News from Maria Cano University Foundation in Colombia


Contribution from Maria Cano University Foundation in Colombia. This institution joined the GUNi network in January 2019.

Today, with 31 years of experience in the education sector in Colombia, Maria Cano University Foundation is present in the provinces of Antioquia, Huila, Cauca and Valle del Cauca, committed to continuing as to consolidate the principles that build the future of Colombia, through the integral formation, the generation and development of knowledge in all forms and expressions, to consolidate itself more and more as a development factor in scientific, cultural, economic and ethics, in contexts such as local, regional, domestic and international.

During its three decades of work, Maria Cano University has consolidated three faculties: Health Sciences, Business Studies and Engineering. Through the Faculty of Health Sciences, it offers Physical Therapy Programs (in Medellin, Cali, Neiva and Popayan), Psychology, and Phonoaudiology; in the Faculty of Business Sciences it proposes programs in Business Administration and Public Accounting, under the face-to-face and online training methodologies; Similarly, in the Faculty of Engineering it offers programs in Software Engineering, Biomedical Technology and Technology in Robotics and Automation. Basically, each program has a research line in which we enclose the possibilities of collaboration with other institutions.

“The Maria Cano” also features the Advanced Training Center, which offers specializations in Occupational Health Management, Phonoaudiology, Health Services Administration, Senior Management and the new program of Relational Marketing Management, which is a pioneer in Colombia. In the same manner, our institution has a wide range of diploma courses that aim for the professional qualification of Colombians. Also, The Maria Cano SSI offers services of Physiotherapy, Motion Analysis Laboratory, Phonoaudiology, Psychology and General Medicine.

Institutional Principles

The Maria Cano University is governed by the following principles:

Respect: We start with the importance of knowledge and recognition of the human being and its potential to transform itself and its environment, as well as to learn, make decisions, express itself, and inhabit the world.

Equity: We promote a sense of justice and dignity among people, human groups and cultures, valuing and attending their origins and diversity, and enabling communication and interaction between people and groups with specific cultural identities.

Excellence: We promote total commitment to quality focused on the institutional task, as well as to the well-being of the people who make it up and the contexts in which it has participation and impact.

Leadership: We recognize the role that people have in making the right decisions for the collective and their contribution towards the achievement of common goals, in order to obtain shared targets that favor communities and organizations.

Transparency: We value individual, collective and institutional honesty in the way of acting and relating to the environment, as well as the ethical position that guarantees the protection of individual and institutional integrity and of individual and collective resources.

Responsibility: We strive for the individual and institutional commitment to participate in the generation of knowledge, in training processes, inside communities and organizations, as well as to relate to others, taking care of themselves, others and our nature.


The Maria Cano University Foundation is a higher education institution with a presence in local, regional and national contexts; committed to the social projection in the development of teaching, research and extension; and oriented to the training of people with critical thinking, social commitment and a glocal vision.


The Maria Cano University Foundation, an institution of higher education, will be recognized for the training of entrepreneurial and innovative professionals by 2026; the quality of its programs and services; the transfer of knowledge to solve problems and needs of the environment, participation in knowledge networks and national and international cooperation; and the contribution to the development and transformation of communities and organizations.


  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government