Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
|University of San Carlos of Guatemala|
|Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala|
|Motto||Id y enseñad a todos|
|Motto in English||Go forth and teach everyone|
|Students||153,000 in 2012 1|
|Location||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
The Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC, University of San Carlos of Guatemala) It is the biggest and oldest university of Guatemala, also it is the fourth founded in the Americas.
The main campus is located on University City, zone 12 of Guatemala City, being the biggest one of Central America. It also has several extension branches on every region of the country, and a metropolitan center where the Medicine and Psychology Faculties operate.
It was decreed a university on January 31, 1676 by royal command of King Charles II of Spain. It had previously been known as the Escuela de Santo Tomás (School of Saint Thomas), founded in 1562 by the priest Francisco Marroquín. The University finally gained international acceptance by Official Decree from Pope Innocent XI, on June 18, 1687.
In the early years, from the 16th to 19th centuries, it offered studies in civil and liturgical law, theology, philosophy, medicine and indigenous languages. In the 20th century it produced some of the best writers in Guatemalan literature, including 1967 Nobel Prize winner Miguel Ángel Asturias.
During the Repression years (1962-1996) and the Guatemalan Civil War (early 1960s to 1995), the University was at the forefront of the fight of the people against military dictatorship.
The university offers courses in science and humanistic studies, at undergraduate and graduate levels. There are several USAC extensions in all the major cities of the country.
At present day, the University of San Carlos of Guatemala has 33 Academic Units:
- 10 Faculties;
- 8 Schools;
- 15 Regional Centers;
- 1 Mayan Technological Institute of Superior Education; and
- 1 Department of Technological Transfer.
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Agronomy
- Faculty of Medical Sciences
- Faculty of Economic Sciences
- Faculty of Juridic and Social Sciences
- Faculty of Architecture
- Faculty of Biological Sciences and Pharmacy
- Faculty of Humanities
- Faculty of Veterinarian Medicine and Zootechnics
- Faculty of Odontology
- School of Physics and Mathematics
- School of Linguistics
- School of Politics
- School of Communication Sciences
- School of Psychological Sciences
- School of teacher training of Middle Teaching (EFPEM)
- School of History
- School of Social Works
- Superior School of art
The school's football club Universad de San Carlos (Guatemalan football club) of the Liga Nacional de Fútbol plays at Estadio Revolución located on campus grounds.
- Miguel Ángel Asturias (1899-1974) winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature (1967)
- Ricardo Arjona musician winner of two grammy awards
- Mariano Gálvez (1794-1862)
- Pedro de Aycinena y Piñol (1802 – 1897)
- Marco Vinicio Cerezo Arévalo (b. 1942)
- Álvaro Colom (b. 1951)
- José Matías Delgado (1767-1832)
- Antonio José de Irisarri (1786-1868)
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