National University of Catamarca (Argentina)

National University of Catamarca (Argentina)

National University of Catamarca, (UNCA). Educational institution in Argentina, the result of an ambitious feasibility project that led to the signing of national law No. 19,832. Based in the city of San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca. It offers some 50 careers in various faculties, in which more than 10,000 students study.


It was founded in September 1972. In its creation, the history of educational institutions of national prestige is combined. The “Fray Mamerto Esquiú” Pre-university School gave rise to the creation of the “National Institute of Teachers”, (1943), which opened new professional horizons to the youth of the Argentine Northwest.

Indeed, the National Institute of Teachers was the matrix where the National University of Catamarca was created. He supported secondary education not only in the old provinces but also in the national territories recently converted into federal provinces: dozens of young people from the northwest trained in Catamarca marched to Chaco, Patagonia, and southern Mendoza. From this institution, in 1968, Professor Federico País, among others, began working on the creation of the UNCA.

The national scenario was favourable: the aim was to decentralize the large university centers and give each province its own University.

University structure

The Teachers’ Institute, the ENET No. 1 and the Fray Mamerto Esquiú School were incorporated into its structure. Initially, the project contemplated the organization of a university that would respond to the development of the natural and human resources of the province, dispensing with traditional careers such as Medicine and Law. The specialties of agrarian sciences, surveying, mining, geology and nursing and humanistic careers were privileged. The Public Accountant career was also included due to the important demand originated by the graduates of the National School of Commerce.

Perhaps the most important is the incorporation of the Faculty of Law.

Academic units

  • Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
    • Agronomic Engineering
  • Faculty of Economic Sciences and Administration
    • National Public Accountant
    • Degree in administration
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
    • Bachelor of Bromatology
    • Bachelor of Nursing
    • Bachelor of Physical Education
  • Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences
    • biology
    • computing
    • Statistics
    • Physical
  • Math
    • Chemistry
    • Technology
    • Educative technology
  • law School
    • Advocacy
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Technology and Applied Sciences
    • Computer engineering
    • Mining Engineering
    • ElectronicEngineering
    • Survey Engineering
    • Bachelor of Geology
  • School of Archeology
    • Bachelor of Archeology
  • Colleges of the UNCa
    • Normal School Fray Mamerto Esquiú
    • National School of Technical Education


The UNCa becomes a benchmark for all of Ibero-America by building a new center for geospatial information technologies, the center will promote the development of scientific research and production tasks in the field of Spatial Data Infrastructures (IDEs) and Information Technologies Geographic (TIG). It will be part of a Latin American network called “LatinGEO”, which promotes the training of human resources for scientific-technological research.

National University of Catamarca

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