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Universidad de San Andrés
Buenos Aires, Argentina


University description (as per official university website)


The University of San Andrés is proposed to constitute an academic community of teachers, students and alumni committed to the pursuit of truth and contribute to the progress of Argentina and the welfare of their inhabitants.

In a framework of commitment to the social and moral values bequeathed by its founders, is determined to pass on established knowledge, create new knowledge, promote education in general and strengthen institutions.

It aims at providing education to provide to all those who possess intellectual ability, dedication to service and dedication to study, beyond its financial resources.

Social and moral values of the institution

The values of the founders of St. Andrew's Scots School, established in 1838, and the University of San Andrés, in 1989, are supported by the Presbyterian heritage based on the Scriptures.

In this context, the University of San Andrés promotes self-oriented debate and honest search for truth, without proselytizing intentions. It has no religious purposes, believes that the religious dimension is an integral part of human culture and worthy, like all aspects of that culture, research and discussion.

Hopes that its members take a leadership to serve the community and country, characterized by having an open mind and inquisitive, to show solidarity with all members of society, and exhibit moral integrity, spirit of compromise and respect for diversity.

Brief History of the University of San Andrés

Historically, the Presbyterian Church, which emerged in 1560 from the Protestant Reformation in Scotland, said that every village should have a church and a school. The belief was that both church and school, the community would have access to Bible reading, improve their social situation and found the country in which they were based on values that emerged from biblical principles. With this conviction were founded the first universities (Glasgow and St. Andrew) that the middle of the eighteenth century were the instrument of renewal and growth of the country and the birthplace of thinkers of the stature of Adam Smith, James Boswell, David Hume and Sir Walter Scott, among many others.

The first Scottish settlers arrived in Argentina in 1825 and already in 1838 and, following the tradition of origin, founded the St. Andrew's Scots School. The Founding Document of the School stated that "education is transmitted (...) will be based on the Scriptures and the rules of the Church of Scotland."

In 1985 the Board of the Scottish Educational Civil Association San Andrés (ACEESA), who depended on St. Andrew's Scots School, decided to conduct a study on the state university in Argentina, with the conviction that there was no satisfaction with the higher education available in the country. Was delegated the task of carrying out a survey and prepare a report that would define the relevance, importance and knowledge of concrete possibilities that ACEESA assume responsibility for the creation of a university.

Carefully analyzing the report, and after a major process of reflection related to the mission of ACEESA and educational contributions to the development of the country, decided to create a new university. (1) This decision was, for some of the protagonists, an example of courage and, perhaps, ignorance of the magnitude and complexity of the challenge. In line with the quote attributed to Bernard Shaw: "Because they were innocent did not know that it was impossible ... so they did."

While there he took a particular pedagogical model, the model of the University of San Andrés (UdeSA) was inspired by ideas and schemes of work representing universities from USA, Canada, Australia and Britain. He even invited consultants from these countries and designed a program that turned out to be different from the existing so far at the local level.

The proposed pedagogical approach resembled that of the "Liberal Arts, or Liberal Arts in Anglo-Saxon terminology. At present, this concept describes a type of educational curriculum that proposes to develop skills to investigate and think critically, which promotes the understanding and analysis on the dissemination of information, promotes the expression of discourse and eloquence, and the development essential intellectual capacities in contrast to a professional resume, and technical training.

From the beginning, the University insisted on designing studies degree and an education and not merely as a professional. It is intended as a place where students and as many teachers were dedicated and had the library as central to the studies. An institution where students develop intellectually, culturally and spiritually, and not where it simply be pursuing a career with job prospects. (2) To carry out this model was necessary college campus, which eventually managed to get underway in San Fernando.

Continuing ACEESA innovative proposals, in 1996 created the School of Education, considering that this would be another important contribution to improving education in Argentina. At first this was exclusively a graduate school for officials of the education system with high levels of responsibility as heads of schools and members of the various ministries of education. Then he looked at a system upgrade for the exercise of teaching task, as could be incorporated into the daily work and as a system of lifelong learning.

The statutes of the Fundación Universidad de San Andrés (FUdeSA) affirmed the commitment of the Scottish School San Andres and stated, in Article 3, that education and other university activities will be offered "in the context of ethical and moral values its Presbyterian heritage and the Holy Scriptures. "

Thus, the University, like many other institutions originally founded by Scottish Presbyterians adhere to the values, but this is very important to note, is not a religious education. Quite the contrary, it promotes an education that genuinely respects the thinking of others and, in particular, is concerned about the inclusion of diversity and respect and care for minorities. The institution, to be faithful both to its roots of free thought and to the appreciation of differences, not practice any form of proselytism. Promotes reflection on the essential foundations of moral codes that govern the lives of its graduates. The University hopes that its members are people who share the principles and foundations of the community of San Andrés and intends to retain the right not to maintain among its members who persistently offend the laws and beliefs that govern it. (3)

Today it has spread to Argentina, the mode of the cloister of San Andrés with the growing recognition of the society towards UdeSA as an exemplary institution, possessing a unique educational model in the country.

In summary, the Scottish settlers who arrived in these lands took with them their hopes, their desire for progress and faith. And today, the church of San Andrés (1829), St. Andrew's School (1838) and the University of San Andrés (1988), reflected the spirit of mission developed by these men and women in Argentina and all those who, without being Scottish and Presbyterian-were committed and remain committed to their educational vision and the values that underpin it.

(1) Recorded in the minutes of March 25, 1985.
(2) was created on 1 September 1988 by the Scottish Educational Civil Association San Andrés, was authorized to work temporarily as a private university by the then Ministry of Education and Justice, through Resolution No. 1543 of August 23 1990, issued under Decree 8472/69.
(3) Adapted from A Letter Concerning Toleration, John Locke.

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