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Universidad de Montevideo
Montevideo, Uruguay


University description (as per official university website)


The Universidad de Montevideo (UM) is a non-profit organization committed to academic excellence, research, technological innovation and social responsibility. Its main objective is to promote a culture of work and service through excellence in all academic activities, grounding its intellectual endeavors on man’s quest for truth.

The Universidad de Montevideo maintains links with European and American Universities in order to enrich the quality of its academic programs, through bilateral co-operation agreements encouraging student and faculty exchange programs and advocating inter-institutional projects, publications and research. It is nationally and internationally respected, and its students are in demand by employers because of the high quality of its teaching. It has had close connections with industry, the public and voluntary sectors since its inception.

The Universidad de Montevideo requested that the Roman Catholic Prelature of Opus Dei provide appropriate spiritual guidance with no distinction of creed, in order to instill the virtues required for a functioning society.

Brief History

Universidad de Montevideo was founded in 1986. It was a pioneer in offering Masters Degree Programs in Law in Uruguay: a Master’s of Business Law, a Master’s of Administrative Law & Economics, a Master’s of Tax Law and a Master’s of International Trade and Commercial Policies. In 1992 it launched a Master’s in Business Administration which was followed by a Master’s of Healthcare Management Institutions. In 1995 the University started an undergraduate program in Business Administration, which was followed by degree programs in Economics, Humanities, Civil and Industrial Engineering, Public Accounting, Law, Communications and Information Technology. In 2000, the Center for Biomedical Science offered a Master’s degree program in Family and Community Medicine and other graduate programs.

In June 1998 the Universidad de Montevideo encouraged the formation of a Council of Presidents of Universities of Uruguay. The University is an active member and supporter of this Council due to its desire to promote cooperative working relationships with other Uruguayan universities.

The operative faculties are the School of Business Administration and Economics, the School of Communications, the School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Humanities, the Business School, and the Center for Biomedical Science.

During the last ten years, a large number of UM students attended courses in partner Universities abroad for one semester and students from Asia, Europe and North and South America arrived here. So far the School of Business Administration and Economics, followed by Humanities and Communications have been the most popular subject areas, but Engineering, Law and Latin American Studies are starting to attract more interest.


The Rector holds the highest academic position within the University and is the University's legal representative. The Rector convenes and presides over the Board of Directors. He encourages all parts of the university to work towards compliance with university policy. In addition he passes regulations for the university Statute and modifications to the Statute agreed by appropriate bodies. The current Rector of Universidad de Montevideo is Prof. Dr. Santiago Pérez del Castillo.

The primary objective of the Schools of the Universidad de Montevideo is defining, organizing and connecting the academic activities of the graduate and undergraduate degrees. Each School is headed by a Dean who chairs the Faculty Council. The Faculty runs the teaching program and the cultural initiatives. Brito.

School of Business Administration and Economics
Dean: Luis Viana, Ph. D
Deputy Dean: Maria Otegui.

School of Communications
Dean: Eileen Hudson, Ph. D.
Vice Dean: Dr. Enrique Etchevarren

School of Law
Dean: Dr. Nicolás Etcheverry Estrázulas

School of Humanities
Dean: Fernando Aguerre, Ph. D.

School of Engineering
Dean: Eng. Alberto Ponce
Vice Dean:.Claudio Ruibal, Ph. D.

Business School (IEEM)
Dean: Carlos Folle, Ph. D.

Center for Biomedical Science
Director: Dr. Juan Bonifazio
Deputy Director: Dr. Cecilia Hackembruch

The departments are the structures in which teaching and research come together in order to promote the scientific activity of the various homogeneous fields of instruction either through their objectives or by research methods. The departments of Universidad de Montevideo are coordinated by a director and they integrate activities belonging to one or more of the Faculties thereby rendering interdisciplinary in didactic and research matters.

Board of Directors
The collegiate body rules on teaching and organizational matters which have a general bearing on the university. The Board of Directors is responsible for the regulations, programming and co-ordination of teaching activities and research. It is made up of the Rector, who presides over it, and by the Faculty deans and by representatives of Asociacion Civil of Universidad de Montevideo.

Coat of arms

The Universidad de Montevideo's coat of arms was designed by Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo.

The rings indicate the first three areas of learning –law, administration, and economics– through which the Universidad de Montevideo was born. The entwinement of the rings expresses the interdisciplinary nature of the education obtained at the university, from its very beginning.

At the same time, the three rings and their placement, represent God's Holy Trinity, the ultimate source of all truth and of the spirit of labor, love, solidarity and unity in diversity, which gives life to the university. This spirit was transmitted by Saint Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei who encouraged, in his own words, to put Christ at the summit of all human activities and to become sowers of peace and joy.

Why study at UM?

The smallest Hispanic country in South America, Uruguay is bordered to the north by Brazil, to the west by Argentina, to the south by the Rio Plata, and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and has nearly 500 kilometres of wide, sandy beaches.

Located on the Río de la Plata, Montevideo (population 1.9 million) is lively and modern, yet more like a large town than a city. The Old Town, a small peninsula near the metropolitan port, offers many examples of the country’s colonial past. Not far from this modern city is an amazing landscape of hilly meadows and rivers. Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Punta del Este, a famous coastal resort, are only a short drive or bus ride from the capital.

Uruguay is an inexpensive place in which to live and study. Safety and health standards and political stability are among the best in Latin America.

Whilst you are studying with us you will have the opportunity to visit other countries of the South America such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay. Montevideo is in the heart of the Southern Cone of Latin America, so most major cities are within a few hours travel time.


The University's buildings are set in an attractive campus in Parque Batlle, a residential area with gardens and a large variety of trees as well as several noteworthy buildings and educational institutions. The University buildings are easily reachable by bus.

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