215 ARS (2011)
| Archbishop of Buenos Aires Mario Aurelio Poli|
Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández
Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 1500, C1107AFB CABA, Argentina
Mauricio Macri, María Eugenia Vidal, Alfonso Prat‑Gay, Queen Máxima of the Nethe, Germán Garavano
University of Buenos Aires, Universidad Argentina de la Em, Austral University, Universidad del Salvador, University of Belgrano
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The part-time MBA program taught by the university has been accredited by the London-based Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 1998.
Like Buenos Aires itself, the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina was founded twice. 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.
The Argentine Episcopate decided to found the university one again in its plenum in 1956 and two years later, the Catholic University of Argentina was created.
"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."
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
UCA is widely considered to be one of the best institutions of higher education in Argentina. QS World University Rankings has ranked UCA 2nd overall and 1st among private institutions in Argentina in 2013. The university is also ranked 2nd in terms of employer preference.
UCA is also labeld 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.
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.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
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
Faculty "Teresa of Avila"
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
Faculty of Economics
School of Chemical and Engineering "Fray R. Bacon"
Pergamino Regional Center
Faculty of Humanities and Education
Faculty of Economics "San Francisco"
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:Canada: Queen's University, McGill University, Université de Montréal
USA: Boston College, American University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Washington (Seattle), University of Arizona, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Richmond, University of San Francisco, Washington College
Mexico: Universidad Anahuac, Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Universidad de Monterrey
Panama: Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua (USMA)
Colombia: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Universidad del Rosario
Brazil: Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Universidade de Brasília (UnB), PUC-Rio, PUC-SP, PUCRS, PUC-Minas
Paraguay: Universidad Católica Nuestra Señora de la Asunción
Chile: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV)
Uruguay: Universidad Católica del Uruguay, Universidad de la República
Spain: Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Universidad Carlos III, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Universitat Politècnica de València, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
France: Institut Catholique d'Études Supérieures (I.C.E.S.), Institut de Sciences Politiques (Paris SciencePo), Université Paris Dauphine, Université Paris 5 - René Descartes, Université d'Orléans, Université de Grenoble Pierre Mendès France, Université de Lyon 3, École Supérieure de Commerce de Clermont-Ferrand, École Supérieure Commerce Rouen, Grenoble Ecole Superieure de Commerce, École Supérieure de Commerce Marseille, École Supérieure de Commerce Dijon, Audentia
United Kingdom: University of Leeds, University of Birmingham, University College London (UCL)
Italy: Università di Torino, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Pontifical Lateran University (PUL), Università di Firenze, Università di Pisa, II Università di Roma "Tor Vergata"
Germany: Universität Tübingen, Universität Mannheim, Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD), WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (HfB), Bucerius Law School
Switzerland: Université de Genève
The Netherlands: Tilburg University, University of Amsterdam
Sweden: Lunds Universitet
China: Peking University
South Korea: Sogang University
Singapore: Singapore Management University (SMU)
Australia: Macquarie University, University of Technology, Sydney
New Zealand: University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington