Pontifical Xavierian University

Pontifical Xavierian University

Infobox University
name= Javeriana University| Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

motto=Sapientia AEdificavit sibi Domum ("Wisdom Built its own House")
affiliation=Roman Catholic(Jesuit)
principal=Joaquín Emilio Sánchez, S.J.
campus = Urban, convert|3937|acre|km2
colors = "Blue", "White", "Yellow"

The Pontificia Universidad Javeriana is a private higher education institution founded in 1623. It is one of the oldest and most traditional Colombian universities, directed by the Society of Jesus, with its main facilities in Bogotá and a sectional division in Cali. It is one of the 28 universities entrusted to the Society of Jesus in Latin America, and one of the 114 the world over.

The Javeriana University in Bogotá has 18 Schools comprising 61 departments and 181 academic programs catering to different areas of knowledge, giving the university its multidisciplinary nature. It has 45 buildings in convert|445|acre|km2 , and is located in a strategic easily accessible part of the city

The Javeriana University is one of the twelve universities in Colombia having a high quality institutional accreditation, granted to it for eight years by Resolution 1320 of June 12 th 2003, of the Ministry of National Education. The University has a total of 21 undergraduate programs with high quality accreditation, and other eight programs are now in the more advanced accreditation process stages.

In graduate programs, quality is acknowledged through the Qualified Registries. The University has 87 graduate programs with Qualified Registries and has presented other 29 to these processes.


The College of the Society of Jesus was established in Santafé de Bogotá in 1604. 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 the at that time 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 the existence of the Universidad Javeriana.

Headmaster List

# Baltasar Mas Burgués, S.J. - 1623
# Sebastían Murillo, S.J. - 1628
# Francisco de Fuentes, S.J. - 1636
# Francisco Sarmiento, S.J. - 1639
# Baltasar Mas Burgués, S.J. - 1641
# Juan Manuel, S.J. - 1642-1645
# Pedro Fernández, S.J. - 1646
# Juan Gregorio, S.J. - 1651
# Francisco Varaiz, S.J. - 1653
# Juan Gregorio, S.J. - 1657
# Gaspar Cujía, S.J. - 1659
# Bartolomé Pérez, S.J.
# Juan de Santiago, S.J. - 1673
# Juan Martínez R., S.J. -1677 -1681
# Francisco Alvarez, S.J. - 1682
# Pedro de Mercado, S.J. - 1686
# Pedro Calderón, S.J. - 1706
# Diego de Tapia, S.J. - 1733 -1734
# Mateo Mimbela, S.J. - 1735
# Francisco Cataño, S.J. - 1737
# Jaime López, S.J. - 1738 -1741
# Tomás Casabona, S.J. - 1743 - 1749
# Ignacio Ferrer, S.J. - 1756
# Manuel Román, S.J. - 1761
# Manuel Zapata, S.J. - 1764 -1765
# Nicolás Candela, S.J. - 1767.


163 years after the university had been 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 university initiated a second stage with the College of Economic and Legal Sciences. Gradually, more colleges were created, until what is currently the heart of the university was established. More recently, in 1970, after multiple petitions from the community of Cali, the university started a programme in that city. The extension of the Universidad Javeriana in Cali, took the name of "Seccional Cali", teaching students pursuing their degree in business, engineering, psychology.

Head List

# José Salvador Restrepo, S.J. 1930 -1932
# Jesús María Fernández, S.J. 1932 -1935
# Alberto Moreno, S.J. (E) 1935
# Carlos Ortiz, S.J. 1935 -1941
# Francisco Javier Mejía, S.J.(E) 1941
# Félix Restrepo, S.J. 1941 - 1950
# Emilio Arango, S.J. 1950 -1955
# Carlos Ortiz, S.J. (E) 1955 -1956; (Rector) 1956 -1960
# Jesús Emilio Ramírez, S.J. 1960 -1966
# Fernando Barón, S.J. 1966 -1970
# Alfonso Borrero, S.J. 1970 -1977
# Roberto Caro, S.J. 1977-1983
# Jorge Hoyos Vásquez, S.J. 1983 -1989
# Gerardo Arango Puerta, S.J. 1989 -1998
# Gerardo Remolina Vargas, S.J. 1999 - 2007
# Joaquín Emilio Sánchez, S.J. 2007 -


Great ChancellorPeter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.

Vice- Great ChancellorGabriel Ignacio Rodríguez-Tamayo, S. J.

University PresidentJoaquín Emilio Sánchez, S.J.

Academic Vice-presidentVicente Durán Casas, S.J.

University Welfare Vice-presidentAntonio José Sarmiento- Nova S.J.

Administrative Vice-presidentRoberto Enrique Montoya- Villa

General SecretaryJaime Cataño Cataño


The university offers: 40 undergraduate programs, 69 professional specializations, 45 medical and surgical specializations, 8 dentistry specializations, 22 masters, 4 PhD's

Based on its prestige and the quality of its academic offer, the university selects, from among its applicants, those students with the highest academic credentials. Its graduates are known for their professional quality, their skills for teamwork and value-centered human leadership.

Faculties and Departments

Faculty of Design and Architecture Department of Architecture, Department of Industrial Design, Department of Aesthetic

Faculty of Arts Department of Drama, Department of Visual Arts, Department of Music

Faculty of Sciences Department of Biologics, Department of Physics, Department of Mathematics, Department of Microbiology, Department of Nutrition and Biochemist, Department of Chemistry

Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences

Department of Management, Department of Accounting, Department of Economics

Faculty of Law Department of Economic Law, Department of Work Law, Department of Penal Law, Department of Private Law, Department of Processable Law, Department of Public Law, Department of Law Philosophy and History, Department of Sociology y Law Politics

Faculty of Political Science and International Relations

Department of Political Science and Department of International Relations

Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Anthropology, Department of History y Geography, Department of Literature, Department of Sociology

Faculty of Communication and Language

Department of Communication, Department of Information and Department of Languages Faculty of Education Department of Formation

Faculty of Environmental and Rural Studies Department of Ecology and Department of Rural and Regional Development

Faculty of Nursing Department of Clinic Nursing and Department of Collective Health Nursing

Faculty of Philosophy Department of Philosophy

Faculty of Engineering Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Electronic Engineering, Department of Productive Process Engineering, Department of Computer Engineering

Faculty of Medicine

Department of Anesthesiology, Department of Physiologic Science, Department of Surgery, Department of Gynecology y Obstetrics, Department of Intern Medicine, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Department of Morphology, Department of Orthopedics, Department of Pathology, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Psychiatrics and Mental Health, Department of Radiology and Diagnostics Images, Department of Neuroscience, Unit of Clinic Epidemiology

Faculty of Dentistry

Faculty of Psychology

Faculty of Theology Department of Theology


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, for its acronym in Spanish) with its "People Soft" platform for Academic Management; the New Technologies-Aided Education Center (CEANTIC by its Spanish Acronym) 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.


The Javeriana 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 also 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 on line 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.


*Fernando Araújo Perdomo, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia (2007-2008)
*Cabas, singer
*César Gaviria, President of Colombia (1990-1994) and General Secretary of the OAS
*Rodolfo Llinás, neuroscientist, Dean of Neuroscience in NYU
*Riyad al-Maliki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Palestinian Authority
*Noemí Sanín, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, current Ambassador in the United Kingdom
*Ernesto Samper, President of Colombia (1994-1998)
*Carlos Vives, singer (did not finish)


External links

* [http://www.javeriana.edu.co Link to Pontificia Universidad Javeriana at Bogotá]
* [http://www.puj.edu.co Link to Pontificia Universidad Javeriana at Cali]
* [http://www.javeriana.edu.co/puj/english/ University site in English]
* [http://www.javeriana.edu.co/puj/posgrados2.htm Postgraduate information (in Spanish)]

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