Quisqueya University

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Quisqueya University (French: Université Quisqueya) founded in 1988, is a private Haitian university located in Port-au-Prince.[1] The coordinator of the university's establishment and its first rector, from 1990 to 1995, was Jacques-Édouard Alexis who became Prime Minister of Haiti in 1999.[2] The institution is considered to be Haiti's leading private university.


"Quisqueya" (from Quizqueia), meaning "great thing" or "big land", is one of the former names of the island of Hispaniola which comprises Haiti and the Dominican Republic.[3][4]


The non-profit privately funded institution of higher learning and research is free of political and religious affiliations. Its Latin motto "Hominis beneficio cognoscere et agere" can be translated "Knowledge and action at the service of mankind".[1] The university comprises six major areas of study: Agriculture and Environment, Management and Economics, Engineering and Architecture, Law and Political Science, Education, and Health Sciences, offering bachelor's and master's degrees. In particular, it promotes entrepreneurship and economic development.[5]

Despite the effects of the earthquake in 2010 when the number of students dropped to 721, by 2015 enrollment had grown to a record 3,500, served by a teaching staff of around 360. Since 1993, the university has been governed by the Educat-uniQ Foundation which ensures its funding and evolving aspirations. The institution has succeeded in overcoming all the political and natural disasters with which it has been confronted, gaining a reputation as Haiti's leading private university.[1]

Silver jubilee[edit]

On 17 November 2015, the university's rector, Jacky Lumarque, spoke achievements over the past 25 years. He mentioned in particular how the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation had succeeded in creating 200 enterprises and had trained over 600 business consultants and entrepreneurs.[6] Founded in 2011, the centre had initially been supported by the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "UniQ en bref: Présentation de l'Université". Université Quisqueya. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  2. ^ Hall, Michael R. (2012). Historical Dictionary of Haiti. Scarecrow Press. pp. 16–. ISBN 978-0-8108-7549-4.
  3. ^ "Republic of Haiti: History of Name". UHHP. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  4. ^ A selection of curious, rare and early voyages ... R. H. Evans. 1812. pp. 289–.
  5. ^ a b "Programs: Université Quisqueya". Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  6. ^ "UniQ: 17 novembre 2015, Jubilé d'árgent de l'université Quisqueya" (in French). Université Quisqueya. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2016.

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Coordinates: 18°31′34″N 72°19′18″W / 18.5262°N 72.3218°W / 18.5262; -72.3218