Last Update September 12, 2016


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UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE OCCIDENTE, is a private higher education institution founded in 1970, in Cali, Colombia. The institution, through its faculties and academic programs in various areas of knowledge offers high quality educational services forming professionals in different fields.

In total, the University offers 10 accredited programs, granted by the National Council of Accreditation - CAN, and will soon offer additional three programs that are now in process of accreditation. Furthermore, the Administrative and Financial Vice Presidency, and Rectory are certified under the ISO 9001:2008 quality management system by Bureau Veritas. The institution is also certified under ISO 14001:2004 environmental management standard.


UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE OCCIDENTE is an institution of multi-disciplinary educational activities that contributes to the formation of professionals through solid educational programs which combined with research activities result in the development of responsible citizens who act in benefit of the society.


The University has as a vision to become a recognized institution with international projection focused on the development of the world's most promising students, as well as on benefiting society as a whole.


  • Corporateness
  • Autonomy
  • Universality
  • Comprehensiveness
  • Excellence
  • Creativity


  • Ethics
  • Pluralism
  • Responsibility
  • Sense of belonging
  • Tolerance
  • Honesty

Contact info #1

Alexander Garcia Davalos
+57 2 318 8000 ext 11602
Chief of Strategic Research
Calle 25 # 115-85, Cali, Valle del Cauca 760030, Colombia

Contact info #2

Diego Martinez Castro
+57 2 318 8000 Ext. 11323
Chief Department of Automatics & Electronics
Calle 25 # 115-85, Cali, Valle del Cauca 760030, Colombia

Undergraduate Programs

The University offers undergraduate programs forming highly qualified professionals in different areas of knowledge:

Faculty of Basic Sciences:

• Environmental Stewardship

Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences:

• International Banking and Finance
• Economics
• Public Accounting
• Business Administration
• Marketing and International Business

Faculty of Social Communication:

• Film and Digital Media Studies
• Social Communication and Journalism
• Communication - Advertising
• Graphic Communication Design

Faculty of Engineering:

• Industrial Design
• Environmental Engineering
• Multimedia Engineering
• Electric Engineering
• Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering
• Biomedical Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Mechatronics Engineering
• Industrial Engineering
• Computer Engineering

Postgraduate Studies

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE OCCIDENTE offers postgraduate programs forming highly qualified professionals in different areas of knowledge:

Faculty of Basic Sciences:

• Master in Environmental Sciences
• Specialization in Environmental Management

Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences:

• Master in Business Administration
• Master in Strategic Marketing
• Master in Finance
• Specialization in Management of International Financial Reporting Standards
• Specialization in Marketing

Faculty of Social Communication:

• Master in Communication
• Specialization in Organizational Communication

Faculty of Engineering:

• Master in Logistics
• Master in Engineering
• Master in Industrial Hygiene and Safety
• Specialization in Information Security
• Specialization in Energy Efficiency
• Electromedicine and Hospital Technology Management
• Specialization in Automation and Process Equipment
• Specialization in Industrial Hygiene and Safety
• Specialization in Telematics

Faculty of Humanities:

• Master in Contemporary Philosophy of Law

Undergraduate Technology Programs

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE OCCIDENTE offers undergraduate technology programs forming highly qualified specialists in different technology fields:

• Technology Management and Cost Accounting
• Technology Management
• Agro Processing
• Logistics Technology
• Technology, Marketing and Sales
• Electronic Systems Technology and Automation
• Design of Mobile and Web Applications

Research & Development

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE OCCIDENTE has developed research and development centers for promoting and coordinating research and technology development within the faculties, formulating problems of interest, drawing strategic plans and producing results on a subject.

Faculty of Engineering:

• Science and Engineering Materials - GCIM
• Energy Research Group - GIEN
• Biomedical Engineering - GBIO
• Distributed Systems and Remote Control - GITCoD
• Telematics and Applied Informatics - GITI
• Manufacturing Technologies - GITEM
• Competitiveness and Enterprise Productivity - GICPE
• Advanced Materials for Micro technology and Nanotechnology - IMAMNT

Faculty of Basic Sciences:

• Environmental Studies for Sustainable Development - GEADES
• Modeling and Simulation - GIMS
• New Solid Materials for Industrial Applications - GINSAI
• NeuroControl.

Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences:

• Economics - GIED
• Administrative Sciences - GICAD
• Accounting and Finance - GICOF

Faculty of Social Communication:

• Communications
• Development Communications
• Organizational Communication
• Graphic Design Communication

Faculty of Humanities:

• Humanities And Contemporary Higher Education
• Sociopolitical Studies - Giesp
• Conflict and Organizations
• Environmental Research Group

Interfaculty Research Groups:

• Fluid Mechanics
• Education
• Knowledge Management and Information Society
• Marketing and Advertising, GIMPU
• Biofuels Research Group, GRUBIOC

Inter-University R&D Cooperation:

• Universidad del Valle
• Universidad de los Andes
• Universidad Nacional
• Universidad Javeriana
• Universidad de Antioquia
• Universidad de Zaragoza
• Universitat Politècnica Catalunya (Spain)
• Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain)
• Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Spain)
• Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (Germany)
• Erlangen University (Germany)
• Universidad CUAJE (Cuba)
• Universidad de Colima (Mexico)

Equipment & Tools

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE OCCIDENTE in its classrooms, auditoriums and laboratories it is equipped with advanced equipment and tools of the latest technology, such as:

• Communication Equipment
• Mechanical Equipment
• Electrical and Electronic Equipment
• Automation and Control Equipment
• Virtual Reality Equipment
• Computing Equipment
• Biomechanical Equipment
• C3 Engineering Equipment

Hardware & Software Tools:

• Software for Product Design and Development (CAD/CAM)
• CFD Commercial Software
• In House CFD Software
• Commercial Finite Elements Software
• Mobile Robotics Software
• Dynamic Mechanical Analysis Using CAD/CAM/CAE Software


In its facilities, UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE OCCIDENTE has the support of specialized laboratories, namely:

• Chemical Laboratory
• Telematics Laboratory
• Solid Mechanics Laboratory
• Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
• Integrated Manufacturing Systems Laboratory
• Steam Laboratory
• Energy Efficiency Laboratory
• Electrical Machines Laboratory
• Energy Conversion Laboratory
• Materials Laboratory
• Polymer Materials Laboratory
• Mobile Robotics Laboratory
• Laboratory for Testing Logistic Models and Supply Chains
• Biomechanical Engineering Laboratory
• Bioinstrumentation Laboratory
• Biomedical Sciences Laboratory
• Biotechnology Laboratory

Industry Research Partners

Main Industry Research Partners:


• RESORTES HERCULES (manufacture of parabolic leaf springs)


Universidad Autonoma de Occidente

  • Calle 25 # 115 85, Valle del Cauca 760030, Cali, Colombia
  • +57 2 318 8000
  • +57 2 555 4475
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