University of Curaçao

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University of Curaçao
Universiteit van Curaçao
Universidat di Kòrsòu
Former names
University of the Netherlands Antilles, Antillean College of Technology, College of the Netherlands Antilles, College of Law
Motto Pursuing excellence in values, knowledge, and skills
Established 1979
Type Public
Endowment ANG20 million
Rector Dr. Francis B.G. de Lanoy
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 2000
Postgraduates 70
Location Piscadera, Curaçao
12°09′25″N 68°57′40″W / 12.157°N 68.961°W / 12.157; -68.961Coordinates: 12°09′25″N 68°57′40″W / 12.157°N 68.961°W / 12.157; -68.961

The University of Curaçao mr. dr. Moises Frumencio da Costa Gomez[1][dead link] is the state university of Curaçao. It is a public university, graduating approximately three hundred students per year. The quality and level of the program are similar to those in the Netherlands. All programs provided at the university are accredited by The Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie (NVAO).


The University of Curaçao has existed in its present form since 1973. Its history, however, dates back to 1970, the year in which the Law College of the Netherlands Antilles was established by a national decree dated October 6, 1970 (O.B. 1970 no. 1130), to prepare students to take the LL.B. Antillean Law exam. The Law College became the College of the Netherlands Antilles in 1974, after a degree program in Business Administration was established. The Department of Business Administration was changed into the Department of Business Administration and Public Administration in 1977, after which students could also obtain a bachelor's degree in Public Administration. Finally, with the foundation of the UNA in 1979 by a national decree dated 12 January 1979 (O.B. 1979 no. 12), the Antillean College of Technology (established 1972), was transformed into the Faculty of Engineering.

In 2011 the University of the Netherlands Antilles was renamed the University of Curaçao mr. dr. Moises Frumencio da Costa Gomez.

Faculties & Programs[edit]

The Faculty of Law

  • Bachelor (LL.B.) in Curaçao Law
  • Master(LL.M.) degrees in Curaçao law

The Faculty of Engineering

  • Bachelor (B.Sc.) degrees in Architecture and Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor (B.Sc.) Industrial Engineering
  • Bachelor (B.Sc.) Information Engineering and Electrical Systems
  • Master (MBA) program in Technology Management

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics

  • Bachelor (B.A.Sc.) degree programs Business Administration (4 majors); Financial Management, Marketing Management, International Business and Management studies, Business information System.[2]
  • Bachelor (B.A.Sc.) Human Resources Management
  • Bachelor (B.A.Sc.)Fiscal Law & Economics.
  • Bachelor ( B.Sc.) Accountancy & Control.
  • Bachelor ( B.Sc. )Business & Economics.
  • Master (M.Sc.) in Accountancy & Management.
  • Executive Financial Management Master program (XFM) in Cooperation with the Rotterdam School of Management at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The Faculty of Arts

  • Educational Bachelor (B.A.)
  • Master (M.A.) degree programs in Papiamento, Dutch, Spanish and English, and Elementary teaching science (LOFO).

The Faculty of Societal and Behavioral Studies

  • Bachelor (B.A.Sc.) Social Work
  • Master's degree in Social Work.

Since 2010, the university has been the seat of the UNESCO Caribbean Small Island Developing State Good Governance Chair.

Notable Alumni[edit]

  • Dr. Mariano 'Pitosh' Heyden As. Professor University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Ersilia "Zus" De Lannoy (former Minister of Finance)
  • Zita Jesus-Leito (former Commissioner of Constitutional Affairs)
  • Daisy Tyrol-Carolus (Former CEO of RBTT Bank NV. Curaçao)
  • Rene Rosalia (former Minister of Education, Science, Culture & Sports of Curaçao)
  • Lizanne Dindial (last Lieutenant Governor for Curaçao)
  • Eugene Maduro (model and TV host)
  • Mike Eman (Prime Minister of Aruba)
  • René Römer (CEO Curaçao International Financial Center and Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange N.V.)

Notable Faculty[edit]

Full Professors[edit]

  • Frank Martinus Arion
  • Ronald E. Severing (Director of the Foundation for Language Planning)
  • Johannes I.M. (Joop) Halman
  • Frank Kunneman (vice president of the Government Advice Council)
  • Wim Rutgers

Former Faculty[edit]

  • Valdemar Marcha (former CEO of ALM)
  • Gilbert Cijntje (Political Scientist and Radio host)
  • Emsley Tromp (Governor of the Bank of Curaçao & St. Maarten)
  • Rutsel Martha (Former minister of Justice & Diplomat)
  • Dr. Miguel Goede (Former Rector Magnificus)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ (Dutch) UNA changes its name: an important step Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 13 January 2011
  2. ^