The Pontificia Universidad Javeriana is a private higher education institution founded in 1623. It is one of the oldest Colombian universities, directed by the Society of Jesus, with its main facilities in Bogotá and a sectional division in Cali. The Pontificia Universidad Javeriana has 18 Schools comprising 61 departments and 181 academic programs catering to different areas of knowledge, giving the university’s multidisciplinary nature. PUJ’s website>>
Service Learning programs have had a wide trajectory at Javeriana University. Most of the Academic Programs include this type of program as part of its curriculum. Since February 2000, this service started to be offered. The Advising Social Management and Social Internship Office coordinates a number of projects that reinforce values and solidarity among the students.
Service Learning Programs usually involve the relocation of the student to another region of the country for a period that goes from four to five months. Funding for housing and other expenses is provided, and students get university credit for participating. Some of the projects include providing computer training in rural communities, promoting peaceful conflict resolution, city planning, and refugee humanitarian assistance. Learn more about the Service Learning programs at PUJ>>
Vidas-Móviles was established in July 2006 by PUJ’s Medical School and the Colombian Association of Medicine Faculties (ASCOFAME) with the idea of developing a program that would ensure basic human rights to internally displaced people living in Bogota. The program provides counseling, assistance and psychological/social support to IDP families. The program works with clinics, schools, and food distribution centers to help these families to access basic services such as education, health, housing, and food security. Learn more>>
The Faculty of Environmental and Rural Studies evaluates rural and urban problems and seeks alternative solutions through a systemic, interdisciplinary, and participatory approach. It also provides consultancy, technical assistance, and program monitoring. The various departments in this Faculty have implemented a wide variety of extension projects over the past few years, including agricultural programs, environmental conservation projects, and projects in sustainable development and resource management. Learn more>>
PUJ’s Faculty of Architecture and Design provides consulting services to aid the local community in such areas as preservation of historical buildings, improving urban housing, design of community centers, and earthquake preparedness studies. Learn more>>