Above and beyond the academic and scientific aspects, the university concerns itself with nurturing the multifaceted development of all members of the EAFIT community. In this regard, the Human Development-University Wellbeing Division promotes the wellbeing of everyone on campus: students, faculty and administrative staff, alumni, and retirees. This division also seeks to promote its members’ future prospects, self-improvement, and personal and professional growth based on a philosophy of mutual care and concern.
Students are the university’s purpose, and therefore a permanent effort is made to support and accompany them in their academic, professional, and personal formation. The Student Development Department facilitates their success at EAFIT with activities and actions such as the Transitioning to University Life and Scholarship Student Support initiatives and the ¡Cuidándonos¡ (Looking After Each Other!) program; personal and academic development through the University Wellbeing course and the Study Support Center (Capaz); as well as Student Government with administrative support, leadership and social responsibility training, student groups, and psychological counseling.
The Sports and Recreation Department’s overarching mission is to promote healthy lifestyles that translate into a balance between mental and physical health. Both students and employees benefit from a sports offering that includes swimming, men’s and women’s soccer, tennis, track and field, taekwondo, chess, ultimate, volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer, softball, karate, table tennis, ecological walks, and water aerobics. recreativa y competitiva.
Offering a range of activities involving creation and artistic expression, this department – located in a house in the La Aguacatala neighborhood – responds to the institution’s mission to promote the multifaceted development of the members of the EAFIT community. Its portfolio of services is intended for students, employees, families, and the general public.
Courses on a variety of subjects are open to the community, including jewelry making; painting for children, adolescents, and adults; photography (digital camera); photography (studio lighting); photography (Street Photography); gardening (at EAFIT Llanogrande); dance; costume jewelry; film appreciation; and book/album illustration. Other offerings include the children’s choir, university choir, the Al Compás ballroom dancing group, the Ecléctico music group, the Movimiento Danza urban dance group, the Contradanza folkloric dance group, the Letras literary group, the La Colombina folk music group, stage crew, and the birdwatching group.
The Medical Service and Occupational Health Department helps foster prevention and mutual care among the university community. Its services include first aid, general medical check-ups, dental services (under an agreement with CES), nutritional consults (under agreements with third parties), health prevention and promotion activities such as the Health Fair, vaccination and blood drives, and a health services directory.
The Employee Development and Benefits and Compensation departments look after the professional and personal wellbeing of everyone who contributes on a daily basis to the university’s Mission and Vision.
In that regard, both departments help ensure excellent working conditions for EAFIT faculty and staff and access to services that promote their development and improve their quality of life and that of their families.
The university’s student groups promote active participation, strengthen the leadership qualities of their members, and assist in organizing academic, sporting, and cultural events.
EAFIT is home to 12 student groups: Student Organization (OE), Tutors, the Seres social action committee, Marketing Club, Aiesec, Managerial Development Group, Nexos, TVU, UN Society, Spie, Partners Campus, and Knowledge for Life.
Student and faculty representatives are democratically chosen to safeguard the interests of the university community. These individuals – undergraduate and graduate students and professors – form part of collegiate bodies and degree committees.
Members of the EAFIT community are selected for these posts in university-wide elections.