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publicado a la‎(s)‎ 11 may 2015, 10:02 por Amparo Cadavid B.   [ actualizado el 11 may 2015, 13:35 ]


Its the largest private university in Colombia

Some statistics:

85.000 students,- 9 cities – 42 municipalities – 5 Faculties – 32 academic programs – One virtual University – 7 Research Centers –

Faculty of Communication Sciences:

3000 students – 220 professors & researchers – 8 academic programs – Centre for Communications Studies – School for Development Media

How UNIMINUTO has built a university model that combines and connects the academic dimension with the needs and demands of the society/community?

What have we learned?

In what stage are we?

How UNIMINUTO has built a university model that combines and connects the academic dimension with the needs and demands of the society/community?

What have we learned?

In what stage are we?




Its founding story is considered a Colombian patrimony, a model of development and social/economic change


         In 1953 a priest of the Catholic Congregation of Jesus and Mary started a fundraising campaign through radio (prime time hours) to get money for the refugees and poor people that were victims of the first violence 30s. He got 1 minute time to call rich audiences for help. The program was broadcasted every day at 7pm and its name was The Minute of God

         It was very successful and with the money gathered he could help people to get houses and food.

         In 1957 TV started in Colombia, and Father Rafael Garcia Herreros saw an opportunity. So, as he was well known by then, he got 3 minutes on-air TV (prime time) for his Minuto de Dios.

         In 1960 he started a housing project through his TV segment. Every week he gave a house to a poor family. In 54 years this project has built more houses than any governmental housing project in Colombia.

         Little by little Minute for God -which was born as a fundraising campaign in the media- became the most prestigious social corporation of Colombia.

         Is not only very well known, but has built up a whole development model that includes: education, infrastructure, economics, social work, and communication

         In 1990 was founded a university that represents the ideals of educating a new generation of Colombians:

         Good citizens – Good professionals

         High standards of  research and innovation

         Attitude to serve others

         Committed to built up a new Colombia, with peace and prosperity

         In 1994 was created the Faculty of Communication, with emphasis in participatory and community work.

         In 1996 arose the Communication Research Division

         In 2000 was created the Media School for Development

         In 2014 we opened the our first Masters Degree,  in Communication, Development and Social Change. 


University learns from and with communities. Its in its nature:

  1. Knowledge dialogue (diálogo de saberes) as a way to activate participation and to integrate and democratize society. Dialogue among different generations, genders, ethnicities, cultures. Dialogue among scientific knowledge (academia) and everyday common people knowledge.
  2. Praxeology the way to materialize Minuto de Dios epistemology. It is a methodology and a pedagogy, which starting point is the praxis shared by two or more people.
  3. Social innovation as a strategy to overcome structural limitations. Sometimes means to look at old things with new eyes.
  4. The need to systematize and evaluate together our experiences in a participative way with communities and projects, to build a patrimony of knowledge and practice for the present and the future.


The post conflict in Colombia

                     To integrate thousands of young people (former combatants) to the society, including the education and economic                     systems.

         Prepare the soc

iety (open minds) for process: our students and families, professors and academic community, our partners and the system in general.

         Shape together new methodologies and practices for reconciliation.

         Build a participative way with new schooling opportunities appropriate for people joining the education system for the first time

         Contribute to the post conflict period through C4D capacities of social dialogue and negotiation in an intercultural society as Colombia is.

The strength of capacity building

         Strength the relationship among the construction of theoretical frameworks for C4D to understand reality, and, the communication practices and initiatives coming from grassroots experiences.

         Influence and impact national high education policies on how the Colombian universities must accompany, and contribute to communitys proposals and initiatives within a deep participative framework. Not only using communities for scientific research.