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National University of Colombia

The National University of Colombia , also called UNAL or just UN, is a public, national, coeducational, research university, located primarily in Bogota, Colombia. Its main campus, known as University City of Bogota is the flagship campus of the university system, which also includes six satellite campuses located in the cities of Medellin, Manizales, Palmira, Arauca, Leticia, and San Andres. Established in 1867 by an act of the Congress of Colombia, the university is the largest higher education institution of the country with more than 43,341 students, the largest number of graduated professionals per year, and number of academic programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with 374 academic programs, which includes 88 graduate diplomas, 118 Master's degrees, 40 medical specialties, and 30 doctorates. It is also one of the few universities that employs post-doctorate fellows in the country.

The university is member of the Association of Colombian Universities (ASCUN), the Iberoamerican Association of Postgraduate Universities (AUIP), and the Iberoamerican University Network Universia. Along with the Antioquia and Valle universities, it conforms what is known as the Golden Triangle of higher education in Colombia, being among the most selective and competitive universities in the country. A study by Universia found it to be the Colombian university producing the largest number of scientific papers published in peer-refereed publications in 2005, and the 45th most prolific in Latin America.


The University City of Bogota , also known as the White City , is the main campus for the University. It is located in the Teusaquillo locality, northwest of the historical center. It is also the largest campus in Colombia, with an extension of and a constructed area of , making it an ample campus with several green areas, open spaces, and pedestrian paths. Among its buildings there are 17 which have been declared national monuments and, as a whole, it is a representation of the last 60 years of architecture in Colombia.

The campus was designed by German architects Fritz Karsen and Leopold Rother, and its construction began in 1935, under the government of Alfonso Lopez Pumarejo. It is organized as an ellipse, divided in five parts, each containing one of the academic divisions and its respective dependencies. The buildings were constructed as prismatic blocks, and painted white, in order to give a austere and clean look.

Some landmarks in the campus are the Leon de Greiff Auditorium, and the Francisco de Paula Santander Plaza, also known unofficially as the "Che Plaza", in honor to Ernesto el Che Guevara. The campus has its own stadium, where sometimes matches for the national soccer championship are held.


The National University of Colombia has 20 schools distributed among Bogota, Medellin, Manizales and Palmira:

Colleges in Bogota:



Economics Sciences

Engineering Faculty

Fine Arts

Human Sciences

Law, Social and Political Sciences


Nursing Nursing Faculty


Veterinary Medicine and Animal Management

Institutes interfaculties

Institute of Biotechnology

Institute of Science and Food Technology - ICTA

Institute of Environmental Studies -IDEA-

Institute of Studies in Communication - IECO-

International institute of Political Studies and Relations -IEPRI-

Genetics Institute

"Arturo Ramirez Montufar" Pedagogical Institute -IPARM-

Museums in Bogota Campus:

Casa Museo Jorge Eliecer Gaitan (Jorge Eliecer Gaitan Museum)

Museo de Arte Universidad Nacional de Colombia (National University's Art Museum)

Museo de Arquitectura Leopoldo Rother (Leopoldo Rother Museum of Architecture)

Museo de Historia Natural (Museum of Natural History)

Museo de la Ciencia y el Juego (Museum of Science and Games)

Museo Centro de Historia de la Medicina (Museum Center of the History of Medicine)

Museo Entomologico (Entomological Museum)

Museo Organologico Musical (Organologic Musical Museum)

Observatorio Astronomico Nacional (National Astronomical Observatory)


Newspaper printed edition

Radio station

Newspaper (With Internet version) with articles ranging from international issues to research within the colleges.

UN television.

Noted people

List of rectors

1990-1993, Antanas Mockus Sivickas

1994-1997, Guillermo Paramo Rocha

1997-2003, Victor Manuel Moncayo Cruz

2003-2005, Marco Antonio Palacios Rozo

2005-2006, Ramon Fayad Nafah

2006-present, Moises Wasserman Lerner

Notable alumni

Famous personalities among its alumni include Fernando Botero, Manuel Elkin Patarroyo, Jorge Eliecer Gaitan and Carlos Jacanamijoy

See also

List of universities in Colombia

External links

National University of Colombia Main Page

National University of Colombia Main Page in Spanish

National University of Colombia OCW

National University Museum of Art

Leopoldo Rother Museum of Architecture

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