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University Santo Tomas Sectional Tunja

USTA Tunja presentation

The Santo Tomás University is a Catholic Institution of Higher Education of a private nature, non-profit and of national order. It is present in five cities of the country with headquarters and sectional offices in Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Medellín, Tunja and Villavicencio in the classroom modality and 23 University Care Centers CAU in Open and Distance modality.

Institutional Mission

The Mission of the University Santo Tomás, inspired by the Christian humanist thought of Santo Tomás de Aquino, consists of promoting the integral formation of the people, in the field of the superior education, by means of actions and processes of teaching-learning, investigation and projection social, so that they respond in an ethical, creative and critical way to the demands of human life, and so that they are in a position to provide solutions to the problems and needs of society and the country.

Institutional Vision

At 2027, the University of Santo Tomás de Colombia is an international benchmark of excellent multicampus educational quality, for the effective and systemic articulation of its substantive functions, and is a catalyst for human promotion and responsible social transformation in a sustainable environment of justice and peace. , in pursuit of the common good.

Historical review

ResenaThe University Santo Tomás, First University Senate of Colombia, was founded by the Order of Preachers (OP) the 13 of June of 1580.

In the 1608, the Santo Tomás School was founded and later merged with the General Studies University. The College-University Santo Tomás was born that later would be called University Tomística.

For almost three centuries this University was an inexhaustible source of thought and culture that formed many generations of New Granada. Among the outstanding graduates are the names of Andrés Rosillo (with studies in Philosophy, Theology and Canons), Camilo Torres, author of the famous "Memorial de Agravios", Francisco José de Caldas (graduated in Cánones), Francisco de Paula Santander (in Philosophy and Law) and Atanasio Girardot (in Canons).

The 7 March day of 1965 was restored in Santafé de Bogotá by the Province of San Luis BERTRÁN of Colombia, of the Order of Preachers, with the name of Santo Tomás University of Colombia, with legal status through Resolution No. 3645 of the 6 of August of 1965.

With the aim of expanding the institutional mission of training ethical and creative professionals, Santo Tomás University created, in 1973, the Sectional of Bucaramanga, which has a high recognition in the northeastern region of the country. In 1975 the University Santo Tomás was one of the pioneers in offering programs with the modality of distance education, with which a high number of professionals of different regions of the country have been trained, then the 3 of March was established in the capital of Boyacá. of 1996, given that in Boyacá the Dominican community has maintained a brilliant educational and cultural tradition; the following year it was established in Medellín and in the year 2007 began the offer of face-to-face programs in Villavicencio.

At present, the Tunja branch has established itself as one of the best universities in the region and offers ten professional programs, eleven specializations, eight master's degrees and one doctorate. In the year of 1997, the Santo Tomás University was established in Medellín. The University nowadays offers technologies, professional programs, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the presence and distance mode, in 31 cities of the country.



The shield: is formed by the cross of Calatrava in black and white, in the center sixteen circular golden rays, symbol of the sun of Aquino, on a blue circular background and the motto Facientes Veritatem, makers of the truth, in a red band.


Flag: It is composed of five horizontal stripes, three green and two white interspersed, and the shield of the University in the central part.


The stamp: was elaborated to affirm the pontifical origin of the institution with the foundational bull "Romanux Pontifex" of 1580, authentic mandate of Pope Gregory XIII and is used in certificates and diplomas issued by the University.

Anthem of the University

Letter: Fray Marco Antonio PEÑA SALINAS, OP
Music: Marietta Sáchica Forero
Orchestral arrangement: César Iván Ávila Baquero


Glorious cloister,
your children cheer you up,
beacon of science, of faith and truth;
bright sun of bright flame,
preclara cradle of freedom.


Thomas, the Sun of Aquinas,
teacher on your way,
regular seeker
about your upright gait,
of the witness truth,
innovative sapient.


Alma mater manager
of the truth, aurora
and temple of knowledge;
craftsman's crucible
that forges human dream
of freedom and faith.


Triumphant beam of stars,
the preacher children
of good, justice and peace;
garlands of laurels
they radiate at their temples
glare of eternity.


With the truth for guidance,
noble ideal conquest
the youthful age;
incandescent flash,
glowing star
of the University.


Dreamy donceles,
vibrant and vigilant,
dreaming an ideal;
ascend every day,
looking for harmony
of the triumphal march.


They go beyond the boundaries
of ephemeral stars,
in the struggle to learn;
the forehead lift and look
the source do inspire
science and knowledge.


Virtue and faith we live,
we serve the motherland
with fire of love.
We are proud race,
cheerful and generous
that fight with honor.


Distinguished people
they build destinations
of a new dawn.
By fields and cities,
which will of wills,
they spread knowledge.

Tunja Sectional Directors



Fr. Alvaro José Arango Restrepo, OP

Academic training

• Master of Public Law at the University of St. Thomas and University of Konstanz Germany.

• Theologian of the Santo Tomás University Bogotá.

• Degree in Philosophy and Political Thought from the Santo Tomás University Bogotá.

• Lawyer of the University Santo Tomás Bogotá.

• Bachelor in Theology of the UPB - Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana.

Professional experience

• Academic Vice-Rector of the Santo Tomás University Villavicencio Headquarters.

• Academic Vice-Rector of the Libertadores University Foundation.

• Dean of the Legal and Political Sciences Division of the Universidad Santo Tomás Bogotá.


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