University of the Pacific (Peru)

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Universidad del Pacífico
Established 1962
Type Private
Students 2,644[1]
Location Jesus Maria, Lima, Peru
Tuition S/.32,360(PEN)
Affiliations SEKN, Laurin, AACSB, AAMBA, Consorcio de Universidades

University of the Pacific (Spanish: Universidad del Pacífico) (UP) is a small private university in the Jesús María District of Lima, Peru. It was established in 1962 by a group of Peruvian entrepreneurs supported by the Society of Jesus. In the past three decades, Universidad del Pacifico has been ranked as one of the most esteemed universities in fields of economics, law, finance, accounting, and business administration in Peru and among the leading institutions of its kind in the Latin American region.[3]


The university specializes in Business Management and Economics; it is regarded as one of the best Peruvian universities in these fields.

At the undergraduate level, UP offers Bachelor's degrees in Economics, Business Administration and Accounting. In 2008, it became the first university in Peru to offer a Business Engineering degree. That same year, Law was added to its degree programs.[4] In 2011 two new careers were opened: International Business and Marketing. At the graduate level, it offers a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Finance and a Master of Economics.

In August 2011, The University as well as its Post-Graduate school received the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business) accreditation, which is one of the most important awards for universities and business schools around the world.

It has approximately 3,200 students enrolled at the undergraduate level and 500 students enrolled in graduate programs.

The academic year at the Universidad del Pacífico at the undergraduate level consists of two semesters. The first semester begins in late-March and ends in July; the second semester begins in mid-August and ends in mid-December. A break of approximately 3 to 4 weeks occurs between semesters. At the graduate level, the academic year consists of three terms: January–April, May–August, and September–December.

Research projects[edit]

The university, through the Research Center of the University of the Pacific (Centro de Investigación de la Universidad del Pacífico) conducts large-scale research projects within Peru and at the Latin American level, in matters of economic theory and trade, public policy, fiscal policy, environmental issues, human development, civil society, philanthropy, and SMEs development. Some of these are funded by the Kellogg Foundation,[5] the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and other regional development agencies.

Coordinates: 12°05′02″S 77°02′54″W / 12.08389°S 77.04833°W / -12.08389; -77.04833

Notable alumni[edit]

The university's central plaza, taken in 2004


  1. ^ "Press Release". Universidad del Pacifico. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Members of the Peruvian Universities Consortium". 
  3. ^ "Las mejores universidades del Peru". America Economia. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Interview with the vice-dean of the Law School". 
  5. ^ "Kellog Foundation grants". Kellog Foundation grants.