Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) was founded in Lima in 1917 by Catholic priest Father Jorge Dintilhac as Peru’s first non-profit private institution of higher learning. Back then it had just two Faculties of Law and Letters. Today, it is one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in Peru.
As an institution with Christian principles serving as its inspiration, also known by the name La Católica, PUCP aims to have a constructive dialogue between reason and faith, at the service of Christian and Catholic values.
Its main campus, on 43 hectares, includes the newly built Mac Gregor complex, and is in Lima’s urban San Miguel district.
Elsewhere in the district of Lima there are connected facilities such as the language learning centre, Idiomas Católica; the cultural centre in San Isidro, the Confucius Institute PUCP; a centre for business studies in Santiago de Surco, CENTRUM.
Academic programmes tend to be longer than in many other countries, because professional formation starts at the undergraduate level, so a course at PUCP is equivalent to a higher level than a Bachelor’s in the United States, sometimes even to a Masters degree course.
The research Vice-rector, through the General Office of Research, coordinates 17 institutes and research centres. Most well renowned are the Structures Laboratory and the Centre of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (CETAM).
In over 100 years of history, the university has produced various famous writers, artists and politicians, such as the fashion photographer Mario Testino, the former Prime Minister of Peru Rosario Del Pular Fernández Figueroa, and President Ollanta Humala.