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University of Guadalajara

University of Guadalajara
Universidad de Guadalajara (UdeG)
Latin: Universitas Guadalaxaræ
Motto Piensa y Trabaja (Think and Work)
Established As Royal University of Guadalajara: 3 November 1792
As University of Guadalajara: 12 October 1925
Type Public university
Endowment MXN 10,711,145,399.00 (2014)[1]
Rector Itzcóatl Tonatiuh Bravo Padilla (since April 1st, 2013)
Academic staff
Students 255,944 (January 2015)[1]
Undergraduates 109,992
Postgraduates 6,432
Other students
139,520 high school
Location Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Campus 15 university campuses, 60 high schools and a virtual university system
Athletics Club Universidad de Guadalajara
Mascot Leon Negro
Affiliations ANUIES CUMEX International Association of Universities College Board CONAHEC

The University of Guadalajara (Spanish     Universidad de Guadalajara) is a public higher education institution that has its headquarters in the city of Guadalajara. The University has several high schools as well as graduate and undergraduate campuses, which are distributed all over the state of Jalisco, Mexico. It is regarded as the most significant university in the state and the second in the country, only behind the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Chronologically, based on its foundation, is the second oldest in Mexico, the seventeenth in North America and the fourteenth in Latin America.

Since 1994 the University works through a network model to organize its academic activities. This university network is integrated by 15 university centers, the Virtual University System, the High School Education System and the general administrative body of the University. During 2014-2015 the total amount of enrolled students is 255, 944, of which 116, 424 belong to graduate and undergraduate students and 139, 520 to high school students.


  • History 1
    • The Royal University of Guadalajara (1791-1821) 1.1
    • The Confrontation between the University of Guadalajara and the Institute of Sciences of the Jalisco State (1821-1861) 1.2
    • The University Interregnum (1861-1925) 1.3
    • The University of Guadalajara (1925-1989) 1.4
    • The Jalisco University Network (1989-present) 1.5
  • University Government 2
    • General University Council 2.1
    • General Rector 2.2
    • Rectors’ Council 2.3
  • Campuses of the University of Guadalajara 3
  • High School Education System 4
  • Virtual University System 5
  • Educational Programmes 6
  • Scientific Research 7
  • Scientific Journals 8
  • University Chairs 9
  • University Sports 10
    • University Sports Complex 10.1
    • UdeG Sports Club 10.2
    • Aquatic Center for Rehabilitation and Rescue 10.3
    • University of Guadalajara’s Leones Negros 10.4
  • UDG Culture 11
    • Folkloric Ballet of the University of Guadalajara 11.1
    • Editorial Universitaria 11.2
    • Guadalajara International Book Fair 11.3
    • Guadalajara International Film Festival 11.4
    • Papirolas Creative Festival for Youth and Children 11.5
    • International Fair of Music Professionals 11.6
    • Arts Museum (MUSA) 11.7
    • Jorge Martinez Arts Laboratory 11.8
    • Diana Cultural Center 11.9
    • Cineforo 11.10
    • Calle 2 11.11
    • Cavaret Studio Theater 11.12
    • Vivian Blumenthal Theater 11.13
    • Jalisco’s Experimental Theater 11.14
  • University Cultural Center 12
    • “Juan Jose Arreola” Public Library of the Jalisco State 12.1
    • Telmex Auditorium 12.2
    • Performing Arts Complex 12.3
    • Center of Transdisciplinary Instrumentation and Services 12.4
    • Environmental Sciences Museum 12.5
  • University System of Radio, Television and Cinematography 13
    • Channel 44 13.1
    • University of Guadalajara Radio Network 13.2
  • Collaboration with the Guadalajara Civil Hospital 14
  • University of Guadalajara in Los Angeles (UDGLA) 15
    • Los Angeles Spanish-Language Book Fair (LéaLA) 15.1
    • Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles 15.2
    • Channel 31.2 in Los Angeles 15.3
  • Notable alumni 16
  • University Rankings 17
  • See also 18
  • References 19
  • External links 20


The Royal University of Guadalajara (1791-1821)

Royal University of Guadalajara's Coat of Arms

At the time of its foundation in 1586 the Santo Tomas de Aquino College began offering higher education in Guadalajara, and as a result it was the first institution that granted academic degrees. The first one who requested to establish a university in Guadalajara was Friar Felipe Galindo y Chavez who, in 1696, asked the King Charles II of Spain to increase the range of the recently founded Royal Seminary of San Jose. This way, a long century of arrangements to found the University of Guadalajara began. Chronologically, the second oldest in Mexico, the seventeenth in North America and the fourteenth in Latin America.

The proposition of Friar Felipe was reconsidered by the lawyer Matias Angel de la Mota Padilla, who, in 1750, was able to involve the Guadalajara’s city hall into the project. However, it was only after the banishment of all Company of Jesus’ members from all Spain’s territories in 1767, when the need of a university in the region of Nueva Galicia was relevant. This occurred because the Company of Jesus managed the two most important colleges in the city: the Santo Tomas College and the San Juan Bautista College. Moreover, on December 12, 1771 arrived to Guadalajara the new bishop to Nueva Galicia, Friar Antonio Alcalde y Barriga, who significantly supported the foundation of the University. In 1775 the Friar replied a grit from King Charles III of Spain, who consulted him about the convenience of establishing a university in Nueva Galicia. The answer of the Friar was completely positive, so on November 18, 1791 the King Charles IV of Spain enacted a royal grit where he proclaim the foundation of the Royal University of Guadalajara.

This grit arrived to the authorities in Nueva Galicia on March 26, 1792, who proceeded to celebrate and quickly revamp the said Santo Tomas College. Therefore, the University was founded on November 3, 1792. By mutual agreement between the Friar Alcalde and the president of the Royal Audience, Jacobo Ugarte de Loyola, Jose Maria Gomez y Villaseñor was named as the first Rector of the University. Academically speaking, the University was first composed by the Art, Theology, Law and Medicine Faculties.

Santo Tomas de Aquino College, first University of Guadalajara's headquarters and current "Octavio Paz" Hispanic Library

The Confrontation between the University of Guadalajara and the Institute of Sciences of the Jalisco State (1821-1861)

The University adhered itself to the Agustin de Iturbide’s Plan of Iguala, with which the Independence of Mexico was concluded, as a result the university kept its royal status. However, it came to be imperial when the first Mexican Empire of Agustin I was proclaimed, but then when the Republic was established it became a national university.

On January 16th, 1826, during the administration of Jose Cesareo de la Rosa as the Rector, the Jalisco State Congress proclaimed the first enclosed order to the University of Guadalajara and then the State’s Governor, Prisciliano Sanchez Padilla, reestablish the Institute of Sciences. However, on September 1st, 1834 the State’s Governor, José Antonio Romero, declared the first reopening of the University and the closing of the Institute of Sciences. Nevertheless, thirteen years later, on 1847, the State Congress proclaimed the Public Teaching Program by which the University of Guadalajara as well as the San Juan Bautista College would be closed, furthermore it’d also reestablish the Institute of Sciences and found two high schools, namely the Boys’ Lyceum and the Ladies’ Lyceum. Yet the Program was not executed since Mariano Hurtado convinced the State’s Governor, Joaquin Angulo, not to do so. As a result, in that same year it was proclaimed that the Institute of Sciences and the University of Guadalajara would coexist, although the later would lose its finances and headquarters. Fortunately, a later State’s Governor, Jose Maria Yañez Carillo, proclaimed 1853 the assimilation of the Institute of Sciences into the University of Guadalajara, so the later recovered its traditional patrimony.

At the time the Plan of Ayutla got the triumph around 1855, the State’s Governor, Jose Santos Degollado proclaimed the second enclosed order to the University and the reestablishment of the Institute of Sciences. However, during the Reform War, on February 2, 1859 the Governor and Commander of the Jalisco State, Leonardo Marquez, reestablish the University of Guadalajara.

Despite that, following the military success of the liberal wing in 1860, the State’s Governor, Pedro Ogazon, proclaimed the third enclosed order to the University which also proclaimed the reestablishment of the Institute of Sciences, the Boys’ Lyceum and the Ladies’ Lyceum.

The University Interregnum (1861-1925)

During this period the higher and high school education both came to be totally dominated by the Government of Jalisco which triggered the emergence of private schools. Besides, the Medicine, Law and Engineering Schools, as well as the Boys’ Lyceum and the Ladies’ Lyceum continued teaching higher and high school education as a result of the governmental support that they received, except from some governors as Ramon Corona and Manuel Macario Dieguez, since the later closed the Lyceums and founded the High School of Jalisco in 1914.

The University of Guadalajara (1925-1989)

University of Guadalajara's General Rectory Building

Derived from the worries that many intellectuals and artists manifested in the reunions at the “Centro Bohemio”, the conference given by the engineer Juan Salvador Agraz Ramirez de Prado about a project to establish the “National University of Guadalajara” and the new orientations that the .

In the First Congress of Universities that took place at Mexico City, the Rector Diaz de Leon supported the socialist education, but when he tried to carry it out in Guadalajara, several student’s protests happened. As a result of the protests the Governor, Sebastian Allende decided to close the University of Guadalajara again. However, to prevent the Autonomous University of Guadalajara to take the historic name of University of Guadalajara, the State Congress reopened the University and named Constancio Hernandez Alvirde as its twenty ninth Rector.

The Jalisco University Network (1989-present)

During this period the need to create a modern, efficient, qualified and ecofriendly university was recognized, however, this meant a change in the academic and administrative structure of the university would be necessary. This purposes were established in the Institutional Development Programme: A Future Vision, presented in 1989 by the Rector Raul Padilla Lopez, who is regarded for accomplishing the modernization the University. In this document, the aims and programs of all, teaching, researching and extension areas were established, which were based on a series of projected indicators to 1995.

Additionally, on September 2, 1989 the General University Council approved the document “Bases for the discussion about the Reform of the University of Guadalajara”, which had a current diagnostic about the University and proposed to decentralize the services and functions of the institution all across its entities. Also, some elements as the updating and creation of study plans, the expansion of research and graduate studies, the promotion of cultural and sports activities as well as the diversification of its financial funds were presented in the document. This reform took place when the State Congress approved the new Organic Law of the University of Guadalajara. In this, the autonomy of the University in matters as the academic planning and the financial administration was acknowledged. In that same year the thematic and regional university campuses were created and the High School Education System was established.

Moreover, the Labor Union of the Academic Workers of the University of Guadalajara was created and the Labor Union of University Workers got enhanced, the Union of University Students was established as well. Among other changes derived from the creation of the University Network, it is important to mention the creation of the Virtual University System and the University System of Radio, Television and Cinematography.

In 2014, with Itzcoatl Tonatiuh Bravo Padilla as the Rector of the University, the Institutional Development Programme was updated with projections to 2030. Besides, the arrangements to build a new regional university campus located in Zapotlanejo, Jalisco began. At present the University Network is located in each region of Jalisco and has campuses in 109 of 125 municipalities in the State.

University Government

General University Council

The General University Council is the most significant government body of the university. It is integrated by 186 members, presided by the General Rector and constituted by students, academics and headmasters. Each year the students and academics representatives in the General University Council are chosen through direct and secret suffrage of its pairs.

General Rector

The General Rector is the most important executive authority of the University, it is also its legal representative and president of the General University Council and the Rectors’ Council. The Rector is chosen by the vote of the members of the General University Council and stays in office for six years, beginning the first day of April.

Rectors’ Council

This Council is the body that plans and coordinates the whole University Network and is constituted by the General Rector, who presides it, the Executive Vice-Rector, the General Secretary, the headmasters of each university campuses, the headmaster of the Virtual University System and the headmaster of the High School Education System.

Campuses of the University of Guadalajara

Currently, the University of Guadalajara has fifteen undergraduate and graduate campuses; from this, six specialize in different areas of study and are located in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area and eight, called regionals, are located in different regions of the State of Jalisco.

CUNorte, located in Colotlán

High School Education System

The High School Education System is the entity of the University Network that executes the functions of teaching, researching and diffusion on high school education since its foundation in 1994. In the 2015 A period it is integrated by 166 schools that are located in 109 municipalities of Jalisco. From this 166 schools there are: 24 metropolitan high schools, 36 regional high schools, 4 metropolitan offices, 78 regional offices and 24 regional extension centers. The total amount of students registered in that same period is 135, 244, which study one of the 24 education options for high school. Moreover, the System is the responsible to supervise around one hundred incorporated high schools that are officially recognized by this body.

  • Metropolitan High Schools
    • Jalisco High School
    • High school No.2
    • High school No.3
    • High school No.4
    • High school No.5
    • High school No.6
    • High school No.7
    • High school No.8
    • High school No.9
    • High school No.10
    • High school No.11
    • High school No.12
    • High school No.13
    • High school No.14
    • High school No.15
      Mural painted in 1972 by Guillermo Chavez Vega inside the Jalisco High School
    • High school No.16
    • High school No.17
    • High school No.18
    • High school No.19
    • High school No.20
    • Tonalá High School
    • Northern Tonalá High School
    • Polytechnic High School of Guadalajara
    • Vocational High school

Virtual University System

The Virtual University System, also known as UDGVirtual, is a decentralized body of the University of Guadalajara responsible to administrate and develop distance education programs for higher and high school education, based on the use of the new ways of communication and information technologies. The geographic coverage of the System spreads through 104 municipalities in Jalisco and the 32 entities of the Mexican Republic, it also covers fourteen countries, including Mexico. During the 2015 B cycle the System has 4, 832 students.

Educational Programmes

Currently, the University of Guadalajara offers a significant number of educational programmes for high school, undergraduate and graduate education. Until the first period of 2015, the university offers the following educational programs:

  • 30 High School Programmes
    • 2 General High School
    • 11 Technologic High School
    • 3 Middle Professional
    • 11 Technical
    • 3 Technical Professional
  • 141 Undergraduate Programmess
    • 108 Bachelor
    • 33 High Technical
  • 211 Graduate Programmes
    • 63 Specialties
    • 106 Masters
    • 42 PhD's

Scientific Research

During 2014-2015, the University holds 1,640 researchers of which 852 are members of the National System of Researchers. Besides, the University of Guadalajara has several research institutes and centers, some of them are presented in the following section, distributed according to the university campus they belong:

    • Center of Metropolitan Studies
    • Institute of Studies about Historic Centers
    • Institute of Aesthetics Studies
    • Center of Ground Ecosystems Studies
    • Center of Molecular Genetics Studies
    • Institute of Animal Biotechnology
    • Institute of Botanics
    • Institute of Seed’s Science and Technology
    • Institute of Cellular Physiology
    • Institute of Limnology
    • Institute of Management and Exploitation of Fitogenetic Resources
    • Institute of Environment and Human Communities
    • Institute of Neurobiology
    • Institute of Neurosciences
    • Center of Social and Economic Studies
    • Center for the Quality and Innovation of Higher Education
    • Institute of Public Policies and Government Studies
    • Institute for the Development of Innovation and Technology in Small and Medium Enterprises
    • Institute of Astronomy and Meteorology
    • Institute of Seismic Engineering
  • CUCS
    • Institute of Chronic Degenerative Diseases
    • Institute of Biomedical Sciences Studies
    • Institute of Odontology Studies
    • Institute of Translational Neurosciences
    • Center of Gender Studies
    • Center of Strategic Studies for the Development
    • Center of North America Studies
    • Institute of Innovation and Governance Studies
  • CUCiénega
    IMECBIO was originated from the Natural Laboratory "Las Joyas de la Sierra de Manatlan" created in 1985, whose objective was the preservation of the Manatlan Mountain Chain's biosphere. The Laboratory tranfered its headquarters to El Grullo and then incorporated to CUCSur in 1995
    • Center of Design of the Business Incubator
    • Center of Innovation, Incubation and Design
    • Institute of Genetics
  • CUCSur
    • Manantlan Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity Preservation(IMECBIO)
  • CUCosta
    • Center of Western Seismology and Volcanology Studies
  • CULagos
    • Center of Psychological Support for the Comunity
  • CUSur
    • Center of Nourish Behavior and Nourishment Studies
  • CUTonalá
    • Institute of Water and Energy
  • CUValles
    • Center of Entrepreneurship and Incubation
    • Center of Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies Studies

Scientific Journals

The University holds an important variety of scientific research journals, particularly five of these journals are included into the Scientific and Technologic Journals Index of the National Science and Technology Council.

  • EconoQuantum: This journal of business and economics is published twice a year by the Department of Quantitative Methods of the Master in Economics of CUCEA. It aims to publish academic articles in English and Spanish through the use of quantitative methods in business and economics.
  • Mexico and the Pacific Basin: Is a quarterly published journal founded in 1998 by the Department of Pacific Studies of CUCSH. Its articles cover topics related to the economy, international relations, politics, society and culture of the countries in the Asian Pacific region through an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Communication and Society: Biannually published, this journal specializes in the area of social communication and is integrated by national and international researches. It is published by the Department of Social Communication Studies of CUCSH.
  • Espiral. State and Society Studies: Is a quarterly published scientific research journal of the State and Society Division of CUCSH. It’s opened to national and international social sciences researchers.
  • Apertura. Educational Innovation Journal: Is a scientific research journal published by the Virtual University System whose articles cover topics related to unconventional education practices based on the use of new communication and information technologies.

University Chairs

The University holds several chairs of free access to the university’s community and the general public.

  • Émile Durkheim Chair
  • Hugo Gutiérrez Vega Chair
  • Jorge Alonso Chair
  • José Martí Chair
  • Julio Cortázar Latin American Chair
  • Primo Levi Chair
  • UNESCO Chairs: Derived from an UNESCO initiative approved in 1992, the aim of the UNESCO Chairs is to boost and improve the research and development programs of higher education through the creation of university networks. They also aim to foster the inter-university cooperation through knowledge sharing across boundaries. Currently, the University of Guadalajara holds four UNESCO Chairs:
    • Chair on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialog (held in CUCSH)
    • Chair on Gender, Leadership and Equity (held in CUCEA)
    • Chair on Equality and No Discrimination (held in CUCSH)
    • Chair on Youth (held in CUCEA)

University Sports

The University of Guadalajara has a large sports infrastructure for individual and group disciplines. The University is co-owner of the Jalisco Stadium and also holds a significant quantity of university teams and sports areas distributed across its campuses and high schools.

Olympic Swimming Pool at the University Sports Compex

University Sports Complex

In the Complex’s facilities, located in the area where CUCEI, the Vocational High School and the Polytechnic High School are located, several physic activities are offered to the university’s community and the general public, namely: athletics, basketball, boxing, gymnastics, volleyball, swimming and diving.

UdeG Sports Club

Located near the Primavera Forest, the club provide service to academics, administratives, students and general public. It aims to provide an area to satisfice resting, recreation, physical training or cultural activities through its facilities which include: olympic pool, diving pit, football stadium, as well as tennis, basketball, racquetball, volleyball, squash fields, bicycle path, restaurant, camping area, among others.

Aquatic Center for Rehabilitation and Rescue

The center has facilities for aquatic activities and physical training where services to internal and external users are offered. There are swimming courses offered to all ages, specialized in freestyle, diving and rescue, also physical training is offered with the support of trainers in a wide range of disciplines.

University of Guadalajara’s Leones Negros

The University of Guadalajara is the owner of the Leones Negros that currently compete in the Mexican “Ascenso” League. However, it was not until 2014 when, after 20 years away of the “Primera Division”, that the Leones Negros got to ascend in the national league. Nonetheless, in the 2015 championship, the Leones Negros descended again to the “Ascenso” League. The team is itself an approach to the university’s community with the aim to foster a sports culture within the University.

UDG Culture

UDG Culture is the body of the University of Guadalajara dedicated to foster and spread the culture as well as every artistic representation. This body aims to provide areas that stimulate artistic creation and to generate social interaction platforms to develop and maintain the cultural and artistic representations. Currently it collaborates with public, private, national, and international institutions, as well as culture creators groups, artistic promoters, civil organizations, social organizations and the campuses of the University of Guadalajara Network, all of which work together to create cultural projects that are generated by the Music, Performing Arts and Literature Divisions.

Folkloric Ballet of the University of Guadalajara

After 1960 when several dancing couples organized to create a group that would represent the Visual Arts College, in 1966 the Rector, Ignacio Maciel Salcedo, name this group as the Folkloric Ballet of the University of Guadalajara. The Ballet aims to spread and maintain the Mexican cultural traditions expressed in music and dances by presenting in their choreographies a recreation of elements present in everyday life in several Mexican regions. At present, the Ballet is composed by fifteen couples of dancers and twelve couples of singers. The resident group and the children’s ballet is composed by the same number of dancers and singers. As a total, the Ballet has 168 artists trained in dance or music.

Editorial Universitaria

Editorial Universitaria is the publishing house of the University of Guadalajara, which publishes academics texts, manuals, monographs and wide variety of books. Through the publishing of these, the Editorial aims to spread knowledge to enhance teaching and researching tendencies in the students and teachers of the University. Besides, since its publications reflect the institution’s profile, it contributes to show the University’s image to the society.

Guadalajara International Book Fair 2013

Guadalajara International Book Fair

Created in 1987 by a University of Guadalajara’s initiative, The Guadalajara International Book Fair is nowadays the biggest international book market for Spanish publications. Each year editors, literary agents, reading promoters, translators, book dealers and librarians attend looking for commercial and professional interactions. Besides, each year around 600 thousand people attend and during nine days enjoy one of the most important cultural fair of Latin America.

The Fair is also a significant opportunity to enhance the tides that bond Mexico and Hispano-America with other cultures. That is why, since 1993, the Fair has had a region or a country as a guest of honor which shows in this cultural platform the best of its publishing and artistic productions. Until now, the guests of honor have been: Colombia (1993), New Mexico (1994), Venezuela (1995), Canada (1996), Argentina (1997), Puerto Rico (1998), Chile (1999), Spain (2000), Brazil (2001), Cuba (2002), Quebec (2003), the Catalan Culture (2004), Peru (2005), Andalusia (2006), Colombia (2007), Italy (2008), Los Angeles (2009), Castile and Leon (2010), Germany (2011), Chile (2012), Israel (2013) y Argentina (2014). United Kingdom will be the guest of honor in 2015.

Guadalajara International Film Festival

The Guadalajara International Film Festival is the most important cinematographic event in Latin America because of the important initiatives it offers to the film industry. The Festival is a forum for training, instruction and creative exchange between professionals, international film critics and Hispanic students. The Festival is hosted by the University of Guadalajara, The Mexican Institute of Cinematography, the National Council for Culture and Arts, the Jalisco State Government, the Zapopan and Guadalajara City Halls and Cinépolis.

Papirolas Creative Festival for Youth and Children

Papirolas begins in 1995 as a part of the Guadalajara International Book Fair with the aim to create an exclusive area for youth and children through interactive expositions and diverse artistic shows. Since 2010 Papirolas began to present expositions, then in 2011 it began offering training programs for teachers and cultural agents.

International Fair of Music Professionals

This Fair emerges as a professional platform for the development of the Mexican and Latin American music industry. It holds several concerts, markets and conferences which are a meeting point for professionals in the industry like composers, musicians, audio engineers, record labels, producers and editors.


Arts Museum (MUSA)

With the aim to give the Jalisco’s community an area of cultural presentations in a facility that holds important creations of the muralist José Clemente Orozco, the Rector of the University of Guadalajara, Raul Padilla Lopez, managed to use the ground floor of the General Rectory Building as a museum. In 1994 the area was enabled as a museum which until now has been house to many national and international contemporary art presentations of many artists. Besides, the museum has its own collection of Jalisco’s contemporary art.

In February 28th, 2013 the General University Council of the University of Guadalajara modified the use of the building known as the General Rectory Building to dedicate it completely to cultural representations. Following this, the name of the building changed to University of Guadalajara’s Arts Museum.

Jorge Martinez Arts Laboratory

The Arts Laboratory is a place that exhibits interdisciplinary arts that depends on the Arts and Humanities Division of CUAAD. This laboratory aims to boost projects that experiment with aesthetics through the creation of a critique forum of researching and collaboration among Division’s students.

Diana Cultural Center

Diana Cultural Center

The Diana Cultural Center, integrated by the Diana Theater and the Diana Studio, is a model for performing arts since it works with its own financial resources and the best service standards with a little financial aid from the University of Guadalajara. The Diana Theater opened in 2005, year in which 250 shows were offered. In 2014, 377 shows took place, the largest amount in its history. After a decade of life, the theater has left a mark among the “tapatios” since it has had about 2 million and a half spectators in almost 3 thousand shows.


The Cineforo is a space dedicated to show films that stands as an alternative for the people in Guadalajara that enjoy the seventh arte since it shows films that are not usually show in the commercial cinemas. It is located in the General Rectory Building of the University of Guadalajara and was inaugurated in 1988 by the Rector Javier Alfaro Anguiano. It has capacity for 440 people and its facilities have also been use to show theater, dancing and music performances. At present, the Cineforo is the principal cinema of the Guadalajara International Film Festival held each year.

Calle 2

Since 2005, Calle 2 works as a multifunctional facility for entertainment. It is integrated by seven pavilions, two forums, three concourses and one arena. It can hold fairs, expositions, concerts, as well as social and sports events with a capacity for 80 thousand people.

Cavaret Studio Theater

The Cavatet Studio Theater made it possible to cover the need that the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area had for facilities to host alternative shows of national and international reputation. This is a space for recreation, entertainment and production cultural and sports events, conventions, expositions and concerts of any genre.

Vivian Blumenthal Theater

The Vivian Blumenthal Theater was created to get close and spread the large production of classic theater to the community. This cultural space is enabled to hold theater projects and many kind of music projects. It also represents a stimulation to the artistic and cultural activities in the city, since it allows the presentation of premium shows with the involvement of local, national and international productions. The theater is considered a significant scenario for multidisciplinary arts experimentation and proposals.

Jalisco’s Experimental Theater

The Jalisco’s Experimental Theater, whose building was designed by the architect Eric Coufal, was opened up on December 6, 1960 and is part of the National Cultural Heritage. The theater is a cultural space built by the Jalisco State Government by the 50’s. It is located inside of the Agua Azul Park and is property of the Jalisco State Government and managed by the University of Guadalajara.

University Cultural Center

The University Cultural Center is the first university cultural complex of the mid-west region of Mexico which is currently in building process and located in the city of Zapopan in Jalisco. Here, the largest and most significant cultural space of the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area will be located since this project will be home to thousands of cultural and academic activities.

The University Cultural Center will articulate university campuses, arts schools, the media, thematic and archaeological parks, as well as the sports and residential areas. It is also home of the Telmex Auditorium, the Bicentenary Plaza and the “Juan Jose Arreola” Public Library of the Jalisco State, moreover there are two projects that are currently under their building process which are the Environmental Sciences Museum and the Performing Arts Complex.

“Juan Jose Arreola” Public Library of the Jalisco State

“Juan Jose Arreola” Public Library of the Jalisco State

The “Juan Jose Arreola” Public Library of the Jalisco State has the aim to preserve, guard and offer a free access to its large catalogue of contemporary and historic books. With the largest bibliography of the State and a huge quantity of historic documents (some with 500 years of history) the Library is a really important space for studying and researching. The Library depends on the University of Guadalajara since 1925. Since 1975 it was located in a part of the Jalisco House of Culture building. In 2001, the University General Council name it as the “Juan Jose Arreola” Public Library of the Jalisco State in memory of the writer who had been its headmaster since 1991 until his death on 2001.

In 2011 the bibliography and its collections were moved to a new building which is stands as the entrance of the University Culture Center. The new building of the Library owns around 3 million books which hold around 500 years of not only the Jalisco State, but also of Northern Mexico and the Southeast area of the United States of America.

Telmex Auditorium

The Telmex Auditorium was founded on September 1, 2007 and is currently one of the most important shows areas in Latin America. The Auditorium, designed by the Mexican architect Jose de Arimatea Moyao, is located in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area and is part of the most significant and transcendent cultural project of the University of Guadalajara which is the University Cultural Center.

Performing Arts Complex

This project that will be opened up at the end of 2015 aims to boost the development of performing arts in the region. It will be composed by four halls and a scenario dedicated to present shows outdoors. This project will satisfy the need of local production and will be primarily used for theater. In its scenarios will be possible to present: opera, symphonic concerts, musical theatre, dance, films, visual arts and congresses. For instance, it can also be used for conferences and book presentations.

Center of Transdisciplinary Instrumentation and Services

This project of the University of Guadalajara, whose building will be located at the University Cultural Center, will have four unites of microscopy, spectroscopy, molecular biology, proteomics and bioinformatics in which the classification of biological, medical, industrial and environmental samples will be possible. The objective of this Center is to enhance the research work that about 400 researchers across the different campuses of the University already carry on.

Environmental Sciences Museum

The Environmental Sciences Museum will be the first of its kind in Mexico which will devote to show natural and social environments of the region, the nation and the continent. Its aim is to show through an interesting way topics related to the environment, the nature, the culture and the sustainability of life on Earth. It will be strongly attached to the regional identity of Jalisco that, along with Guadalajara, covers a design of five sustainability edges: ecology, economy, politics, culture and society. Besides, at the same time it will cover contemporary topics regarding the sustainability in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area.

University System of Radio, Television and Cinematography

Channel 44

Channel 44 UDGTV is a project of the University of Guadalajara that started to broadcast since 2011 after two decades of having initiated the arrangements to found its own TV channel. The channel has a cultural aim to spread programs through the four municipalities that integrate the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area. These are musical, cultural and informative programs.

University of Guadalajara Radio Network

This is a project of the University of Guadalajara which is composed by eight radio stations that cover the mid-west region of Mexico with the aim to serve as a tide with the community. It is a cultural radio that supports cultural movements, local indie artists, and social and cultural diversity. The radio stations that integrate the University of Guadalajara Radio Network are:

Collaboration with the Guadalajara Civil Hospital

The Guadalajara Civil Hospital is a health institution located in Guadalajara, Jalisco since the XVII century. It was founded in 1794 by the Guadalajara’s Bishop, Friar Antonio Alcade y Barriga, as a partner institution of the University of Guadalajara. Since then, the hospital works as the hospital school of the University where students and academics of the health divisions perform professional practices and researches, respectively. At the present, the Civil Hospital, which is a decentralized body of the Jalisco State Government since 1997, holds two hospital units (the Friar Antonio Alcalde Hospital and the Dr. Juan I. Menchaca Hospital) which attend 29% of the Jalisco population. Its first building was the San Miguel de Belen Hospital, which was renamed, and is currently the Friar Antonio Alcalde Old Civil Hospital.

University of Guadalajara in Los Angeles (UDGLA)

The University extends its reach and goes beyond boundaries to offer academic opportunities to Mexicans living at Los Angeles, California, creating, at the same time, bonds with their Latin American roots. UDGLA works so conational migrants and Hispanics improve their life quality and social integration by increasing their cultural knowledge and education through its cultural and academic projects.

Los Angeles Spanish-Language Book Fair (LéaLA)

This event has the aim to promote Spanish-language books and the acknowledgment of the Latin American population, its culture and customs. LéaLA is an initiative supported by the University of Guadalajara in Los Angeles and the Guadalajara International Book Fair. This Fair offers presentations of Spanish-language books, conferences about culture and historic roots of Latin American countries, meetings of writers from Latin America and other regions, discussion forums about the problems of book sales and their distribution, participation of celebrities from the Latin American community in a variety of activities within the cultural and literary events, all of which aim to foster a reading culture and the written word interest among children.

Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles

This Festival is an open window to the Mexican and Hispanic contemporary film world and an extension of the Guadalajara International Film Festival. The objectives of this festival are: to increase the access to Mexican and Hispanic films; create a bridge between the Mexican and American film industries; to foster collaborations between international filmmakers; and to enhance the presence of Mexican and Hispanic films in the United States of America.

Channel 31.2 in Los Angeles

The programs broadcast on Channel 44 in Guadalajara are also broadcast in Los Angeles, California on Channel 31.2. The 'University of Guadalajara in LA aims to get closer to the university’s community and the Hispanic society through this channel.

Notable alumni

University Rankings

Year Latin American University Rankings World University Rankings Ranking Web of World Universities AméricaEconomía Intelligence's Ranking of Mexican Universities
2015 42 683 8
2014 59 601-650 6
2013 60 601-650
2012 50 501-550
2011 51

See also


  1. ^ a b "Numeralia Institucional". Universidad de Guadalajara.
  2. ^ Coordinación General de Planeación y Desarrollo Institucional (2015). "Numeralia Institucional" (PDF). Retrieved 27 May 2015. 

External links

  • University of Guadalajara (in Spanish)
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