University of Saint Thomas Aquinas
The origins of the University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in San José, Costa Rica, date back to 1814 when it was called the House of Enseñanza of Santo Tomás, which 1843 became the University of Santo Tomás. That institution maintained close ties with the Roman Catholic Church and was closed in 1888 by the progressive and mildly anti-clerical government of President Bernardo Soto Alfaro as part of a campaign to modernize public education. The schools of law, agronomy, fine arts, and pharmacy continued to operate independently. In 1940 the University of Costa Rica (UCR) opened with the legacy of the University of Santo Tomás.
National Archives Centenary.
Saint Thomas University, former Headquarters.
Costa Rica 1981, Mi 1135, Sc C847
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