Leading Peru’s higher education

After earning a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from S&T in 1980, Mariana Rodriguez returned to her native Peru to become a leader in the field of higher education. She helped found two universities and two technical institutes in the country.

She first founded Cibertec, a three-year technical degree institute. In 1994, Rodriguez and partners established the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC), in Lima. In 1998, the partners merged UPC and Cibertec.

Rodriguez also partnered with her late father, Daniel M. Rodriguez, a 1950 S&T graduate in geology and geophysics, and her brother, Daniel Rodriguez, a 1979 graduate in economics, to create Instituto Technologico del Norte in 1984 and the Universidad Privada del Norte in 1993.

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