Universidad Iberoamericana

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Ibero-American University
Universidad Iberoamericana
Motto La verdad nos hará libres
(Spanish for: Truth shall set us free)
Established 1943
Type Private, Jesuit, Roman Catholic
President David Fernandez Dávalos, SJ.
Location Mexico City,  Mexico
Campus Urban
Mascot Lobos
Website uia.mx

The Ibero-American University (in Spanish: Universidad Iberoamericana, abbreviated UIA but commonly known as Ibero) is a prestigious Mexican private institution of higher education sponsored by the Society of Jesus. Its flagship campus is located in the Santa Fe district of Mexico City but there are others located in Guadalajara, León, Torreón, Puebla and Playas de Tijuana.

Its main library, Biblioteca Francisco Xavier Clavigero, holds more than 250,000 books and journals. It is one of the largest law libraries in Mexico and as of 2007, it is one of the largest university libraries in the country.[citation needed]


For over 70 years – and backed by nearly five centuries of Jesuit educational tradition - IBERO has been forming professionals and researchers committed to - serving society. Our institution offers young people an option that goes beyond university courses, by providing them with a sound, ethical comprehensive education in which scientific and technical progress go along with human values, in a context of respect for diversity of ideas and beliefs.

This humanistic vocation has existed since the founding of the Company of Jesus in 1540. When Jesuits reached New Spain in 1572, their religious and educational zeal allowed them to create renowned teaching and research centers - such as the colleges of St. Ildefonso, Vizcainas and St. Peter and St. Paul, to mention a few of the institutions that became very important in their time.

In 1943, the Jesuits founded a private institution of higher education - the University Cultural Center - which would become a pioneering development in Mexican education. Ten years later, the center became the Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO), an institution whose name reflected its desire to extend its services throughout the region. Nowadays, IBERO is part of a network of 8 universities located in various Mexican cities, which is, in turn, part of the Latin American branch comprehending 31 universities run by the Company of Jesus, and one of the more than two hundred Jesuit universities spread worldwide.


Universidad Iberoamericana moved to its modern new 48 acre (20 hectares) campus in 1988 located in the Santa Fe area of Mexico City.

Besides classrooms, laboratories and workshops in the areas of physics, chemistry, photography, psychology, engineering, communications, architecture, design and nutrition, the university houses the Francisco Xavier Clavigero library, the FM 90.9 radio station and several auditoriums.

Other facilities on the campus include sports fields and related conveniences, a medical center, three cafeterias, an on-campus bookstore, a stationery shop, bank branches among other university stores.


Today the university's Mexico City Campus is made up of 19 academic departments, which offer a total of 36 academic programs.

  • Art Department
  • Religious Sciences Department
  • Social and Political Sciences Department
  • Economics Department
  • Philosophy Department
  • History Department
  • Literature Department
  • Management and Public Accountancy Department
  • Architecture Department
  • Communications Department
  • Law Department
  • Design Department
  • International Studies Department
  • Physics and Math Department
  • Engineering Department
  • Chemical Engineering and Sciences Department
  • Psychology Department
  • Health Department






History, philosophy, literature, art and architecture


Television and mass media

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Coordinates: 19°22′16″N 99°15′48.8″W / 19.37111°N 99.263556°W / 19.37111; -99.263556