Catholic University of Uruguay

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Catholic University of Uruguay
UCUruguay.png
Motto Latin: Veritas liberabit vos
("The truth will set you free")
Type Private
Established 1882; reopened 1985
Religious affiliation
Jesuit (Roman Catholic)
Students Over 10,000
Location Av. 8 de Octubre,
Montevideo 11600,
Uruguay
Colors Blue and White
         
Website ucu.edu.uy
Universidad Católica del Uruguay Dámaso Antonio Larrañaga.jpg

Catholic University of Uruguay (in Spanish: Universidad Católica del Uruguay – UCU) is a private university in Uruguay opened in 1985 (from various previous Catholic teaching institutions).[1] It was the only private university in the country for 11 years until 1996. Its full name is Universidad Católica del Uruguay Dámaso Antonio Larrañaga, after Dámaso Antonio Larrañaga, and is a work of the Society of Jesus.[2]

Its main campus is spread out in six locations in Montevideo; there are two other campuses, in Maldonado and Salto.[3]

History[edit]

The university was founded by the Archbishop of Montevideo, Monseigneur Mariano Soler, in 1882. In 1985, it was reopened and entrusted to the Society of Jesus. The university seeks to promote a combination of academic excellence, ideological pluralism, ecumenism, and inter-religious dialogue.

From its beginning, the Catholic University of Uruguay gave itself the challenge of being a different option in university teaching. It took to working in areas that had been neglected, and to playing a role as an innovator in the development of new educational methods and evangelization of culture. It is now one of the most prestigious centers of university learning in Uruguay.

In 2017 it was ranked as the top university in Uruguay and 1,322 in the world.[4] It offers studies abroad and student exchange programs.[5][4]

Programs[edit]

In 2015 the university partnered with Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness to address the issue of competition between companies.[6] Also, in conjunction with a professor at Pennsylvania State University, researchers at UCU study the effects of iron deficiency and lead toxicity on behavioral and cognitive development in children.[7] In 2016 the university signed an agreement of cooperation with the newly founded University of Tifariti.

Sponsored sports activities include futsal (male and female), volleyball, basketball, women's handball, swimming, football, and hockey.[8] The university offers students workshops to develop their artistic abilities in chorus, theater, and visual arts.[9]

Service projects are carried on for credit as integral or supplemental to classwork, as well as through voluntary projects without academic credit. In 2015 Extension Services at UCU counted 141 projects with 191 teachers and 1,700 students involved.[10] A major vacation-time project is building homes for the poor,[11]

There are student-organized events and tournaments throughout the year,[12] and a series of workshops voted for by the students to foster their special interests.[13] There is also a club which raises environmental awareness by collecting all plastic bottles on campus.[14]

Departments[edit]

The university is divided into seven departments:

Majors[edit]

  • Department of Business Sciences
    • Public accountant
    • Business Administration
    • Business Administration in Tourism
    • Economics
    • Human Relations and Labor Relations
    • International Negotiations and Integration
    • Cattle Agriculture
  • Department of Human Sciences
    • Visual Arts
    • Political Science
    • Communication
    • Primary Education
    • Audiovisual Engineering
    • Physical Education
    • Sociology
    • Social Work
    • Teaching
  • Department of Law
    • Attorney-at-Law
    • Notary Public
  • Department Nursing and Health Technologies
    • Nursing
    • Nursing (Professional)
    • Physical Therapy
    • Nutrition
    • Psychomotor Education
  • Department de Engineering and Technology
    • Food Engineering
    • Electric Engineering
    • Engineering in Informatics
    • Engineering in High-power Electronic Systems
    • Telecommunications Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Informatics
    • Audiovisual Engineering
  • Department of Dentistry
    • Dentist
    • Dental Assistant
  • Department of Psychology
    • Speech Therapy
    • Psychology
    • Psychopedagogy
    • Occupational Health and Safety
    • Therapy Assistance

References[edit]

  1. ^ Codrops. "Quiénes somos | Universidad Católica del Uruguay". www.ucu.edu.uy. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  2. ^ Codrops. "Universidad jesuita | Universidad Católica del Uruguay". www.ucu.edu.uy. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  3. ^ Codrops. "Sede Salto | Universidad Católica del Uruguay". www.ucu.edu.uy. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  4. ^ a b "Catholic University of Uruguay | Ranking & Review". www.4icu.org. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  5. ^ Codrops. "Internacionales | Universidad Católica del Uruguay". ucu.edu.uy. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  6. ^ "Orkestra Together with the UCU in the Design of Uruguay's Smart Specialisation Strategy". www.orkestra.deusto.es. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  7. ^ "Professor's work builds heavy metals research in Uruguay | Penn State University". Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  8. ^ Codrops. "Deporte y Recreación | Universidad Católica del Uruguay". ucu.edu.uy. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  9. ^ Codrops. "Expresión Artística | Universidad Católica del Uruguay". ucu.edu.uy. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  10. ^ Codrops. "Extensión y servicio a la comunidad | Proyectos | Universidad Católica del Uruguay". ucu.edu.uy. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  11. ^ Codrops. "Trabajos de invierno | Universidad Católica del Uruguay". ucu.edu.uy. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  12. ^ Codrops. "Pasan Cosas | Universidad Católica del Uruguay". ucu.edu.uy. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  13. ^ Codrops. "Talleres de Centro de Interés | Universidad Católica del Uruguay". ucu.edu.uy. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  14. ^ Codrops. "Recidar | Universidad Católica del Uruguay". ucu.edu.uy. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  15. ^ Schools

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°53′18.58″S 56°9′32.97″W / 34.8884944°S 56.1591583°W / -34.8884944; -56.1591583