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Universidad del Norte

The University of the North (Spanish: Universidad del Norte) is a private university in Colombia. It is the main academic center for higher education in the country’s north, located in Baranquilla, Atlántico, the largest city and second largest port in the country’s Caribbean region. It was founded in 1966 by a business group led by American entrepreneur Karl C. Parrish. According to a recent ranking by Colombian consulting firm BOT SAS, Universidad del Norte is among the five best universities in the country.

The university has ten academic divisions, including Engineering, Administrative Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Legal Sciences, and Basic Sciences. It offers degrees in industrial, mechanical, systems, civil, electrical and electronic engineering. Other degrees include medicine, business administration, law, psychology, international relations, international business, Math, Industrial design, graphic design and architecture. In total, Uninorte offers 28 undergraduate programs, 62 professional specialization programs, 50 master’s programs, and 15 doctoral programs. The university also offers some specialization programs in the nearby ports of Santa Marta and Cartagena.


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