Founded in 1966, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG) is a private, not-for-profit, non-ideological, and non-sectarian university. The University has more than 6,500 students enrolled at three campuses:
- Central Campus in Guatemala City
- Altiplano Campus in Sololá, serving Mayan communities
- South Campus, serving agricultural communities on Guatemala’s Pacific Coast
Fifty-six percent of UVG students are women. UVG was the first private university to place a strong emphasis on technology in the country. Today, what distinguishes UVG from other Guatemalan universities is not only its high quality academic programs, particularly in the fields of engineering and education, but also its innovative, practical approach to tackling the problem of accessibility to education for the Maya and other rural poor.
Since inception, UVG has been committed to providing educational access to talented students. Today, the majority of UVG’s students from all three campuses receive some measure of financial assistance. However, only partial scholarships are granted. Every student is expected to contribute toward his/her education.
UVG produces professionals, trained technicians, and educators—responsible problem solvers who can help Guatemala improve its education and health care systems, modernize its agriculture and food production, manage its priceless natural resources, promote an appreciation for its rich history and cultural diversity, and secure a strong position in the world economy of the 21st century.