Jose Maria Vargas University views itself as a pioneer institution of higher education focusing on the holistic development of individuals and the formation of professionals for the world.
Jose Maria Vargas University is a postsecondary institution that provides quality academic and career-oriented programs at the certificate, undergraduate, and graduate levels in traditional and online delivery formats.
Jose Maria Vargas University: history
Jose Maria Vargas University's namesake
Jose Maria Vargas was born on March 10, 1786 in La Guaira, on the central coast of Venezuela. The son of Jose Antonio de Vargas, a native of the Canary Islands and Ana Teresa Ponce, he made great contributions to the historical culture and politics of his native country, and to the fields of science and education. Vargas is considered an enduring source of inspiration for educators across Venezuela and around the world. He was opposed to politics, war and violence and with his civil and social activities has become a model for scholarship and productivity in Venezuela. He believed that education is the primary driving force behind any lasting progress.
Alicia F. Parra Ed.D established the South Florida campus Vargas University. The Jose Maria Vargas ideal for education continues to shape and influence the curriculum, instruction and goals of the University.
Statement of Purpose
José María Vargas University seeks to achieve, through a uniquely holistic model of education, the overall preparation of students both as future professionals and as human beings. Jose Maria Vargas University represents one of the few endeavors existing with an international approach that combines expertise from the practical professional arena and the educational arena in a formalized university setting. The University’s objective is to establish the ideal balance among the practical, theoretical and personal aspects of career preparation in order to provide the business and professional communities with graduates who have the knowledge, the skills and the interpersonal ability to make an immediate and significant contribution in their chosen field.
José María Vargas University will build an educational curriculum upon which a strong foundation for critical thinking and conceptual skills can be established. The rigor and scholarly emphasis of the University will be coupled with the expertise and knowledge of the professional community. The central focus in all of the University's programs will be the relationship between academic learning and real life practical skills and strategies. The University’s programs will be designed to respond to the needs of today's world with the flexibility to adjust to these needs as they continue to evolve.
Jose Maria Vargas University offers programs that are both academic and career-oriented in their focus. Among all its programs of study, the goal of the University is to promote a high-quality education in which students acquire the critical thinking and conceptual skills, as well as the knowledge and interpersonal skills to function in their careers.
VALUE STATEMENTS OF JOSE MARIA VARGAS UNIVERSITY
Holistic Model of Education Jose Maria Vargas University provides students with a balanced curriculum in all program areas to ensure that instruction is occurring in the areas of academic scholarship, real-life practical skills, interpersonal skills and self-knowledge.
Intellectual Development The University strives foremost to develop the intellectual and academic preparation of students. Students are expected to think critically and independently, develop quantitative skills, conduct research, and investigate new ideas.
Career Preparation The University’s objective is to establish the ideal balance among the practical, theoretical and personal aspects of career preparation in order to provide the business and professional communities with graduates who have the knowledge, the skills and the interpersonal ability to make an immediate and significant contribution in their chosen field.
Communication Students at the University are expected to demonstrate effective communication skills. These include listening thoughtfully, speaking respectfully, writing clearly, and presenting information in a concise manner.
Diversity The University embraces the cultural diversity of South Florida and its students, and welcomes students from many countries around the world and states across the nation.
Innovation The University incorporates technology in instruction and administration, and provides students with extensive on-line library resources. Students are encouraged to utilize computer labs at the University to complete assignments or conduct research.
Welcome to Jose Maria Vargas University
Welcome to the academic world of Jose Maria Vargas University! Here at Vargas University you will experience preparation both as a future professional and as a human beings through a uniquely holistic model of education. We have achieved the ideal balance among the practical, theoretical and personal aspects of career preparation.
The central focus in all of the University's programs is the relationship between academic learning and real-life practical skills and strategies. At Jose Maria Vargas University you will encounter distinguished faculty who have a record of outstanding professional experience. You will benefit from realistic and authentic course experiences through continual participation in real-world problem solving. Vargas University offers the benefit of a results-driven, team-based cooperative learning environment that emphasizes updated curricula, collaborative learning and project management skills.
Jose Maria Vargas University represents one of the few existing academic endeavors that integrate an international approach with expertise in the practical, professional and educational arenas in a formalized university setting. By providing an educational setting with strong cultural diversity, Vargas University offers you a unique global understanding that is embedded in its curriculum as well as the larger educational context.
We have created an environment conducive to successful learning by ensuring a low student to teacher ratio and small classes. Vargas University offers personal and individualized attention so that you may grow not only academically, but also personally, socially and emotionally – all within a rich and meaningful university experience.
Alicia Fernanda Parra, Ed.D.
President, Jose Maria Vargas University