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Carrasquilla Industrial, Institución Educativa Integrado

image by Ivan Sache, 9 October 2018

IE Integrado Carrasquilla Industrial originates in a school established in 1905 in Quibdó (Chocó Department) by Gonzalo Zúñiga, renamed to Instituto de Pedagogía in 1907 and to Colegio Ricardo Carrasquilla in 1912. Instituto Integrado Carrasquilla Industrial was established by Decree No. 400 adopted on 20 March 1968, incorporating Escuela Industrial (est. 1950).

The flag of IE Integrado Carrasquilla Industrial is horizontally divided red-black. Red represents the blood shed by heroes. Black is the color of our race.
School website
Ivan Sache, 9 October 2018

Carreras Industríales, Escuela Colombiana de

image by Ivan Sache, 17 December 2008

"Escuela Colombiana de Carreras Industríales" (ECCI), founded in 1977 in Bogotá, was recognized by the Ministry of National Education on 25 October 1978 (Decree No. 15572) as "Escuela Colombiana de Carreras Intermedias" and confirmed under its present name on 28 March 1985 (Decree No. 2683). ECCI provides professional technical education in industrial mechanics, computer science, telecommunications, environmental development, entrepreneurial development, fashion design, tax and customs management, and international trade and negotiation. ECCI signed on 22 September 1995 a partnership agreement with the Santiago University of Cali.
The flag of ECCI, as shown graphically on the ECCI website, is white with a thin blue border and the emblem of the ECCI in the middle.
The emblem of ECCI shows "the sun of hope enlighting the country" over three green mounds representing the three cordilleras of Colombia. Below is placed the blue book, indeed the logo of ECCI. The border of the shield bears the foundation year and the name of the institute in black capital letters.
The logo of ECCI is a blue book, symbolizing knowledge, whose cover is quartered by a cross symbolizing the faith in Jesus and the letters "E", "C", "C" and "I" in the respective quarters.
Ivan Sache, 17 December 2008

Carreras Técnicas, Fundación Instituto Superior de

Fundación Instituto Superior de Carreras Técnicas (INSUTEC) was established in 1977 by Carmen Patricia Chiriví Pinzón, Luz Helena Ballestas de Vargas, and Luis Hernando Ballestas Rincón. The institute was officially approved by Resolution No. 6,366 of 20 April 1979.
All members of the academic community are invited to select the flag of the institute, via a (password-protected) website. Deadline for the votes is 30 October 2014.
Source: - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 29 October 2014

Cartagena de Indías, Escuela Normal Superior de

image by Ivan Sache, 05 July 2011

"Escuela Normal Superior de Cartagena de Indías" was founded on 1 February 1848 in Cartagena de Indías (Bolívar Department).
The flag of the institute is presented graphically on the "Manuel de Convivencia" as a square flag, horizontally divided light blue-white.
Ivan Sache, 05 July 2011

CASD, Institución Educativa

The CASD (Centro Auxiliares de Servicios Docentes) program was established by State Decree No. 327 of 19 February 1979. Twenty-three centers were created in the main town of the country, each of them connecting a network of schools. The Quindío CASD was inaugurated in Armenia in 1981, providing support in the areas of Industry, Health and Nutrition, Commerce, and Life Sciences to 12 schools. Institución Educativa CASD was eventually established by Resolution No. 330 of 16 April 2004.
The public competition for the design of the flag and anthem of CASD is open to the institute's educative community. Proposals should be submitted from 5 September to 14 October 2014. The proposals will be reviewed from 16 to 24 October. The winning designs will be proclaimed on 28 October and unveiled on 14 November, during the "Night of the Majors" institutional event.
Source: - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 04 October 2014

Cartagena International School

"Cartagena International School was established in 1983 in Cartagena".

The flag is a horizontal blue flag with a golden stripe all around the edges, with the logo ( in the middle, as seen here (second flag from left to right): (source:, from 0:00 onwards).

The coat of arms is described at

For additional information go to Cartagena International School (official website):
Esteban Rivera, 26 July 2018

Cartago, Institución Educativa Académico de

image by Ivan Sache, 12 September 2014

Colegio Nacional Académico de Cartago was established on 5 September 1839 by Presidential Decree, replacing a Franciscan convent. Incorporated to the National University in 1887, the institute was transferred in March 1887 to the Society of Jesus. Suspended in 1891 by National Decree No. 452 because of the "lack of subordination to discipline by the students" , the institute was renamed in 1897 Liceo del Quindo, and eventually closed in 1912 and replaced by an Escuela Superior where agriculture and mechanics were taught, re-established the next year, the Liceo regained its autonomy in 1915. The institute was nationalized on 1 October 1939. Institución Educativa Académico was eventually established by Resolution No. 1,664 of 3 September 2002, as the merger of Colegio Nacional Académico, Centro Docente No. 48 Antonio José de Sucre, Centro Docente No. 47 Paulina Balcázar, and Centro Docente Roberto Castaño.
Source: - Institute's website
The symbols of the institute are prescribed by Resolution No. 14 of 14 April 2010. The flag is prescribed in Article 2 as horizontally divided "vert (green) - argent (white) - gules (red)". Green is a symbol of faith, friendship, service, respect, youth, and  hope. White is a symbol of purity, integrity, obedience, firmness, and  eloquence. Red is a symbol of force, victory, audacity, and highness.
Source: - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 12 September 2014

Católica de Colombia, Universidad

image by Ivan Sache, 5 October 2019

The Universidad Católica de Colombia was established in March 1970 in Bogotá by Humberto Álvarez Rico, Alfonso Arango Henao, Olmedo Bedoya Piedrahíta, Lorenzo Botero Jaramillo, Álvaro León Cajiao Bolaños, Aristides Castillo Castillo, Carlos Delgado Fernández, Hernán García Piedrahíta, Gilberto Giraldo Herrera, Édgar Gómez Betancourt, Álvaro Gómez Hurtado, Henry Henao Jaramillo, Aurelio Manotas Morales, Juan Manuel Pachón Rubiano, Ángel María Quintero Hernández, Emigdio Rincón Gómez, Pedro Felipe Valencia and Jorge Vives Abello. Inaugurated on 2 April 1970 as the Fundación Educacional Interamericana Católica de Colombia, the institute was granted the university status by Resolution No. 15,647, issued in 1983 by the Ministry of National Education.
Official website

The flag of the Universidad Católica de Colombia is horizontally divided blue-white-yellow with the university's coat of arms in the white stripe.


The coat of arms of the Universidad Católica de Colombia is described in Chapter 2.4. of the Manual de Imagen Institucional, last revised in 2016.
Designed in 1970 by the philosopher Ángel María Quintero Hernández, funding member and author of the declaration of principles of the institute, the coat of arms was modernized in 2008. The coat of arms is composed of three horizontal stripes, blue, white, and yellow. Blue and white are associated with the Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary. Heraldically, blue represents time projection and the infinite, while white, equivalent to silver, represents purity and honesty as features of the university. Yellow recalls the flag of the Holy See, emphasizing the adhesion of the university to papacy and to St. Peter's chair. Heraldically, yellow, equivalent to gold, is a symbol of the spiritual resources proper to academia, maximum when inspired by the Catholic principles. The shield's field is charged by a Cross of Lorraine, a symbol of the triumph of truth over lie, of good over evil, of life over death, and of liberty over totalitarianism. Heraldically, the smaller arms of the cross represents the monogram "INRI", which is a recognition of the royalty of Jesus Christ. The shield is surmounted by the motto "SAPIENTIA AEDIFICAVIT SIBI DOMUM" (Wisdom hath built herself a house; Proverbs, 9,1).

The colors are prescribed in Chapter 3 of the Manual de Imagen Institucional as:
Golden yellow
Pantone 1235
CMYK 0-31-98-0
RGB 232-186-25

Pantone 300C
CMYK 99-50--0-0
RGB 0-103-173
Manual de Imagen Institucional|
Ivan Sache, 5 October 2019

Católica de Manizales, Universidad

image by Ivan Sache, 25 May 2018

Universidad Católica de Manizales (UCM) was established on 11 February 1954, as Universidad Católica Femenina, by Sister María de la Santísima Trinidad, a member of the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin, a congregation founded in 1696 by Marie Poussepin (1653-1744; beatified on 20 November 1994 by Pope John Paul II and awarded the title of "Charity's Social Apostle")., UCM website

The flag of UCM is horizontally divided blue-white-green with a red fimbriation and the symbol taken from the university's coat of arms in the center. Blue is the color of the congregation managing UCM, as the color of its patron saint, the Blessed Virgin. White is the color of the coffee flower and of the snow-capped mountains ("nevados"). Green is the color of the coffee foliage and of the land's greenness. Red is the color of the ripe coffee berries and of the youth's ardent blood., UCM website

The symbol of UCM is made of a French shield, recalling the country of origin of Marie Poussepin, the founder of the congregation managing UCM. The green background symbolizes hope, creativity, constancy and intrepidity; in the middle is placed the graphic element, made of a cross, symbol of Jesus Christ, of a "U" for "Universality" and "University", and of a "C" for "Catholic" and "Christian". This graphic element was used as the university's coat of arms until 1998.

The blue bordure, as a symbol of protection, favor and reward, uses the blue color of the Blessed Virgin. Blue also symbolizes justice, sweetness, loyalty and piety. The red fimbriation represents strength, valor, fidelity, joy and honor. Red is also the color of the coffee berries. The golden scroll is a symbol of nobleness and charity. The motto "Verdad Caridad" reads "Truth Charity".
Manual de Identitad Corporative, UCM

The connection of colors with coffee recalls that Manizales is one of the cradle of coffee cultivation in Colombia, as part of the Coffee Triangle.
Ivan Sache, 25 May 2018

Cauca, Colegio Mayor del

image by Ivan Sache, 05 July 2011

Law 48 issued in 1945 prescribed the foundation of four "Colegios Mayores" of Cundinamarca (in Bogotá), Antioquia (in Medellín), Bolívar (in Carthagena) and Cauca (in Popayán). The most recent of the four institutes, "Colegio Mayor del Cauca" was inaugurated on 13 November 1967 as "Colegio Mayor de Cultura Popular del Cauca".
The flag of the institute, as shown graphically and described on the website of the institute, is vertically divided blue-yellow-blue with the institute's
logotype in the top of the yellow stripe. The first two stripes seem to be of the same width and the third one much wider.
Yellow is the colour of the sun, of light, life, action and power. It symbolizes strength, will and stimulation. It represents the human intelligence enlightened by the divine revelation. According to Vincent Van Gogh, yellow represents "friendship and love".
Blue represents intelligence and deep emotions. It is the colour of the infinite and of the dreams. It symbolizes wisdom, loyalty, eternal truth and immortality.
The first logotype of the institute was prescribed by Decree No. 019 of the Board of Directors, adopted on 1 November 2001. It represents "El Camarín" framed in a white rectangle with a blue border outlined in yellow and charged with the name of the institute in white capital letters.
"El Camarín", lit. the Cabinet, was designed in 1760 by the German architect Simon Schendherr on the facade of the second floor of the Church of the Incarnation. It represents the communication between the inside and outside words. "El Camarín" has three windows, two rectangle on the sides and one circular in the main axis, symbolizing a large eye always watching the ever changing cosmos.
Ivan Sache, 16 December 2008

The current logotype was adopted in 2009 by the Board of Directors. It features a schematic, blue representation of "El Camarín" placed on a yellow background and framed with a blue rectangle with rounded-off angles. - Logotype

Ivan Sache, 22 July 2014

In 2008 the Colegio Mayor del Cauca evolves from an Institución Tecnológica (English: Technological Institution) to an Institución Universitaria (English: University Institution) (source: and has started to use the initial UNIMAYOR (standing for Universidad Mayor, instead of Colegio Mayor).

The meaning of the flag is as follows (translated from the original in Spanish):
"Meaning of (the) colors:
Yellow: It is the color of light, of the sun, of life, action, power. It symbolizes strength, will and encouragement. It represents human intelligence illuminated by divine revelation. (It is an) Intellectual color. According to Vincet Van Gogh yellow "represents friendship and love". It is a tolerable and cheerful color in small areas.
Blue: It is related to intelligence and deep emotions. It is the color of the infinite, of dreams and of the marvelous and symbolizes wisdom, fidelity, eternal truth and immortality. The blue color does not change with distance and can be used without fatigue in large areas"

For additional information go to UNIMAYOR (official website):
Esteban Rivera, 28 January 2019

Cauca, Corporación Universitaria Autonoma del

"Corporación Universitaria Autonoma del Cauca",  recognized by the Ministry of National Education on 7 April 2003 (Decree No. 677), is the legal sucessor of "Corporación UCICA", founded in 1979 in Popayán and recognized by the Ministry of National Education in 1984 (Decree No. 13002).
The flag of the university, as shown graphically on the university's website, is blue with four thin yellow stripes in the lower part of the flag and the emblem of the university in the middle. The emblem of the university is a blue shield with stylized yellow letters "C" and "A" surrounding a blue sphere. The shield is surmonted by the name of the university in yellow letters.
Ivan Sache, 18 December 2008

Cauca, Univesisdad del

image by Carlos Thompson, 22 March 2003

Acording to the site of the Universidad del Cauca, the flag has 12 stripes.
From the site: "Formada por doce barras azules y rojas de igual tamano, alternadas y colocadas perpendicularmente al asta, fue adoptada en la misma fecha y por el mismo Acuerdo de Alta Corporación Universitaria, con ocasión de conmemorarse un ano más de su fundación del Alma Mater." [Formed by twelve equalsized stripes alterned blue and red, perpendicular to the hoist, was adopted the same date (November 7, 1922) and by the same Agreement of High University Corporation (Consejo Directivo Universitario) in conmemoration of one more year of the foundation of the Alma Mater.]
Carlos Thompson, 22 March 2003

Universidad del Cauca was founded in Popayán on 11 November 1827. Among his famous alumni are Presidents of the Republic José Hilario López Valdes (1849-1853), Ezequiel Hurtado (1864), Julián Trujillo (1878-1880) and Guillermo León Valencia (1962-1966).
The flag in real use is shown in several scenes of the video celebrating the university's 180th anniversary.
Ivan Sache, 6 February 2010

Caucasia, Liceo

image by Ivan Sache, 28 July 2014

Liceo Caucasia is located in Caucasia (Antioquia Department).
The flag of the institute is horizontally divided (4:1:1:2) yellow-white-red-green. Yellow is a symbol of spiritual resources. White is a symbol of peace, tranquility, and of the search for interior spirituality. Red is a symbol of cultural struggle against ignorance, and of clarity and splendour of knowledge. Green is a symbol of aspiration to a better future.
Source: - Walter Tuiran's blog
Ivan Sache, 28 July 2014