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Catholic University of Angola
Luanda, Angola


University description (as per official university website)

The Catholic University of Angola (Universidade Católica de Angola, UCAN) is a catholic institution and located in Angola's capital of Luanda. On 7 August 1992, the government of Angola allowed the Angolan Catholic Church to establish its own university. Through approval by the Episcopal Conference it started teaching on 22 February 1999. It is a private institution and one of seven recognized universities.Damião António Franklin, archbishop of Luanda is the president of the UCAN.

University information

It currently has about 1,000 enrolled students. The language of classes is Portuguese, although English as a second language (ESL) is also offered. Currently, four departments have been founded: Social sciences, Economics, Law and Engineering.
The University's location in Luanda is at the former Colegio St. José de Cluny. This remodeled building is in front of the Museum of History, one block from Kinaxixi Square, and will house the first two faculties of the university in its first years of existence. The final buildings complex of the Catholic University will be built on a selected site and will host additional faculties. Also, subsidiaries are considered in other important Angolan cities.
Notable Professors include Fernando José de França Dias Van-Dúnem. He is a long-time Angolan politician and current member of the Pan-African Parliament.

University funding

Many nations have contributed to the establishment of the university, most prominently the United States, but also Portugal, South Africa, Norway, Spain and Italy in the form of private business assistance and non-governmental agencies. The University receives all of its government funds because of decree 20/82 in 1982 that required petroleum companies operating in Angola to invest into educational and training programs the amount of $0.15 (15¢ of U.S. dollar) per barrel of oil produced. These funds are commonly known as "Training Levy Funds".
The Angola Educational Assistance Fund (AEAF), a Boston-based non-profit organization, has been working with the Catholic University of Angola (UCAN) and has participated in the establishment of a computer and Internet access center.
The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Angola approved on July 11, 1997, the decree no. 51/97, in an effort to provide a funding mechanism for higher education institutions in the country. The decree states that a portion of the Training Levy Funds, in the amount of 1¢ per oil barrel, will be used to finance the Catholic University. With Angola currently producing 300 million barrels of oil as of 1998, this amounted to a large majority of the funding for the university.


Faculty of Social Sciences (Director: Dr. Antonio Costa)
Faculty of Law (Director: Dr. Aderito Correia)
Faculty of Economics (Director: Dr. Justino Pinto de Andrade)
Faculty of Engineering (Director: Dr. Eng Aires Veloso)

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