Universidad Iberoamericana

The Ibero-American University (in Spanish: Universidad Iberoamericana, abbreviated UIA but commonly known as Ibero or La Ibero) is one of the most prestigious universities in Mexico. The private institution of higher education is sponsored by the Society of Jesus, and it is recognized as having an international-grade level of excellence. In 2009, the UIA received the SEP-ANUIES Prize as the best private university in Mexico. The Ibero's flagship campus is located in the Santa Fe district of Mexico City. It is ranked by QS World University Rankings as 701-750 worldwide and 7 in Mexico.

Ibero-American University
Universidad Iberoamericana
MottoLa verdad nos hará libres (Spanish)
Motto in English
The Truth shall set us free[a]
Established1943; 78 years ago (1943)
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic, Jesuit
Academic affiliation
PresidentFr. Saúl Cuautle Quechol, S.J.
ColorsRed   and   White
MascotLobos ("Wolves")

Its main library, Biblioteca Francisco Xavier Clavigero, holds more than 400,000 books and journals and as of 2007 is one of the largest university libraries in the country.[1] It also has one of the largest law libraries in Mexico.[citation needed]

Other institutions affiliated with, but independent from, Ibero in Mexico City are found in Guadalajara, León, Torreón, Puebla, Playas de Tijuana, and Jaltepec. Together, they form the Jesuit University System, a network of Jesuit-run private universities.


The university's main square

The university was founded in 1943 as a Jesuit institution by the Catholic hierarchy, but with significant aid of the rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Rodolfo Brito Foucher. Brito Foucher, a lawyer and head of UNAM's law faculty before becoming rector, was of the opinion that this was not counter to the Constitution of 1917's prohibition of Catholic involvement in education, since the article did not specify higher education but only primary and secondary.[2] A key group in the founding of Ibero was former student activists from the Jesuit-directed Unión Nacional de Estudiantes Católicos [es] (UNEC). The founding came at a time when church-state relations in Mexico had improved over the late 1920s during the Cristero War and the 1930s when the government attempted to implement education toward socialism in the Mexican universities.[3]

View of the Campus from the Francisco Xavier Clavijero library.

Originally called Centro Cultural Universitario, after ten years the Ibero grew into a full-scale university due to the patronage of the business community which donated funds for building the campus and for guaranteeing loans as the university was being established.[4] When the Mexican economy expanded during the 1940s to 1960s, Ibero-trained professionals who entered the private sector,[4] many of the former leaders of the UNEC[5] served on the university's board of trustees. Ibero had the aim of promoting Catholic culture and of training elites to take leading roles in Mexican society. Ibero has trained a number of successful businessmen and politicians, including the successful presidential candidate of the National Action Party (Mexico), Vicente Fox.

The Society of Jesus has from its start in the 16th century been a leader in humanistic education.[6] When Jesuits reached New Spain in 1572, their religious and educational zeal led them to create renowned teaching and research centers – such as the colleges of St. Ildefonso, Vizcainas, and St. Peter and St. Paul, to mention a few of the prestigious institutions of that time. The Ibero is part of a network of 8 Jesuit universities located in various Mexican cities which, in turn, are part of 31 Jesuit universities and colleges in Latin American and some 200 worldwide.


Universidad Iberoamericana moved to its modern 48-acre (20 hectares) campus in 1988, in the Santa Fe area of Mexico City. Besides classrooms, laboratories, and workshops in physics, chemistry, photography, psychology, engineering, communications, architecture, design, and nutrition, the university houses the Francisco Xavier Clavigero library, the FM 90.9 radio station, and several auditoriums. Other facilities on campus include sports fields and related conveniences, a medical center, three cafeterias, an on-campus bookstore, a stationery shop, bank branches, and other university stores.

Ibero-American University TijuanaEdit

Ibero-American University Tijuana (Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana) in Playas de Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico, was founded by the Jesuits in 1982. It is a part of the Mexican Jesuit University System.[7] as one of the Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México colleges.

In 1982, Universidad Iberoamericana opened its campus in Tijuana at two sites, one rented and the other on the premises of La Paz College. Later space was rented in the Civil Hospital building. At first only high school studies and degrees in Architecture, Graphic Design, and Law were offered. In 1985 the cornerstone was laid for the present building.[8]


Today the university's Mexico City Campus is made up of 19 academic departments, which offer a total of 36 academic programs.


View of the corporate Santa Fe from the university.


The pre-2010 logo of UIA at the Mexico City campus




History, philosophy, literature, art and architecture

Politics and Public Sector

Television and mass media

Science and Engineering

  • Rodrigo Cárdenas Domínguez — Engineer Physicist, CEO and owner of Infinity Technologies

See alsoEdit


  • Espinosa, David. Jesuit Student Groups, the Universidad Iberoamericana, and Political Resistance in Mexico. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press 2014.
  • Meneses Morales, Ernesto. La Universidad Iberoamericana en el Contexto de la Educación Superior Contemporanea. Mexico City: UIA 1979.


  1. ^ info@lafargeholcim-foundation.org, LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. "Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO)". LafargeHolcim Foundation website. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  2. ^ David Espinosa, Jesuit Student Groups, the Universidad Iberoamericana, and Political Resistance in Mexico, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press 2014, p. 77.
  3. ^ Espinosa, Jesuit Student Groups p. 3.
  4. ^ a b Espinosa, Jesuit Student Groups, p. 3.
  5. ^ Espinosa, David (1 June 2014). Jesuit Student Groups, the Universidad Iberoamericana, and Political Resistance in Mexico, 1913-1979. UNM Press. ISBN 9780826354617. Retrieved 15 December 2018 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Nauert, Charles G. (4 May 2006). Humanism and the Culture of Renaissance Europe. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781316154298. Retrieved 15 December 2018 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "Sistema Universitario Jesuita". www.suj.org.mx. Retrieved 2017-10-07.
  8. ^ "IberoTij". Retrieved 2017-10-07.
  9. ^ "Daniel Javier Servitje Montull: Chairman, Grupo Bimbo Sab de CV". Bloomberg LP. Retrieved 30 September 2019.

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