The initiative to create the Catholic University of Mozambique (UCM) came up during the peace negotiations in Rome between Frelimo and Renamo. In June 1992, the negotiations were deadlocked; to unblock them, the mediator, Dom Jaime Pedro Gonçalves, Archbishop of Beira, presented the idea to establish a quality university for the centre and north of Mozambique. The Catholic Church promised to correct the unequal structure of the concentration of higher education institutions in Maputo. Subsequently, this led to the signing of the peace agreement on October 4, 1992 between Frelimo and Renamo.
The Catholic University of Mozambique was established as a contribution to peace and reconciliation, as an institutional compromise, and was officially founded in 1995 (Boletim da República, Decreto N° 43/95, September 14). In August 1996 UCM opened its first faculties in Beira and Nampula.
The University recognizes in its roots a solid inspiration on the values of Christian civilization; to fulfill its vocation it transcends not only national geographic scope, but also idiomatic and ideological limitations. It is a community that strives in the search for knowledge in order to design concretely social, cultural and economic development for Mozambique, in addition to scientific, technological and moral improvement. The Catholic University of Mozambique takes a strong commitment to the surrounding society. It is at the service of the common good, contributing to the development of the community and the full growth of men and women. It also promotes dialogue, justice and peace.
UCM currently has six faculties in four provinces:
Faculty of Economics and Management (Beira)
Faculty of Law (Nampula)
Faculty of Education and Communication (Nampula)
Faculty of Agriculture (Cuamba)
Faculty of Health Sciences (Beira)
Faculty of Tourism Management and Information Technology (Pemba)
To date UCM has established research centres in Nampula (Konrad Adenauer Research Centre), Beira (Centre for Geographic Information, GEA-Consult, Medical Research Centre) and Chimoio (Study and Research Centre), as well as a distance education centre (Beira) for teacher education. As part of UCM's strategy to bring higher education to the people, it opened faculty delegations in Chimoio (Economics, Law), Nampula (Economics), Beira (Information Technology), Tete (Economics) and Quelimane (Information Technology and Law).
Each faculty has a faculty board composed of the dean, pedagogic director and administrator. Centres only have directors. In the rectory office there is the rector, vice rector finance and administration, academic affairs and development, human resources department and public relations department.
To consolidate and strengthen its position as a center of excellence in promoting: (a) knowledge and technological innovation, (b) scientific research activities, (c) service provision and Extension and (d) intervention in the economic, ethical and social development of the country, the region and the world at large. UCM aims to be recognized as a national, regional and international reference university for the dynamism, creativity, quality and excellence of its courses, scientific research activities and services provided to the community.
Oriented by Christian Catholic principles, the mission of UCM is: (a) to develop and disseminate scientific knowledge and culture; and (b) to promote and provide a holistic and quality training to all the citizens and professionals who are committed to Mozambican and the worlds’ life and sustainable development through the various fields of knowledge.
"The Catholic University, like any other university, is part of the human society. In order to accomplish its service to the Church, the university is called upon to be an effective instrument of cultural progress be it for the wellbeing of individuals or society at large, within its areas of competence.
Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world's resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level. University research will seek to discover the roots and causes of the serious problems of our time, paying special attention to their ethical and religious dimensions.
"For many years I myself was deeply enriched by the beneficial experience of university life: the ardent search for truth and its unselfish transmission to youth and to all those learning to think rigorously, so as to act rightly and to serve humanity better".
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