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Universidad Privada Abierta Latinoamericana
Cochabamba, Bolivia


University description (as per official university website)

Universidad Privada Abierta Latinoamericana is an institution of higher education, dependent of a civil association, nonprofit, supported by the FOUNDATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE FUNDAEC, counting the latter with its own legal personality and legal domicile duly recognized by Prefectural Administrative Resolution No. 221/97, thereby complying with the provisions of Articles 76 and 77 DS 24 206 of December 29, 1995.

The University was founded on January 11, 1990. Supreme Resolution No. 212359 of April 2, 1993 obtained the legal status entitling him to the issue of academic, whose shares in National Reserve, will be awarded by the National Secretariat of Education.

As of August 15, 1995, by Secretarial Decision No. 609, authorizing the opening of its academic activities and the opening of careers in the social area.

By Secretarial Decision No. 11 of January 8, 1997, authorizing the expansion and operation of the careers of Medicine, Odonto-Stomatology and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

As of April 14, 1999, through Ministerial Resolution No. 124/99 authorizing the opening and operation of the Academic Unit in the city of Oruro to the following courses: Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Biochemistry and Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Psychology.

On July 1, 2002, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, through the Vice Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology FULL FITNESS CERTIFY the career of Medicine in the city of Cochabamba.

On January 25, 2005, the Ministry of Education, through Ministerial Resolution No. 027/2005 and certify to the UPAL FULL UNIVERSITY, accreditation allows the opening of new courses at the undergraduate level, academic venues and especially graduate programs.

In May 2005 started the activities of graduate programs at the headquarters of Cochabamba and Oruro.

Therefore, the materials due in careers that imparts UPAL and academic diplomas awarded at the end of them, are recognized by the Bolivian government and have legal value, as a result, public universities and / or countries with private that the Bolivian Government has diplomatic relations recognize the studies completed and approved by the UPAL.

In a context of profound transformation, in which societies are based on knowledge, there are consequences inherent in the access to information affecting, inter alia, the educational institutions. Therefore, OPEN LATIN AMERICAN PRIVATE UNIVERSITY (UPAL) seeks to bring students to the level of skills and technology in their training and also provide values formation.

UPAL activities are guided by universal ethical conduct, designed as a fully conscious process to develop the most practical and professional opinion to recognize right from wrong and the provisions affecting people in his life, his character and customs.

Is defined as a private trainer of professionals with high academic, technical and human drivers of change and leaders who can contribute to the development and welfare of society on the basis of conduct framed by the honesty.

From this perspective, is UPAL core values of Honesty, Equality, Justice and Freedom, disseminate them within a framework of respect for human rights. The essential ethical choice is tolerance based on respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of the cultures of our world and its ways of expression, a tolerance based on knowledge, openness, communication and freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

Assume also ethical principles of equity, respect and solidarity so as to form a critical conscience of society and environmental issues, framed in universal principles without losing their roots and thus achieve their graduates are participants in the development of their nation and their communities.

For the institution, is essential to develop harmoniously balanced and informative educational and training processes and guarantee the education of their students.

In their academic processes incorporates and builds scientific thinking through an educational model that focuses on learning, experience, reflection and action, promoting the use and application of technology, applied research and extension activities social.

Emphasizes the training of students and not encyclopedic information. Find a student formed attitudes and tools for continuous self-learning through a comprehensive education database.

In operation, the quality strives for excellence from academic and administrative transparency, innovation, continuous improvement and suitability of staff.

From their perspective serves Latin American exchange students from other nations, that way in the classroom encourages appreciation of cultural diversity. It contributes to the formation of young indigenous people and allocating scarce resources sectors scholarships offered in the races.

The UPAL, within the framework of Sustainable Human Development, is designed to last a human being in balance with itself and its environment. People want to be able to evolve, to adapt to a dynamic world and master change.

Institutional Securities

1. Honesty

2. Freedom

3. Justice

4. Equality

Institutional principles

Ethical Principles

1. Tolerance

2. Respect

3. Equity

4. Solidarity

Operating Principles

1. Quality-oriented academic and administrative excellence

2. Learning processes based on learning

3. Integral Training

4. Suitability

Institutional purposes

1. Cultivate scientific knowledge and art.

2. To train high level professionals with academic, technical and human, capable of contributing to the development and welfare of society.

3. See learning as a focal point for planning, implementation and evaluation of teaching.

4. Promote applied research in learning processes through the chair and extension activities, outreach and community service.

5. Implement continuous models of higher education under the terms face, blended and distance learning in higher technical level, Degree, Diploma, Specialization, Master's and Doctorate.

6. Provide students with a comprehensive and personalized education.

7. Equip graduates with the necessary tools to understand the world around them with independent and critical thinking, enabling students to understand the problems of society and environmental issues in order to develop a compromise with reality.

8. Establish relationships with public, private and social to produce reciprocal benefits.

9. Contributing to the education of young indigenous people and poor sectors of Bolivian society.

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