Pontifical Bolivarian University
|Motto||Formación integral para la transformación social y humana|
Motto in English
|Integral education for social and human transformation|
1. Medellín, (Main Campus and School of Medicine).
|Colors||Red and Black|
|Affiliations||1. International Federation of Catholic Universities.
2. Post-grad Iberoamerican Association of Universities.
3. Colombian Association of Universities.
The Pontifical Bolivarian University (Spanish: Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana), also referred to as UPB, is a private university in Colombia with its main campus in Medellín, where it was founded in 1936. Currently, the university has campuses in other Colombian cities, such as Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Montería and Palmira. The university has a student and faculty population that was estimated at 21,368 and an alumni population of 44,346 as of September, 2006.
Presently the university offers 77 undergraduate programs, 24 master programs and 7 doctorate programs nationwide. The university groups its educational programs under the schools of Architecture And Urbanism, Design, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law and Political Sciences, Strategic Sciences (Management), Social Sciences, Education and Teaching, and Theology, Philosophy and Humanities. The university also operates elementary and high school programs under its educational umbrella.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Research
- 4 Campuses
- 5 Affiliations
- 6 Libraries
- 7 Mission, vision and philosophical orientation
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The University was founded on September 15, 1936, by a decree of the Catholic Archbishop of Medellín, Monsignor Tiberio de Jesús Salazar y Herrera as the Universidad Católica Bolivariana (UCB, Catholic Bolivarian University). The UCB started with a small faculty and 78 students enrolled in the School of Law and with Monsignor Manuel José Sierra as its first rector. In 1945, the university received the title of Pontifical, from the Holy See under Pope Pius XII. With the right to use the title of Pontifical, the Pope became the Grand Chancellor of the university.
From the university's onset, Monsignor Manuel José Sierra wanted to anchor the University on the ideals of Christian humanism and those of the Libertador Simón Bolívar.
The university has programs that extend from elementary and high school to undergraduate and postgraduate programs The UPB offers near 71 undergraduate programs, 126 Academic specializations, 26 Master's degree and 9 Doctor's Degree :
Undergraduate Schools and programs:
School of Design and Architecture.
School of Health Sciences.
School of Strategic Sciences.
- Corporate Management
- International Business Management
School of Social Sciences.
School of Law and Political Sciences.
School of Education.
- Licentiate in Etnoeducation
- Licentiate in English-Spanish
- Licentiate in Artistic Education
School of Engineering.
- Management Engineering
- Aeronautical Engineering
- Agroindustrial Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Electronic Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Systems Engineering
- Telecommunications Engineering
- Textile Engineering
- Aeronautical management Technology
School of Theology, Philosophy and Humanities
- Literature Studies
- Licentiate in Philosophy and Letters
- Licentiate in Religious Education
As of 2006, there were a total of 81 independent research groups across Colombia, which were coordinated by the Integrated Center for the Development of Research (CIDI from its initials in Spanish). The CIDI seeks to maintain a close and dynamic relationship between industry and academia through technology transfer and consulting services. The research groups are based in different campuses with the majority of them in Medellin. The research groups concentrate their efforts in the areas of Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Engineering.
The main campus is located in Medellín and houses the main chapel, student health services, the main library and the schools of Engineering, Social Sciences, Architecture, and Languages as well as the schools for primary and secondary education.
The Bucaramanga campus opened on July 12, 1991, in the Archdiocesan Seminary. In 1998, UPB established its own home on the Piedecuesta Highway, 7 kilometers away from the city. The estimated UPB Bucaramanga student population in 2013 was 5,800 students.
The UPB Bucaramanga campus houses the following schools:
Strategic Sciences' School
Social Sciences' School
Law and Political Science's School
- Electronic engineering
- Computer engineering
- Industrial engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Civil engineering
- Environmental engineering
The university opened its campus in Montería on May 25, 1995. The campus established the University's presence in Colombia's Atlantic region with academic programs in law, management, journalism, engineering, informatics, electronics, mechanical, agroindustrial, environmental management and several graduate programs. The campus is estimated to have 2,028 students.
The university established its presence in the coffee region of the country through its Palmira campus. The university opened the campus in 2001 with programs such as Psychology, Marketing, Human Resources, Management, and Economics. The university currently has 218 students and it is the newest campus of the university in Colombia.
UPB is member of different international associations and programs. It is also a chair of UNESCO on Human Development and a member of the Foundation for Studies in France. It belongs also to the Sígueme Program a group that gathered 10 Colombian universities. UPB has agreements with universities in The Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Spain, France, England, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, United States, Colombia, Cuba and Venezuela.
UPB also has a complete system of documentation and bibliography, with its main headquarters on the main campus of Barrio Laureles, known as "Biblioteca Central" (Central Library), in a modern building of four stories with hundreds of volumes of authors, subjects and research studies. Every school at UPB has its own library interconnected with the Central one.
Mission, vision and philosophical orientation
The identity of this Catholic University rests in the "Espíritu Bolivariano" (Bolivarian Spirit), a philosophy designed by Mgr. Manuel José Sierra inspired by human Christian values and the ideals of the Libertador.
The Bolivarian Spirit sets as the institution's mission the integral formation through evangelization of the culture, constant research of truth through science and confirmation of the human values from Christianity for the good of society.
- Respect for the human being and no discrimination.
- Research of truth and knowdlege.
- Creativity and innovation.
- Commitment for peace and development for the country.
- Así nos habló: Visita Apostólica de S.S. Juan Pablo II a Colombia, Julio 1 a 7 de 1986, Comité Ejecutivo Nacional, Secretariado Permanente del Episcopado Colombiano, Bogotá, 1986. (He spoke to us like this: Apostolic Visit of Pope John Paul II to Colombia)
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