Universidad Nacional de Misiones
University description (as per official university website)
The National University of Misiones, located in the province of Misiones, is an institution of public rights, academic and institutionally autonomous and economic and financially autharquic. It adopts a region like organization within the province, with a decentralized administration conception.
It was founded in 1973, to give impetus to the integration and interelationship within governmental and non governmental instittutions of the province and the region, national and international institutions which share its aims and objectives. It is also related to a marked idieological, political and religious plurality. The University with its six (6) faculties and two (2) schools, stands out as a community in search of institutional quality and excellency, on the basis of professional training and deveploment of its faculty members.
The UNaM is an institution established on the basis of preservation, promotion and diffusion of the universal culture, with an emphasis on national and regional levels, together with the organization, instrumentation and evaluation of the teaching-learning process. It articulates with other sectors of the education system, to apply scientific knowledge to solve social development problems in the province, in the region, and in the whole country.
Today, after 34 years of service, the UNaM is an education institution of excellence which guarantees free education in every academic unit distributed in three regions: Oberá, Eldorado and Posadas with its 45 graduate and undergraduate courses and 28 post graduate courses. The main activities of the UNaM are teaching, research and extension, and social action. Due to this, the institution aims to form and train students of all levels, to get the adequacy of knowledge advancement, according to individual demands as well as national and regional standards. Besides, it promotes a commitment to society through efficient and effective provision of services within its area of competence to ensure the principles of equity and equality of opportunities.
Misiones is an Argentine province. It covers an area of 29,800 Km2 in the north-eastern part of the country, sharing 90% of its borders with the Republic of Paraguay and Brazil, and 10% with the province of Corrientes. Most of the soil contains laterite, which is fertile and contains iron that renders the characteristic red hue to the “Tierra Colorada (Red Land), being the only one of this kind in the country.
Its climate is subtropical humid, with an average temperature of 21,5ºC and 1,500 to 2,000 mm annual rainfall.
Due to its location of privilege in the map of South America, Misiones is part of the area known as “El Corazón de la Cuenca del Plata” (The Heart of del Plata Basin)
According to the last Argentine Census the population of the province of Misiones rises to a million inhabitants (the average population density is 33,5 inhabitants per km2), 29% of it living in rural areas.
Agriculture is one of the most important activities in the province. Agricultural production focuses on industrial crops representing 94% of the agriculture gross product, being yerba mate, tea and tobacco the most representative.
The forest industry is a source of regional sustainability, being the Pinus and the Parana Pine (species Araucaria angustifolia) of the greatest importance. The exploitation of tourist resources is another important activity of the regional economy year-on-year.
Misiones consist of 17 regions (departments) divided into 75 municipalities. Faculty units of the UNaM are located in three of them.