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University of the Andes
Universidad de los Andes

Logo of Universidad de los Andes
Established November 16, 1948[1]
Type Private
Rector Carlos Angulo Galvis[2]
Staff 1,147
Students 14,168
Undergraduates 11,450
Postgraduates 2,718
Doctoral students 83
Location Bogotá, Colombia
4°36′04.23″N 74°3′56.38″W / 4.601175°N 74.0656611°W / 4.601175; -74.0656611Coordinates: 4°36′04.23″N 74°3′56.38″W / 4.601175°N 74.0656611°W / 4.601175; -74.0656611
Campus Urban, 14,37 acres (58.15 Hectare)
Nickname Los Andes, Uniandes
Mascot Seneca, the goat
Main reference

The University of the Andes (Spanish: Universidad de los Andes), also known as Uniandes, is a coeducational, nonsectarian private university located in downtown Bogotá, Colombia. Founded in 1948, The University currently has 9 Schools, all of which offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs: Management, Architecture and Design, Arts and Humanities, Science, Social Sciences, Law, Economics, Engineering and Medicine.[3].

The university was founded by a group of Colombian intellectuals led by Mario Laserna Pinzón and was at the time the first university in the country to be non-sectarian, that is, independent of political parties or influence from the state or the church.[4]. Today, the University sought to model itself after major research universities through strategies as greater focus on graduate education and research. [5] As a result of this, doctorate programs have been opened in recent years and new research facilities have been built on campus[3]. The University has not yet achieved wide international visibility. However, it was included recently among the top 500 universities worldwide (400-500 tier) in a classification done by Times Higher Education–QS of London. [6]



Los Andes University offers 28 undergraduate programs, 30 specialized degree programs, 20 master's programs, and 5 doctoral programs.

  • Undergraduate Programs
    • Administration (Business)
    • Anthropology
    • Architecture
    • Art
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Law
    • Industrial Design
    • Economics
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • History
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Systems and Computing Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Electronic Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Languages & Sociocultural Studies
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Medicine
    • Microbiology
    • Music
    • Psychology
    • Chemistry
  • Specialized Graduate Programs
  • Master's Programs
  • Doctoral Programs
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Engineering
  • School of Management
    • Marketing
    • Finance
  • School of Architecture and Design
  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Sciences
    • International Negotiation and Relations
    • Theory and Experience of the Solution of Armed Conflict
  • School of Social Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Economics
  • School of Government Alberto Lleras Camargo
  • School of Engineering
    • Automation of Industrial Processes
    • Electricity Transmission and Distribution Systems
    • Highway and Transport Infrastructure
    • Integral Management of the Environment
    • IT Systems in the Organization
    • Organizational Control and Management Systems
    • Risk Evaluation and Disaster Prevention
    • Software Development
    • Software Construction for Computer Networks
    • Telematics
    • Telecommunication Companies Management
    • E-Commerce
  • School of Medicine


The mascot of Uniandes is a goat called Seneca. Its story dates back to the late 1940s when a goat roamed the campus freely. Students adopted it, and it became a symbol for the university. The goat died in 1966 when it fell off a cliff. Today it is not posible to hold a goat within the campus, but Seneca is still fondly remembered. The wireless spots are named after the goat, and every year a goat is brought to the university to celebrate "The Students' Day".

Notable faculty and Alumni


Former deans of Law School

  • Eduardo Cifuentes Muñoz (current)
  • Alfredo Luis Fuentes Hernández
  • Manuel Jose Cepeda Espinosa
  • Alfredo Lewin Figueroa
  • Luis Ignacio Becerra Fadul
  • Mauricio Echeverri Gutierrez
  • Carlos Gustavo Arrieta Padilla
  • Fernando Cepeda Ulloa
  • Gustavo Zafra Roldan
  • Eduardo Alvarez-Correa Duperly
  • Jaime Vidal Perdomo
  • Sergio Rodríguez Restrepo
  • Fernando Umaña Pavolini
  • Hernando Gómez Otálora

Former deans of Economics School

  • Alejandro Gaviria Uribe (Current)
  • Juan Carlos Echeverry
  • Alberto Carrasquilla Barrera
  • Santiago Montenegro Trujillo
  • José Leibovich
  • Manuel Ramírez Gómez
  • Eduardo Sarmiento Palacio
  • Edgar Reveiz Roldán
  • Augusto Cano Motta
  • Francisco Ortega Acosta
  • Eduardo Wiesner Durán
  • Miguel Fadul
  • Daniel Peñaranda
  • Jorge Ruíz Lara
  • Armando Sánchez Torres
  • Hernán Echavarría Olózaga



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