Universidad del Valle, is a public state university founded in 1945, is located in the city of Cali, capitol of the Department of Valle del Cauca. Is one of Colombia’s three most important public university and the first one important in the south western region of the country and stands out for its academic excellence in the fields of Health, Humanities, Sciences, Arts, Economic and Social Sciences, Engineering , Business and Administration; focus in innovation and development in those areas of scientific and applied technological research.

Multi Campus University 

 Universidad del Valle has two main campus in Cali and nine regional campuses throughout the Department of Valle del Cauca distributed in: Buga, Buenaventura, Caicedonia, Cartago, Palmira, Santander de Quilchao, Tuluá, Yumbo and Zarzal.


The University in numbers


Number of Students: 27311

Undergraduate: 24238

Technological: 3505

       Degree: 20733

       Post - Graduated: 3073

Especialization: 410

Masters and Clinical Specializations: 2270

PhD: 393

       Professors / 36% with PhD: 1000

       Alumni: 90000

72 Graduate Programs

108 Postgraduate Programs

150 Agreements of Cooperation with 24 Countries

Patents: 14

237 research groups / 164 granted by the Colombian Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (COLCIENCIAS)

Employees: 1329

Size Main campus: 100 (ha)

Alumni: 80034


Academic Programs:

There are 273 academic programs included in seven Faculties and two Institutes.

  • Integrated Arts
  • Natural and Exact Sciences
  • Business and Administration
  • Health Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Institute of Psychology
  • Institute of Education and Pedagogy
  • Humanities
  • Economic and Social Sciences


Doctoral Programs: 

Students at UniValle have the opportunity to pursue doctoral degrees in:

Physical and Life Sciences:

  • Marine Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Environmental Science


  • Humanities
  • Philosophy

Institute of Education and Pedagogy:

  • Inter-institutional Doctorate in Education

Institute of Psychology:

  • Psychology

Health Sciences:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Health

Business and Administration:

  • Administration


Students at UniValle have the opportunity to specialize in the following areas of Engineering:

  • Food Science
  • Computer Science
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Sanitary and Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Solid Mechanics


 Among the offer of our research groups, the following institutes and research centers are offered at UniValle:


  • CINARA - The institute of Research and Development on Water Supply, Environmental Protection and Conservation of Water Resources.
  • FORESIGHT - Research Institute created to guide the development of capacities in foresight, innovation and management of knowledge in the Colombian and international level.


  • CEDETES - The Center for the Development and Evaluation of Policy and Technology in Public Health.
  • CENM - The Center for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Excellence Center for new materials.
  • CIBIOFI - The Center for Research and Innovation in Bioinformatics and Photonics.
  • CIDSE - The Center for research and Documentation of Socioeconomics.
  • CITCE - The Center for research on territory, Construction and space.
  • COGNITIVE - The center for research and Advanced studies in Psichology, Cognition and Culture.


Research Groups:

228 research groups, 149 granted by the Colombian Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (COLCIENCIAS). Being "A1" the highest calification and "Recognized" the lower calification.

  • A1: 19
  • A: 35
  • B: 31
  • C: 40
  • D: 17
  • Recognized: 7

Scientific Researchers

  • Seniors - 89
  • Associates – 117
  • Juniors - 142

International Dimension:

Long-standing tradition of building academic, scientific and cultural alliances with foreign universities. As well as with the governmental and non-governmental organizations. It porsue to provide opportunities for professors, researchers and students to interchange in education and science research in global networks. Moreover, we also received foreign students, professors, reserchers to perform activities at UniValle.

Main interests:

  • Co funding and Publishing for investigation
  • Collaborative research projects
  • Students exchange
  • PhD stage
  • Co tutelle at PhD level
  • Double degree programs at Ms Level
  • Practicals
  • Visiting fellowships
  • Missions trips