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Universidad Autónoma Tomás Frías
Potosí, Bolivia


University description (as per official university website)

Universidad Autonoma "Tomas Frias" is an institution of higher education which is in clear progress towards university accreditation allows professionals to educate not only intellectual knowledge, but also able to provide solutions to environmental problems, so that competition and new professionals competetividad optimal, comprising a broad sense of fairness and balance in the distribution of wealth in the country, they are also professionals in the Tomas Frias, are formed in a spirit of positivity, tolerance, and ethical treatment their peers.


The operation of the Free Faculty of Law from the year 1876, subject to Cancelariato of Chuquisaca, is the first step for the birth of the UATF. Potosina University officially born by Act Oct. 15, 1892,


By Decree - Law of 8 October 1937 recognizes the autonomy to university district of Potosi, the first Rector Dr. Alberto Saavedra Autonomista Nogales.


Section 1. The University "Tomas Frias" recovered its status as National University, Scientific, Democratic People's is an institution of public law which operates legally in accordance with the provisions of this Statute under the Autonomy University proclaimed by the State Constitution and other laws consistent.

Section 2. The University Autonomy historical and revolutionary conquest of our people, is broad and unrestricted organizational and institutional practice of the following fundamental principles: economic autarky and administrative, academic autonomy, co-government student peer teaching, internal democracy, ideological pluralism , academic freedom and democratization of higher education.

The Universidad Autónoma "Tomas Frias" in the exercise of autonomy is an integral part of the Bolivian University, which will coordinate its purposes and functions by the Constitution of the Bolivian University.

Section 3. The economic self-sufficiency and administrative, is self-perception and available economic and financial resources of the University as well as the lawful appointment of its officers and staff subject to the standards set by the relevant Regulations without interference or interference from any force individual problems.

Article 4. The academic autonomy is the approval and independent execution of plans, programs and other educational tools of all faculties, Racing and academic institutions, subject only to respond to scientific and technological sectors, one theory with practice and science to work and production, contribute to the formation of a critical social consciousness and revolutionary youth, playing the high ideals of emancipation of our people, as well as local and national interests and promote social development cultural-economic and sovereign country.

Article 5. The academic autonomy is also in the provision of appropriate faculty to respond to such requirements and are appointed through competitive procedures inexcusably Merit and Competition Review and, if the Opposition.

Article 6. The joint co-government teacher-student University of democratic conquest, is the basis for institutional development of the university, which consists not only in co responsible government, jointly and severally, but also on administrative co-management through democratically elected student delegates for that purpose.

Article 7. The university democracy is the duty and the right to elect and be elected by secret ballot, direct and universal for the different roles and power control and university faculty to request removal of those who do not comply with the mandate or betray the high aims and principles of the university. Also be understood as the subjection of minorities to the majority, to ensure the university unit.

Article 8. The ideological pluralism and academic freedom are to maintain the principle of universality university, allowing the free play of all the ideas current in our time, provided only that do not violate the purposes and principles before mentioned, also allowing the exercise of the chair parallel to promote improvement of the teaching and enhance the scientific and critical thinking within the university.

Article 9. The democratization of higher education, finally, is the spread of culture and university education, leading to the heart of the masses, workers and peasants, through appropriate educational units and extension services requiring no other requirement than its carrying capacity and practical experience outside any form of discrimination.


Article 10. The University "Tomas Frias" in its scientific and cultural to do, is identified with the interests of the popular sectors to join them in the struggle for national liberation.

Article 11. Form skilled professionals with critical and creative consciousness according to the developmental needs of sovereign independence.

Article 12. Its activity is aimed at scientific, technological, cultural and social development of the population in all social classes. Its mission is therefore growing, teachings, research and dissemination of science and technology, arts and letters.

Article 13. Deepens wide popularization and democratization of the teaching, by the free admission of workers and peasants in their classrooms, no other requirement than their ability and vocational aptitude.

Article 14. The University will contribute to the creation of a national consciousness, from knowledge about the reality of dependence, oppression and exploitation of the country, from the perspective of integration and national self-determination within the context of Latin American and global of the people who fight for fairer society and respect for human rights.


The Universidad Autónoma "Tomas Frias"

Higher Education Develops processes high-quality, excellence and social relevance, recognized at the departmental level, nationally and internationally.
Partnering with governments, international institutions and agencies for mutually beneficial cooperation, to enable human development, science and technology.
Contributes to the productive development, industrialization, the organization of domestic and foreign markets, quality management, institutional strengthening, excellence in human resources, education and health department, while preserving natural resources, human and cultural heritage department.
It has a system of government, academic and administration in accordance with its principles, which guarantee the organized participation of its estates, efficiency and effectiveness, technological innovation with social relevance.
Offers competitive and quality alternatives in higher education, to vocational and continuing education for all who wish to pursue their higher education through a constant improvement and innovation of curricula, courses, academies, institutes, academic programs and programs vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate.
Sequentially credited its various units and programs to ensure confidence and credibility in the community, students and teachers.
It has a system of admission, retention, training and teaching and administrative staff to develop academic and administrative processes with quality and excellence. It also has high quality teachers trained postgradual.
It has modern educational facilities and updated educational infrastructure in line with accreditation requirements, fundamental material base for learning the teachings process quality and excellence, which allows for creative education student-centered.
College has services for the university student community, with higher levels of coverage, increasingly, low academic quality and social, allowing a better academic desempeo.
Develop scientific and technological research, as one of the cornerstones of professional training, development of science and the transfer to the productive and social sectors of the department and the country.
Promotes social interaction with institutions and public undertakings and private, community and the people, through studies, technical cooperation, strengthening of basic education, continuous training of human resources and promotion of the arts and culture.

The Universidad Autónoma "Tomas Frias" to fulfill his vision, is bound to:

Train professionals of excellence, critical awareness, social and humanistic creative and competitive, with capacity for technical and social transformation of the scope of their own profession.
Participate actively in the processes of integration and internationalization of higher education, contributing to and leveraging opportunities for mutual cooperation and development, that will bring the institution to the demands of the universal development of education.
Sustaining leadership in higher education department, adapting dynamically to changing context, strengthening university autonomy and co-governance, continuously modernizing its structures and processes.
Provide technical training facilities and professional quality, regardless of sex, age, religion or race, to develop creative skills, competitive, ethical and patriotic values of students, whose skills are geared to become agents departmental and national development.
Actively promote sustainable economic development and national department, offering training services, technical assistance and appropriate technologies to productive sectors, institutions and social sectors and private audience, through the development of research and social interaction, generating, adapting and transferring science and technology to improve productivity and product quality and services.
Participate actively in the department of human development, strengthening basic education, alternative and continuing departmental, as well as in the improvement of health conditions, identified with the right of people to better living conditions.
Recover, preserve and disseminate the artistic and cultural heritage department, the source of human history of the Andes and profile of multicultural human characteristics.

University policies have the source to the Constitution of the Bolivian University and the University, as well as the resolutions emanating from the various organs of the Bolivian University and UATF, which guide all academic activity. The gestation process of the university policies come mainly from the academic units and Student Co-teaching government, whose consensus process allows the organs such as the Academic Committee and the Honorable University Council approved and are the reference regulator of all activities academic and administrative. The most important policies are:

Planning policy and programming operations, according to the objectives, strategies, procedures, tools and responsibilities of both planning and scheduling of operations, whose implementation is mandatory for all academic units. With regard specifically to the Planning, each academic unit must have its Corporate Plan, Curriculum, Curriculum and Teaching Subject Plan, whose preparation has covered the financial year 2000 as the first collective experience. In regard to the Annual Operations Program (POA), which was limited to a simple request, from the 2001 period has begun implementing a systematic process, guided by the basic standards of administration public. One aspect to be highlighted at the academic level is the adjustment of the academic calendar, it has been established and is intended to improve over the next steps.
The admission policy of the university from 2000 are based management in the implementation of Academic Proficiency Test and the Pre University, in all its academic units, however it has been discussing the possibility of admission for excellence part of this policy.
Retention policy, has not yet earned a deal to establish a general, although each unit has adopted his own, but it is worth noting the adoption of policies to stay in the career of medicine and law.
Policy learning evaluation, complies with the rules laid down by the Ninth Congress of the Bolivian University, but in many circles of teaching and students is analyzing the need for change, which has an advanced approach is guide the development of learning of a purely reproductive production and creativity.
The graduation policy is the most important and has been implemented in all academic units, which correspond to the "direct graduation as part of Curriculum, however, a remarkable experience is the Faculty of Law, it has implemented for the first time "graduation for excellence in management 2000.
The admission policy and educational evaluation, the admissions policy provides for the compulsory teaching on merit and competitive exams for admission to teaching. In regard to teacher evaluation, corresponding to Chapter III of the Teaching System Regulations of the Bolivian University, is in the process of processing the Specific Regulations, and the same is under consideration by the academic bodies of the draft assessment guide Annual teacher.
The evaluation and accreditation policy, formed as a subsystem of the university administration, has allowed the processes of self-drive, with a breakthrough, and the result can emphasize the External Evaluation of the Career of Medicine with a positive report of Just as the conclusion of the self-assessment career in law, the same is pending its external evaluation. However, it is weak developing an evaluation culture.

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