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Institutional Project 2011-2016

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


The National Assessment and Accreditation Commission (CONEAU) states that "the institutional project includes proposals that are underlying to the origin of the institution, the practices that define it and rebuilt it daily as well as its future projection", although its realization requires further determinations and a variety of operating channels. This Project has sought to give greater attention to the underlying proposals and future projection of the Institution, which makes its identity a specific one. It only indicates some practical lines of action, based on the institutional Self-evaluation, it manifest itself as representing the interests of many members of the university Community. These are lines of different levels, which require that the Board develop other tools for its development, application and evaluation.

This project is reached after a process of prolonged and broad participation, which the first phase took place between 2008 and 2009. Subsequently, as a decision by the new authorities, a second stage was developed which occupied the whole of 2010. This consisted of further consultations with the Community through various workshops organized by the Vice-Rector 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. The recommendations of the last CONEAU External Evaluation (June 2003) were also carefully considered.

In order to simplify this document so that it can more easily reach all members of the University, data relating to the assessment of compliance with the previous Project (2001-2006) and the various reports of institutional Self-evaluation are not incorporated into this text, however they have been particularly attended to when developing this Project and accompany it. In fact, the primary purpose of this text has been the collection of the large consensus that becomes explicit in the institutional Self-assessment, and that allow to form large areas of work that can guide and channel the efforts of the University in the coming years. In March 2011, the Superior Council collected the contributions received and started developing this project, which was finally approved on 05 August of this year.

A short text has been elaborated to facilitate the reception of the Project and make it consistent taking into account the general guidelines of the University; a short text, synthetic, clearly focused on six main areas, with a few lines of action of the various levels that are sought to be underlined. The structure of chapters of the 2001-2006 Project as been simplified, although none of the large areas and activities of that project are excluded. Neither precludes other activities or purposes not expressly set forth here, though they will be encouraged to clearly guide based on the explicit proposals of this Project.

As a general framework of the Project, the Self-assessment workshops allowed the outlining of an overview of the University, which summarizes its future prospects:

"It is an argentine catholic institution of thinking and higher education which continuously aspires academic and professional excellence and Christian humanization of itself. Through innovative teaching, integral formation, research and engagement with Society, seeks to contribute to development of knowledge and dialogue with culture centered on the dignity of the human person."

I ask all members of the university Community to lend their strong cooperation from the scope and possibilities of each one, so that the progressive implementation of this Project allows us to experience the joy of growing together. For all this, I implore full heartedly God’s blessing on our University.

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