La universidad
La universidad

Prof. Charlotte S. de Grünberg

Director General


Born in Liège, Belgium. Resident in Uruguay since 1952. Married to Prof. Dr. José Grünberg, she has one son and three grandchildren.

Charlotte, her brother and her parents survived the Shoah by going into hiding in France. Uruguayan author Ruperto Long wrote about this stage of her life in the book The Girl who Watched the Trains Depart, published in Spanish throughout Latin America, and Spain, Mexico and Israel. The book has been translated into Italian, and Romanian. Hebrew version is coming soon.

Following her arrival in Uruguay, she completed the Teachers Training Course in French Language and Civilisation and the English Language and Applied Linguistics Teaching Course.

Between 1965 and 1967 she was in charge of cultural activites at the Alliance Francaise of Uruguay.  From 1973 until 1977 she joined the neurolinguistic research team at Hospital de Clínicas, Universidad de la República.

In 1977 she became Director General of ORT Uruguay.

Since 1988, she was in charge of international projects funded by the European Union and Canada, carried out in underprivileged neighbourhoods of Montevideo and other cities in collaboration with the Municipalities.

In 1995, she took office as Coordinator of World ORT for Latin America.

In 2000 she became a member of the World ORT International Commission on the future of ORT in the 21st Century. 

On the 19th of August, 2018, she was recipient of the Scopus Award of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, granted for the first time in Uruguay.

Since October 2019 she is a member of the Honour Committee of the Centro Recordatorio del Holocausto de Uruguay.

On December 2019 she received the Jerusalem Award granted by the Zionist Organization of Uruguay.

And in October 2020 has been acknowledged with the Robert Singer Award for Outstanding Senior ORT Professionals.

Among other international and national institutions, she was recognized for her contribution to education and Jewish life by the Punta del Este Jewish Film Festival,  the Universidad de Artes y Ciencias de la Comunicación de Chile, Wizo and Keren Kayemet LeIsrael.

Under her leadership, ORT Uruguay University grew into the country’s largest non-governmental educational institution and in 1996 ORT was the first private university authorised in Uruguay.

In 2020 the QS World University Ranking and The Times Higher Education Ranking  classified ORT Uruguay University as the premier university in Uruguay.

ORT Uruguay is one of very few existing Jewish universities in the Diaspora. The Department of Jewish Studies disseminates Jewish thought through the publication of specialised books, the production of documentary films and an annual thematic Jewish Agenda. The department also organises conferences, courses and seminars, including the Seminar on Teaching about the Shoah for History Teachers held annually under the auspices of the Ministry of Education.

ORT Uruguay University has a staff of more than 1,000 lecturers and researchers and teaches more than 12,000 students annually, of whom more than 1,000 benefit from scholarships to support talented young people from all social and cultural backgrounds and every corner of the country.