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University of Buenos Aires

The Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) is the largest university in Argentina, founded on August 12 1821 in the city of Buenos Aires. It consists of 13 faculties, six hospitals, 10 museums and is linked to three high schools: Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, Escuela Superior de Comercio Carlos Pellegrini, and Instituto Libre de Segunda Ensenanza.

To enter any of the available programmes of study in the university, students who have successfully completed high school must pass a first year common to all faculties. This first year is called "CBC", which stands for "Ciclo Basico Comun" (Common Basic Cycle). Only upon completion of this first year may the student enter the chosen faculty; until then, they must attend courses in different buildings, and have up to 3 years to finish the 6 subjects (which vary depending on the programme of study chosen) assigned in two groups of 3. Each subject is of one semester duration (March-July or August-November). If someone passes all 6 subjects in their respective semesters, the CBC will take only one year.

Given its enormous size, the UBA has no central campus. Plans existed for a centralized Ciudad Universitaria ("university city") that was started and currently holds only 2 schools with all other schools dispersed throughout the city.

The access to the university is free of charge for everyone, including foreigners.

It is the best ranked Argentine University in College and university rankings, present at number 276 of the Top Universities 2006 and at number 151-202 of the 2007 Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranking .


The faculties that compose the University are:

Ciclo Basico Comun

Facultad de Psicologia (Psychology)

Facultad de Ingenieria (Engineering)

Facultad de Odontologia (Dentistry)

Facultad de Farmacia y Bioquimica (Pharmacy and Biochemistry)

Facultad de Filosofia y Letras (Philosophy and Literature)

Facultad de Derecho (Law)

Facultad de Medicina (Medicine)

Facultad de Ciencias Sociales (Social Sciences)

Facultad de Veterinaria (Veterinary medicine)

Facultad de Agronomia (Agronomy)

Facultad de Ciencias Economicas (Economics)

Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales (Exact Sciences and Natural Sciences)

Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseno y Urbanismo

Of these, only the last two have their buildings located in Ciudad Universitaria, a campus-like location in Nunez, in northern Buenos Aires. The others are scattered around the city in buildings of various sizes, some have even more than one building. There are projects to move more faculties to Ciudad Universitaria.

Notable alumni

Luis Agote - physician

Julio Cortazar - writer

Che Guevara - communist leader and revolutionary icon

Jose Luis Murature - foreign minister of Argentina

Richard Tomlinson - former British spy

The following former students and professors of the Universidad de Buenos Aires received the Nobel Prize:

Carlos Saavedra Lamas -- Peace , 1936.

Bernardo Houssay -- Physiology , 1947.

Luis Federico Leloir -- Chemistry , 1970

Cesar Milstein -- Medicine , 1984.

The following Presidents of Argentina earned their degrees at the Universidad de Buenos Aires:

Carlos Pellegrini , lawyer

Luis Saenz Pena , lawyer

Manuel Quintana , lawyer

Roque Saenz Pena , lawyer

Victorino de la Plaza , lawyer

Hipolito Yrigoyen , lawyer

Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear , lawyer

Agustin Pedro Justo (1932-1938, "Concordancia" (UCR + PAN)), engineer

Roberto Marcelino Ortiz (1938-1942, "Concordancia" (UCR + PAN)), lawyer

Ramon Castillo (1942-1943, "Concordancia" (UCR + PAN)), lawyer

Arturo Frondizi , lawyer

Arturo Umberto Illia , physician

Adolfo Rodriguez Saa , lawyer

Eduardo Duhalde , lawyer


Dr. Antonio Saenz 13-06-1821 to 25-07-1825.

Dr. Jose Valentin Gomez 10-04-1826 to 23-08-1830.

Dr. Santiago Figueredo 23-08-1830 to 22-02-1832.

Dr. Paulino Gari 13-12-1832 to 11-1849.

Dr. Miguel Garcia 11-1849 to 26-06-1852.

Dr. Jose Barros Pazos 01 -07-1852 to 5-05-1857.

Dr. Antonio Cruz Obligado 9-05-1857 to 03-1861.

Dr. Juan Maria Gutierrez 1-04-1861 to 3-10-1873.

Dr. Vicente Fidel Lopez 15-02-1874 to 12-06-1877.

Dr. Manuel Quintana 12-06-1877 to 26-01-1881.

Dr. Eufemio Uballes 1-03-1906 to 1-03-1922.

Dr. Jose Arce 1-03-1922 to 1-03-1926.

Dr. Ricardo Rojas 2-03-1926 to 1-03-1930.

Dr. Enrique Butty 1-03-1930 to 11-12-1930.

Dr. Benito Nazar Anchorena (interventor) 16-12-1930 to 1-06-1931.

Dr. Mariano Castex 1-06-1931 to 9-03-1932.

Dr. Angel Gallardo 11-05-1932 to 9-04-1934.

Dr. Vicente Gallo 11-05-1934 to 11-05-1941.

Dr. Coroliano Alberini 12-05-1941 to 16-10-1941.

Dr. Carlos Saavedra Lamas 17-10-1941 to 30-07-1943.

Dr. Alfredo Labougle(Vice Rector) 31-07-1942 a 1-11-1943.

Dr. Emilio Ravignani (interventor) 2-11-1943 a 4-11-1943.

Dr. Tomas Casares (interventor) 4-11-1943 a 9-03-1944.

Dr. David Arias (interventor) 10-03-1944 a 18-05-1944.

Dr. Carlos Obligado (interventor) 19-05-1944 a 31-08-1944 .

Dr. Nicolas Matienzo(gen. secretary at charge) 1-09-1944 a 30-10-1944 .

Dr. Carlos Waldorp (interventor) 30-10-1944 a 16-02-1945 .

Dr. Antonio Benitez (national comisioneer) 17-02-1945 a 14-03-1945 .

Dr. Salvador Oria (vicer Rector) 15-03-1945 a 26-04-1945 .

Dr. Horacio Rivarola 27-04-1945 a 2-05-1946

Dr. Nicolas Matienzo gen. secretary at charge)2-05-1946 a 2-05-1946

Dr. Oscar Ivanissevich (interventor) 4-05-1946 a 5-06-1949.

Dr. Fernando Bustos (Vice Rector interventor) 6-08-1946 a 2-09-1946 .

Dr. Agustin Nores Martinez (by interventor's delegation) 3-09-1946 a 20-09-1946.

Dr. Fernando Bustos (Vice Rector interventor) 21-09-1946 s 24-01-1947 .

Eng. Agr. Carlos Emery (Vice Rector interventor)3-02-1947 a 19-08-1947.

Arch. Julio Otaola(Vice Rector interventor) 20-08-1947 a 5-06-1949.

Arch. Julio Otaola 6-06-1949 a 12-06-1952.

Dr. Carlos Bancalari 13-06-1952 a 16-10-1953.

Dr. Jose Fernandez Moreno(Vice Rector) 17-10-1953 a 3-11-1953.

Dr. Jorge Alberto Taiana 4-11-1953 a 3-06-1955.

Dr. Ernesto Cramer 4-06-1955 a 31-07-1955.

Dr. Ernesto Cholvis 1-08-1955 a 26-09-1955.

Provisory Government Board (FUBA) 27-09-1955 a 30-09-1955.

Dr. Jose Luis Romero 1-10-1955

Eng. Jose Babini 1-01-1956 to 19-02-1956

Dr. Alejandro Ceballos 5-05-1956 to 27-12-1957

Dr. Risieri Frondizi 27-12-1957 to 28-12-1962

Dr. Julio Olivera 28-12-1962 to 18-03-1965

Eng. Hilario Fernandez Long 26-03-1965 to 29-07-1966

Dr. Luis Botet 11-08-1966 to 7-02-1968.

Dr. Raul Devoto 7-02-1968 to 24-07-1969.

Dr. Andres Santas 25-07-1969 to 21-07-1971.

Dr. Bernabe Quartino 22-07-1971 to 29-01-1973.

Dr. Carlos Alberto Durrieu 29-01-1973 to 30-05-1973

Dr. Rodolfo Puiggros (interventor) 29-05-1973 to 2-10-1973

Eng. Enrique Martinez (interventor) 7-09-1973 to 2-10-1973

Lic. Ernesto Villanueva 4-10-1973 to 28-03-1974

Dr. Vicente Solano Lima 28-03-1974 to 25-07-1974

Dr. Raul Federico Laguzzi 25-07-1974 to 17-09-1974

Dr. Alberto Ottalagano (interventor) 17-09-1974 to 26-12-1974

Eduardo Mangiante 27-08-1975 to 12-02-1976

Dr. Jose Alocen 12-02-1976 to 24-03-1976

Cap. De Navio Edmundo E. Said 29-03-1976 to 6-08-1976

Eng. Alberto Costantini 6-08-1976 to 14-09-1976

Dr. Sol Rabasa 14-09-1976 to 25-02-1977

Dr. Luis Carlos Cabral 25-02-1977 to 31-08-1978

Dr. Alberto V. Donnes 31-08-1978 to 23-11-1978

Dr. Lucas Lennon 24-11-1978 to 20-11-1981

Dr. Alberto V. Donnes 20-11-1981 to 28-12-1981

Dr. Alberto Rodriguez Varela 28-12-1981 to 23-12-1982

Dr. Carlos Segovia Fernandez 27-12-1982 to 23-12-1983.

Dr. Francisco Delich 26-12-1983 to 19-03-1985

Dr. Oscar Julio Shuberoff 19-03-1985 to 06-05-2002

Dr. Guillermo Jaim Etcheverry 07-05-2002 to 07-05-2006

Arq.Berardo Dujovne (acting) 08-05-2006 to 15-05-2006

Dr. Alfredo Buzzi (acting) 16-05-2006 to 29-05-2006

Dr. Alberto Boveris (acting) 29-05-2006 to 31-05-2006

Med. Vet.Anibal Franco (Vice Rector) 31-05-2006 to 12-12-2006

Dr. Alfredo Buzzi (acting) 12-12-2006 to 18-12-2006

Med. Vet. Ruben Hallu 18-12-2006 to

External links

Official website

Official website

Foro de los estudiantes de Filosofia y Letras

Argentinian Government website for international students

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