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University of Central America

"UCA" redirects here. For other uses of the name UCA, see UCA (disambiguation).
“José Simeón Cañas” Central American University
Motto University for Social Change
Established September 15, 1965
Type Private Non-Profit
Rector Andreu Oliva
Undergraduates 8,000
Postgraduates 664
Location San Salvador, El Salvador
Campus Urban, 15 ha
Nickname UCA
Mascot Owl
Affiliations Society of Jesus

"José Simeón Cañas" Central American University[1] (Universidad Centroamericana "José Simeón Cañas", UCA) is a private university with non-profit purposes in San Salvador, El Salvador, Central America run by the Society of Jesus. It was founded in September 1965 at the request of a group of Roman Catholic families who appealed to the Salvadoran government and to the Society of Jesus to create another university as an alternative to the University of El Salvador (Universidad de El Salvador).

UCA has since evolved to be one of the best institutions of higher learning in Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama).[2] This is the case, despite the university's focus on playing a decisive role in the transformation of the unjust Salvadoran society.[3] Such a focus within the Salvadoran context has driven the university to give priority to undergraduate degrees, research within the social sciences, popular presentation of research results ("proyección social") and local peer-reviewed journals. All of these are elements which formally reduce the university's impact in international rankings. In the 1970s and 1980s during the Civil War in El Salvador, UCA was known as the home of several internationally recognized Jesuit scholars and intellectuals, including Jon Sobrino, Ignacio Ellacuría, Ignacio Martín-Baró, and Segundo Montes. They were outspoken against the abuses of the Salvadoran military and government, and carried out research to demonstrate the effects of the war and poverty in the country. The extreme social conditions in El Salvador provided a very rich empirical basis for innovative research within sociology, social anthropology, philosophy, social psychology and theology. These scholars made important and lasting contributions within these fields. Ellacuría, Martín-Baró and Segundo Montes, along with three other Jesuit professors, their housekeeper and her daughter, were murdered by the Salvadoran Armed forces on November 16, 1989 in one of the most notorious episodes from the Civil War (see The murdered scholars of UCA).


Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences

Faculty of Human and Social Sciences

Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

Academic departments


  • Revista Estudios Centroamericanos
  • Revista Proceso
  • Revista Latinoamericana de Teología
  • Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades (REALIDAD)
  • Cartas a la Iglesia

Editorial house

  • UCA Editores –

Research and communication of research results

  • Audiovisuales UCA
  • Centro Monseñor Romero
  • Instituto Universitario de Derechos Humanos - IDHUCA
  • Instituto Universitario de Opinión Pública - IUDOP
  • Radio YSUCA


External links

  • University homepage (Spanish)
    • English information (Newer page)
    • English information (Older page)

Coordinates: 13°40′56″N 89°14′12″W / 13.6822°N 89.2367°W / 13.6822; -89.2367

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