Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina

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Catholic University of Argentina
Universidad Católica Argentina
Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina.svg
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic
ChancellorArchbishop of Buenos Aires Mario Aurelio Poli
PresidentDr. Miguel Ángel Schiavone
Students18,000[citation needed]
Location, ,
Student GovernmentStudent Federation of the Catholic University of Argentina (FEUCA)
ColorsBlue, silver, white
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The Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina (Spanish: Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina), also known as Catholic University of Argentina (Spanish: Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), is a private 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, a 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 its 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 Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, until his election in 2013 as Pope Francis. When Mario Aurelio Poli was named Archbishop of Buenos Aires by Pope Francis later in 2013, he became, ex officio, Grand Chancellor of the University. In May 2013 Pope Francis named Víctor 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.


First foundation: the Catholic University of Buenos Aires[edit]

Foundational act, 1910

Like Buenos Aires itself, the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina was founded twice.[4] The foundation of a catholic university was first discussed in the Eucharistic Congress of 1884. At the time, the Argentine Law 1420 of Common Education had dictated public compulsory, free and secular education in order to guarantee the separation of Church and State and prevent discrimination on the basis of religious adherence.

Eventually the idea lost its momentum, but in 1908 the first Congress of Catholic Youths underlined the importance of a well-rounded, integral education and promoted the foundation of a catholic university "in which students are trained to excel in liberal professions and are taught the core of catholic doctine". The Argentine Episcopate finally decided in favour of this initiative by founding the Catholic University of Buenos Aires in 1910. The bishops proceeded with the conception of this first university regardless of the poor legislation on private institutions of higher education that the country had at the time.

The Faculty of Law was its first and only one, and the curriculum was largely based on those of public universities plus compulsory courses on philosophy and history. The aforementioned lack of legislation conspired against the procurement of official accreditation and the Catholic University of Buenos Aires was forced to close its doors in 1922, little over a decade after being founded.

Second foundation: the Catholic University of Argentina[edit]

The Argentine Episcopate decided to found the university once again in its plenum in 1956 and two years later, the Catholic University of Argentina was created.[5]

"It was decided to proceed with the foundation of the UCA, adopting the necessary measures to precisely determine its character and structure [...] Therefore, our educational mission incorporates those academic fields that, being the heritage of mankind, intersect in the formation of man."

— UCA, La Fundación de la UCA (1958)[6]

Once the statutes of the institution were promulgated and approved, the university started receiving students to the original faculties:

  • Faculty of Philosophy
  • Faculty of Law and Political Science
  • Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences

Rankings and reputation[edit]

According to the QS World University Rankings, UCA is the third best private university in the country and is ranked second in Buenos Aires.[7]

UCA is widely considered to be one of the best institutions of higher education in Argentina. QS World University Rankings[8] has ranked UCA 2nd overall and 1st among private institutions in Argentina in 2013.[9] The university is also ranked 2nd in terms of employer preference.[9]

UCA is also labeled as a "Top Business School" with 4 out of 5 Palmes by EdUniversal. The French consulting company also ranked UCA's Business School 3rd in the nation.[10]

UCA's main campus is located in Puerto Madero, the financial center of downtown Buenos Aires. It is just 500 meters (546 yards) away from Casa Rosada and 3 lines of the Buenos Aires Underground intersect less than 600 meters away.

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]

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"

Main Publications[edit]

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:





Notable professors and researchers[edit]

Notable graduates[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Reseña Historica". UCA. Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". attualita.vatican.va. Archived from the original on 10 June 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "La primera universidad católica - Santa María de los Buenos Aires - UCA Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina". Uca.edu.ar. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  5. ^ "Esta es la universidad catolica" (PDF). Uca.edu.ar. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  6. ^ "La Fundación de la UCA (1958) - Santa María de los Buenos Aires - UCA Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina". Uca.edu.ar. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  7. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2021".
  8. ^ "QS Latin American University Rankings 2013". Topuniversities.com. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  9. ^ a b "La UCA en el ranking QS Latinoamérica 2013 - Santa María de los Buenos Aires - UCA Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina". Uca.edu.ar. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". eduniversal-ranking.com. Archived from the original on 30 October 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ 'Karnak, Mendes and Thirty Years of Egyptology: An Interview with Alicia Daneri Rodrigo', Damqatum 4 (2008).
  12. ^ Perla Fuscaldo, Official CEHAO-UCA website
  13. ^ 'Recordando a Alberto Ginastera en el centenario de su nacimiento en Buenos Aires, el 11 de abril de 1916', Rev. music. chil. vol.70 no.225 Santiago jun. 2016.
  14. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers
  15. ^ University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 745 (2007).
  16. ^ The Elijah Interfaith Institute - Christian Members of the Board of World Religious Leaders
  17. ^ "Mario Poli, el sucesor del papa Francisco como arzobispo de Buenos Aires", La Nación. 27 March 2013
  18. ^ "El perfil de la candidata de Macri a la Procuración". Mendoza Post.
  19. ^ Bishop Ariel Edgardo Torrado Mosconi Bishop of Nueve de Julio, Argentina, Catholic-hierarchy.org

Dell´Oro Maini, Atilio (June 1959). "La Primera Universidad Católica en la Argentina 1910-1920". Boletín de la UCA. UCA.

External links[edit]

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