Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

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Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra
Motto Veritas et Scientia (Latin)
Motto in English
Truth and Science
Type Private, Roman Catholic
Established September 9, 1962
President Alfredo de la Cruz Baldera
Students 16,000
Location Campuses are in Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo, and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Campus Santiago Campus, Suburban, 1.2 km2;
Santo Tomás de Aquino Campus, Urban, 14000 m2;
Puerto Plata campus Urban
Colors Blue, Red and Yellow             
Affiliations Pontifical Universities, International Council of Universities of Saint Thomas Aquinas
Website http://www.pucmm.edu.do

The Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (Mother and Teacher Pontifical Catholic University), named after Pope John XXIII's encyclical Mater et magistra, that is, Mother and Teacher, (PUCMM for its Spanish acronym) is the first private, Roman Catholic, coeducational, university in the Dominican Republic. The university grants undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degrees through three campuses. Its main campus is in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros, and it has smaller campus in Santo Domingo and an extension in Puerto Plata.


The university was established on September 9, 1962 and it has become one of the country's top institutions of higher education. It was the first University to offer Industrial, Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Engineering careers. It also offers graduate level degrees and dual degrees with associated universities in the United States and France. Recently the university was recognized in Quacquarelli Symonds top Latin American universities 2012[1] by ranking in at 205 out of the top 250 universities in the region. The PUCMM School of Business also is the highest ranking school of business in the Dominican Republic followed by the School of Business of the UASD. This ranking was done by Eduniversal Rankings and their prestigious Palmes business school ranking. The PUCMM received the 2 Palmes ranking which represents a Good business school with regional influence.[2] In 1991, the institution was delegated as the responsible for country domain registration, that is, .do domains.


The water tower in the campus of Santiago has become a symbol of the university.

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