Universidad de Los Andes

Universidad de Los Andes

Universidad de Los Andes

Date Founded



Carrera 1, No 18A 10,Bogota

Company Description

Universidad de los Andes was founded on November 16th, 1948 by a group of young men under the leadership of Mario Laserna Pinzn. It was the first private higher education institution in Colombia that was nondenominational and independent from traditional political parties, as well as from social or economic power groups. It was precisely due to these characteristics, that Universidad de los Andes was able to propitiate a visionary and avant-garde educational program, at a historical moment in Colombia, in which other private universities were bound by political strife. Within this historical context, according to Francisco Pizano de Brigard, one of the founders and former president of the university, Universidad de los Andes birth did not just spring from the desire to found another university, or from a purely educational interest, but from the intention of building a new country with the purpose of shaping and educating the new generations for a new nation. This is the reason why Universidad de los Andes purpose continues to be that of providing a high quality education that will help to close the knowledge gap between Colombia and the latest and most advanced scientific knowledge available in the world. From its onset, Universidad de los Andes established agreements with the universities of Illinois, Pittsburgh, and Texas so that its students could study abroad. This was a very innovative program at that time. With this vision that would later be adopted by other Colombian universities as well Universidad de los Andes began its work in 1949 with seven programs, 79 students, and 16 professors. Universidad de los Andes is an autonomous, independent, and innovative institution that fosters pluralism, tolerance, and respect for ideas. It aims for academic excellence while providing rigorous critical and ethical character development, in order to enhance in all students an awareness of their social and citizenship responsibilities, as well as a firm commitment to the society. The university's student body, in an environment of interdisciplinary and flexible integral character development, becomes the chief agent of the educational process. A highly skilled, knowledgeable, and prestigious faculty facilitates the development of an outstanding academic and professional life project that supports research, contributes to the development of the country, and transcends its geographical boundaries.

Executives & Employees

Economics Dean

Director General-Business School

Director-Alberto Lleras Cargo School

Director-Alberto Lleras Camargo School

Board of Directors

Partner at Brigard & Urrutia Abogados

Former Chief Executive Officer & General Manager at Interconexion Eléctrica SA ESP

Research Associate at Fundación para la Educación Superior y Desarrollo (Research)

Founding Partner at Philippi, Prietocarrizosa, Ferrero DU & Uría

Distinguished Alumni
Mauricio Ramos is now President, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director at Millicom International Cellular SA
Sanjiv K. Kapur is now Partner at Jones Day
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