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Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG)

Location Central Campus UVG, Guatemala City Guatemala
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Ranking

# 151-160

LatAm University Rankings
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47

Undergraduate programs
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36

Postgraduate programs
Scholarship

Available

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Mission

To develop agents of change that impact society, through educational and research experiences, focused on Science and Technology.

 

Vision

To deliver resourceful and committed people to Guatemala and to the world.

 

Strategic Plan 2021-2025

Universidad del Valle de Guatemala's 2021-2025 Institutional Strategic Plan represents an extension of the 2016-2020 Plan, which will allow to solidify issues that have been developed, as well as to incorporate strategic areas that the University decided to consider during this period.  It is the result of a collaborative reflection exercise with the fundamental purpose that the actions that are adopted, generate greater value and impact.

 

The strategic plan is a tool that guides our institutional management. It constitutes the document in which the strategic direction is specified, providing a focus for its goals and the definition of the strategic initiatives for institutional action to be developed in the following five-year period. It is a kind of "navigation chart" that prioritizes strategic objectives, guides decision-making, promotes efficiency and effectiveness, and provides a framework for the institution to comply with its Vision, Mission, and institutional values, while responding constructively to demand and growing competition. The achievement of the objectives and the execution of the associated projects is a joint responsibility of all UVG collaborators.

The University has been experiencing changes both in the demands of its target population, as well as in the delivery modalities related to the special situation experienced in 2020, so this Plan responds to an adaptation to new trends and environmental challenges, and it becomes the main guiding tool for institutional management for the period 2021-2025.

This Plan defines the strategic guidelines to be followed by our community, in order to fulfill our institutional vision and mission.

Greater dynamism and innovation have been incorporated into this Plan, in accordance with technological advances and the new demands of the academic context and national reality, making it necessary for all academic, administrative and research units to work under these guidelines to advance in the integral formation of our students - the main reason of our daily effort.

The projection is that, in the next five years, we will strengthen our work in search of greater efficiency and synergy within the University, also seeking our economic and environmental sustainability in the medium and long terms.

Campus

UVG  started in Guatemala City with Central Campus in 1966. In 1995, opened a second campus, the South Campus, located in Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa, in Escuintla. This campus serves the South part of Guatemala. This campus offers programs in agriculture, business, education, technology engineering, information technologies. 

Later, in 2000, Campus Altiplano started in Sololá. Originally was a military base that was closed due to 1996 Guatemala's Peace Accords. This campus serves the Highland region, that includes different ethnic groups. In the last twenty years, the campus has undergone a remarkable transformation and today educates the local, historically disadvantaged Maya people, offering programs in education, agroforestry, technology engineering, information technologies, tourism.


 CubeSat Quetzal-1, the first Guatemalan satellite

CubeSat Quetzal-1  started its construction in 2014 by approximately 100 Guatemalan undergraduate students, investigators, and teachers. On April 28, 2020, Quetzal-1, named after Guatemala´s National Bird, was deployed into space from the International Space Station at 09:20 hours (GMT-6). About 40 minutes after its ejection, its signal was received for the first time on Earth by a station in Oregon, U.S. At 12:10, the same day, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala’s station received and decoded its beacon for the first time. 

The Project was selected by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for the second round of the UNOOSA-JAXA KiboCUBE program. 

High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (Hcéres) accreditation

In 2020,   UVG received the High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education   (Hcéres, by its French acronym) institutional accreditation and became the first Guatemalan university to receive it in Guatemala. This institutional accreditation endorses us as an institution that meets the same standards as a European university and recognizes our track record, impact, and academic quality.

We voluntary seek an external evaluation such as accreditation because is key in our continuous improvement in order to prepare our students to respond to the challenges in dynamic and changing environments. We recognize than UVG is graduating professionals not only for the country, but also to the world.

This is going to have an impact in many aspects like have a global education vision, permit us to increase mobility opportunities for students, professors and researchers.

UVG COVID REPONSE

At UVG we maintain our commitment to provide you with a safe space, through hygiene and biosafety protocols. We design and apply biosafety protocols for community care. We create the conditions for a quiet and safe return, and we promote prevention and monitoring in the community to create a safe space on our 3 campuses. We take care of ourselves to take care of others!

Mission

To develop agents of change that impact society, through educational and research experiences, focused on Science and Technology.

 

Vision

To deliver resourceful and committed people to Guatemala and to the world.

 

Strategic Plan 2021-2025

Universidad del Valle de Guatemala's 2021-2025 Institutional Strategic Plan represents an extension of the 2016-2020 Plan, which will allow to solidify issues that have been developed, as well as to incorporate strategic areas that the University decided to consider during this period.  It is the result of a collaborative reflection exercise with the fundamental purpose that the actions that are adopted, generate greater value and impact.

 

The strategic plan is a tool that guides our institutional management. It constitutes the document in which the strategic direction is specified, providing a focus for its goals and the definition of the strategic initiatives for institutional action to be developed in the following five-year period. It is a kind of "navigation chart" that prioritizes strategic objectives, guides decision-making, promotes efficiency and effectiveness, and provides a framework for the institution to comply with its Vision, Mission, and institutional values, while responding constructively to demand and growing competition. The achievement of the objectives and the execution of the associated projects is a joint responsibility of all UVG collaborators.

The University has been experiencing changes both in the demands of its target population, as well as in the delivery modalities related to the special situation experienced in 2020, so this Plan responds to an adaptation to new trends and environmental challenges, and it becomes the main guiding tool for institutional management for the period 2021-2025.

This Plan defines the strategic guidelines to be followed by our community, in order to fulfill our institutional vision and mission.

Greater dynamism and innovation have been incorporated into this Plan, in accordance with technological advances and the new demands of the academic context and national reality, making it necessary for all academic, administrative and research units to work under these guidelines to advance in the integral formation of our students - the main reason of our daily effort.

The projection is that, in the next five years, we will strengthen our work in search of greater efficiency and synergy within the University, also seeking our economic and environmental sustainability in the medium and long terms.

Campus

UVG  started in Guatemala City with Central Campus in 1966. In 1995, opened a second campus, the South Campus, located in Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa, in Escuintla. This campus serves the South part of Guatemala. This campus offers programs in agriculture, business, education, technology engineering, information technologies. 

Later, in 2000, Campus Altiplano started in Sololá. Originally was a military base that was closed due to 1996 Guatemala's Peace Accords. This campus serves the Highland region, that includes different ethnic groups. In the last twenty years, the campus has undergone a remarkable transformation and today educates the local, historically disadvantaged Maya people, offering programs in education, agroforestry, technology engineering, information technologies, tourism.


 CubeSat Quetzal-1, the first Guatemalan satellite

CubeSat Quetzal-1  started its construction in 2014 by approximately 100 Guatemalan undergraduate students, investigators, and teachers. On April 28, 2020, Quetzal-1, named after Guatemala´s National Bird, was deployed into space from the International Space Station at 09:20 hours (GMT-6). About 40 minutes after its ejection, its signal was received for the first time on Earth by a station in Oregon, U.S. At 12:10, the same day, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala’s station received and decoded its beacon for the first time. 

The Project was selected by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for the second round of the UNOOSA-JAXA KiboCUBE program. 

High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (Hcéres) accreditation

In 2020,   UVG received the High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education   (Hcéres, by its French acronym) institutional accreditation and became the first Guatemalan university to receive it in Guatemala. This institutional accreditation endorses us as an institution that meets the same standards as a European university and recognizes our track record, impact, and academic quality.

We voluntary seek an external evaluation such as accreditation because is key in our continuous improvement in order to prepare our students to respond to the challenges in dynamic and changing environments. We recognize than UVG is graduating professionals not only for the country, but also to the world.

This is going to have an impact in many aspects like have a global education vision, permit us to increase mobility opportunities for students, professors and researchers.

UVG COVID REPONSE

At UVG we maintain our commitment to provide you with a safe space, through hygiene and biosafety protocols. We design and apply biosafety protocols for community care. We create the conditions for a quiet and safe return, and we promote prevention and monitoring in the community to create a safe space on our 3 campuses. We take care of ourselves to take care of others!

University information

UVG’s admission program includes several types of scholarships and student loans to assure that every talented student can complete their professional careers and impact their environments by decreasing payment limitations. Today, 6 out of 10 students have some type of financial aid.

Facilities

UVG has 3 campuses, Central Campus (Guatemala City), Highlands Campus (Sololá) and South Campus (Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa). 


Our installation includes makerspaces, called D-Hive to promote design thinking and innovation to do prototyping, basic sciences laboratories, as well as specialized laboratories responding to UVG’s various academic programs.  


Our Chemical Engineering Laboratory, for example, is the biggest in the region, which has around 80 machines to develop more than 20 industrial operations. Here, we manufacture biodiesel, hand sanitizer, and other products. We also have a food processing pilot plant food product innovation and research, as well as a Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, the only one in technical education HAAS in Guatemala. 


Other areas in which our laboratories are specialized are food microbiology, biochemistry and microbiology, biology, biotechnology, electrical and mechatronic engineering, computer sciences, archaeology, and more.


The UVG Research Institute includes 11 research centers in the fields of environment and biodiversity, health, food and agriculture, biotechnology, informatics, archaeology and anthropology, biochemistry, education, industrial process, economic growth, and the multidisciplinary Center for Lake Atitlán Studies.


We also have a psychology clinic and a nutritional clinic in charge of our students, supervised by their teachers, to promote the wellbeing of the community.


In 2021, in Central Campus, was opened the Center for Innovation and Technology -CIT- that is a 50,000 square meter facility with laboratories, libraries, makerspaces, diverse types of classrooms, a recording studio, and areas for student life. 


The Center for Innovation and Technology  is a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship. UVG aims to conform to an innovation ecosystem where different actors interact to define problems based on society’s and user’s demands to create local solutions adequate to the country.


We are conforming a highly qualified human resource, pertinent academic programs, adequate infrastructure, and the necessary services (such as entrepreneurship centers and an office of technological transfer) can put science and technology at the service of society using technologic, artistic, business, and social innovation.

This center also promotes dialogue and collaboration among academic and private sectors, community, and civil society, creating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship that will impel Guatemala to the realities of the 21st century and an economy based on knowledge.


CIT is a green architecture building of more than 55,000 m², with 22 collaborative spaces, 61 classrooms, 21 laboratories and capacity for 4,000 people.


CIT integrates makerspaces, laboratories, Socratic classrooms and collaborative spaces for networking, research, technology transfer and creative production, etc.


Some of the CIT laboratories are:


  • Hydraulics and Water Quality Laboratory
  • Bioindustrial Processes Laboratory
  • Micro/Nanoelectronics Laboratory
  • Food and Nutrition Innovation Plant
  • Social Innovation Lab
  • Visual Anthropology Lab
  • User Experience (UX) Lab
  • Audiovisual Recording Studio
  • Creative Thinking Room "Architect René Frederic Ossaye Olivotto".
  • Technology Transfer Office (OTT)


Total students

4,083

UG students

86%

PG students

14%

Total faculty staff

453

Domestic staff

%

Int'l staff

%

Student life

We believe in an integral student experience, that is why, besides their academic activities, our students can participate in several arts and sports clubs like jazz, drama, chorus, dance, gender, and marimba, Guatemala’s national instrument. In the field of sports, over the years we have stood out in categories of volleyball, soccer, chess, federated table tennis, and triathlon. 

In addition, UVG promotes participation in student associations for every faculty as well as volunteering and social impact projects teams and activities, with specialized offices in areas like technology transfer, entrepreneurship, and research. Our internationalization office encourages students to participate in student exchange programs, academic field trips, and foreign competitions with associate universities and organizations in North and South America, and Europe. 

Visit our news page Actualidad UVG to stay up to date on campus life and student projects.

We offer more than 70 careers in different faculties, on our three campuses.

Rankings & ratings

LatAm University Rankings

  • 2013
    #251-300
  • 2014
    #251-300
  • 2015
    #301+
  • 2016
    #171-180
  • 2018
    #191-200
  • 2019
    #139
  • 2020
    #151-160
  • 2021
    #148
  • 2022
    #151-160

Ranking criteria

21.2
Academic Reputation
2.8
Employer Reputation
87.6
Faculty Student Ratio
7
Papers per Faculty
98.5
Citations per Paper
9.9
Faculty Staff with PhD
7.5
International Research Network
9.9
Web Impact

Available programs

    UVG has 5 faculties and 2 schools:

    • Faculty of Engineering
    • Faculty of Science and Humanities
    • Faculty of Social Sciences
    • Faculty of Education
    • Business and Management School
    • Design, Innovation & Arts School
    • University College

    Programs available
    Undergraduate - Faculties/Departments and Programs


    Faculty of Engineering

    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Industrial Biotechnology Engineering
    • Management Science Engineering
    • Food Sciences Engineering
    • Industrial Food Sciences Engineering
    • Computer Science and Information Technologies Engineering
    • Data Science Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Environmental and Civil Engineering
    • Civil Architectural Engineering
    • Industrial Civil Engineering
    • Electronic Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
    • Mechatronic Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Industrial Chemistry Engineering

    Faculty of Sciences and Humanities
    • Biology
    • Biochemistry and Microbiology
    • Molecular Biotechnology
    • Strategic Communication 
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Nutrition
    • Chemistry
    • Pharmaceutical Chemistry

    Faculty of Social Sciences
    • Anthropology
    • Archaeology
    • Psychology
    • International Relations

    Faculty of Education
    • Education
    • English Language Teaching
    • Music
    • Inclusive Education
    • Elementary Education
    • Language and Communication
    • Social Sciences
    • Math and Physics
    • Biological and Chemical Sciences

    Postgraduate Faculties/Schools and Programs


    Business and Management School

    • Business Intelligence and Analytics
    • Non-Verbal Behavior and Lie Detection
    • Criminal Profiling
    • Project Direction and Management
    • Advanced Finances
    • Food Innovation and Global Management
    • Human Talent Management
    • Energy Business Management
    • Management and Evaluation of Sustainable Productive Systems
    • MBA+
    • Modeling and Management of Construction Projects BIM Management
    • Personality Profiling, Negotiation and Mediation
    • Security Data Science and Cybersecurity
    • Sustainable Tourism
    • Strategy and Corporate Compliance
    • Reinforced Concrete Structures
    • BIM Modeling
    • Steel Structures

    Faculty of Education
    • Curriculum and Educational Technology
    • Higher Teaching and Innovation
    • Leadership and Educational Coaching
    • Educational Measurement, Evaluation and Research

    School of Social Sciences
    • Psychological Counseling
    • Development
    • Neuropsychology
    • Heritage Studies

    Sciences, Technology, and Health
    • Nutritional Coaching and New Approaches of Care
    • Epidemiology 
    • Nutrition in Physical Activity and Sport
    • Environmental Management and Sustainability
    • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Practices Audit

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