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Welcome from A. Lorena Passarelli

Guatemalan college students in class

Greetings and welcome to the USFUVG website!

I feel privileged to serve as the President of the USFUVG, working with a strong and devoted group of Board of Directors and USFUVG friends committed to improving access for Guatemalan students to top educational opportunities. Education provides a vital framework that broadly improves the sociocultural and economic environments of a country. I consider my work with the USFUVG as an integral and crucial part of my personal and professional goals.

Guatemalan child holding a pictureI was raised in Guatemala in a family where education was the framework of everyday life. I had the benefit to enjoy an education of my choice in North, Central and South America, but education should not be a privilege but a right for all. My early exposure to different educational programs undoubtedly led to my lifelong commitment to education, both professionally and in an outreach capacity. I have been involved in enhancing education and mentoring students at several academic levels and in diverse educational settings throughout my life, starting before I was officially an adult. The enriching and rewarding experiences for all participants—students, instructors and community members—have led me to seek additional and new avenues that empower the scholastic trajectory of students at critical points during their lives. My motivation to join the USFUVG was to ensure that educational opportunities for qualified and driven students who merit, but cannot afford, an outstanding education remains a priority.

Guatemalan student studying outsideThe Grupo Educativo del Valle comprises five campuses, three of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG; uvg.edu.gt) and two of the Colegio Americano de Guatemala (CAG; www.cag.edu.gt). This tiered didactive system from the same educational group provides contiguous and effective communication between institutions and, more importantly, solid foundational education from pre-kinder through high school, ensuring that students are well prepared for a fruitful university experience. Subsequently, UVG programs train students to be innovative pioneers in the workforce. UVG regularly communicates with Guatemala’s industrial corridor to learn about their demands and this has resulted in the establishment of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship hubs to better train students and guarantee them with internships and appropriate placement in the workforce. Furthermore, UVG’s College of Education awards degrees with specialties to teach at different academic levels, to teach students with learning disabilities and in other instruction areas. Training future teachers guarantees preparedness of students to pursue a university degree at UVG or elsewhere. In addition, UVG has developed comprehensive community outreach programs, bringing the resources and benefits of the university to the people of the community. Overall, UVG has created a full circle in the delivery and receipt of knowledge for all.

Two Guatemalan wome sitting on the sidewalkOur goal is to obtain resources that provide need-based scholarships for qualified students. Most of the students served are rural poor or of indigenous decent and about 50% are female. In addition, we solicit competitive funding from the USAID-American Schools and Hospitals Abroad program to improve the learning infrastructure and secure educational and research commodities. Requested funding is tied to programmatic activities in-line with the visionary 5-year strategic plan of UVG (uvg.edu.gt/nosotros/english/plan.html) and consistent with U.S.A. ideas, practices and educational standards. With these resources, scholars flourish in a culture that fosters research, innovation, discovery, and the development of creative and scholarly activities.

Many Guatemalans are not as fortunate as I was and endure hardships to obtain an education. I hope you will join me in contributing to the education of deserving students that will transition into successful professionals in workplaces with vibrant and thriving climates, stimulating Guatemala’s economic growth. The value of education can be passed down for generations, so by helping one student today, you are passing down the value of education for generations to come–one gift for posterity. I think that we are on a highly positive trajectory as we heighten our impact on Guatemalan’s youth and the future of the country. I remain optimistic that our joint efforts will change—“pasito a pasito”—the educational environment in Guatemala for generations to come.


A. Lorena Passarelli
President, U.S. Foundation of the University of the Valley of Guatemala

Welcome from Roberto Moreno

Greetings from Guatemala City. The members of the Del Valle Educational Group firmly believe that education is instrumental for the development of Guatemala and the Central American Region. We would be proud to share with you our work in areas crucial to national development. I would like to personally issue an invitation to you to visit us at any of our three campuses. In visiting our campuses, you would be able to experience UVG firsthand and you would also have an opportunity to meet our grateful scholarship recipients and see your philanthropic generosity in action.

Thank you for your interest in the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.

Roberto Moreno
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

The UVG Campuses of Opportunity:

  • UVG Main Campus, Guatemala City

    Founded in 1966, UVG grants Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Licenciatura and Master’s Degrees. The most popular departments are Engineering and Education, representing 80 percent of students; Social Science, Science and Humanities are also offered. The Central Campus alone offers more than fifty academic programs. The University is doing well in reaching out to female students – 56% of its students at the three campuses are women. 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 assistance. However, only partial scholarships are granted. Every student is expected to contribute toward his/her education. For current enrollment figures, please visit our website’s NEWS page.

  • Altiplano Campus, Sololá

    UVG’s Altiplano Campus is located in the central highlands of one of Guatemala’s poorest provinces, Sololá, by Lake Atitlan. This campus serves five provinces: Sacatepéquez, Quetzaltenango, Chimaltenango, Quiché and Sololá, where six linguistic-ethnic groups reside: Tzutujil, Quiché, Cakchiquel, Ixil, Mam, and Ladino (Spanish speakers). A former military base, the Altiplano campus was leased to UVG in 1999 after its decommissioning, following peace accords signed in 1996. In the last ten years, it has undergone remarkable transformation and today is a university campus educating the local, historically disadvantaged Maya people.

    Students from all over the highlands attend the Instituto Tecnológico (ITEC) here. This institute provides students with the last 2 years of high school, and 2 years of post secondary training, very similar to a US community college. The Instituto Tecnológico (ITEC) programs run by UVG are the only schools of their type in Guatemala.

    At Altiplano, UVG’s Education Department also runs a bi-lingual (Mayan/Spanish) program for elementary school teachers; it is the only bi-lingual profesorado (teacher education) program in Central America. The first class of teachers in this program graduated in August 2004.

    In addition, outreach programs are provided to people in the surrounding communities, including training for in-service teachers, farmers, and community leaders.

    For current enrollment figures, please visit our website’s NEWS page.

  • South Campus, near Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa

    UVG’s South Campus is located near Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa, in the province of Escuintla, on the country’s Pacific Coast. This campus serves 4 provinces: Escuintla, Retalhuleu, Santa Rosa and Suchitipéquez, where the population is mainly Ladino (Spanish-speaking).

    Young students from all over the South Coast attend the elementary and secondary school here (Colegio Americano Sur/CAS), established by UVG some 15 years ago. Moreover, South Campus students can also attend the Instituto Tecnológico (ITEC) here, which operates with the same structure as at the Altiplano Campus: 2 years of high school and 2 years of “community college”.

    In addition, an intensive in-service teachers program is offered through this campus, by the Department of Education at UVG, in partnership with the Sugar Industry Foundation. It has trained over 4,000 school teachers with its in-service courses.

    As at the Altiplano campus, outreach programs also are provided to the communities, reaching men, women and youth, including the repatriados (returnees who fled during the country’s 36 year civil war, 1960-1996), in diverse program topics ranging from food safety to community building in a democratic society.

    For current enrollment figures, please visit our website’s NEWS page.

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