|Motto||La verdad nos hará libres (Spanish)|
Motto in English
|The Truth shall set us free[a]|
|Type||Private Research institution|
|Affiliation||Roman Catholic (Jesuit)|
|President||David Fernandez Dávalos, S.J.|
|Location||Mexico City, Mexico|
The Ibero-American University (in Spanish: Universidad Iberoamericana, abbreviated UIA but commonly known as Ibero) is one of the most prestigious universities in Mexico and in Latin America. The private institution of higher education is sponsored by the Society of Jesus, and it is recognized as an institution with an international-grade level of excellence. The Ibero's flagship campus is located in the Santa Fe district of Mexico City, but there are others located in Guadalajara, León, Torreón, Puebla and Playas de Tijuana.
Its main library, Biblioteca Francisco Xavier Clavigero, holds more than 250,000 books and journals. It is one of the largest law libraries in Mexico and as of 2007, it is one of the largest university libraries in the country.
The university was founded in 1943 as a Jesuit institution by the Catholic hierarchy, but with significant aid of the rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Rodolfo Brito Foucher. Brito Foucher, a lawyer and had headed UNAM's law faculty before becoming rector, was of the opinion that it was not counter to the Constitution of 1917's prohibition of Catholic involvement in education, since the article did not specify higher education but only primary and secondary. A key group in its founding was were former student activists from the Jesuit-directed Unión Nacional de Estudiantes Católicos (UNEC). The Ibero's founding came at a time when church-state relations were less fraught in Mexico than they had been in the late 1920s during the Cristero War and during the 1930s when the government attempted to implement socialist education at Mexican universities.
Originally called the Centro Cultural Universitario, ten years later the Ibero grew into a full-scale university, which flourished as the business community in Mexico served as patrons to the university, donating funds for building the campus and for underwriting deficits as the university was being established. As the Mexican economy expanded during the 1940s-1960s, the Ibero trained professionals who entered the private sector. Many of the former leaders of the UNEC have served on the board of trustees of the Ibero. The institution had the aim of promoting Catholic culture and training elites to take leading roles in Mexican society. The Ibero has trained a number of successful businessmen and politicians, including the successful presidential candidate of the National Action Party (Mexico), Vicente Fox.
This humanistic vocation has existed since the founding of the Society of Jesus in 1540. When Jesuits reached New Spain in 1572, their religious and educational zeal allowed them to create renowned teaching and research centers - such as the colleges of St. Ildefonso, Vizcainas and St. Peter and St. Paul, to mention a few of the institutions that became very important in their time.
The Ibero is part of a network of 8 universities located in various Mexican cities, which is, in turn, part of the Latin American branch comprehending 31 universities run by the Society of Jesus, and one of the more than two hundred Jesuit universities spread worldwide.
Universidad Iberoamericana moved to its modern new 48 acre (20 hectares) campus in 1988 located in the Santa Fe area of Mexico City.
Besides classrooms, laboratories and workshops in the areas of physics, chemistry, photography, psychology, engineering, communications, architecture, design and nutrition, the university houses the Francisco Xavier Clavigero library, the FM 90.9 radio station and several auditoriums.
Other facilities on the campus include sports fields and related conveniences, a medical center, three cafeterias, an on-campus bookstore, a stationery shop, bank branches among other university stores.
Today the university's Mexico City Campus is made up of 19 academic departments, which offer a total of 36 academic programs.
- Art Department
- Religious Sciences Department
- Social and Political Sciences Department
- Economics Department
- Philosophy Department
- History Department
- Literature Department
- Management and Public Accountancy Department
- Architecture Department
- Communications Department
- Law Department
- Design Department
- International Studies Department
- Physics and Math Department
- Engineering Department
- Chemical Engineering and Sciences Department
- Psychology Department
- Health Department
- Luis E. Miramontes – Chemist, inventor of the first oral contraceptive.
- Guillermo Arriaga – Screenwriter of Amores perros, Babel, 21 Grams and other films. Oscar Nominee.
- José Miguel Insulza – Chilean politician and Secretary General of the Organization of American States.
- Jorge González Torres – Founder of the Ecologist Green Party of Mexico
- Demetrio Sodi – Former congressman and senator.
- Rosario Green – Former Foreign Affairs Minister.
- Augusto H. Álvarez – Architect (Torre Latinoamericana and Mexico City International Airport).
- Rodolfo Barragán Schwarz – Architect
- Isaac Broid Zajman – Architect (Telcel Building).
- Enrique Carral Icaza – Architect (Mexico City International Airport).
- Juan José Díaz Infante Núñez – Architect.
- Carlos Mijares Bracho – Architect.
- J. Francisco Serrano Cacho – Architect
- Sylvia Schmelkes – Sociologist and education researcher
- Germán Ahumada Russek - President and CEO of Consorcio ARA.
- Carlos Alazraki - President and CEO of the award-winning Alazraki & Asociados Publicidad agency.
- Joaquin Avila - Managing Partner at EMX Capital, Former Fund Head at Carlyle Group Mexico, Former Managing Director and Head of Latin America at Lehman Brothers.
- Emilio Azcárraga Jean - President and Owner of Televisa the most important media network in Latin America.
- Genaro Borrego - Vice President of FEMSA.
- Fernando Chico Pardo - President of ASUR.
- Justino Compeán Palacios - President of Femexfut.
- Jaime Costa Lavín - President of SCA Latinoamérica.
- Javier de la Calle Pardo- CEO of Nacional Monte de Piedad
- Valentín Diez Morodo - Member of the Board Grupo Modelo.
- Carlos Manuel Flores Nuñez - CEO of Grupo Editorial Nomutsa.
- Carlos González Zabalegui - President of Comercial Mexicana.
- Carlos Guzmán Bofill - CEO of Hewlett-Packard México.
- Roberto Hernández Ramírez - President of Banamex and Member of the Board of Citibank.
- Leon Kraig Eskenazi - Partner and Managing Director of IGNIA Partners L.L.C. and Former President of Mars Inc. in Latin America.
- Fernando Landeros Verdugo - CEO of Fundación Teletón.
- Marcos Martínez Gavica - CEO of Grupo Santander.
- Manuel Medina Mora Escalante - CEO of Grupo Financiero Banamex and Citi Latinamerica.
- Bruno José Newman Flores - CEO of Grupo Zimat.
- Luis Orvañanos Lascurain - president and CEO of Grupo GEO.
- Luis Peña Kegel - President and CEO of HSBC México.
- Roberto Ricossa - CMO of Avaya
- Daniel Servitje - President and CEO of Bimbo.
- Alejandro Soberón Kuri - President and CEO of CIE.
- Olegario Vázquez Aldir - CEO of Grupo Empresarial Ángeles and son of Olegario Vázquez Raña
- Miguel Rico Tavera - Film screenwriter, producer and director (Padre Pro, Espiritu de Triunfo and more than 2,500 TV commercials and documentaries).
- Guillermo Arriaga - Film screenwriter, Novelist, and Director (Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel).
- Daniel Birman Ripstein - Film Producer (El Crimen del Padre Amaro, El callejón de los milagros and other films).
- Alejandro González Iñárritu - Filmmaker (Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel).
- Salma Hayek - Mexican famous actress.
- Alejandro Lozano - Film Director (Matando Cabos).
- Emmanuel Lubezki - Cinematographer (The Birdcage, Reality Bites, Sleepy Hollow, Children of Men and other Films).
- Arturo Ripstein - Film Director and Producer (El callejón de los milagros and Directing Principio y Fin).
- Antonio Serrano - Film director/screenwriter (Sexo, Pudor y Lágrimas).
History, philosophy, literature, art and architecture
- Fernando Romero - Architect.
- Mauricio Beuchot - Philosopher, poet and Dominican friar.
- Isaac Broid Zajman - Mexican Architect
- Clara de Buen Richkarday - Mexican Architect
- Pedro Friedeberg - Mexican Painter.
- David Miklos - Novelist.
- Enrique Norten - Mexican Architect.
- Aurelio Nuño Morales - Mexican Architect.
- Isabel Rico De Garcia - Curator/Art Historian (Instituto Cultural De Mexico).
- Michel Rojkind - Mexican Architect and former musician of Russian descent.
- J. Francisco Serrano Cacho - Architect.
- Ignacio Padilla - Writer
- José Guillermo Anaya LLamas - Senator
- Diego Fernández de Cevallos - 1994 Presidential candidate and Politician
- Emilio Gamboa Patrón - Former Secretary of State and now Parliamentary Coordinator for the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.
- Vicente Fox Quesada - Former President of Mexico (2000–2006).
- Cecilia Landerreche - Director of the DIF
- Gustavo Madero Muñoz - Senator
- Juan Carlos Natale - Congressist
- Juan Sabines Guerrero - Governor of Chiapas
- Demetrio Sodi - Politician
- Josefina Vázquez Mota - 2012 Presidential candidate and Congressist
Television and mass media
- Javier Aceves (Baxter) - Radio DJ.
- Brooke Baldwin - CNN anchor.
- Rosy Ocampo - Television producer.
- Jorge Ceballos Castelo - Pionero Social Media México.
- Erick Hernández Villar - Motion Graphics Developer.
- Héctor Aguilar Camín - Mexican writer, journalist and historian.
- Gabriela Hill - Host of Poker After Dark (Full Tilt Poker en la noche) in Spanish-speaking Latin America.
- Jorge Ramos - Journalist
- Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
- List of alumni of Jesuit educational institutions
- List of universities in Mexico
- Espinosa, David. Jesuit Student Groups, the Universidad Iberoamericana, and Political Resistance in Mexico. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press 2014.
- Meneses Morales, Ernesto. La Universidad Iberoamericana en el Contexto de la Educación Superior Contemporanea. Mexico City: UIA 1979.
- David Espinosa, Jesuit Student Groups, the Universidad Iberoamericana, and Political Resistance in Mexico, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press 2014, p. 77.
- Espinosa, Jesuit Student Groups p. 3.
- Espinosa, Jesuit Student Groups, p. 3.
- Espinosa, Jesuit Student Groups, p. 3.
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