University description (as per official university website)
The University is recognized as the state university and the Colombian society, interpreting the profound changes in national and international environment, responding to proposals and innovations in the development and transformation of education, contributing to the new Political Pedagogical Project for the Colombian education . Through this project, power strategies, are inculcated with the main principles, goals and values enshrined in the Constitution, and formed an ideal of man and citizen, a new historical subject.
We assume a university project in which a universalist vision prevails, integrative and interdisciplinary teamwork, which exceeds the state of fragmentation, isolation, insularity, individualism and lack of identity and collective commitments that have joined us at times, which permits the use responsible for the freedoms of teaching, learning and research, to enter criteria in forecasting, planning and evaluation in university activity.
Note: Excerpted from the Institutional Education Project, adopted by the Governing Council at its meeting on December 5, 1997.
The University is guided by the following principles:
a) University autonomy enshrined in the charter and the law, without detriment to the inspection and monitoring functions under the State.
b) The appropriateness of their actions from the alignment of the universality of scientific thought with the particularity and diversity of cultural forms that exist in Colombia.
c) The quality of programs and services offered, according to the development of science and technology, from a permanent improvement in their management processes.
d) The comprehensive education of students, regarding the development of their critical and reflective, to freedom of thought, personal autonomy and pluralism against ideologies.
e) Equal opportunities for access to services COLLEGE, as long as they possess the required capabilities and meet the academic conditions required.
f) Freedom of teaching, learning, research and academic, in line with the objectives and institutional principles.
UNIVERSITY objectives are the following:
a) Producing knowledge in the field of education and teaching, and develop innovative educational processes.
b) To train and qualify teachers and other education agents, preferably education professionals at all levels and modalities.
c) Socializing the knowledge related to education using different publication strategies, and provide information services and Documentation, locally, nationally and internationally.
d) To strengthen, encourage and strengthen the educational and academic communities of this area and promote interaction with their international counterparts.
e) Contribute to the development of teacher's professional identity and its assessment in the social context as a cultural worker.
f) To contribute to the formation of citizens from the teaching and practice of the Political Constitution of Colombia.
g) Produce materials for different educational levels and modalities of the country and disseminate the project results and research programs, training and extension.
h) Promote the preservation of a healthy environment and promote ecological education and culture.
i) Contribute to achieving higher levels of educational quality in the country.
j) To promote scientific and technological development in the areas of competence.