National University of Mar del Plata (Argentina)

National University of Mar del Plata (Argentina)

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National University of Mar del Plata. Public university of Argentina based in the Buenos Aires seaside resort of Mar del Plata, created in 1975 as part of the Taquini plan that sought to reorganize higher education.

Historical review

With the economic growth of the city between the 50s and 60s, the idea of ​​creating a University arose. Thus, the Ministry of Education of the Province of Buenos Aires entrusts the UCIP with the organization of the first Assembly to establish the Cooperating Commission of the Provincial University. This is how the University of the Province of Buenos Aires was born in 1962.

In 1975 the Provincial University was Nationalized from an agreement between the Ministry of Culture and Education and the Government of the Province of Buenos Aires, that is when the institution by Law No. 21139 sanctioned on September 30 and promulgated on October 27, it is renamed the National University of Mar del Plata. Then, sustained on the basis of the Provincial University, the Catholic University “Stella Maris” becomes part of the same organization; counting by then with a total of 8 Faculties and Schools.

Military dictatorship

With the arrival of the military dictatorship in 1976, a persecution of teachers and students began. In particular, a large number of teachers are laid off. In addition, the Faculty of Law is created on the basis of the Law career of the old Catholic University. The military government suspends admission to the faculty during that year, opening the next school year with a quota of only 50 new entrants in all careers. During that same government, the Cartography career and the Teaching Staff and the Degree in Mathematics were created, both dependent on the Faculty of Engineering.

The military dictatorship stopped the academic activities of those careers that at that time were considered “more conflictive”, for which the activities of the Institute of Physical Education and Sports were suspended, the careers of the Institute of Physical Education and Sports were closed and closes the Education Sciences career. For that same year (1977) the Faculties of Economic Sciences and Tourism were unified, giving rise to the current Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences.

In 1978 the Biological Research Institute was created and the creation of the Faculty of Exact, Natural and Biological Sciences was authorized. A year later, the Center for Coastal Geology and the Librarianship degree were created.

With the year 1980, the first stages of the creation of the General Belgrano University Complex located on Funes Street and the expansion of the Faculty of Engineering arrived. With the return to democracy, the entry quotas for students were opened again and the positions of teachers who had been laid off during the military dictatorship were returned; the Psychology course was reopened in 1986.


In 1988, the first Rector was elected in the University Assembly, the Architect Javier Hernán Rojo. In 1992 Engineer Jorge Domingo Petrillo took over as Rector, until then Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. Reelected in 1996 and ending his term in 2000, he was replaced by Dr. Gustavo Daleo during the period 2000-2004. The period 2004 – 2008 was in charge of the Architect Daniel Medina – period in which the Sociology career was reopened. Since 2009, the rectorate is in charge of Lic. Francisco Morea, accompanied in the vice-rectorate by Eng. Raúl Conde, who in 2012 were re-elected to continue leading the political management of the University for the period2013 -2017.


  • Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism and Design
  • Faculty of economics and social sciences
  • Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences
  • Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
  • law School
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Psychology


The University Complex consists of three building blocks, with the Library located in the basement of the central building, with an area of ​​approximately 1,460 m 2. The faculties of Architecture and Industrial Design, Economic Sciences, Psychology, Humanities, Health and Behavioral Sciences and Exact and Natural Sciences work in this complex. The opening hours for the public are from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

National University of Mar del Plata (Argentina)