Universidad de Antioquia is a public university founded in 1803. Its main campus is located in the city of Medellín, Colombia; additionally, it has other campuses and facilities in the nine regions of the department of Antioquia, Colombia.
The purpose of Universidad de Antioquia is to pursuit, develop, and spread knowledge in the fields of humanities, science, arts, philosophy, and technology through research, teaching, and outreach activities. These activities are included in both undergraduate and graduate programs using in-person, blended, and open and distance learning methods and are at the service of a comprehensive understanding of the human being.
The university consists of 25 academic units divided into 14 faculties, four schools, four institutes, and three corporations that together offer around 130 undergraduate programs. Moreover, it offers 58 specializations, 46 medical specialties, 57 master’s programs, and 23 PhD programs, for a total of 184 graduate programs.
On September 5th, 2003, Universidad de Antioquia was the first public university in Colombia to be granted the high-quality institutional accreditation for nine years by the Ministry of National Education. On December 14th, 2012, the National Council of Accreditation consecutively renewed, for 10 years, such accreditation of the university. Universidad de Antioquia along with Universidad de los Andes, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and Universidad del Valle are the only universities to have been acknowledged for the longest periods of this institutional accreditation in the country.
Besides standing out in the academic and research fields, the university is also a well-known cultural icon. It has institutions and dependencies that promote culture and art, such as the Universidad de Antioquia University Museum, the Carlos Gaviria Díaz Central Library, the Universidad de Antioquia Publishing House, the Universidad de Antioquia Cultural Radio Station, and the Faculty of Arts Cultural Center.
Universidad de Antioquia is an autonomous public university committed—based on criteria of excellence—to the comprehensive education of human beings, the generation and dissemination of knowledge in the different fields, and the preservation and revitalization of cultural heritage.
In 2027, Universidad de Antioquia, as a public institution, will be recognized nationally and internationally for its academic excellence and its innovation in support of the community, the territories, and the environmental sustainability.
As a source of knowledge, driving force, and support of teaching, research is included in the curriculum. Its purpose is to generate and verify knowledge aimed at the development of science and the production and adaptation of technology in order to find solutions to the problems of the region and the country.
Having its foundations in research, teaching allows students to be trained in the fields and professions of their choice through the creation of curricula and the use of pedagogical methods that facilitate the achievement of the ethical and academic goals of the university. Because of its spreading and educational nature, this component plays a social role delegating scientific and moral responsibilities to professors towards their students, the institution, and the community.
It refers to the permanent and direct university-community relationship whose impact works both ways: the institution on the community and the other way around. Outreach takes place through interaction processes and programs—artistic, scientific, and technological activities and consultancy services—with different social sectors and stakeholders and through programs aimed at spreading arts and knowledge and exchanging experiences and financial support in favor of the university’s mission. Continuing education programs and other activities oriented to ensure general wellbeing are part of this component. In this sense, the university achieves one of its main goals; and, for that, its alumni, as a living and acting expression of the university in the community, play a fundamental role.
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