The Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD), the first university in America, founded on October 28, 1538, is the public university system in the Dominican Republic. The UASD offers undergraduate degrees in 116 fields of study, as well as many graduate degrees, through its nine Faculties: Science, Humanities, Law and Political Science, Health Sciences, Engineering and Architecture, Agronomy and Veterinary Science, Economic and Social Sciences, Art, and Education. Research is mainly conducted through its Research Institutes, some with very significant achievements for the country, such as the Institute for Anthropological Research, the Center for Marine Biology, the Seismological Institute, Human Sexuality Institute, among others. Responsible for nearly 50% of students enrolled in higher education in the Dominican Republic, the importance of the UASD in the life of the country is best illustrated if we observe its geographic locations. In a country of scarcely 48,000 square kilometers, it has its main campus in Santo Domingo, and regional campuses in 18 of the country’s 31 provinces, with a student population of around 226,000 students. The UASD has exchange agreements with universities throughout the world, having served as host to many exchange and study abroad programs. Areas of special interest to the UASD include: Higher Education, Public Health, Disaster Preparedness, Environment and Sustainable Development, Renewable Energy, among others.

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