Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina

Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina
Type Private
Established 1958
Chancellor Archbishop of Buenos Aires Mario Aurelio Poli
President Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández
Students 18,000
Location Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Student Government Student Federation of the Catholic University of Argentina (FEUCA)
Website uca.edu.ar

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.


First foundation: the Catholic University of Buenos Aires

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

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.[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:

Rankings and reputation

UCA is widely considered to be one of the best institutions of higher education in Argentina. QS World University Rankings[7] has ranked UCA 2nd overall and 1st among private institutions in Argentina in 2013.[8] The university is also ranked 2nd in terms of employer preference.[8]

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.[9]

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

In Buenos Aires


Campus in Buenos Aires

Independent Institutes

In Paraná

In Rosario

In Mendoza

International UCA

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:





See also


Dell´Oro Maini, Atilio (June 1959). "La Primera Universidad Católica en la Argentina 1910-1920". Boletín de la UCA. 2: UCA. 

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

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