University description (as per official university website)
The Universidad Nacional de Colombia promotes equal access to the Colombian education system; it provides the largest offering of academic programs and trains competent and socially responsible professionals.
It contributes to the development and re-significance of the Nation project; it studies and enriches the cultural, natural and environmental country's heritage. As it, assists to the scientific, technological, cultural and artistic order, with academic and research autonomy.
The University’s purpose is to increase the knowledge through investigation, to pass on knowledge through education, learning and interaction processes that are related to new national realities, leading the changes that the Superior Education System requires.
In the same way, searches for the formation of individuals that are based on the own codes of modernity (science, ethics and esthetics) with a great capacity of abstraction, suitable for the experimentation, team work and a great capacity of adapting to change.
Nature and aims
The Universidad Nacional de Colombia is an autonomous independent entity of superior education linked to the Ministry of National Education, with a special and defined regime as a National and Public University. Its goal is the development of professional education and investigation, which will be encouraged by the State allowing access to it and developing it on the same level as sciences and arts to achieve excellence.
As a public institution that it is, the University refers to a pluralistic, class-conscious and secular character. In addition, the University will not respond to particular interests, which will allow thinking and offering solutions to national problems, above any interest related to an economic yield.
La Universidad Nacional de Colombia has the following aims:
To contribute to the national unity, as its center of the intellectual and cultural life, open to all social, ethnic, regional and local trends of thought.
To study, enrich and contribute to the preservation of the cultural, natural and environmental patrimony of the Nation.
To assimilate critically and create knowledge in the advanced fields of science, technique, technology, art and philosophy.
To train professionals and investigators on a scientific, ethical and humanistic base, providing them with a critical consciousness so that, will allow them to act responsible against the requirements and tendencies of the contemporary world and lead creatively the processes of change
To train free citizens and promote the democratic values of tolerance and commitment to civil duties and human rights.
To promote the development of the national academic community and foment international coordination.
To study and analyze national problems, and propound independently relevant solutions to these.
To support and advice the Country in the scientific, technological, cultural and artistic orders, with academic and research autonomy.
To participate to all social sectors of the Colombian nation, as the beneficiaries of its own academic and research activities.
Through cooperation with other universities and institutions of the Country, contribute to the encouragement and promotion of superior education of full quality.
To stimulate participation and integration of students, to achieve the superior education aims.