Panamerican University

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Universidad Panamericana)
Jump to: navigation, search
For the Guatemalean university, see Universidad Panamericana de Guatemala.
Panamerican University
Universidad Panamericana
Motto Ubi spiritus, libertas
(Latin for: Where the spirit is, there is freedom)
Type Private, Roman Catholic
Established 1967
Rector Dr. José Antonio Lozano Díez
Students 16,217 (2010)[1]
Undergraduates 3,124
Postgraduates 3,917
Location Mexico City, D.F., Mexico
Campus Urban

The Panamerican University (Spanish Universidad Panamericana), commonly known as UP, is a private Catholic university located in Mexico City. It has four main campuses, the main Mixcoac campus in Benito Juarez, southern Mexico City, two located since the summer of 2007 in Guadalajara and in Aguascalientes, and the last in Santa Fe, Mexico City, since 2009.


UP was founded in 1967 as a business school. A group of wealthy businessmen and academics gave life to the Panamerican Institute for High Business Direction (Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresas), later they promoted the creation of a university. The Panamerican Institute of Humanities (Instituto Panamericano de Humanidades- IPH), founded in 1968, merged with the IPADE and created the Panamerican University. It was all done under the spiritual direction of Opus Dei, a personal prelature of the Catholic Church.

In 1978, the IPH was given University rank and took the name Panamerican University (Universidad Panamericana), even though the IPADE and IPH conceived from their origins the universal and unitarian knowledge.

The new university began with only two programs, Pedagogy and Administration. During the 1970s new programs were added, including Law and Philosophy (1970), Economics and Business Administration (1977), and Industrial Engineering (1978). Further new programs were added in the 1980s and 1990s, including Electromechanic Engineering, Accountancy (1981), Informatics, Marketing, International Business, Finance (1993), and Medicine (1996).

Motto and Coat of Arms[edit]

Ubi spiritus, libertas (Where the spirit is, there is freedom) is the university's motto, it synthesizes the educational philosophy. Love of freedom in a space where the human spirit is cultivated: therefore, love of authentic freedom.

The University's arms is formed by two elements: The red square and the blue band on the golden left side, which represent the coat of arms used by Christopher Columbus when he discovered the Americas; they symbolize Pan-Americanism.

On the right side, on top of a golden bottom, there's an Oak, symbol of strength. Its roots are the diverse sources of integral development; the four ramifications symbolize the Cardinal Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance; the leaves and acorns represent the rest of the virtues, which derive of the fundamental four.

Schools and Faculties[edit]

Currently, the university has 17 undergradutate academic programs, depending on 5 Schools and 3 Faculties. This includes Licenciaturas and Ingenierías (equivalent to BA, BSc and LLB).

  • School of Institutions Administration
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Economic and Business Sciences
  • School of Communication
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Pedagogy
  • Open University

The University is also in charge of the Preparatoria Universidad Panamericana (Panamerican University Highschool), a high school with the same educational principles. It has two distinct campuses one for boys and another for girls, called Yaocalli.


The graduate school of the Panamerican University, IPADE, is ranked as that 2nd best business school in Mexico [2] and among the best in Latin America.[3]

For more information see the IPADE Rankings.

International Programs[edit]

For several years, the university has offered several exchange agreements with the following universities (among others):


See Category:Universidad Panamericana faculty

Notable alumni[edit]

See Category:Universidad Panamericana alumni



  • Arturo Damm - Economist.
  • Victor Isolino Doval - Satirist
  • Hernany Veytia - Lawyer.
  • Alfredo Reyes Krafft - TIC Lawyer
  • Hector Zagal - Philosopher and writer.
  • José Manuel Rivera Montes de Oca - Mathematician
  • Noé Rodríguez Castro - IT Engineer
  • Roberto Antonio Amador Gómez - IT Engineer
  • Dr. Claudio De Jesús Pita Ruiz Velasco - IQ

Honoris Causa degrees[edit]

Some of the Honoris Causa degrees awarded by the UP include:

Affiliated schools[edit]


Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui published a series of reports on alleged plagiarism found in the thesis entitled "The Mexican presidentialism and Alvaro Obregon" from the current President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, to obtain a degree in law at Panamerican University.[4]

The university informed their community that a group of "distinguished members" would make an analysis of this thesis and issued an institutional statement dated August 28 informing that the graduating procedure of Enrique Peña Nieto complied with the requirements back in the year 1991 and the thesis of his own presents both original ideas and ideas from other authors treated in five different ways:

• Textual fragment reproduction of previously published works according to academic standards.

• Textual fragment reproduction without quotes or footer section of the literature.

• Support Reproductions in which there is no quoted footnote reference but in the reference section.

• Textual reproduction in which credit is given to the author of ambiguous or imprecise manner.

• Cases in which credit is given to the original author, but not the source from which the quotation was taken.[5]

In the same statement the Law Faculty reports that proceeded to search rules that allow a proper response to a discovery of this nature and concluded that:

1) This is an unprecedented case in which there are no provisions in the applicable regulatory bodies titration procedure, a technical consultation to the National Autonomous University of Mexico was asked to confirm in writing this criterion.

2) The General Regulations from that institution does not apply to former students.

3) It is a consummated act on which it is impossible to proceed in any way.[6]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 19°22′29″N 99°11′01″W / 19.3746°N 99.1837°W / 19.3746; -99.1837