Pontifical Xavierian University

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Coordinates: 4°37′44.20″N 74°3′53.46″W / 4.6289444°N 74.0648500°W / 4.6289444; -74.0648500

Xavierian University
Motto Sapientia Aedificavit
 sibi Domum

Wisdom Built its own House
Type Private
Established 1623
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Principal Jorge Humberto Peláez Pierahita, S.J.
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 18,059
Postgraduates 3,470
Location Bogotá, Cundinamarca (Principal) and, Cali, Valle (Sectional), Colombia Flag of Colombia.svg
Campus Urban, 3,937 acres (15.93 km2)
Colors Blue, White, Yellow
Website javeriana.edu.co(Bogotá)

The Pontifical Xavierian University (in Spanish La Pontificia Universidad Javeriana) is a private higher education institution founded in 1623. It is one of the oldest, most traditional, and prestigious Colombian universities, directed by the Society of Jesus, with its main facilities in Bogotá and a second campus in Cali. "La Javeriana", as it is known by its students, has traditionally educated the Colombian elite, and it is one of the 28 universities entrusted to the Society of Jesus in Latin America and one of 114 around the world.[citation needed]

The Javeriana University in Bogotá has 18 schools comprising 61 departments and 181 academic programs catering to areas of knowledge, giving the university its multidisciplinary nature. It has 45 buildings in 445 acres (1.80 km2). The Javeriana University in Cali offers 18 schools in four faculties. It is located in Pance, Cali. Its Law School recently received a high quality accreditation by Resolution 6808 August 6, 2010, of the Ministry of National Education. The campus in Cali has sectional divisions of the Bolsa de Valores de Colombia (BVC), Temple University's Fox School of Business, and others.[citation needed]

The University is one of the twelve universities in Colombia having a high quality institutional accreditation, granted to it for eight years by Resolution 1320 June 12, 2003, of the Ministry of National Education. The university has 21 undergraduate programs with high quality accreditation, and eight programs in advanced stages of the accreditation process. In graduate programs, quality is acknowledged through the Qualified Registries. The university has 87 graduate programs with Qualified Registries and has presented another 29 to these processes.[citation needed]


Old University gate, today Museum of Colonial Art

The College of the Society of Jesus was established in Santafé de Bogotá in 1604 as part of the San Bartolome School and Cloister. In 1623, the Audience and the Archbishop recognized the academic degrees conferred by the college. The students at that time received their degree, including Pedro Claver. That is the origin of what was known as the University and Academy of Saint Francis Xavier. In 1767, the Jesuits were expelled from the Spanish colonies, which closed the first stage of Universidad Javeriana's history.

163 years after the university closed, an act of restoration was signed. A communication of the Sacred Congregation of Seminars and Universities congratulated the priesthood for the initiative. In 1937 the School of Economics and Legal Sciences was founded, with the others following. In 1970, after multiple petitions from the community of Cali, the university started a programme in that city. The Universidad Javeriana in Cali took the name of "Seccional Cali," offering degrees in business, engineering, and psychology.


The university offers 40 undergraduate programs, 69 professional specializations, 45 medical and surgical specializations, 8 dentistry specializations, 22 masters, and 8 PhDs.

Based on its prestige and the quality of its academic offerings, Pontifical Xavierian University selects those students with the highest academic credentials. Its graduates are known for their professional quality, teamwork skills, and value-centered human leadership.

Schools and departments[edit]

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  • School of Theology
  • School of Philosophy
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Dentistry[1].
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Law
  • School of Political Science and International Relations
  • School of Arts: drama, Department of Visual Arts, music
  • School of Social Sciences: anthropology, history, literature, sociology
  • School of Sciences: biology, mathematics and physics, microbiology, nutrition, biochemistry
  • School of Engineering: civil engineering, industrial engineering, electronic engineering, systems engineering
  • School of Economics and Management Sciences: management, accounting, economy.
  • School of Education: child pedagogy, basic education emphasizing Spanish and human sciences
  • School of Communication and Language: communication studies, information science, languages
  • School of Design and Architecture: architecture, industrial design, design of visual communication
  • School of Environmental and Rural Studies: ecology, rural and regional development


The University has 61 departments and 14 institutes. Departments are academic units aimed at developing an area of knowledge through research, teaching, and the implementation of services such as continuing education, counseling and advisory activities. Institutes are academic units responsible for research and consulting in areas requiring a special interdisciplinary approach.

To provide technological support to research, education, service and administrative processes, the University has last generation services.

Mention can be made of the technological components available in the following units: The SIU (University Information System, acronym in Spanish) with its "People Soft" platform for Academic Management; the New Technologies-Aided Education Center (CEANTIC) that offers virtual courses support through its Blackboard platform; the Centro Audiovisual Javeriano, with front edge technology in this field in Latin America, internationally accredited like Autodesk Training Center-ATC; the Computer-Aided Architecture and Design Project, CAAD; the Technological Industrial Automation Center; the Geo-referenced Information Center, GIC; the Javeriana Center of Oncology; the San Ignacio University Hospital; and the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center. It also has 130 laboratories and workshops.


A hall in the second floor of the library.

The Xavierian University has two libraries: the General Library and the Mario Valenzuela, S.J. Library. The latter library specializes in philosophy and theology, and is rated as the best in these disciplines in Latin America. It has seven document and resource centers in the following fields of knowledge: bio-ethics, political sciences, architecture, law, insurance, social communication, and clinical epidemiology.

The library stock numbers 313,540 titles among books, magazines, journals, thesis and dissertation papers, music scores, maps, VHS and DVD film recordings, slides, sound videos and sound recordings. The system has about 90 subscriptions to databases and has access to complete text contents for online consultation of journals, books, thesis and dissertation papers, and digital format slides.

It offers services such as the drafting of bibliographic references on specialized subjects and bibliographic exchange allowing data gathering that includes journal articles and other documents from libraries in Colombia and around the world. It serves the Javeriana community throughout a 24-hour schedule, Monday through Friday.

Headmasters and authorities[edit]


  1. Baltasar Mas Burgués, S.J. - 1623
  2. Sebastían Murillo, S.J. - 1628
  3. Francisco de Fuentes, S.J. - 1636
  4. Francisco Sarmiento, S.J. - 1639
  5. Baltasar Mas Burgués, S.J. - 1641
  6. Juan Manuel, S.J. - 1642 - 1645
  7. Pedro Fernández, S.J. - 1646
  8. Juan Gregorio, S.J. - 1651
  9. Francisco Varaiz, S.J. - 1653
  10. Juan Gregorio, S.J. - 1657
  11. Gaspar Cujía, S.J. - 1659
  12. Bartolomé Pérez, S.J.
  13. Juan de Santiago, S.J. - 1673
  14. Juan Martínez R., S.J. -1677 - 1681
  15. Francisco Alvarez, S.J. - 1682
  16. Pedro de Mercado, S.J. - 1686
  17. Pedro Calderón, S.J. - 1706
  18. Diego de Tapia, S.J. - 1733 - 1734
  19. Mateo Mimbela, S.J. - 1735
  20. Francisco Cataño, S.J. - 1737
  21. Jaime López, S.J. - 1738 -1741
  22. Tomás Casabona, S.J. - 1743 - 1749
  23. Ignacio Ferrer, S.J. - 1756
  24. Manuel Román, S.J. - 1761
  25. Manuel Zapata, S.J. - 1764 - 1765
  26. Nicolás Candela, S.J. - 1767

Modern headmasters[edit]

  1. José Salvador Restrepo, S.J. 1930 - 1932
  2. Jesús María Fernández, S.J. 1932 - 1935
  3. Alberto Moreno, S.J. (E) 1935
  4. Carlos Ortiz, S.J. 1935 - 1941
  5. Francisco Javier Mejía, S.J.(E) 1941
  6. Félix Restrepo, S.J. 1941 - 1950
  7. Emilio Arango, S.J. 1950 -1955
  8. Carlos Ortiz, S.J. (E) 1955 - 1956; (rector) 1956 - 1960
  9. Jesús Emilio Ramírez, S.J. 1960 - 1966
  10. Fernando Barón, S.J. 1966 - 1970
  11. Alfonso Borrero, S.J. 1970 - 1977
  12. Roberto Caro, S.J. 1977 - 1983
  13. Jorge Hoyos Vásquez, S.J. 1983 - 1989
  14. Gerardo Arango Puerta, S.J. 1989 - 1998
  15. Gerardo Remolina Vargas, S.J. 1999 - 2007
  16. Joaquín Emilio Sánchez, S.J. 2007 -


  • Great Chancellor: Adolfo Nicolás, S.J.
  • Vice-Great Chancellor: Carlos Eduardo Correa Jaramillo, S.J.
  • University President: Jorge Humberto Pelaez Piedrahita, S.J.
  • Academic Vice-president: Luis David Prieto Martínez, S.J.
  • University Welfare Vice-president: Luis Alfonso Castellanos Ramírez, S.J.
  • Administrative Vice-president: Catalina Martinez de Rozo
  • Interinstitutional Relations Vice-president: Luis Fernando Álvarez Londoño, S.J.
  • Research Vice-president: Luis Miguel Renjifo
  • General Secretary: Jairo Humberto Cifuentes Madrid


Javeriana's alumni include a vast range of prominent individuals in the history of the country and the region, including former national presidents, politicians, entrepreneurs, artists, journalists, sportsmen and thinkers. An exhaustive and comprehensive list would be nearly impossible; an illustrative list would include:

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