Universidad Panamericana was founded in 1967 as a business school. The original group of scholars and business people who founded the Pan-American Institute of Top Business Management (IPADE), soon began promoting what is today Universidad Panamericana. The Pan-American Institute of Humanities (IPH), precursor to Universidad Panamericana, was founded in 1968. In 1978, IPH was elevated to the rank of university, and took the name Universidad Panamericana, even though both IPADE and IPH had initially conceived knowledge as being unitary and universal- that is, a university.
Since its beginnings, activity at Universidad Panamericana has been guided by a spirit of work well done, an unceasing search for the truth, and the promotion of human virtues. It shares these traits with Opus Dei, a Catholic institution whose mission is to promote among men and women of any social field, a personal commitment to following Christ, and a search for sanctity in daily life.
Universidad Panamericana has four campuses which give service to almost 12,000 students in 33 degree programs. The first campus was inaugurated in Mexico City in 1968, the second in Guadalajara in 1981 and a third in Aguascalientes in 1989. Campus Santa Fe, also located in Mexico City, was inaugurated in 2011. As one university with one spirit, UP works daily on three foundational pillars: teaching, research, and transmission of culture. In virtue of an agreement between the Governing Board and the Prelature of Opus Dei, Universidad Panamericana has entrusted to that Prelature the spiritual attention and doctrinal guidance of all its activities. The University, in its few decades of life, has come to occupy a place as one of the top universities in Mexico.
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