Javeriana Cali at a glance

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana is founded and guided by the principles of Jesuit education. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá is one of the oldest and most prestigious higher education institutions in the country, dating back to 1623. In 1970 Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali was established as an autonomous institution. For more than 4 decades of existence, it has been involved in teaching, research and services (community outreach) with and within its regional context: the southwest of Colombia and the Valle del Cauca in particular.

The university has four schools: Economic and Administrative Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Engineering and Health Sciences. Besides offering a great diversity of undergraduate and graduate programs, the university also offers diploma and certificate courses in different areas of knowledge through its continuing education department.

Javeriana Cali Statistics 

Academic Offerings

Four schools: Engineering, Economic and Administrative Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Health Sciences 

  • 19 undergraduate programs
  • 16 graduate programs (professional specializations)
  • 11 master programs
  • 1 PhD program

Academic Community

  • Over 750 professors
  • 76 Ph.D professors 
  • 50 Ph.D professors in training  
  • Over 7000 students
  • Over 21000 graduates 

International Dynamics

  • Approximately 200 Jesuit higher education institutions worldwide. 
  • Jesuit network of 31 universities in Latin America (AUSJAL).
  • Over 40 international agreements 
  • 200 study exchanges in 2013

Research, Development and Innovation

  • 32 research groups
  • 27 research groups recognized by COLCIENCIAS (Colombian State Agency for the Advancement of Science and Technology in Higher Education Institutions)
  • 3000 million Colombian pesos for research 
  • 6 scientific journals

 Social Responsibility 

  • Education according to the needs of the local and regional context
  • 20 different types of scholarships
  • 2000 million Colombian pesos for scholarships each year since 2010
  • Over 1000 students with scholarships
  • Intercultural setting that builds the foundations for peace
  • Development of critical thinking 


  • Entrepreneurship Center ¨Campus Nova¨, with a certificate of excellence awarded by the Organization of American States (OAS)
  • 210 companies created
  • 570 market-tested products
  • Business, social and cultural entrepreneurship

Continuing education 

  • 39 diploma programs
  • 178 business Seminars
  • Dozens of consultants in various economic sectors


  • 184,254 m2 constructed
  • 151,899 m2 of campus area 
  • 152 classrooms, laboratories and multimedia rooms
  • 3 auditoriums for 800, 200 and 120 people
  • 1 television studio 
  • Javeriana Stereo 107.5 FM - Radio station 


Javeriana Cali was founded the 6th of October 1970 in Berchmans High School in Cali and started with only 53 students. This fragile creature, which took its first steps as a temporary continuing education program, grew into an adult institution exercising strong leadership in the Valle del Cauca region. This outstanding development has been possible in the first place thanks to the guidance of God, who has generously blessed this apolistic project, secondly to the enthusiastic and unreserved support from the headquarter in Bogotá, thirdly to the tireless work of the Jesuits who have bet on this educational project, and finally to the Valle del Cauca society that believed in the educational endeavors of the Jesuits. Now, 43 years later, Javeriana Cali is proud to offer higher education to over 7000 students and to be one of the most distinctive universities in the southwestern region of Colombia.


Javeriana Cali is a catholic higher education institution, founded and guided by the Society of Jesus, and is committed to Jesuit educational principles.

The university is committed to offering high-quality education through teaching, research and services with a global and interdisciplinary perspective. Through teaching, research and services the university contributes to:

  • The holistic education of each student seeking human and academic excellence, professional competence and social responsibility, and
  • The creation and development of knowledge with critical and innovative perspectives aimed at developing a fair and equal, sustainable, inclusive, democratic and solidary society respectful of human dignity. 


In 2021, Javeriana Cali will be recognized for:

  • Human and academic excellence.
  • Its international dynamics and its integration in the international network of Jesuit universities.
  • Research, innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Social responsibility.

Core institutional goals (MEGAS)

Since 2011 the university has been working on its strategic plan for the period 2011-2021. In addition to the mission and vision statement, our five core institutional development goals are equally important within our strategic plan. 

Major institutional development goals, also named MEGAS, are significant and challenging commitments. These MEGAS should motivate, focus and integrate efforts for the future of our institution. These MEGAS are directly related to the mission, the vision and the institutional values of Javeriana Cali. 

The five MEGAS are:

  • Human and academic excellence
  • Research development
  • International dynamics 
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Social responsibility
  • Sustainability

National Accreditation

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali is recognized for its high quality education, having been granted the Acreditación Institucional de Alta Calidad (National Institutional Accreditation for Academic Excellence) by the National Accreditation Agency (CNA) and the Ministry of National Education in 2012. The university also has 10 academic programs accredited by the Ministry of National Education.

Jesuit Education

The Society of Jesus is present in 127 countries and in the most difficult areas, at crossroads between ideologies, at social boundaries, at centers of thought and in areas where human dignity is violated. At all these places, the mission of the Society of Jesus revolves around the service of faith, of which the promotion of justice is an absolute requirement. Educational works are part of this apolistic mission, which seeks to proclaim the reign of God incarnate in the here and now of our realities. Some features of jesuit education at jesuit universities can be expressed the following:

  1. Jesuit education has an educational philosophy that is founded upon a spirituality of love and service. Jesuit educational works are inspired by the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. 
  2. Jesuit education emphasizes the personal care of each of those who participate in educational processes. Jesuit education is not only aimed at intellectual development of students but is also engaged to their spiritual, moral, psychological and physical development. It is aimed at a comprehensive development enhancing students´ talents and abilities. 
  3. Jesuit education pursues excellence as a hallmark of its educational mission. It seeks to reach high levels of excellence through strategic planning, quality processes, the relevance of their substantive functions as a university, and the continuous improvement of its programs and services.
  4. Jesuit education promotes the abilities of critical and reflective thinking in dialogue with other cultures and within different contexts. Jesuit education emphasizes reflexive thinking and the abilities to analyze, debate and propose innovative solutions. 
  5. Jesuit education is firmly committed to "constructing justice through faith". Jesuit universities seek that members of the academic community, always respecting their faith and beliefs, integrate a coherent view of their christian faith with a genuine commitment to transform unjust structures that enable a democratic and civilized coexistence. This helps to educate "men and women for others, with others". 

Javeriana Cali is a catholic higher education institution, founded and guided by the Society of Jesus and is committed to promote and pursue these Jesuit and Ignatian educational principles. As a Jesuit University, the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana genuinely participates in the tradition, identity and fundamental mission of educational institutions of the Society of Jesus. This feature requires the university to actively engage with the demands of the service of faith and the promotion of justice, according to the apostolic plans of the Society of Jesus. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali, heir of the spirituality and pedagogy proposed by Ignatius of Loyola and committed to the future of the region and the country, has taken on commitments to base its being and its work on the principles of a catholic and pontifical university run by the Society of Jesus.

The continuing principles and values are those that inspire our being and our work as a catholic and Jesuit University. These principles and values arise from:

  • Our university identity.
  • Our catholic identity.
  • Our Jesuit identity.
Universality. Christian inspiration. “Magis” (larger, more, better).
Autonomy.  Ongoing reflection, in the light of the catholic faith, on the treasure of human knowledge.  Co-responsibility for the mission: work together with individual and collective agents of change.
Corporate nature. Fidelity to the christian message. Comprehensiveness.
Scientific nature. Institutional commitment to the service of the people of God and the human family. Solidarity with the most vulnerable.
  Creation of new knowledge through research.  Active presence at borders.
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Institutional Principles:

  • Human dignity: defense of life in all its forms and the recognition of the equal dignity of each human being.
  • Love: promoting human development through love. Understood as selfless service to the other.
  • Excellence “Magis”: the promotion of academic, human and professional excellence.
  • Solidarity: working for the transformation of social inequalities in order to build social justice, in particular by creating conditions of quality of life for the most vulnerable members of society.
  • Comprehensiveness: promoting the development of all human dimensions. 
  • Active presence at borders: participation in those spaces where the course of history is decided, especially in areas of conflict. 
  • Liberty and autonomy: exercise of freedom and autonomy, service for the common good, unconditional respect for fundamental rights, political participation and the creation of public opinion.

Institutional Values:

  1. Knowledge: cultivation of universal knowledge, open to the service of humanity and the transformation of dehumanizing structures.
  2. Justice: generation of commitment to the most vulnerable for creation of better life quality and opportunities.
  3. Service: giving the best of oneself for the benefit of those around him or her. 
  4. Coexistence: promoting cooperation through dialogue.  
  5. Openness and respect: recognition of and respect for differences.
  6. Discernment: discernment and critical interpretation of reality to make the best decisions.
  7. Creativity: inventing new solutions to daily issues. 
  8. Cura Personalis: personalized support. 
  9. Political Commitment: knowledge of the reality of the country and support for the solutions of its issues. 
  10. Research Dynamics: permanent inquiry for social change. 
  11. Critical Thinking: promoting the development of critical and constructive thinking.
  12. Honesty: acting in line with ethical principles based on human dignity.
  13. Transcendence: recognition and promotion of the transcendent dimension of the human being.
  14. Peace and Reconciliation: building a culture of peace and reconciliation between conflicting parties. 

At Universidad Javeriana Cali, the Vice-Presidency for Mission and Ministry assures that all the processes within the university are according to the educational principles of the Society of Jesus. Moreover the VP of mission and ministry promotes the development of the educational community and, when possible, the well-being of each of the people who compose it. Accordingly, the three main objectives for the VP of mission and ministry are: 

  • To promote and strengthen the institutional identity.
  • To facilitate the development of the educational community.
  • To promote the well-being of the persons who are part of the educational community. 

The university organizes well-being and welfare activities through the centers that belong to the vice-presidency of Mission and Ministry. The four centers are: Sports Center, the Center for Well-Being, the Center for Cultural Expression and the Pastoral Center San Francisco Javier

Social Responsibility

Social responsibility is one of our institutional development goals within the strategic plan (2011 – 2021). During this period, the aim is to achieve effective forms of interaction with the educational community inspired by the values of equity, solidarity and justice, both through academic and administrative activities and through performing different types of curricular, research and extension activities. These activities can be performed in collaboration with other institutions and from the perspective of sustainable development. Social responsibility is a commitment of the entire educational community and is the cornerstone of the learning process at Javeriana Cali. 

The Social Responsibility program at our university follows the management model of the Association of Jesuit Universities in Latin America (AUSJAL). This model comprises five impacts: cognitive, training, social, organizational and environmental. This model serves as an indicator for the promotion of initiatives and processes by different units within the university. 

The Social Responsibility program has led to many initiatives and projects with cognitive, social, organizational, educational and environmental impact, such as teacher training, research for social impact, strengthening of social cohesion within Valle del Cauca and the Pacific Region, inclusive policies ensuring that students from different socio-economic strata can access our university, and the definition of an environmental management plan for our campus. 

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Urban and Regional Environment

Santiago de Cali 

Santiago de Cali, with its 2.5 million inhabitants is located in the southwest of the country, a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. It is the third largest city in Colombia and due to its strategic position, near the Pacific Ocean; it is one of the major economic and industrial centers within the country. 

Cali, the capital of the Valle del Cauca region, is also known as the world "capital of salsa¨ and has diverse cultural offerings. It is a city with a playful and festive culture in harmony with its natural surroundings and urban-country life. Its tropical climate, cuisine, cultural heritage, landscapes, monuments and cheerful, friendly people make this stunning city an excellent destination. 

Besides being a modern, hospitable, and culturally attractive city, Cali is also an important educational center with a growing number of universities and academic offer. The city’s 19 universities, both public and private, and its university student population of approximately 200.000 students make the quality of higher education offered in Cali evident.

Valle del Cauca

The Valle del Cauca region, with approximately 4.5 million inhabitants, has developed an agro-industrial economy and is the third most important regional economy in Colombia. It's soil characteristics and its climate as well as its agro-industrial endowments make the Valle del Cauca region, one of the most efficient areas in the world for the production of sugarcane.