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Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya

The Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya is the Jesuit university of Perú. It is a private institution devoted to offering its students a uniquely enriching and formative educational experience. The Ruiz seeks to combine social commitment with a first-rate education, while preserving the highest standards of intellectual excellence and creativity for which Jesuits are known throughout the world. In its short history it has acquired a reputation for devotion to the life of the intellect in the difficult academic environment of present-day Latin America, which is perverted by profit-driven higher-education businesses and commercial institutions. Together with the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (the oldest institution of higher learning in the continental Americas founded in 1551), the Universidad Católica, the Universidad Cayetano Heredia, and a handful of other institutions, it is among the top universities in Perú. It has less than 1,000 students, and offers a curriculum covering the areas of anthropology, art, economics, education, history, literature and linguistics, philosophy, political science and government, psychology, social services, sociology, theology, and the natural sciences. The Ruiz is distinguished by its diverse student body, more fully representative of Peruvian culture and society than that of other local universities. The UVa Program in Perú has an office on the Ruiz campus.

UVa Program students can also register for any regular courses offered by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima. The PUCP has more than 17,000 students, and faculties of anthropology, art, archaeology, architecture, business administration, chemistry, economics, education, engineering, history, law, literature and linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, physics, psychology, social services, sociology, and theology. It also operates an earthquake studies center and several engineering research centers, an environmental studies institute, an audio-visual center that produces commercial and educational videos, a theater company that has gained an international reputation over the last five decades, and an extramural cultural center in San Isidro, a district of Lima. The library of the Universidad Católica, also open to students from the Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, has around half a million volumes and subscribes to approximately 1,000 international journals.


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