Universidad Autónoma de Occidente

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Universidad Autónoma de Occidente
Logo UAO.svg
Established February 20, 1970
Type Private
Chancellor Luis H. Pérez
Provost Álvaro Parra (academics), Diego Smith (administrative)
Academic staff 780
Students 8,000[1]
Undergraduates 7,800
Postgraduates 300
Location Cali, Valle del Cauca,  Colombia
3°21′14″N 76°31′22″W / 3.35389°N 76.52278°W / 3.35389; -76.52278Coordinates: 3°21′14″N 76°31′22″W / 3.35389°N 76.52278°W / 3.35389; -76.52278
Colors Red and Black          
Affiliations CIDESCO, AFACOM, Universia, FELAFACS, RUAV, RENATA, ANEIAP

The Universidad Autónoma de Occidente (UAO) is a private university, established in 1970. Its first seat was on Champagnat neighborhood, in Cali. In 1999 was finished the building of its new campus located in the south of the city, in the place called Valle del Lilí. It has a second seat in San Fernando neighborhood, specialized on complementary education.

UAO has five faculties and 21 undergraduate programs, (2 of them by Dual education system), 12 postgraduate and 7 Master's degree. Trough Centros Regionales de Educación Superior (CERES) also offers bachellor programs in the towns of El Cerrito, Candelaria and Tuluá.

The university's highlights in the region are the high investment in technology and investigation, reflected on its 64 laboratories, Faculty staff with Doctorate and Master's degree, plus 29 Research Groups, 26 of them accepted by Colciencias.[2]

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