The University Center of the Coast - CUC

It has its origin in May 1994, when the University of Guadalajara runs up the University Net, in an attempt to create educational spaces in the state of Jalisco, conforming that way, six thematic centers and eight regional centers placed in the most dynamic zones of the state, endorse by an educative tradition of about more than 200 years, which allowed that they were constituted as authentic factors of socio-economic takeoff.

The University Center of the Coast by University of Guadalajara, it´s established by a model of higher education to impulse social and cultural development in the region of Puerto Vallarta, also attending the demand of townships of Talpa de Allende, Cabo Corrientes, Mascota, Tomatlán, San Sebastián del Oeste, and the southern part of Nayarit state.

Starting form the same year and as a answer of the educative demand in the local community, the existence of qualified human resources for the quality teaching, are created careers like: Tourism, Administration, Public Accounting and Law, which in the year of 1997 it is added the career of Psychology and the specialty in family therapy which in 1998 it would become a Master’s degree, and it would be the only one of the University Net at a national level.

During the period of management 1994-1998 in charge of Dr. Armando Soltero Macías, starts at the first period of Latin-American cinema, the first cinema shows starts and the Festival of the Arts is consolidated as the most significant event in Puerto Vallarta in cultural terms. In the same period, in the link-up item, 50 agreements were signed, related to support programs for the productive sector and services, strengthening the university support agreement for the sustained growth of Jalisco in the North Coast Region and the business chairs in Puerto Vallarta were increased for the first time.

During the year of 1998 the University Center of the Coast worked with 9 researchers attending oceanography coast areas, marine and terrestrial ecology, seismology, aquaculture and systemic family therapy, research was also conduced on natural resources, seismology, psychology and others aimed at responding to the environmental and social problems of Puerto Vallarta.    

In 1999, already counting with a registration of 1,260 students begin the careers of Engineering in Telematics and the one of Civil Engineering, in the year of 2000, the Bachelor of Architecture and the Engineering in Multimedia Communication are offered, as well as the Masters in Administration, Law and Taxes, later, in 2002, the degree in Design for Graphic Communication, thus increasing the enrollment to a total of 2,546 students.

In the year of 2003, the Degree in Computing, the Masters in Technologies for Learning, Sustainable Development and Tourism and Geophysics, as well as doctorates in Sustainable Development and Geophysics are offered, adding a total of 11 undergraduate and 9 graduate programs.

For this period, the infrastructure of the University Center grew significantly with works such as the EDULAB building, the Inauguration of Radio Universidad and the "Juan Luis Cifuentes Lemus" Auditorium with the capacity to promote massive events, housing a total of 643 people; In addition, a university bus was purchased, the bandwidth was expanded to 100% in the network, and the "Reptilario Cipactli".

The University Center of the Coast had already celebrated 41 collaboration agreements among which stand out: The agreement with the University of Oviedo, Spain, the computer company Cisco Systems, The City Council of Puerto Vallarta and the INEGI.

In 2006, the General Council approved the Academic-Administrative Restructuring, with 3 divisions, of Social and Economic Studies, of Engineering and of Biological Sciences and of Health. What allowed that in 2007 the careers of Surgeon and Obstetrician, Degree in Nursing and Degree in Biology were offered.

Currently, the University Center of the Coast of the University of Guadalajara has 4,630 students, 14 educational programs at the undergraduate level, of which 8 are accredited, also offers 8 postgraduate programs, and total 88 full-time professors of which 19 are members of the National System of Researchers (SNI), which reflects improvement in the quality of teaching.

We are taking advantage of the information technology and communication to streamline academic and administrative processes, we achieved quality certification in compliance with ISO 9001: 2008 for School Control and Finance processes.

We keep growing and our purpose is to meet as much as possible the demand for quality education of the population of Puerto Vallarta, which has increased to more than 2,000 applicants per semester, and to achieve this we continue working with infrastructure works such as engineering workshops, the central library that is projected as one of the largest and most complete in the region, the academic building for decision making.