The Universidad Tecnológica del Chocó Diego Luis Córdoba
The Universidad Tecnológica del Chocó Diego Luis Córdoba (UTCH) is a public institution of higher education, with a legal and academic status recognized by the Colombian State. It was both created by Law and opened in 1972. It has a student body made up of over 10,000 students in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in both on-campus and distance education programs.
Today, the UTCH´s historical, political, and philosophical roots are evident in its institutional mission and vision as both are focused on research, development, cultural diversity, sustainable management, and conservation of ecosystems in order to improve the conditions of communities in Chocó and in Colombia.
The UTCH is a public university located at the heart of the Afro-Colombian community with students from Indigenous communities. The University works to develop the constitutional and legal provisions for local communities and through its mission it has assumed the historic role of leading and guiding the processes of ethno-education in the region and the country, both individually as an institution and in strategic alliance with other national and international institutions and organizations.
The University offers a number of services to the community, including a legal and business advice centre, career coaching, access to a library and various archives, a community radio station, the use of event venues, and access to scientific resources such as the herbarium.
The main campus and administrative headquarters are situated in the city of Quibdó, capital of the state of Chocó. It has extensions and distance education programs in a variety of municipalities, for example it offers courses in Condoto, Istmina, Tadó (San Juan region); Bahía Solano, Nuquí, Pizarro (Pacific region), Acandí (Atlantic region); and Carepa, El Bagre, Arboletes, San Pedro de Urabá (state of Antioquia).
The Department of Chocó is one of the most biodiverse places in the world and one of the richest regions in terms of natural resources (minerals, water, fauna and ora) in Colombia. Located in the northwest, next to the Republic of Panama, Chocó is made up of 46.530 square kilometers and has a population of nearly 500.000 inhabitants, 90% of which are Afro-descendant, 6% of which are White and mixed race, and 4% of which are Indigenous Peoples.
Chocó is the only region in the country that has coasts on two oceans (the Pacific and Atlantic). Besides that, it is home to numerous rivers and the richest rain forests and virgin jungles on earth, sheltering the widest varieties of animal and vegetal species in the planet. For that reason scientists from different countries are interested in carrying out research in critical areas like biogenetics and biodiversity at the University.
The UTCH has 8 faculties, offering a total of 21 undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
Faculty of Engineering
- Computing and telecommunications
- Sustainable Mining
Faculty of Education
- Linguistics and Literature
- English and French
- Biology and Chemistry
- Physical Education and Sport
- Music and Dance
- Basic Education
- Social Sciences
- Educational Science
- English Didactics
Faculty of Health Science
Faculty of social Science and Humanities
- Social work
- Family Intervention and Education
- Community Development
- Faculty of Administration and Accounting
- Business Administration
- Public Accounting
- Tourism and Hotel management
Faculty of Basic Sciences
Faculty of Law and Political Science
Faculty of Arts
The University is committed to achieving excellence in research in order to contribute strategic knowledge and understanding for the benefit of society. Through the Vicerrectoría of Research, we have been working on strengthening the processes of scientific and technological research in order to achieve recognition in the National System for Science Technology and Innovation while integrating research into the academic and extension program.
The University has the following research centre:
Biodiversity Research and Habitat (CEIBHA)
Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Cultural Studies (CIAFRO)
Education and Pedagogy (CEIDUC)
A series of strategic initiatives and projects are part of the University:
- The Centre for Research on Equity for Health in the Pacific (CIESP) in partnership with the Universidad del Valle and ICESI University
- The National Center for Studies and Documentation of Afro-Colombian Cultures in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, the Colombia Program at Georgetown University, USAID and the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History (ICANHI)
- The National Center for Science, Technology and Innovation for Productive Sustainable Development of Biodiversity (BIOINNOVA)
- The ONDAS program and various networks in different areas of knowledge, and 53 certified research groups.
This broad scope and diversity in our research and allows us to make significant contributions to the National System of Science, Technology and Innovation and the formulation of public policy.