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About Universidad del Rosario

Since the Colonial period and  before the Republican period, Colombia’s life has been inseparable from the Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, that was to be recognized later on as Universidad del Rosario. The University was founded in 1653, duly authorized by King Philippe IV and Friar Cristobal de Torres, archbishop of Santa Fe de Bogota in the Nuevo Reino de Granada, to teach philosophy, theology, law and medicine.

From its foundation, El Rosario has always been “from” and “for” the students, (being this the philosophy of the Colegiatura (i.e. Fellowship).

From the outset, the founder appointed two Dominican brothers as the President and Vice-President of the Colegio Mayor respectively, but reserved for himself the right to appoint the Colegiales (Fellows), namely students who excel both academically and morally).

The Colegiales would enjoy the benefits of a full scholarship and living in the Claustro (Clauster) up to their graduation, that is, for about seven years.

The Brothers of the Dominican Order protested before the founder for not appointing a member of the community within the group of Colegiales, since the Dominicans considered the Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario their own property.

In response, the founder wrote the Constituciones (Constitutions) or the school bylaws that still rule the essentials of the University’s life, and firmly asked the Order to give the school back to the Colegiales.

This tradition of Universitas Scholarium finds its origins already in Bologne, crib of European universities, and continued in the Spanish America, where the students constitute the foundation of the Univeristy, unike the Universitas Magistrorum, as at the University of Paris.

Organizational Model of Universidad del Rosario

The organization is similar to that of the Colegio Mayor de Salamanca (Spain), also called as “The Archbishop’s School” and currently known as Fonseca.

These are private and autonomous governed by students: the Colegiales de Número (Fellows by Number), similar to the fellows of British schools, who have a full scholarship and appoint the authorities of the Claustro.

In the 21th Century the Universidad del Rosario has been defined as “A University with Teaching Staff and active in Research” stressing, therefore, the humanistic nature and the vocation of service to our society.

In order to become a University where teaching leads to research, Universidad del Rosario (UR) has committed itself to reach the highest quality standards, achieving the Institutional Accreditation from the National Ministry of Education and becoming the first University in the country to be internationally evaluated by the European Union of Universities – EUA.

To-date, UR offers to more than 12.000 students the best integral education in the following areas: 
  • 21 Undergraduate programs
  • 84 Specializations, i.e. professional practical emphases
  • 14 Master degree programs
  • 5 Doctoral programs

Furthermore, UR also has 33 research groups.

The above characterization of UR has been preserved throughout the history of the Universidad and has been the pillar of its educational action. The current mission comprises the fundamental ideas of the Founder and expresses them in contemporary language to meet the needs of the present-day context.

The mission of the University was reviewed during the Development Plan of 1998 and reaffirmed for the new Integral Plan for the Development of the University, in the following terms:

"To impart a solid ethical, humanistic and scientific education, which combined with research and a demanding and rigorous faculty, allows the educational community to develop distinguished citizens who act in benefit of the society, with a strong sense of responsibility".

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