National Technological University
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Not to be confused with National Technological University (United States)
|National Technological University|
|Universidad Tecnológica Nacional|
|Established||August 19, 1948 as National Workers' University (Universidad Obrera Nacional)
October 14, 1959 renamed as National Technological University (Universidad Tecnológica Nacional)
|Rector||Ing. Héctor Carlos Brotto|
The National Technological University (Spanish: Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, UTN) is a country-wide national university in Argentina, and some of its branches are among the top engineering schools in the country. Hosting over 75,000 students, its student body is comparable to Argentina's third-largest university (the National University of La Plata) and exceeded significantly only by the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) (over 300,000 students). It has 29 semi-independent branches of various sizes located all over the country.
The engineering programs taught at most of those locations are:
- Aeronautical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Electronic Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Information Systems Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
As well as in other National Universities, the only enrollment requirements are a secondary education degree and passing the university's entrance exam. Because of the low acceptance rate, it's common for applicants to take preparation courses given by either specialized private institutions, or by the university itself. In order to get in the latter, the applicant is required to have a GPA of 8.5/10 or more in his/her final year of secondary education.
The students must declare the specialization of engineering they want to study at the moment of enrolling. If they wish to change it after their studies had begun, they must start over from first year. Only the fundational subjects are equivalent between degrees.
After completing a five to six years program (or typically after passing 45 final exams in a longer time period) students earn an Engineer's degree (Eng.), or Título de Ingeniero (Ing.) in Spanish. All of the programs include the same engineering fundational subjects in Calculus, Physics, Algebra, Analytical Geometry, Probability, Statistics, Chemistry, Technical Drawing, Engineering in Society, Economics and Law.
Because of the length, breath, rigid structure and declaration of intent when enrolling, the degrees are not equivalent to a Bachelor's degree. But the objectives and professional orientation of the courses are equivalent to the Master of Engineering, with the distinction that it does enable graduates to apply for a PhD in Engineering or related disciplines.
The curriculum has been going through a modernization focused on analytic programs ("adecuación curricular"), and some careers have passed through a certification process ordered by the government agency CONEAU (Comisión Nacional de Evaluación y Acreditación Universitaria). The stated goal of this process is to start adapting the current model in accordance with the Bologna process.
Research and Development is conducted in 18 official centers. Some of the areas these centers specialize in are: Chemical Engineering, Information Technology, Energy research, Environmental Science, Robotics, Mechanics, and Construction Engineering.
It is the only national university in the country with a focus on engineering. Many of the available programs have an intermediate diploma as well, typically after completing up to the 3rd or 4th year (generally Analyst's and Technician's degrees). The university also offers a broad range of degrees at tertiary and postgraduate level, including those of Specialist, Master and Doctorate(PhD) in Engineering.
Due to its strongly federalized approach, it is the only university with campuses across the country, graduating almost 50% of the new engineers in Argentina.
The National Technological University (Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, UTN) was established as the National Workers' University (Universidad Obrera Nacional) by Law 13229, signed by President Juan Perón on August 19, 1948. It was created to cover the lack of technical specialists in the country at that time. The degree granted was that of Factory Engineer in many specialties.
The university evolved rapidly. The necessity of professionals with a deeper knowledge was accomplished by big academic and organizational changes. By 1954 the University had 9 branches: UTN Buenos Aires, UTN Córdoba, UTN Mendoza, UTN Rosario, UTN Santa Fe, UTN Bahía Blanca, UTN La Plata, UTN Tucumán and UTN Avellaneda.
On October 14, 1959, the university was renamed as the National Technological University by law 14855. This marked the official beginning of the university as it is today.
Since then, more than 30,000 degrees in engineering have been granted. Today, the university maintains a strong network of international cooperation, and over 75 overseas institutions have signed cooperation agreements with the UTN.
- Avellaneda Regional Faculty (FRA) Official website
- Bahía Blanca Regional Faculty (FRBB) Official website
- Buenos Aires Regional Faculty (FRBA) Official website
- Chubut Regional Faculty
- Concepción del Uruguay Regional Faculty (FRCU) Official website
- Concordia Regional Faculty
- Córdoba Regional Faculty (FRC) Official website
- Delta Regional Faculty
- General Pacheco Regional Faculty (FRGP) Official website
- Haedo Regional Faculty (FRH) Official website
- La Plata Regional Faculty (FRLP) Official website
- La Rioja Regional Faculty
- Mendoza Regional Faculty (FRM) Official website
- Neuquén Regional Faculty
- Paraná Regional Faculty (FRP) Official website
- Rafaela Regional Faculty
- Reconquista Regional Faculty
- Resistencia Regional Faculty (FRRE) Official website
- Río Grande Regional Faculty
- Rosario Regional Faculty (FRRO) Official website
- San Francisco Regional Faculty
- San Nicolás Regional Faculty
- San Rafael Regional Faculty
- Santa Cruz Regional Faculty
- Santa Fe Regional Faculty (FRSF) Official website
- Trenque Lauquen Regional Faculty
- Tucumán Regional Faculty (FRT) Official website
- Venado Tuerto Regional Faculty
- Villa María Regional Faculty
- National Higher Institute of the Technician Professorate - associated with UNT (INSPT) Official website
- (Spanish) Official website
- Science and Education in Argentina
- Argentine Higher Education Official Site