Universidad Autónoma de Occidente

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Universidad Autónoma de Occidente
Logo UAO.svg
Type Private
Established February 20, 1970
Chancellor Luis H. Pérez
Provost Álvaro Parra (academics), Diego Smith (administrative)
Academic staff
Students 8,000[1]
Undergraduates 7,800
Postgraduates 300
Location Cali, Valle del Cauca,  Colombia
3°21′14″N 76°31′22″W / 3.35389°N 76.52278°W / 3.35389; -76.52278Coordinates: 3°21′14″N 76°31′22″W / 3.35389°N 76.52278°W / 3.35389; -76.52278
Colors Red and Black          

The Universidad Autónoma de Occidente (UAO) is a private university, established in 1970. Its first seat was in Champagnat neighborhood, in Cali. In 1999 construction of its new campus was completed, located in the south of the city, in the place called Valle del Lilí. It has a second seat in San Fernando neighborhood, which specializes in complementary education.

UAO has five faculties and 21 undergraduate programs (two of them by dual education system), 12 postgraduate and 7 master's degree. Through Centros Regionales de Educación Superior (CERES), it also offers bachelor's programs in the towns of El Cerrito, Candelaria and Tuluá.

The university's highlights in the region are the high investment in technology and investigation, reflected by its 64 laboratories, faculty staff with doctorate and master's degrees, and 29 research groups, 26 of which are accepted by Colciencias.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]