Jesuit University

Jesuit University



“For it is not knowing much, but realizing and relishing things interiorly, that contents and satisfies the soul.” Saint Ignatius of Loyola

As an institution of the Society of Jesus, the main university network of the world, the Catholic University of Uruguay bases its life on this tradition of innovation in knowledge and with each degree and postgraduate degree, it aims to train professionals committed to building a more just and humane society. They are excellent professionals in a comprehensive sense: competent people who strive to do their work better and to enjoy it, who care about the people around them, their environment, and themselves:  beings who believe that their contributions can change the world.  

St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus

He was born in 1491. At an early age, he began his military career following the family tradition, but after being seriously injured defending Pamplona (1521), he changed his path radically. The reading of pious books during his convalescence made him decide to continue as a pilgrim to Jesus.

St. Ignatius of Loyola converted and took to the roads. He wanted to go to Jerusalem to live like Jesus and ended up in Rome launching an apostolic order founded to spread the gospel. In 1540, he founded the Society of Jesus.

A rational mystic, contemplative in action. A man of hard and tender character at the same time. Critical yet tremendously devoted to the Church. That is Ignatius, “the pilgrim”.

On July 31, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

Formative Project

The Catholic University of Uruguay bases its formative work on a set of philosophical and pedagogical principles that inspire its educational project. Based on the great guidelines of a Catholic University entrusted to the Society of Jesus, these principles have an operational impact on all the actors involved in this educational work. 

Here you can read the complete document of the UCU Formative Project 

Inspirational principles

Comprehensive training – From this perspective, we assume that all aspects of life and organization of the university contribute to the training and development of each member of the educational community.

Excellence – It is how we academically, professionally and managerially put into practice the existential commitment to do one’s best (the Magis of Saint Ignatius) to help build a fraternal world.



Fraternity - All professional training should help develop all potential skills for the construction of forms of coexistence that are an authentic expression of fraternity and justice.

Experience - To implement a project that seeks to give people more dignity and leave their mark on the world, we need to be close to that reality, to participate in it with well-developed instruments, among professionals who are committed to solving issues which degrade people’s dignity.

Universality - This principle states that students should know the world, their nuances, differences, strengths, and weaknesses in relation to human dignity, and that they should develop a vision of the world and of human beings based on knowledge.