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Universidad Abierta Interamericana

San Juan 951 City of Buenos Aires View map
Argentina
Private
Medium
21,075
1,872

Overview

The Interamerican Open University (UAI) started its academic activities in 1996. Its vision aims at becoming one of the principal higher education institutions in Argentina, contributing to the social, economic, cultural and political development of the country.

From its beginnings, UAI joined several networks of national and international non-governmental organizations which adhere to the promotion of the freedom of teaching and high-quality education for all. Amongst these networks we can mention the VANEDUC Network, the Argentine Association of Private Educational Institutions (ADEEPRA), the Argentine Confederation of Private Educational Institutions (CAIEP), the Federation of Educational Associations for Latin America and the Caribbean (FAELA) and the World Educational Confederation (COMED). UAI’s active interaction with other member institutions had a significant influence on the direction taken by UAI’s institutional project.

After operating for 6 years, UAI started a process of institutional assessment before the National University Assessment and Accreditation Commission (CONEAU), obtaining the final authorization of the University in 2005, according to Executive Power Decree Nº 1082/05.

Up to 30% of UAI’s faculty get access to the academic career through public competition. All professors receive pedagogical, scientific and professional training, through annual programmes of human resource training.

In order to promote the democratization of knowledge and the accessibility to its academic offer, UAI has developed a technological platform known as the UAIOnline Virtual Campus, which enables students to take up long-distance study programmes and professional updating course.   

Scientific research at UAI is mainly oriented towards application contexts, and is carried out through priority guidelines developed in two different contexts: Academic Units and Higher Studies Centres (CAE). CAE’s host the career of Scientific and Technological researchers and the training of research assistants. There are five CAE’s: the Centre for Higher Studies in Human and Health Science (CAECIHS), the Centre for Higher Studies in Education (CAEE), the Centre for Higher Studies in Information Technology (CAETI), the Centre for Higher Studies in Social Sciences (CAECS), and the Centre for Higher Studies in Architecture and City Planning.

There are internal grants for the development of research, as well as funding from external organizations and companies: the Ministry of Science and Technology (MINCyT), the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Ministry of Economic Development, the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, private companies and laboratories. The research studies are published in yearbooks, scientific journals, and books edited by Schools and CAE’s through the University Publishing House. There have been numerous publications related to UAI on scientific journals known nationwide and also internationally, both in print and digital, as well as books, book chapters, conferences and congresses. UAI has registered patents and developments that are transferred to society. 

It is important to highlight the promotion of community service activities at health centres, aboriginal communities, social assistance and cooperation units, and schools in underprivileged areas. The main purpose is to work on the strengthening and protection of communities, improving their living conditions and the opportunities for the people living in them. Approximately 2.77% of total income registered in the self-assessment process has been applied tothis extension. 

UAI has signed cooperation agreements with national associations such as Councils and Associations of Deans and Universities (CONFEDI, AFACIMERA, CRUP, ASUPRIM, UNCI Network, among others), as well as international associations: World Alliance of Global Colleges and Universities (WAGCU), International MedicalEducation Directory (IMED), Organization of American States (OAS), the Iberoamerican Commission Against Drug Abuse (CICAD), Academic International Network (ACINNET), among others. 

There are also academic cooperation agreements with other universities and educational institutions in Argentina, government organizations, foundations, scientific and academic associations, professional agencies, companies, publishing houses, representatives of endangered social sectors, and foreign universities.  

In terms of institutional internationalization policies, UAI has signed agreements with foreign Higher Education Institutions, which has promoted the presence of international students taking courses in undergraduate and graduate programmes at UAI, or participating in university extension courses. Faculty members also participate in several academic activities in foreign universities. 

Since its beginnings, UAI has permanently organized extension activities such as athenaeums, postgraduate diplomas, events, seminars, conferences and workshops, according to the social and academic demands.

The University’s Transfer Office manages the provision of services to external parties, technical assistance, consultancy to entrepreneurs, SME’s, NGO’s and government organizations. It focuses mainly on the search for external funding for the university’s research, development and innovation projects.   

The University has a network of libraries, made up by the Buenos Aires Central Library, the Rosario Central Library, the loan and reading units located on each site and building, as well as a connection to the Electronic Library of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation. This system is based on the centralization of technical services for a unified management of the book catalogue, and the decentralization of the services provided to the users, integral automatization, and the development of digital book catalogues for the management of knowledge. 

UAI has its own Publishing House, which facilitates the publication of papers by internal and external researchers, and is conceived as a highly dynamic medium for the communication of scientific and academic topics.

It is important to point out that the management of information at UAI is carried out through technology linked through an intranet with over 3500 access points managed by SIGUE, a Central System owned by UAI. This system records and validates all aspects of academic activities, from the moment the applicant first contacts the university to the moment he or she graduates, as well as the paperwork related to the academic career of faculty members. Moreover, this centralized system is accessible online, which enables the management of academic activities for both on-campus and online courses. This promotes the ubiquity of its use, which is only limited by access permits.  

As regards institutional infrastructure, UAI carries out its activities on a surface of over 1.5 million square metres , distributed in over 40 buildings that integrate the Buenos Aires Site, located in the City of Buenos Aires, Castelar, Ituzaingó, Lomas de Zamora, Berazategui, Almagro, Belgrano, Boulogne, Ezeiza; in addition to the buildings in the Rosario Site, in the Province of Santa Fe. The University also has over 100 acres of sports facilities, located in the Ezeiza District, where the students, faculty and the rest of the community can take part in sports and recreational activities. 

As regards institutional infrastructure, UAI carries out its activities on a surface of over 1.5 million square metres , distributed in over 40 buildings that integrate the Buenos Aires Site, located in the City of Buenos Aires, Castelar, Ituzaingó, Lomas de Zamora, Berazategui, Almagro, Belgrano, Boulogne, Ezeiza; in addition to the buildings in the Rosario Site, in the Province of Santa Fe. The University also has over 100 acres of sports facilities, located in the Ezeiza District, where the students, faculty and the rest of the community can take part in sports and recreational activities. 

Additionally, the University has a network of libraries, made up by the Buenos Aires Central Library, the Rosario Central Library, the loan and reading units located on each site and building, as well as a connection to the Electronic Library of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation. This system is based on the centralization of technical services for a unified management of the book catalogue, and the decentralization of the services provided to the users, integral automatization, and the development of digital book catalogues for the management of knowledge.  

Within the framework of University Welfare, and considering the significance of sports, recreational and artistic activities, UAI has established stable, highly competitive sports teams, as well as artistic choirs and acting troupes. This has enabled UAI to promote the establishment of the Interamerican Open University Athletic Club, which merged with the Urquiza Railway Athletic Club in 2009 and became UAI Urquiza Athletic Club. In this club, over 500 federated athletes in 10 different sports, who participate in the most competitive leagues in the country. The distinctive feature of UAI Urquiza Athletic Club is that more than 85% of its athletes are students. Moreover, the arts are promoted in all their formats, through internal contests and the participation in fairs and exhibits. As for the university community, the University Welfare Department promotes activities and services such as the work web for students and alumni, the Job Fair, the annual scholarship contest for students, sports scholarships, the University Bulletin, and the administration of the benefit network through the Grupo Afinidad.

The University provides different services to students through its University Welfare Department. This department’s mission is to promote the common good in the university community by generating a sense of belonging in its members: students, alumni, faculty, authorities, administrative employee, and family members. This is done through initiatives that have a positive impact on the institutional atmosphere and improve the members’ perception of the environment in which they take part.

 

For this reason the University Welfare Department constitutes a direct communication channel between the different members of the community, by informing them of free activities such as cultural events, sports events, benefits for the faculty and the administrative staff, their families, and students, among others. 

 

The Welfare Department offers an integral extension programme called “Healthy University”, within which it carries out activities to promote healthy lifestyles for all the community, supported by the different academic units. 

 

The department also offers a benefit network known as “Grupo Afinidad”, which is made up by member businesses providing significant discounts for all the community.

 

Students benefit from a programme of scholarships managed through an “Annual Scholarship Contest”, for those students with high academic performance and who struggle economically to continue with their studies. Scholarships are also offered to administrative staff and their families, enabling them to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees, or attend training courses.  

 

In order to promote students’ employability, the University Welfare Department administers a platform called “Jobs and Internships”, on which job offers are published so that students can apply. Moreover, a “Job Fair” is organized every year, an event that allows students to contact top companies and to apply directly to them, thus increasing their employability opportunities. 

 

Alumni:

 

The Alumni Department organizes activities and services aimed at promoting good and tackling different issues affecting the community. Its goal is to strengthen the bond between UAI and its alumni, by encouraging the use of strategies for social, academic and professional development.

 

The Alumni Department designs programmes and policies which, supported by the different Schools, enable alumni to improve their quality of life by providing services and benefits that might be of interest to them. For this purpose, it has different communication channels, such as the “Alumni Bulletin”, social media posts detailing special benefits for alumni, training courses for professional updating, job opportunities, cultural and sports activities. In addition to this, alumni also benefit from a series of services offered by the “Grupo Afinidad”, promoted by the university.

The University Life Support Programme - PAVU:
University admission represents a challenge for students. This challenge full of interests, expectations, needs and particular abilities intertwines with the requirements, routines and institutional practices shaping a new socio-cultural scenario which demands to contemplate an adaptation period for the incoming students to university life.
Within this framework, it is necessary to have an institutional perspective which fosters orientation, accompaniment and support for those incoming students, ensuring a contribution not only for their personal development but also reinforcing their abilities.
The PAVU is developed at different times in which the information carried out about each incoming student becomes important in order to fulfill the main purpose of this programme.  Each of these moments becomes a fact through the data registered in a document designed for this purpose.

This programme started in 2013 and it integrates the following mechanisms:-Initial Guidance Period (accompaniment and monitoring of the students regarding the first year subjects).-Assessment of the profiles of first-year professors for each study programme.-Selection of first-year professors according to an appropriate and pre-established profile.-Performance analysis by means of faculty staff meeting in order to detect difficulties in students and the anticipation of early dropouts.-Calling the identified students to a meeting with an authority or pedagogical mentor as required.-Enquiry of the “Student’s Academic Situation Status” in order to monitor each student’s performance.-Liaising of students with difficulties to the Pedagogical Orientation Department where a specialist in education holds a meeting with him/her to establish which those difficulties are and also propose alternatives to solve them.-Follow up of the weekly student’s attendance to the scheduled academic activities by the career directors, site directors, site academic mentors, for the detection of those students who have systematic absences. At the same time, they will meet those students in order to solve those non-attendance difficulties.-Implementation of an integral assessment model in order to reduce the high level of dropouts in the first years.
Scholarships:The University Welfare Department also offers applicants, students and alumni a series of scholarships, which will allow them not only to carry out a professional training but also to receive support on student exchange programmes.
These scholarships are:
-  Scholarships  for applicants:Corporate business agreementInternational COMED ScholarshipsCOMED Yearly Scholarships
 “Academic Merit Scholarship” Programme
Scholarships for students
Scholarship Annual ContestAcademic scholarship for students at their last year of the following study programmes

-Scholarships for Alumni:UAI Alumni: The University gives scholarships of 20 % to those alumni who decide to take up a second study programme at the University.

For more information, please access: https://www.uai.edu.ar/bienestar/becas/

Admission requirements:

●Legalized photocopy and original of the applicant’s Final High School Diploma. If studies were carried out in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (ACBA), it must be validated by the Government. If studies were carried out in Greater Buenos Aires, it must be validated by the Ministry of Interior- issued before 01/01/2010, otherwise it must be signed by the Provincial Academic Authority.

●If studies were carried out in Rosario/San Nicolas: Legalized photocopy by The Court, Justice of the Peace or a Public Notary.

●If you haven't got a High School  diploma yet, you can present an update  proof of  being a regular student or a proof of Diploma in process.

●Signing the enrolment form (if under 18 years old, parents/tutor must sign).

●4 Passport photos (4x4).

●2 Photocopies from the ID.

●Medical Certificate.

●Enrollment Fee.

●Passing of the Obligatory Level Entry Course.

●Attendance to UAI’s Mission and Institutional Project Talk.

●Students aged 25 or above who haven't finished secondary studies could enroll after an evaluation with a Specific Committee.

 

International Students must also present:

●Final High School Diploma, legalized in the student’s home country, by the following bodies:

- Ministry of Education

- Argentine Consulate (In the case of Brazil, legalization by the Argentine Chancellery will suffice)

●If the High School Diploma was issued in a language different from Spanish, it is necessary to add a translation made by a Certified Public Translator, whose signature must in turn be certified by the Professional Public Translators Association

●Validation of Secondary Level Studies, carried out at the Ministry of Education of Argentina (Montevideo 950 - City of Buenos Aires) and then at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Argentina (25 de Mayo 179 - City of Buenos Aires

●Payment of the Spanish Language Exam fees (10% of tuition fees) for those students from non-Spanish speaking countries

●Passing the Spanish Language Entry Exam, or else registering for the paid Spanish Language Course. Once this is done, the student will be able to partake in Compulsory Entry Level Course. 

 

All the detailed information is available on: https://www.uai.edu.ar/media/111619/requisitos-de-ingreso-de-grado-2019.pdf   

UAI offers 67  undergraduate study programmes:

These are distributed in 10 Schools, detailed as follows:

 

ARCHITECTURE

●Architecture.

●Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design. 

 

COMMUNICATION SCIENCES

●Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design.

●Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.

●Bachelor's Degree in Audiovisual Production.

●Bachelor's Degree in Advertising.

●Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations.

●Technical Degree In Journalism (University College).

●Higher Technical Degree in Advertising (University College - Castelar).

●University Technical Degree in Digital Animation and Visual Effects.

●University Technical Degree in Audiovisual Production Script.

●University Technical Degree in Sports Journalism.


EDUCATION SCIENCES AND PSYCHOPEDAGOGY

●Bachelor's Degree in Education Sciences.

●Bachelor's Degree in Psychopedagogy.

●Teacher's University Degree in Secondary and Higher Education.

●Bachelor's Degree in Educational Institution Management.

●Bachelor's Degree in  Early Education.

●Bachelor's Degree in Educational Institution Management (Online).

●Teacher's Degree in Early Education (Ituzaingó -  University College).

 

ECONOMIC SCIENCES

●Public Accountancy.

● Bachelor's Degree in Administration.

● Bachelor's Degree in  Commercialization.

● Bachelor's Degree in International Commerce.

● Bachelor's Degree in Commercial Engineering.

● Higher Technical Degree in General Administration.

● University Technical Degree in Sales.

● University Technical Degree in Sales (Online) .

 

LAW AND POLITICAL SCIENCES

●Law.

●Bachelor's Degree in Political Science.

●Bachelor Degree in International Relations.

●Legal Auctioneering & Consortium Administration.

●Legal Auctioneering & Consortium Administration (Online).

 

MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES

●Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.

●Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and Physiatry.

●Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition.

●Bachelor's Degree in Bioimaging.

●Bachelor's Degree in Bioimaging (Online).

●Medicine.

●Dentistry.

●Surgical Instrumentation.

●University Technical Degree in Dental Prosthetics.

 

HUMAN MOTRICITY AND SPORTS

●Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Sports.

●Teacher's University Degree in Physical Education and Sports.

●Teacher’s Degree in Physical Education - Buenos Aires (University College).

 

●Teacher’s Degree in Physical Education - Ituzaingó (University College) .

 

PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMAN RELATIONS

●Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy.

●Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy – Rosario.

●Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.

●Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy .

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

●Computer Systems Engineering.

●Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology Management.

●Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics.

●Teachers University Degree in Mathematics.

●Programming Analyst (Online).

●University Technical Degree in Videogame Development.

●University Technical Degree in Virtual Community Administration.

●Computer Systems Analyst (Buenos Aires - University College).

●Computer Systems Analyst (San Isidro - University College).

●Teacher's Degree in Mathematics (San Isidro - University College).

 

TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY

●Bachelor's Degree in Gastronomy.

●Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality.

●Bachelor's Degree in Tourism.

●University Technical Degree in Tourist Guidance.

●University Technical Degree in Event Management and Organization.

●University Technical Degree in Event Management and Organization (Online).

 

LAW AND POLITICAL SCIENCES

●Master’s Degree in Administration Law

●Master’s Degree in International Commerce Law

 

MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES

●PhD in Medical Science

●Master’s degree in Critical Cardiology

●Master’s Degree in Wound Cicatrization

●Master’s Degree in Pharmacological and Clinical Research

●Specialization in Cardiology

●Specialization in Pharmacological and Clinical Research (Online)

●Specialization in Sports Kinesiology

●Specialization in Internal Medicine

●Specialization in Orthodontics

●Specialization in Periodontics

 

PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMAN RELATIONS

●Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology, Management Orientation

●Specialization in Psychoanalytical Clinic

●Specialization in Cognitive Therapy

●Specialization in Psychology Evaluation Strategies

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

●Master’s Degree in Information Technology

●Master's Degree in Educational Technology (Online)

●Specialization in Networks and Distribution Systems

 

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University Highlights

Total students - 21,075

1.4%
98.6%

Total faculty staff - 1,872

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1872

Total students - 21,075

1.4%
98.6%

Total faculty staff - 1,872

1872
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