Catholic University of Uruguay (in Spanish: Universidad Católica del Uruguay – UCU) is a private university in Uruguay opened in 1985 (from various previous Catholic teaching institutions). It was the only private university in the country for 11 years until 1996. Its full name is Universidad Católica del Uruguay Dámaso Antonio Larrañaga, after Dámaso Antonio Larrañaga, and is a work of the Society of Jesus.
Its main campus is spread out in six locations in Montevideo; there are two other campuses, in Maldonado and Salto.
The university was founded by the Archbishop of Montevideo, Monseigneur Mariano Soler, in 1882. In 1985, it was reopened and entrusted to the Society of Jesus. The university seeks to promote a combination of academic excellence, ideological pluralism, ecumenism, and inter-religious dialogue.
From its beginning, the Catholic University of Uruguay gave itself the challenge of being a different option in university teaching. It took to working in areas that had been neglected, and to playing a role as an innovator in the development of new educational methods and evangelization of culture. It is now one of the most prestigious centers of university learning in Uruguay.
In 2017 it was ranked as the top university in Uruguay and 1,322 in the world. It offers studies abroad and student exchange programs.
The university is divided into seven departments:
Nursing and Health Technologies
Engineering & Technology