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Universidad Libre

Universidad Libre is a university in Colombia.

With the intention of creating an unbiased learning institution during a radical political period in Colombia, the Universidad Republicana was founded (Republican University) in Bogota in the late 19th century.

In 1910, Universidad Republicana went through terrible economic mishaps. A group of investors determined to save the institution lead by Don Eugenio Lopez, proceeded to try to amass the necessary funds to keep the institution alive. In April 13, 1912 Universidad Republicana S.A. was constituted as a society but its commercial name was Universidad libre. In 1913 after many legal battles Universidad Libre became an independent entity from Unversidad Republicana.

Now constituted as a separate entity Universidad Libre was facing again economic issues, with many of the contributors withdrawing their funds. Cesar J. Rodriguez was in charged of the dawning task of yet again raising capital for the institution. Mr. Rodriguez himself hired the seasoned and charismatic leader Benjamin Herrera as head of the project.

Mr Herrera was in charged of Universidad Libre until 1921 when he ran an unsuccessful presidential campaign against Pedronel Ospina. The defeated Mr Herrera finally in 1922 raised the desired amount of capital and Julio Cesar Rodriguez announced in March 29, 1922 the beginning of activities.

It wasnt until February 13, 1923 that Universidad Libre actually started classes, in the first faculty dedicated to Law and science

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