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University of Buenos Aires
Universidad de Buenos Aires
MottoArgentum virtus robur et studium (Latin)
Motto in English
Argentine virtue is strength and study
Established1821; 201 years ago (1821)
BudgetUS$700 million (2015)[1]
RectorAlberto Barbieri
Academic staff
28,943 (2004)[2]
Students328,361 (2012)[3]
Undergraduates297,639 (2004)[2]
Postgraduates30,000 (2018)[4]
University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[5]201-300
CWUR World[6]354
CWTS World[7]377
QS World[8]66
USNWR Global[9]378
Regional – Overall
QS Latin America[10]8
USNWR Latin America[11]5

The University of Buenos Aires (Spanish: Universidad de Buenos Aires, UBA) is a public research university in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Established in 1821, it is the premier institution of higher learning in the country and one of the most prestigious universities of Ibero-America and the world.[12][13][14][15] It has educated 17 Argentine presidents, produced four of the country's five Nobel Prize laureates, and is responsible for approximately 40% of the country's research output.[16][17][18] The QS World University Rankings currently places the UBA at number 66 in the world.[19]

The university's academic strength and regional leadership make it attractive to many international students, especially at the postgraduate level.[20][21] Just over 4 percent of undergraduates are foreigners, while 15 percent of postgraduate students come from abroad.[22] The Faculty of Economic Sciences has the highest rate of international postgraduate students at 30 percent, in line with its reputation as a "top business school with significant international influence."[23][24]

The University of Buenos Aires enrolls more than 328,000 students and is organized into 13 independent faculties.[25][26] It administers 6 hospitals,[27] 16 museums,[28] 13 scientific institutes,[29] 6 interdisciplinary commissions,[30] 5 high schools,[31] the Ricardo Rojas Cultural Center,[32] the Cosmos Cinema,[33] the University of Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra,[34] and Eudeba (Editorial Universitaria de Buenos Aires), the country's largest university press.[35]

Undergraduate programs at the University of Buenos Aires are free of charge for everyone, regardless of nationality.[36] Tuition from postgraduate programs helps fund the UBA's social mission to provide free university education for all.[37]


Faculty of Law
Faculty of Economic Sciences
Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Psychology
Faculty of Engineering, Paseo Colón branch
Faculty of Engineering, Las Heras branch

The faculties that comprise the university are:

Of these, only the buildings of the last two are located in the centralized Ciudad Universitaria (University City), a building complex in Núñez, in northern Buenos Aires along the banks of the Río de la Plata. The other faculties are scattered around the city and the Greater Buenos Aires area in buildings and complexes of various sizes.

The Faculty of Economic Sciences is the largest of the UBA's constituent colleges, with over 36,000 students.[38] In recent years, the Faculty of Medicine has attracted the most new students, with 17,004 new enrollees in 2018 compared to the 7,584 new students the Faculty of Economic Sciences added that same year.[39]

In addition to these 13 faculty and the CBC, the UBA also administers 5 high schools: Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, Escuela Superior de Comercio Carlos Pellegrini, Instituto Libre de Segunda Enseñanza, Escuela de Educación Técnica Profesional en Producción Agropecuaria y Agroalimentaria, and Escuela de Educación Técnica de Villa Lugano.[40]

Rankings and reputation[edit]

The QS World University Rankings ranked the University of Buenos Aires as 66th in the world in 2021.[41] THE's World Reputation Rankings 2020 placed it in the 176–200 range, whereas it is not listed in the performance-based THE World University Rankings.[42]

Notable alumni[edit]

The following former students and professors of the university have received the Nobel Prize:

The following Presidents of Argentina have earned their degrees at the university:

The university has also produced many successful startup founders. Unicorn startups founded by the University of Buenos Aires's alumni raised the most money in venture capital funding in the Latin American region in 2020.[47]


Gallery of notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  39. ^ Fern, Por Maximiliano; Mafern, Ez 6 De Abril De 2018. "Récord de inscriptos al CBC de la UBA: cuáles son las carreras más elegidas". Infobae (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2019-05-04.
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