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Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana is a private higher education institution, founded in 1623. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Colombia. Its main campus is located in Bogotá and a sectional division – in Cali. It is one of the 31 universities entrusted to the Society of Jesus in Latin America, and one of the 180 all over the world.

The University campus in Bogotá has more than 22.000 students, 3.300 Faculty Staff, 1.500 Administrative Staff. It has 18 Schools, 130 laboratories, 62 departments and 14 institutes; it offers 38 undergraduate programs, 49 professional specializations, 36 medical and surgical specializations, 56 masters and 13 PhD’s in different areas of expertise, which grants the university its multidisciplinary nature. PUJ has 130 research groups ranked before the National Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation for their quality and productivity. The University has concluded agreements with institutions in more than 40 countries, fostering international student mobility in more than 300 HEIs and Double Degree Programs for 31 of its graduate and undergraduate programs.

The School of Environmental and Rural Development has extensive experience in studying and intervening in the relationship between natural and social systems. In terms of tourism, it has led research projects on the impacts of ecotourism, tourism’s contributions to biodiversity conservation, tourism in protected areas and the development of sustainable entrepreneurs for tourism in urban, rural and natural areas. The School has experience with green certifications in sustainable tourism, Natural and cultural heritage, and biocommerce. It has a research student-lead group in responsible tourism, among others. Offers an undergraduate program in Ecology, 6 Master programs (Rural development, Environmental management, Conservation and Biodiversity use, Clean Energy and sosteinability, Ecological restoration, and Territory government and public management), and a Doctorate in Environmental and Rural Studies.