Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina

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Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina
Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina logo.png
Established 1958
Type Private
Chancellor Archbishop of Buenos Aires Mario Aurelio Poli
President Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández
Students 18,000[citation needed]
Location Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Student Government Student Federation of the Catholic University of Argentina (FEUCA)
Colors Blue and White               
Website uca.edu.ar
UCA Logo

The Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, whose full name in Spanish is Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina "Santa María de los Buenos Aires", also known as Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), is a university in Argentina with campuses in the cities of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Rosario, Paraná, Mendoza and Pergamino. The main campus is located in Puerto Madero, one of the most modern neighborhoods of Buenos Aires.

It is considered, according to a 2011 study by the Spanish Ministry of Education as one of the best private universities in Latin America. It is the second university preferred by Argentine employers and the sixth in all Latin America.[1]

Its predecessor, the Catholic University of Buenos Aires (1910–1922) was founded by the Argentine episcopate in 1910, but their degrees, in law, were not recognized by the Argentine government, and the institution was closed in 1922.[2]

In 1955, Decree 6403 concerning the freedom of education enabled the creation of private universities with the authority to deliver academic qualifications. In 1956 the bishops decided to create the Catholic University of Argentina, formally founded on March 7, 1958.[2]

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was UCA's Grand Chancellor, by virtue of his office as Primate of Argentina and Metropolitan Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, until his election in 2013 as Pope Francis to succeed Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. When Mario Aurelio Poli was named Archbishop of Buenos Aires by Pope Francis later in 2013, he became Grand Chancellor of the University. In May 2013 Pope Francis named Victor Manuel Fernández, the University's President (the second-highest administrative rank, after the Grand Chancellor), as titular archbishop of Tiburnia.[3]


The part-time MBA program taught by the university has been accredited by the London-based Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 1998.

Faculties and institutes[edit]

In Buenos Aires[edit]


Campus in Buenos Aires
  • Faculty of Arts and Musical Sciences
  • Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Exact Sciences and Engineering
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Social, Political and Communication Sciences
    • Institute of Political Science and International Relations
    • Institute of Social Communication, Journalism and Advertising
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Canon Law
  • Faculty of Philosophy and Literature
  • Faculty of Psychology and Educational Psychology
  • Faculty of Theology

Independent Institutes[edit]

  • Institute of Bioethics
  • Institute of Culture and University Extension
  • Institute of Spirituality and Pastoral Action
  • Institute for Marriage and Family
  • Institute for the Integration of Knowledge

In Paraná[edit]

  • Faculty "Teresa of Avila"

In Rosario[edit]

  • Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Economics
  • School of Chemical and Engineering "Fray R. Bacon"
  • Pergamino Regional Center

In Mendoza[edit]

  • Faculty of Humanities and Education
  • Faculty of Economics "San Francisco"

International UCA[edit]

In December 2000, the Office of International Relations was established, renamed to International Relations and Academic Cooperation in 2006, with the aim of promoting the internationalization of all components of the university. From that time the institution increased its links with institutions abroad, including:





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Coordinates: 34°36′52.1″S 58°21′56.3″W / 34.614472°S 58.365639°W / -34.614472; -58.365639