Autonomous University of Bucaramanga

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Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga
Motto Esta es tu casa
Established 1952
Type Private
Rector Alberto Montoya Puyana
Students 12.000
Location Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia
Colors Orange and White          

The Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga (Autonomous University of Bucaramanga) is a private post-secondary education institution in Bucaramanga, Colombia. It was founded in 1952 under the name of Instituto Caldas. In 1956 the institution was recognized as a law school, and became a university under the current name in 1987. Administration, Law and Public Accounting are its oldest programs, although it currently offers 19 programs in a wide variety of fields.


Since its beginnings, the University has had as a guide the execution of its missions; a cultural one: the conservation and enrichment of the national culture; a scientist: the investigation and the progress of the science; a professional: the preparation of the experts and the technicians that it requires the society; an educational one: the student's integral formation and the development of their personality; a social one: the service to the community, the diffusion of sciences and the elevation of the patriotic and moral spirit. All this inspired by the freedom of teaching and research.

The Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga has been characterized by its cultural impulse in the region, offering diverse academic programs, among which it stands out the program of Law for its high level of quality and its internships in the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

The Faculty of Social Communication, with its two lines, Organizational and Journalism, was credited by the Colombia's National Accreditation Council for six years as a High Quality program, becoming this way one of the six faculties of Communication with this title in the country. UNAB received the certification of Acreditación of international Quality granted by the Consejo Latinoamericano de Acreditación de la Educación en Periodismo, CLAEP that stands out the "execution of the norms of quality and excellence in the formation of journalists for the period 2006-2012" and it locates it like one of the ten best programs of Latin America.

Those two recognitions join other important achievements of the Faculty of Social Communication of the UNAB in 2006, among those that deserve to stand out: the best position at national level in the tests of academic quality, Ecaes; the reward given to the Periódico 15, the Faculty's students newspaper, as the "best university newspaper" of Colombia, besides another dozen of recognitions that has added in only three years of circulation. The last of them was the Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize in the Best interview category, received by journalist Pastor Virviescas, current chief editor of the paper.

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