society. These meetings are in partnership with the Pontifical University of the Lateran and other organisation of the Holy See.


Pierre Goursat was interested in Catholic renewal through culture and education. He was first a student at the ‘École du Louvre’, then for a long time director of the ‘Office catholique de Cinéma français’ and also founded publishing houses for serious cultural publications. He worked more than 40 years on renewing Catholic life in society, notably through human and spiritual formation of the younger generation.

IUPG inherits from him a vision of the holistic formation of the human person. IUPG also relies on the talents of Community members for putting this vision into practice with young people and families.


IUPG is an apostolic activity of the Emmanuel Community, from which it receives its mission and resources. A Council, appointed by the Government of the Community and composed of a dozen university members, well-known in their respective fields, defines and directs the development of the IUPG. Its activities are relevant to all those who are interested in the subjects offered or who are looking for places of dialogue and fraternal life.

For further information: www.institutuniversitairepierregoursat.org