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Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo
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Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo

Address : Calle Correa y Cidrón , Santo Domingo , Santo Domingo
Phone : +1 (809) 533 1104
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Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo

Motto: Neo Mundi Decanatus (Latin)
Motto in English: Dean of the New World
Established: 1538
Type: Public
President: Franklin García Fermín
Staff: 1,563
Students: 141,929 (2004)[1]
Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Main campus)
Campus: Urban
Colors: Blue and White          

The Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo —or Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (also known as UASD)) is a public university in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Founded during the reign of Charles I of Spain, it is the oldest institution of higher education in the western hemisphere.

Originally a seminary operated by Catholic monks of the Dominican Order, the institution was reorganized as a university by a papal bull (In Apostulatus Culmine dated 28 October 1538 by Pope Paul III), however it was not officially recognized by Royal Decree until 1558. It was then called Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino (University of Saint Thomas Aquinas).

In structure, the school followed the model of the University of Alcalá de Henares. The university organized its offerings into four departments: Medicine, Law, Theology, and the Arts. Today, the University has expanded to eight departments: Humanities, the Arts, Law and Political Science, Health Sciences, Economics and Social Sciences, Science, Engineering and Architecture, and Agricultural Sciences.


Autonomy and University Statutes

Aula Magna at night, Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD)

On December 31, 1961 Law No. 5778 was enacted, giving autonomy to the university. Since then, there has been a debate on institutional balance. On February 17 of the following year, the school chose its first administration under the new system.


The Autonomous University of Santo Domingo was created by means of the papal bulla In Apostolatus St Thomas Aquinas Culminates with the name of University, on October 28, 1538. The Pope Paul III established with this bulla the one that would be later, the most ancient university of America.

The university of Santo Domingo forms(trains) together with the first cathedral, the first hospital and the first office of customs; the set of institutions given priority of America installed in the city of Santo Domingo de Guzman.

The university stopped being a Studium Generate, that was handled by the congregation of the Dominicans, to turn into the center of the education into the new world. By means of previously mentioned bulla, asiende this General Study, which the Dominicans were directing from the year 1518, to the category of University. [5]

The nascent university takes like I shape the University of Alcala of Mowing meadows, and as such he was a standard-bearer of the renascent ideas that were arising from the medieval world, of the one that was emerging the Spain of the days of the conquest.

It is said that the Jesuits planned to hide the General Sanction of the Council of the Indies to get hold of the monopoly in the grant of degrees vaticanos, fundamental characteristic of a university. This, to the detriment of the University of Santo Domingo, established by the faction of the Church of the Convent Dominican.

Nevertheless, and even in case of the General Sanction does not exist in 1538 (even if yes it(he,she) existed, only that alone there was made official 28 years later by a committee reviser, common of ancient documents in a historical context in which the historical annals were late decades in putting a day. In those days there did not exist a written definite law that will re-want a viceregal stamp to be able to put in execution a papal bulla. [6] Evidently the University of Santo Domingo was granting academic degrees from much before that 1551, which categorizes her as "university", in the modern sense of the term(end), much before that the universities in Mexico or Peru.[7]

University structure

The following bodies are charged with governing the University:

  • The Superior Cloister (El Claustro Mayor)
  • The Minor Cloister (El Claustro Menor)
  • The Universitary Council (El Consejo Universitario)
  • The Assembly of Colleges (Las Asambleas de Facultades)
  • The Technical Departmental Councils (Los Consejos Técnicos de Facultades)*

University bodies' resolutions are to be executed by:

  • The Rector when dictated by the Cloisters and the Council.
  • The departmental deans when dictated by the Assemblies and the Technical Councils.

The students are represented in all ruling bodies, comprising 33% of the members on each body.

The Cloister is the highest level of authority of the University and is divided into Superior and Minor branches. The Superior Cloister includes by all professors in active duty, researchers, emeritus professors (active and retired), students' delegates (5% of the total members of Cloister), and Administrative Personnel (2% of the total members of Cloister).*

    • (According to the University's Organic Statements; Art. Nos. 21 and 22)


Humanities [1]

The Humanities Faculty is formed of the Schools of Social Communication, Philosophy and Anthropology, History, Foreign language, Literature, Pedagogy and Psychology.

The Pedro Mir Library

The authorities for the period 2008-2011 are:

  • Dean: Prof. Rafael Morla de la Cruz
  • Deputy Dean: Prof. Amelia Milagros Salas
  • Director of Social Communication School: Prof. Patricio Jovanny Matos
  • Director of Philosophy School: Prof. Francisco Acosta
  • Director of History and Anthropology School: Prof. Dioris O. Antigua Correa
  • Director of Literature School: Prof. Ramón Morel Félix
  • Director of Pedagogy School: Prof. Maestro Víctor Encarnación
  • Director of Psychology School: Prof. Henry R. Santos
  • Director of Professional Orientention School: Lic. Irenes López Severino
  • Director of Foreign language School: Prof. Ramón E. Rodríguez Espinal
  • Director of Postgraduate education:

Agronomy and Veterinary Sciences [2]

A building at Agronomy and Veterinary Sciences, Autonomous University of Santo Domingo

The Agronomy and Veterinary Sciences Faculty is formed of the Schools of Agronomic Engineering, Zootechnics and Veterinary Science.

The authorities for the period 2005-2008 are:

  • Dean: Agron. Eng. Marcia Corporán
  • Deputy Dean: Agron. Eng. Manuel Calcaño
  • Director of Agronomic Engineering School: Eng. Angel Felipe Vicioso
  • Director of Zootechnics School: Dr. Gregorio Garcia Lagombra
  • Director of Veterinary Science School: Dr. Ramona Medina
  • Director of Postgraduate: Agron. Eng. Rafael Veloz

Laws and Politicals Sciences [3]

Building of Laws and Politicals Sciences

The Law and Political Science Faculty is formed of the Schools of Law and Political Science.

The Law and Political Science Faculty award the titles of Licentiate in Law and Licentiate in Political Science; the latter has three majors: Internationals Studies, Socioeconomics Studies and Internationals Relationship. The Criminology Institute is a part of the Faculty.

The authorities for the period 2005-2008 are:

  • Dean: Dr. Santo Inocencio Mercedes
  • Deputy Dean: Dr. Antonio Medina
  • Director of Law School: Dr. Samuel Moquete
  • Director of Political Science School: Dr. Freddy Angel Castro
  • Director of Postgraduate Education: Dr. Rosalia Sosa

Economics and Social Sciences [4]

College Economics and Social Sciences ?

By Law 4412 of 24 March 1956 the University Organization Law of 21 October 1937 was modified, adding the Economics and Commerce Faculty to the existing faculties. The new faculty would award the degrees of Licentiate in Commercial Science and Doctor in Economics and Commercial Science.

At the same time, Law 4413 decreed that the four courses "of the second cycle of the Superior School of Accountant Technician, established by the decree 2383... were assigned to the Economics and Commerce Faculty of the Santo Domingo University from 12 October 1956, under the name of Commercial Science Department".

The Law 4439 dated 4 May 1956 changed the name of the Economics and Commerce Faculty to the new name of Economics, Finance and Commerce Faculty. This same law authorized to the graduates of the Superior School of Accountant Technician, with the title of Accountant Technician “provides them with licence to practice the profession of Authorized Public Accountant and carry the title in Commercial Science and allows them to opt for the Doctorate in Commercial Science by the presentation of a thesis, following the regulation dictated by the University Council”.

In 1950, Law 5130 changed the Economics, Finance and Commerce Faculty to the Economic Science Faculty and included the Public Administration School. The Organic statute approved by the University Cloister in 1966, gave the faculty with its current name of the Economics and Social Sciences Faculty.

Currently, the Economics and Social Sciences Faculty is formed of the Economics, Accountant, Statistic, Sociology, Marketing and Administration schools.

The authorities for the period 2008-2011 are:

  • Dean: Prof. Juan Antonio Cerda Luna
  • Deputy Dean: Prof. Ramón Desangles
  • Director of Economics School: Prof. Melvin Pérez Sarraf
  • Director of Administration School: Prof. Alixis Martínez
  • Director of Marketing School: Prof. José Antonio Burgos
  • Director of Accountant School: Prof. Norberto Hernández
  • Director of Statistic School: Prof. Francisco Roa Familia
  • Director of Sociology School: Prof. Marisela Duval Pérez
  • Director of Postgraduate:

Engineering and Architecture [5]

School Engineering and Architecture

The Engineering and Architecture Faculty is formed of the Architecture, Electromechanics Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Surveying and Industrial Engineering schools.

The authorities for the period 2005-2008 are:

  • Dean: Domingo A. Jiménez
  • Deputy Dean: Arturo García
  • Director of Architecture School: Natividad Nuly Cotes
  • Director of Electromechanic Engineering School: Pedro Valdez
  • Director of Civil Engineering School: Jose Reyes Acevedo
  • Director of Chemistry Engineering School: Antonio Peña
  • Director of Surveying School: Mario Suriel Núñez
  • Director of Industrial Engineering School: Jaime Olmo
  • Director of Postgraduate:


College of Sciences

The Science Faculty is constituted of the Biology, Geographic Science, Physics, Mathematics, Microbiology and Parasitology, Chemistry and Computing schools.

The authorities for the period 2005-2008 are:

  • Dean: Prof. Francisco Vegazo
  • Deputy Dean: Lic. Lourdes Rojas
  • Director of Biology School: Lic. Altagracia Espinosa
  • Director of Geographic Science School: Lic. Hugo Segura
  • Director of Physics School: Dra. Miriam Astacio
  • Director of Mathematics School: Lic. Hugo Estevez
  • Director of Microbiology and Parasitology School: Lic. Yovanny Cedano
  • Director of Chemistry School: Lic. Miledis Alberto
  • Director of Computing School: Eng. Jacqueline Tió
  • Director of Postgraduate studies: Lic. Ligia Cohen

Health Sciences[7]

Building of Health Sciences

The Health Sciences Faculty formed of the Pharmacy, Infirmary, Odontology, Bioanalysis, Medicine, Public Health, Physiology and Morphology schools.

The authorities for the period 2005-2008 are:

  • Dean: Dr. Jorge David Asjana
  • Deputy Dean: Lic. Adalgiza Linares
  • Director of Pharmacy School: Lic. Juana Castillo
  • Director of Infirmary School: Lic. Nancy Soto
  • Director of Odontology School: Dra. Bibiana Santana
  • Director of Bioanalysis School: Lic. Manuela Suncar
  • Director of Medicine School: Dra. Maritza Tavera
  • Director of Public Health School: Lic. Miguel Catalino
  • Director of Physiologic Sciences School: Dr. Genoveva Martin
  • Director of Morphologic Sciences School: Dr. Mario Uffre
  • Director of Human Sexuality Institute School: Lic. Rosario Fadul
  • Director of Postgraduate: Lic. Maritza Flores

The Arts[8]

The School Plastic Arts

The Arts Faculty is formed of the Criticism and History of Art, Publicity, Theater, Music, Film, Television and Photography, Industrial Design and Fashion and Plastic Arts schools.

The authorities for the period 2005-2008 are:

  • Dean: Arq. Fernando Suncar
  • Deputy Dean: Dr. Onofre de la Rosa
  • Director of Critics and History of the Art School: Arq. Amelia Soto
  • Director of Publicity School: Lic. Víctor Abreu
  • Director of Theater School: Dr. Dione Rufino
  • Director of Music School: Prof. Hipólito Javier
  • Director of Movie - TV - Photography School: Prof. Omar Narpier
  • Director of Industrial Design and Fashion School: Prof. Sobeyda Peralta
  • Director of Plastic Arts School: Prof. Francisco Matos
  • Director of Postgraduate: Prof. Julio Alberto Melo

University Authorities Of The Period 2008-2011

Rector: Dr. Franklin García Fermín.

Educational Vicerrector: Dr. Iván Grullon Fernandez.

Vicerrectora of Investigation(Research) and Postdegree: Dra. Maria Josefina Copplind Arias.

Administrative Vicerrectora: Licda. Maritza Camacho.

Vicerrector of Extension: Lic. Rafael Nino Felíz.


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