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Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico

Inter American University of Puerto Rico
Established 1912
Type Private
President Manuel J. Fernós

San Germán, Puerto Rico

Multiple Campuses, Puerto Rico
Colors Green and Yellow
Athletics  • Liga Atlética Interuniversitaria
 • NCAA Division II
Mascot Tiger

The InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico —or Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico (UIPR) in Spanish, and often referred as "Inter"— is a Ecumenic Christian university dedicated to uniting academic excellence with leadership and service to society. The UIPR is a private co-educational university system in Puerto Rico. It was founded in 1912 in San Germán, Puerto Rico. The University has campuses in Aguadilla, Arecibo, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Fajardo, Guayama, Ponce, San Juan, and San Germán. The school also has three professional schools: the School of Optometry, the Faculty of Law, and the School of Aeronautics. The Inter offers academic programs in 11 teaching units.[1] The San Germán campus is also the home to the InterAmerican School, a private co-educational college-preparatory school.

It is the largest private university in the Western Hemisphere.[2] In 1944 it became the first institution outside the continental United States to be accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Nursing Schools of UIPR are accredited by The National League for Nursing Acreediting Commission (NLNAC) and The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Since being the only School of Nursing in Puerto Rico to offer the NCLEX-RN boards, however, is a school that competite with other nursing schools accredited by the NLNAC in the United States of America and other departments competitive.

Some of the agencies that currently offer accreditation for our programs are:

- Nurse Anesthesia Education Program ( NAEP ) ( COA ) - Council on Aviation Accreditation 

( CAA ) - Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology ( JRCERT ) - National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission ( NLNAC ) - American Association of Colleges of Nursing ( AACN ) - National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science ( NAACLS ) - Council on Social Work Education ( CSWE ) - American Bar Association ( ABA ) (Faculty of law) - Accreditation Council on Optometric Education ( ACOE )

It has 45 exclusive programs, ranging from Associate Degrees in Medical Emergencies, Photography, Radiologic Technology; Bachelor Degrees in Popular Music, Medical Technology, Health Sciences/Nursing, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Education, Humanities, Food Technology, Business Administration, Biomedical Sciences, Political Sciences, Airway Sciences, to Master Degrees in Anesthesia, Medical Technology, Fine Arts, Electronic Commerce, Criminal Justice, International Business; Doctorate in History of America, Industrial Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Business Development. Besides that, it also offers professional degrees like Ed.D., J.D., and others.

It is the leader in distance education with 8 academic programs offered entirely online and more than 300 online courses and the only higher education institution on the island that has an all English trimester program in the Metro Campus.


The Inter American University was founded as Polytechnic Institute of Puerto Rico in 1912 by Rev. John Will Harris and his brother Clarence Harris. It was founded as an elementary and high school in the Lomas de Santa Marta sector of the town of San Germán in land now occupied by the University's San Germán Campus. In 1927, the first high school class graduation took place. In 1944, the institute was accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, thus becoming the first liberal arts college to receive such accreditation in Puerto Rico, as well as the first outside the continental United States. This accreditation has been maintained over the years.

Administration and organization

The governing body of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico is its Board of Trustees, which perpetuates itself and whose members are elected freely without interference from any external authority.

The President of the University is the executive officer and senior scholar at the Institution. Systemic Management Council comprises the President of the University who chairs the Council, the Vice-Rectors, the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Dean of the School of Optometry, an Executive Secretary appointed by the President, the Executive Director Information Systems, the Director of the Legal Office and the Director of the Office of Systemic Research and Evaluation. Students will participate in the meetings of the Council when systemic issues are under consideration relevant to its functions, the following advisers: the President of the University Council, the Director of the Office of Human Resources, the Director of the Office of Promotion and Recruitment and the Director- Systemic Development Planning and Physical Plant.

The faculty and administration of the Faculty of Law and School of Optometry determine their own programs and rules subject to approval by the President and Board of Trustees. In all other respects, these two professional schools are governed by the rules, policies and general procedures of the University.

Academic Senates of the teaching units and the University Council, Academic Senate heirs agencies was established in 1966 and the University Senate who succeeded him in 1973, dealing with the academic welfare of the University through a process of formal articulation between the units. The Academic Senates made academic standards and the University Council the ratification, subject mainly to the presence of the President of the University. Both bodies formulate recommendations on matters relating to educational policy, administrative and research.

Notable alumni

See also

  • Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ponce


External links

  • (Spanish)
  • List of campuses
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