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Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia


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123 years contributing to regional and national development
When Sunday 11 January 1880 the University installed Cruceña, everyone knew that change was coming to the region. Santa Cruz de la Sierra was at that time about ten thousand inhabitants and the entire department was less than one hundred thousand. Times were hard for living in this area of the country, the East was remote and central governments had completely forgotten it. The production of sugar, alcohol, leather and soles came with extreme hardship, a mule, a major population centers of the Republic and had to compete with the Peruvian and Chilean same products cheaper because they were brought by rail.

Despite the material poverty, Santa Cruz had the highest population percentage of literates in the country. Most of the Santa Cruz had finished school and wanted access to higher education, which was restricted to those who could send their children to Sucre or abroad. It was in this context that after many demands of the people, the government decreed a Daza Hilarion General December 15, 1879, the creation of the Fourth College District, which corresponded to the departments of Santa Cruz and Beni. This decree established the creation of the University of Santa Cruz, the second Sunday of the following year.

Santa Cruz University was formally installed in 1880 and was appointed the first Rector: Bishop Juan José Valdivia and the first Secretary General: Dr. Felipe Leon Ribera. From that moment began a new cycle in Education Santa Cruz. He opened his career in medicine, theology and law.

Medicine had a very short existence. Central State did not grant the necessary resources to train new doctors and in 1892, had closed and postpone the wishes of those who had committed to the health of the people. The twelve years of operation of the medical course were very fruitful, since the contribution of new doctors was very important for the growth of San Juan de Dios Hospital, only one in town. Theology was a race until 1925, remained open, but few students took to shut down, but the Race of law was open from the beginning, allowing the formation of young people who know the law.

Until 1898, the university was called University of Santa Cruz, in that year the government gave the name of the Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino in 1911, was christened with the name of literary genius Santa Cruz Gabriel René Moreno, a name that continues to today.

The early years of the University Cruceña were not easy, the government is committed to reducing its meager budget and then close it. Sought to close in 1905 strengthen the argument against the other three universities. The parliamentary struggle of Santa Cruz and the people in general do not allow this to happen. In 1930 the government was able to rely on Santa Cruz University of Sucre, home of higher education, and finally closed in 1936. This was a blow to the youth of Santa Cruz, supported by the people who persuaded the president Germain University Busch restore a September 24, 1938 with full autonomy.

The reopening of the University coincided with the beginning of the development of Santa Cruz, and from that moment the University is directly related to economic growth in the region. In 1938 a law degree had 232 students in 1939 opened the Faculty of Commerce (Economics Today) with 311 students, and the Practical School of Agriculture (Faculty of Agricultural Sciences in 1970) with 62 students. In 1940 he opened the School of Veterinary Medicine with 118 students in 1944 the College of Fine Arts with 128 students. In this way the University grew, the building was constructed on the west side Central Square September 24, where some schools and worked Campus Palermo, between the first and third ring of the city. Also built the University Theatre, Auditorium today.

Following the cutting edge of science and technology, Santa Cruz in 1973 the University opened the College Television Network, for the first time in Santa Cruz was known television. We were pioneers in communication, but linger in the race formally offer, but we are in practice most famous faces and current TV experience, besides being a free channel of self expression.

With the return of autonomy, the university expanded into the provinces, opening technical institutes, agricultural and livestock products in Cordillera, Vallegrande, Velasco, Chavez Ñuflo. The university also created popular training institutes media / higher, reaching the furthest points of the department and allowing the formation of thousands of students. Pioneer, as always, the University, in 1990 created the Graduate School and allow the specialization of the graduates. Two new faculties were opened in 1992, the Humanities and Sciences of Human Health and in 1998 the Faculty of Habitat.

Today, after 123 years we are aware that the challenges are greater, the task that remains is very hard and difficult, for the twenty-first century requires us to improve, to try to track the progress of science. We are confident that we will succeed with the will of all of us in the university community, based on the principles of autonomy and free public universities.

The UAGRM was created with the following objectives:

Planning and coordinating the academic activities of academic scientific research and social interaction to establish an organic system of higher education.
Contribute to the development of plans and programs and social promotion to overcome the current national and regional conditions, in relation to political and cultural reality of the country.
Creating the conditions for the investigation and scientific analysis of Bolivian reality, promoting wider academic freedom.
Promote scientific and humanistic education of the professional, social and historical sense.
Research, enrich and develop the national and popular culture in all its manifestations.
Defend the human and natural resources of the country.
Promote educational development, scientific and professional education system.
Fulfill its social mission, mainly through social interaction as a means to identify the university and the people.

View of the new campus to be built modular since the late 80's

Assume the defense of the basic principles that inspire and sustain the existence of the Bolivian University, and organize joint action by the universities under threat or interventionist regime of autonomy.
Strengthen links with universities Bolivian and Latin American universities and cultural centers in the world.
Contribute to the creation of a national consciousness, from knowledge about the structures of dependence, oppression and exploitation of the country.

Join skilled professionals in all areas of scientific, technological, social, humanistic, economic and cultural responsive to the needs of national and regional development.
Assimilate, create and develop science and technology through research objective reality.
Identify the scientific-cultural with popular interests integrnadose them in the struggle for national liberation.
Organize and maintain institutions for cultural development, technical and social workers.

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