EAFIT University

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Universidad EAFIT
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Motto Inspira Crea Transforma
(Spanish)
Motto in English
Inspire Create Transform
Type Private
Established 1960
Principal Juan Luis Mejía Arango
Students 11,970
Undergraduates 9,500
Postgraduates 2,200
Address Carrera 49 N° 7 Sur - 50, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia Flag of Colombia.svg
6°11′59.04″N 75°34′43.27″W / 6.1997333°N 75.5786861°W / 6.1997333; -75.5786861Coordinates: 6°11′59.04″N 75°34′43.27″W / 6.1997333°N 75.5786861°W / 6.1997333; -75.5786861
Campus Urban
Website www.eafit.edu.co

Universidad EAFIT[1] is a private Colombian university located in Medellín offering 21 undergraduate programs, 70 specializations, 34 masters, and six doctoral programs. The university offers degrees in various disciplines through its schools of Management, Engineering, Law, Finance and Economics, Science, and Humanities. Universidad EAFIT was approved by the Colombian Ministry of Education on May 6, 1971. It has three additional branches in Bogotá, Pereira, and Rionegro.

The university has received the Ministry of National Education's Institutional High Quality accreditation twice in a row, making it the first Colombian university to earn that recognition. This accreditation is valid through the end of 2018.[2]

Features and Location[edit]

EAFIT University in Medellín, Colombia.

EAFIT is the most prestigious private university in Medellin. It is approved and recognized by the National Education Ministry, based on act 759 from May 6 of 1971. The university's main campus is in the neighborhood of El Poblado, Medellín. It has additional campuses in Bogotá, Pereira and Llanogrande Rionegro (Antioquia).

It is considered one of the top tier universities in Colombia by QS Rankings and MIDE.[3][4]

History[edit]

Universidad EAFIT was founded in 1960 by a group of entrepreneurs in Medellín. Its main goal was to educate professionals who would address new challenges in management, finance, and technology. EAFIT started as a "School of Management and Finance." Two-year technological programs were offered when its Institute of Technology division was created. The institution organized itself as a university in 1975, when it started offering five-year programs in engineering.

Professor Javier Toro Martínez was the first rector with a group of 59 students in the school of Business Administration. The Textile Technology, Industrial Programming and Mechanic faculties were opened in 1962. In 1996 EAFIT opened its first branch outside of Medellín in Llanogrande, Rionegro, offering degrees in Business Administration, Civil Engineering, and Systems Engineering.

Biblioteca Luis Echavarría Villegas: EAFIT library.

The School of Social Sciences and Humanities was opened in 1997, adding new disciplines to an educational center that had been primarily dedicated to Economics. The subsequent creation of the School of Music increased the number of programs in the Arts and Sciences. The Product Design Engineering and Law faculties were then created in 1999. This was followed by the creation of the Mathematics Engineering undergraduate program in 2002, the first of its kind in Colombia. Three new departments were added in 2004: Engineering Physics, Social Communication and Political Science. That same year the administration made the decision to rename the campus as "Park University" (Universidad Parque), adding ecological grounds that include a large lake, woods, and an unpaved parking area. Dr. Juan Luis Mejía's goal was to integrate the university with the urban background of the city, while at the same time improving and protecting its natural environment. The project was awarded the Premio Lápiz de Acero (Steel Pen Award) from the Proyecto Diseño magazine of Medellín in the "Public Spaces" category.[5]

Recently added disciplines include majors in Psychology and Marketing, both established in 2011. Future offerings include programs in Biology and Sound Engineering.

High Quality of Institutional Accreditation[edit]

Since the process of accreditation started in Colombia, in 2003, only 15 Colombian universities have earned a high quality accreditation. EAFIT was given its first institutional accreditation for a period of six years in 2003. In March, 2010, that accreditation was renewed for eight years. All of its undergraduate programs are accredited as "high quality." Five of EAFIT's graduate programs earned a high quality accreditation.

Academics[edit]

Biblioteca Luis Echavarría Villegas from inside.
Building 38, housing the School of Science and Humanities.

Universidad EAFIT offers 21 undergraduate programs, which are divided in six schools.

School of Science[edit]

School of Humanities[edit]

School of Management[edit]

School of Engineering[edit]

School of Law[edit]

School of Economics and Finance[edit]

Affiliated Programs[edit]

Among the university's many organizations and clubs is the "100K Strong" initiative, which makes EAFIT the only institution of higher education in Colombia that takes part in this program created by U.S. president Barack Obama[6]

  • National
  • International
    • Abroad Study program and academic interchange.
    • ALFA Program (Latin America – Academic training).
    • Latin American and caribbean University Network of Non-Stop Education.
    • 100.000 Strong in the Americas.

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