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Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires
Tandil, Argentina


University description (as per official university website)

National University Center of the Province of Buenos Aires has three regional offices: the headquarters, the seat of Chancellor, in the city of Tandil and Olavarria Blue and venues. About 12000 students are divided into nine Faculties and a College, which are offered 59 undergraduate programs, 21 undergraduate and 20 graduate students. Academic excellence, research, extension, technology transfer and integrated training services for students, are the main objectives of this University that for more than three decades working for the education of new generations.

In 1974, through Law 20,753, creating the University Center of the Province of Buenos Aires and came to fruition and the steps taken for the purpose of uniting in a national university existing university structures in the city of Tandil , Olavarria and Blue.

In the early '60s when our country had begun the process of establishment of private universities, is growing in Tandil the idea of starting an institute of higher education in the growing student population that could get a college education without that cross the boundaries of their region. On May 30, 1964, the intense efforts made by enthusiastic teachers, professionals, students and neighbors, among which stands out the name of Dr. Osvaldo Zarini, culminating in the founding of the Instituto Universitario de Tandil. The academic activities of this private university began in the Faculty of Human Sciences, to which were added in 1965 the Faculty of Economics and Mathematics and Physical Sciences and in 1969 the Faculty of Veterinary Science.

Similarly, and despite the adversity of the times we ran, the so-called Revolución Argentina had closed one of the most fertile periods in the history of the university in Argentina, leaving in its wake the mass resignation of teachers and the dismantling of prestigious research centers - Buenos Aires another city in those years was bent on having college. Thus arises the 1969 Institute of Olavarria, financially supported by the Foundation Fortabat and municipal government and academic dependent of the Universidad Nacional del Sur, which controlled the activities of its two departments, Engineering and Economics.

In 1973, in the context of the creation of new national universities, Blue City also incorporated to its educational offerings and higher education by creating the Department of Agriculture under the Instituto Universitario de Olavarria. Seconded from the academic perspective to the Universidad Nacional del Sur, the funds that financed their activities came from a local company.

After many obstacles overcome, these three local enterprises will come together in a regional company, the Centre National University of Buenos Aires Province. Among the reasons the bill introduced by Senators Juan Carlos Pugliese National and Fernando de la Rua, were referred mainly to two aspects, firstly, the demographic and economic importance of the area of influence of the university project and the another, the failure of private efforts to address the growing university in the region.

On October 9, 1974 the President María Estela Martínez de Perón signed the decree that enacted the law establishing the UNCPBA. Thus, in Tandil maintaining the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Faculty of Human Sciences became the Faculty of Humanities, Physical Sciences and Mathematics in the Sciences Faculty of Economics at the University of Tandil integrate together to academic structure InstitutoUniversitario Olavarria, Faculty of Economics, UNCPBA. Finally, the Department of Engineering olavarriense Institute was transformed into Faculty of Engineering, while Azul began to operate the College of Agriculture.

Dr. Raul C. Cruz, Rector of the University of Tandil, is appointed Deputy Organizer of the new national university which would have to work with personal property and transferred by private institutes. The approval of the academic calendar, the appointment of Secretaries of Departments, the establishment of curriculum committees and setting the functions of the different areas are among the initial steps taken from the seat of the Rectorate Tandil.

Shortly thereafter, in March 1976, begins one of the most dramatic periods of political history in Argentina. Universities, stay away from others, will suffer a marked decline of you just start out with a return to institutional life.

With the assumption of democratic government in late 1983 began the process of normalization University and Dr. Cruz is replaced by the Clerk Natalio Echegaray, Normalizer appointed Rector of the Universidad Nacional del Centro. Four months later, Dr. Juan Carlos Pugliese (h) goes to hold office.

In March 1986, meets for the first time the University Assembly in an act of great importance its members, elected by the respective cloisters, elected by direct vote to the authorities. In 1988, the body will reconvene and are re-elected the Rector Juan Carlos Pugliese (h) and the Vice President Agrim. Carlos Nicolini they end their terms in 1992, when a new Assembly situated in the highest offices of the Agrim. Cr Carlos Roberto Nicolini and Tassara, respectively. In the period between 1996 and 2000 Agrim. Nicolini's tenure as chancellor, supported this time by Dr. Eduardo Miguez as rector.

The implementation of educational contests, the remarkable development of research, the establishment of new academic units (School of Social Sciences based in Olavarria in 1987, the School of Theater in Tandil in 1989 and the University Teaching Unit Quequén 1996), the creation of numerous undergraduate and graduate students and academic reform are just some of the significant changes that the National Central University experienced in the years between the beginning of the academic standards and goals of 90's.

In November 2000, the University Assembly devoted to the formula made by Dr. Nestor Auza and Phys. Vet. Arnaldo Pissani in an election that was first presented two candidates, both graduates of the institution. During this period of government, which ended in 2004, was launched, through multiple actions on the basis of strategic planning as a management tool, an institutional model of openness to the community and close ties with the region.

Also, while diversified supply of undergraduate and graduate, created new academic units such as the School of Art in Tandil (on the basis of the School of Theatre) and the Schools of Law in Blue and Olavarria health. In the pre-university level, meanwhile, was opened in Tandil Polimodal College.

Continuing with the continuity, in December 2004 Dr. Nestor Auza began his second term as rector, accompanied this time by Mr. Marcelo Spina, to date Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the first representative of the host in access Olavarria at full conduction of the University. Caused the resignation of Dr. Auza in December 2007, Mr. Spina went to the post of rector.

A year later, in December 2008, sworn in as president on Cr and as Vice Chancellor Roberto Tassara the Eng. Omar Losardo, outgoing dean of the Faculty of Economics and Agronomy, respectively.

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