The Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ) is a private non-profit higher education and research institution founded by the Society of Jesus in 1623. PUJ’s campus in Bogotá has 18 schools and 61 departments. We offer 39 undergraduate programmes, 38 professional specialisations, 41 medical and surgical specialisations, 61 masters and 11 doctoral programmes. Our research capacity includes 96 research groups, 62% of them being ranked in the top categories (A1 and A) of Colciencias (Colombia’s National Department of Science, Technology and Innovation), and 15 research institutes. These institutes encompass areas such as the following: political science; economics and business; intercultural studies; ecology and territory; public health; clinical and biostatistical epidemiology; infectious diseases; human genetics; immunobiology and cell biology; water and environmental science and engineering; and control systems, power electronics and management of technological innovation.

In 2018, we identified 729 and 595 research publications by PUJ’s researchers in Scopus and WoS, respectively. Furthermore, 13 of PUJ’s academic journals are indexed in Scopus. In Latin America, Javeriana is the private university with the highest number of academic journals indexed in Scopus. This year, Javeriana was ranked 1st in Colombia by The Times Higher-Education World University Rankings, and 16th by the QS Latin America Rankings. In terms of human research capacity, our professors are expected to carry out teaching, research and outreach activities; both undergraduate and graduate students play an important role in research activities. PUJ has been at the forefront of Architecture and Urban Planning education and research in Colombia since the foundation of its school of Architecture and Design, Facultad de Arquitectura y Diseño, in 1950, one of the first in Colombia. In 2018, the school of Architecture and Design managed about 250,000 USD across 22 research projects. Twenty-seven research groups led these projects, among those, six recognised by Colciencias as in the top tier of their field. One of these top-tier groups is the group called Calidad y Habitabilidad en la Vivienda, led by Associate Professor Olga Lucía Ceballos-Ramos.

The group focuses on understanding the quality and liveability of housing and urbanism aimed at the lowest-income households in Colombia. Since 1996, the group has developed 14 research projects with funding provided by both the PUJ and external entities such as the NGO Swisscontact. Currently, the group edits the scientific journal Cuadernos de Vivienda y Urbanismo (CVU), publishing scientific papers related to housing and urbanism from a trans-disciplinary perspective in Latin America.

PUJ will lead the replication activities between the European cities and the city of Bogotà.