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Universidad Nur
La Paz, Bolivia


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Historical Context
In the early 80's, the Department of Santa Cruz is a region whose economic and agricultural potential was beginning to unfold. Its capital, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, was fast becoming a city of great political and economic importance. For this emerging center, training of skilled professional was of vital importance. At that time, the average time needed to complete a program of professional education in the country was ten years, mainly due to political instability and economic public universities. This situation coupled with the growing national need to have highly qualified professionals, meant that in 1982, created the Foundation for the Integral Development of Bolivia (FUNDESIB) in order to bridge the defect.

The first project addressed the nascent foundation was to create a House of Studies. Such aspiration was materialized on 14 August 1984, when Nur University received the Supreme Decree No. 20441 authorizing its establishment as a private university.

As a private university with full legal authorization, Nur became a viable and authorized to offer academic programs at the national level.
Nur University inaugurated its first academic year in April 1985 with four undergraduate programs: Systems Engineering, Social Communication, Business Administration and Agricultural Economics. The following year he implemented the first Graduate School in Bolivia and in 1994 was a pioneer in introducing distance education mode at undergraduate level.

In 1996, Nur 2000 rural teachers trained as Community Development Agents in Spain and 300 teachers in the province of La Rioja in Argentina.

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, in 1999, hires the Nur to strengthen academic and administrative capacities of two Higher Normal Institutes, and INS Camiri INSPOC "Rafael Chavez Ortiz" Portachuelo.

In 2000, Nur receives the highest distinction awarded by the Municipal Government of Santa Cruz, the "Medal of Merit Municipal", awarded by the community volunteer work through the various programs developed at the University through JOIN Nur (University Community Service.) In the same year he received the Award Framers of Education "award from the Bolivian Centre for Research and Education Alternatives - CEBIAE.

In 2001, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport calls on all private universities in the country to undergo an assessment process according to the new Regulations for Private Universities, in which Nur called "Full University."

In 2002, Nur University was selected as "Center of Excellence in Education" for the Andean Region, an initiative launched at the Summit of the Americas, sponsored by the Agency for International Development United States - USAID.

The long tradition of being a pioneer in higher education in the country has continued in 2003. 3 Nur has implemented the Academic Year in a year, providing a chance to finish college in less time, giving the option to continue with postgraduate studies and / or inserted into the labor market quickly.

Currently, the University has registered more than 4,000 students in 17 courses to undergraduate and postgraduate level, on-campus and part-time attendance and university extension programs.

Nur University visualize a future society based on moral and social principles of universality, which are part of the spiritual heritage of mankind, a transformed society so that social structures, whether of the State, private sector and civil society, promote sustainable development processes that have the human being as the central focus: a society in which scientific and technological knowledge will be used responsibly and fairly to serve the common good.
Responding to this vision, define your Nur Institutional Mission and Vision:
Is "to contribute to an education that facilitates individual and social transformation through the development of human capacities, fostering a dynamic coherence between the intellectual, spiritual and physical for the establishment of a just, peaceful and harmonious."

Displayed at Nur University as an educational model worthy of replication, being an educational institution-oriented learning, capacity development capabilities of moral leadership and promotion of peace and unity in a genuine way to respond to the needs society through their academic and social interaction, for the promotion of research culture and the rational use of appropriate technology, to provide opportunities for academics, administrators and students to express their individual and develop their creativity ; for the cooperation and active coordination between its various components and self-sustainability and recognition of its programs nationally and internationally.
The implementation and reason for existence of the University is inspired by this philosophical framework and is based on the following universal principles:

The free search for truth
The unity of mankind
The abolition of all forms of prejudice
The essential harmony between science and religion
Equal rights and opportunities for men and women
The elimination of extremes of poverty and wealth

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