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Institutional Project 2011-2016

The Superior Council has approved the Institutional Project that will guide the efforts of the University during the 2011-2016 period, in order to ensure the growth of the institution.

Introduction

The National Assessment and Accreditation Commission (CONEAU , by its Spanish acronym) states that "the institutional project includes underlying proposals which have been present since the origin of the institution, the practices that define it and rebuild it daily as well as its future projection", although its realization may require further determinations and a variety of operational channels. This Project has sought to give greater attention to the underlying proposals and future projection of the Institution, which make its identity a specific one. This project only indicates some practical lines of action, based on the institutional Self-evaluation, which represent the interests of many members of the university Community. These are lines of different levels, which will require the Superior Council to devise other tools for their development, application and evaluation.

This project was reached after a process of prolonged and broad participation, the first phase of which took place between 2008 and 2009. Subsequently, as a decision taken by the new authorities, a second stage was developed which lasted for the whole of 2010 and which consisted of further consultations with the Community through various workshops organized by the Vice-Rectorate for Academic Affairs, and a lengthy debate within the Superior Council about the identity of this University. This debate was open to the entire Community through a call from the Institute for the Integration of Knowledge (IPIS, by its Spanish acronym). The recommendations of the last CONEAU External Evaluation (June 2003) were also carefully considered.

In order to simplify this document so that it can be more easily accessed by members of the University, all data relating to the assessment of compliance with the previous Project (2001-2006), as well as the various reports of institutional Self-evaluation, have not been incorporated into this text, even though they have been particularly considered during the development of this Project, which they support. In fact, the main purpose of this text has been to put together the most significant agreements that were made explicit in the institutional Self-assessment, with a view to establishing general work guidelines to steer the efforts of the University in the years to come. In March 2011, the Superior Council collected the received contributions and started developing this project, which was finally approved on August 5 of said year.

With the aim of facilitating the reception of this Project and making it a general guideline to follow the University path; a short and synthetic text has been chosen, which is clearly focused on six main areas and which highlights a few lines of action at different levels to be consolidated in the future. Despite the fact that the chapter structure of the 2001-2006 Project has been simplified, none of the large areas and activities of that project were excluded. All other activities and purposes which may not be expressly set forth here are not excluded either, though an effort will be made for them to stay clearly in line with the explicit proposals of this Project.

As a general framework of the Project, the Self-assessment workshops made it possible to outline a general vision of the University, which summarizes its future projection:

"It is an Argentine Catholic institution of thinking and higher education which continuously aspires to achieve academic and professional excellence and a Christian humanization of itself. Through innovative teaching, comprehensive training, research and commitment with Society, it seeks to contribute to the development of knowledge and to improve dialogue with culture, centered on the dignity of the human person."

I ask all members of the university Community to strongly cooperate, from their work areas and according to their individual possibilities, so that the progressive implementation of this Project may allow us to experience the joy of growing together. For all this, I wholeheartedly implore God’s blessing on our University.

Fr. Dr. Victor Manuel Fernández
Rector of the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina