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Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra
Santiago, Dominican Republic


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Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) is a private Catholic university in the Dominican Republic and is considered one of the best in this country.

It was founded on September 9, 1962 and opened its doors on November 15 that year. In 1987, in celebration of 25 years of existence, John Paul II was recognized as Pontifical Catholic University. Its main campus is located in the city of Santiago, and has smaller enclosures (in extension) in Puerto Plata and Santo Domingo. The main campus offers a variety of careers, ranging from health sciences to technology careers in business. Offers graduate programs, as well as programs associated with universities in the United States and France. Its current rector is Agripino Nunez Collado.

As an institution of the Dominican Catholic Church, the PUCMM has in the Dominican Episcopal Conference, its highest governing body, composed of the Archbishop of Santo Domingo and Santiago, nine bishops, two auxiliary bishops, seven retired bishops and a Secretary General.

The Dominican Episcopal delegates to the Board of Directors the authority to govern the institution, with few exceptions. The Board of Directors is composed of three bishops (including the Archbishop of Santiago), the Rector and two Vice-Chancellors older. The remaining fifteen members are outstanding personalities of the national community.

Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), the first private university in the country, was founded by the Dominican Episcopal Conference on September 9, 1962, in Santiago de los Caballeros, in response to needs in education were emerging in the country in its economic and social development after the fall of the dictatorship of Trujillo. It was called Madre y Maestra in homage to the great social encyclical "Mater et Magistra of Pope John XXIII, whose fundamental principles are based.

Under Law No. 6150 of December 31, 1962, the Dominican Government granted it legal to confer academic degrees.

The academic work PUCMM started the careers of Law, Education and Philosophy, under the rector of the first bishop of Santiago, Archbishop Hugo Eduardo Polanco Brito, in an old wooden house on Calle Maximo Gomez, the city of Santiago. Later, he occupied the south wing of Women Polytechnic Institute until his transfer to the permanent campus in 1967.

In addition to its first president, occupied the rectory of Bishop Juan Félix Pepén Institution Suleiman, Bishop Roque Adames Rodriguez and Monsignor Agripino Nunez Collado, who holds the rector from 1970 to date.

In 1987, Silver Jubilee, the University received the canonical and Pontificia exaltation of His Holiness John Paul II, under Decree No. 1504/86/26, the September 9, 1987, the Congregation for Education Catholic.

The organization operates on the main campus, located in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Tomás de Aquino Recinto (RSTA), founded in 1981, located in the city of Santo Domingo and Puerto Extension Plata, founded in 1971.


"Search for scientific solutions to the challenges facing the Dominican people and the global environment, and preparing leaders endowed with ethical principles, humanistic and Christian, necessary for the material and spiritual development of society, maintaining the character of open space for free discussion of ideas. "


"Being a college attached to Christian humanism, national and regional benchmark for quality and relevance of his work and with internationally accredited programs."


Since its inception, the PUCMM made it clear that was born under the sign of man, as well as express a paper by the Congregation for Catholic Education: "The university today, and especially a Catholic university must take on the man, across the range of its dimensions: economic, political, social and moral, as well as spiritual. " In line with the aforementioned document, the PUCMM believes that the university of today must be people committed to serving society, committed to stimulate and contribute to national development and able to provide solutions to problems that limit such development. PUCMM is distinguished by a number of features that outline his philosophy: His character of Catholic institutions. His character of private, public service, nonprofit, open to all without distinction of race, class, ideology or religious beliefs. His commitment to being "an institution of higher education that emphasizes academic excellence." The target set in its Statute, to work for the development of the human person.

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