University description (as per official university website)
"By making a brief tour of our history and identity Dominican Tomasina and places us in the grand climax of the fifteenth century, known in history as the century of innovation, the Age of Discovery, the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning Modern Age. Century of the splendid Renaissance and the birth of printing and the discovery of America.
Fr Thomas Ortiz, who is first walked our earth today in Colombia in December of 1528, and just ten years Friar Domingo de las Casas, Bartolomé cousin, would be celebrating the first Mass of the founding of Bogotá on August 6 of 1538 on the anniversary of the death of Santo Domingo de Guzmán.
The own capital city founder, Don Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada donated to the Dominicans their books that would be born in 1573 the first educational institution and is in 1580 that Pope Gregory XIII, by the Bull "Romanus Pontifex" under the title and sponsorship of Santo Tomás de Aquino confirmed the foundation of the first university in the New Kingdom of Granada, located in the Dominican Convent next to the Central Plaza of Santa Fe.
Born then the First Senate of Colombia, the Universidad Santo Tomas and, of course, within the academic offerings of that time, there are studies of law, or what others are called "the Law School or the New Court Kingdom of Granada ", philosophy, art and theology, among others.
On July 19, when the clock of history point to the arrival of midnight, she will shine with unfading glory of the immortal opening minutes of the two hundred years of our national independence and will instantly start of the year bicentennial celebration of our freedom , whose Declaration of Independence, signed on the afternoon of Friday July 20, 1810, stamped with his first lines in the signature of the Rector of the University of St. Thomas, fr. Maria Garnica, OP, honor their own heroes and famous figures of freedom.
The first of these is the Dominican, of the same lineage that founded and still runs our university, a noble son of Domingo de Guzman, who decided to raise the banner of protest against the unjust enslavement of our people: Brother Ciriaco Archer, born in Simacota, Santander in 1724, whose verses known as the "Certificate of the People" speak for the first time of independence in our land, in the popular revolution of the Communards.
Two centuries after its foundation, our university as first University Senate of Colombia, had already begun their journey of promoting freedom is the only chance of giving the natives the weapons of knowledge and science to build a glorious future of free and sovereign people .
In their classrooms who arrive later will be recognized as genuine advocates and fighters for the freedom of his people. There is a record that requires many Tomasinos graduated during the forty years prior to the deed of Independence: the "Book of Tips", ordered by the then Rector Fray Antonio Cabrejo, OP and is located in the National Library, security room 145, it is found that between 1768 and 1808, our university bachelor's degrees conferred 1264, 390, Degree, 397 PhD and 29 Master.
Among the graduates are major names Andres Rosillo graduate in philosophy, theology and canons, Camilo Torres graduated in theology and royalties and author of the famous "Memorial of Grievances", Francisco José de Caldas graduated fees, Francisco de Paula Santander graduate philosophy and law, Atanasio Girardot graduate in Civil and Rovira Custodio García graduated in philosophy and arts.
Nine years later, on August 7, 1819, at the Battle of Boyaca, a graduate Tomasino, Fray Ignacio Marino, OP, serving as Chaplain General of the Liberation Army who will indicate the progress westward instead of going to Venezuela for and finally get confirmation of freedom in the Battle of the Bridge of Boyaca.
The events recognize the transcendent intervention of Prime University Senate of Colombia in the country's history, which has given the noble recognition as the "Cradle of Liberty enlightened."
Today the University of Santo Tomas, has headquarters in Bogota, two Sectional located in the cities of Tunja and Bucaramanga and two extensions, in the cities of Medellin and Villavicencio, plus twenty-seven regional centers in cities across the country They develop programs for undergraduate, postgraduate and masters degrees in different areas of knowledge and distance training programs.
After 430 years the University of Santo Tomas is working with the same commitment and dedication to form new generations of heroes of the fatherland who today raised the new flag of liberty to renew the principles of freedom, order and justice for all.
"We are a Catholic educational community worldwide (Dominicans), who through study and preaching the gospel and the thought of Thomistic humanism promote the integral development of people through a process of educational research and outreach. As first university training in these lands in Colombia, we have provided solutions and continue to do so, the challenges of new times in an ethical, creative and critical to the issue of the needs of Colombian society and our region. "
The Mission of St. Thomas University, inspired by the humanist and Christian thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, is to promote the integral development of people in the field of Higher Education, through actions and processes of teaching and learning, research and social outreach, to respond ethically, creatively and critically with the requirements of human life and are able to provide solutions to the problems and needs of society and the country.
In 2020 St. Thomas University will show its presence and corporate image:
Disseminated to other academic units a renewed understanding of Colombian man, his world and its values in the context of Latin American integration, the international megatrends, cyberculture and the global knowledge society.
The information superhighway will allow you to connect with academic, cultural, scientific and technological world's most influential and activate cooperation and exchange agreements with foreign universities.
The systematization of administrative processes avoid the red tape and wastage of resources, all of which will offer timely and prompt users of their services.
Incorporate research into all curricula and link teachers and students in joint projects to generate new knowledge in line with the scientific, technological and social.
The mode of Open and Distance University have reached the level of Virtual University, which will enable you to overcome the limits of time and space of the classroom mode and go beyond national borders.