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Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

The Universidad Torcuato di Tella is a non-profit private university founded in 1991. Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, it has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,100 and graduate enrollment of 600. The university is focused primarily on social sciences. The undergraduates majors available are Economics, Business Administration, Law, Political Science, International Relations, History and recently, Architecture. UTDT also offers 13 graduate programs, among them one of the best MBAs in Latin America.

The faculty comprises 56 full time professors, most of them graduate students and visiting scholars in universities abroad. The university provides more than 50 exchange programs with universities in Europe, United States and Asia. There is also a sizable number of international students that study in the University for a semester or two. Although economic problems have delayed the needed expansion of the campus, the university is currently moving to a new building which will allow further growth in the number of students and majors. The university's dean is currently Dr. Juan Pablo Nicolini.


The concept of a university of the highest international standards was developed by the universitys first dean and the then Argentinean ambassador to the United States, Guido Di Tella. Their plan was to have a research based university with small class sizes and professors with international studies and recognition. They decided to adopt an American university model.

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella was founded in 1991, with the mission of educating new generations of academics, and business, social and political leaders. It began offering undergraduate studies in economics, but has since expanded and started offering undergraduate courses in business economics, political sciences, international studies, law, history, and, since 2007, architecture, as well as numerous graduate degrees.

It was founded by the Torcuato Di Tella Foundation, making use of the experience and resources of the Torcuato Di Tella Institute, a non-profit institute founded in 1958 to promote a high level of study and research in the interest of the scientific, cultural and artistic development of Argentina.

Gerardo della Paolera was dean of Universidad Torcuato Di Tella from its foundation until 2001, when he was replaced by the current dean, Juan Pablo Nicolini.

Current course offering

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella currently offers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines:


Business Economics

Political Sciences

International Studies




The following graduate degree courses are offered:

PhD in Economics

PhD in History


Executive MBA

Masers in Finance

Masters in Economics

Masters in Law and Economics

Masters in Urban Economics

Masters in History and Culture of Architecture and the City

Masters in International Studies

Masters in Public Policy

Masters in the Management of Education

Masters in Journalism (taught in association with the La Nacion newspaper)

It also offers specialization studies in the management of education, educational policy, tax law, criminal law, architecture and technology, architecture and the landscape, preservation and conservation of heritage, advanced economics, econometrics and the management of NGOs (in association with Universidad de San Andres and CEDES), as well as executive business education.


Universidad Torcuato Di Tella currently has 258 academics, of which 56 are full-time researchers, divided in 7 departments:

Di Tella Law School

Di Tella Business School

Di Tella School of Government

Political Science and International Studies Department

History Department

Mathematics and Statistics Department

Center for the Studies of Contemporary Architecture

Sociologist Natalio Botana and historian Ezequiel Gallo are Emeritus professors. Historian Tulio Harlepin Donghi, Economist Ana Maria Martirena Mantel and Nobel Laureate Finn Kydland are honorary professors.


Universidad Torcuato Di Tella has opened several centers for the study of specific phenomena, including the Center for Financial Research, the Entrepreneurship and New Business Development Center, the International Studies Center, and the Center for the Evaluation and Study in Social Economics for Poverty Relief.


Universidad Torcuato Di Tellas library is concentrated in the social sciences and is considered one of the finest in Latin America. It was founded with Torcuato Di Tellas private collection and has since grown with the scientific activity of both the Torcuato Di Tella Institute and the Torcuato Di Tella University.

The library has over 80,000 books, over 1,500 newspaper collections, and 6,000 digital documents. It has a collection of unique original editions dating as far back as the 17th century and access to numerous online databases. It has recently allowed for the use of its online catalogue to the general public.

The Di Tella library includes the Max Hartwell, Carlos Escude, Christiaan Huygens and Fernando Nadra collections. It also includes a collection of documents of trade unions in Argentina that has been the source of numerous historical and sociological studies on Latin America.

Art collection

Following in the tradition of the Torcuato Di Tella Institute, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella hosts an impressive modern art collection.

The core of its collection is the Edward Shaw and Maria Padilla de Shaw collection, which has 100 paintings of contemporary artists including Antonio Berni, Guillermo Kuitca, Antonio Segui, Luis Fernando Benedit and Emilio Torti.

The collection is constantly on exhibition in the universitys two buildings.

See also

Siam di Tella

External links

Official website

Audio recordings of Professor Juan Pablo Nicolini at the three-part workshop on "Poverty & Growth: Reflections on Latin America" held at the University of Chicago: "Growth: Evidence and Sources" - Session 1; "Poverty and Economic Development" - Session 2; "Reflections on Argentina" - Session 3.

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