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Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana
Medellin, Colombia


University description (as per official university website)

"UNAULA, from its founding principles such as autonomy, co-government, pluralism, freedom chair and research, is committed to global vision, the formation of the academic community and the dissemination of knowledge from academia, screening and research to help develop the national and international context. "

"UNAULA, is recognized for its commitment to training in knowledge, in being, in the living and the scientific and humanistic knowledge, responding appropriately, independent, respectful of differences in ideology, democratic political development, cultural , social and economic development in a global context. "

In 1966, the University of Medellin came a strike caused by administrative violations and the prevailing low academic. The epicenter was located in the Faculty of Law, whose dean was Dr. Federico Estrada Velez.

The withdrawal of the rector, Juan Pelaez Sierra, was a condition sine qua non to end the strike. But this manager saw the solution in the explosive expulsion of students and teachers engaged or just some solidarity with the movement.

A group of educators, at the same University in Medellin, including doctors Rave Gilberto Martinez, Jaime Sierra Garcia, Juan Antonio Murillo Villada and Guido Lalinde, resigned from their posts for not agreeing with the treatment they gave directives to the problem students and asked them to follow them dictating the classes outside the university, which was attempted in the National Palace. And this idea further matured the need to create a university.

Students and faculty from the University of Medellín and the University of Antioquia (the latter a result of the movement against the Ordinance 36 of 1966, which provided that students, six months later to determine the race start to repay in installments so the University had invested in them) seeking solution to their problem: they were not admitted to any other institution of higher education.

This situation was favorable for launch, then, that idea of a university "new and different", which had been brewing in some students and teachers, with reasonable notice to the facts mentioned.

Accordingly, this university is not simply due to a spontaneous and isolated, or highly political causes, but arises as a result of a joint movement of teachers and students, based on dissatisfaction with the management of higher education in our country that surrounds a person embracing powers and closes the doors to genuine dialogue with segments of the university.

There were several preliminary meetings. One of them took place in the apartment of Dr. Jairo Gracia, which was located on the top floor of Building Escobar (Bolivia Bolívar). About 30 people attended and there the doctors were commissioned Gilberto Martínez and Ramón Emilio Arcila Rave Hurtado, to coordinate the field professorial and student field, respectively.

With the same purpose met three times, one in the Estadero "Dona Maria" Passage Junín, one at the Fonda Antioquia, and the third meeting, worthy of mention, was held at the premises of the College of Sociology, which functioned in the same location Liceo Superior de Medellín (located, then, on the eastern side of the Parque de Bolivar), to discuss the charter of the new cloister, which called Latin American University Educational Corporation ( UNAULA). This was done, practically, the first general meeting, attended by about 300 people including students and teachers. The press, the next day, recorded the fact as follows:


"Communists were taken at the Liceo Superior de Medellin." It is noted that the directives of the School, consistent with the cause, had volunteered local keys to Dr. Jaime Sierra Garcia, provided, in order to avoid reprisals against those who say that the assault had been taken establishment. Hence, this holder.


Medellin Sept. 17 (per couple Ruiz). "A new university was established here in recent hours, following the recently completed student strike."

The same September 16, 1966, late at night, they signed the Founding Act, at a special event held in a house located at No. 55-50, Colombia Street in the city.

Autonoma Latinoamericana is therefore the result of the deepest demands of the student movement and professor of Antioquia and shows clearly that the concern of one race strong as ours, the combined efforts not only generate capital goods, but also forces intellectual with a view to a future rich in justice and culture.

Subscribers to the Founding Act, 65 teachers and 173 students, wanted a university that was range of ideas and beliefs, french doors, full color and to commit to the structural development of Colombia and Latin America.

The Founding Act was written by Dr. Héctor Abad Gómez and subsequently approved by the Board of Directors and the Board of Founders.

It was designed by lawyer Ramon Emilio Arcila Hurtado. Its approval was simultaneous with the development of the shield.

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