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“We Have to Plant Universities in Every Corner of Argentina”

“We Have to Plant Universities in Every Corner of Argentina”

“We Have to Plant Universities in Every Corner of Argentina,” said Alberto Fernández, President of Argentina. “We are developing 167 works in all the universities of the country.” The President announced via Twitter: “More universities; more equal opportunities. Within the framework of #University Week, we inaugurated six of the 167 works of the National University Infrastructure Program that we are carrying out throughout the country. We are bringing public education closer to the people.”

President Alberto Fernández inaugurated on February 17th a new building for the Biochemistry and Pharmacy courses of the National University of Misiones (UNaM), in the city of Posadas, which required an investment of 131 million pesos and will benefit 1,640 students.

 

"We Have to Plant Universities in Every Corner of Argentina"
Alberto Fernández: “We are developing 167 works in all the universities of the country.” Image Credit: Casa Rosada, Argentina.

 

“We are developing 167 works and interventions in all the universities of the country, and we do this because education, science and technology are central to the development of Argentina,” said the president, accompanied by the governor, Oscar Herrera Ahuad.

The president assured that “the State must be very present to promote training at a time in which we are experiencing a new technological revolution” and in this sense he reaffirmed: “We are committed to education because that is where the phenomenon of upward social mobility resides.”

 

“Why do we do it? Because – unlike others – we believe that education, the development of knowledge, science and technology are central for Argentine development to occur,” President Alberto Fernández, Argentina.

 

The head of state indicated that “when others think that we must stop building universities because the children of the poor do not reach them, we believe that we have to plant universities in all corners of the country to reach those who need them.” And he added: “If the number of students grows and new buildings are needed, that is not an expense, it is the best investment that Argentina can make because we will have more scientists thinking about Argentine development and that is the future.”

Also participating in the activity were the Ministers of Education, Jaime Perczyk, and of Public Works, Gabriel Katopodis; and the rector of the UNaM, Alicia Bohren.

 

 

The new space, which has a covered area of 1,246 m² and has three levels that connect with the existing module, incorporates three classrooms, a laboratory room and an auditorium, as well as a central hall, cabinets, offices, services and restrooms for the operation of the Faculty of Exact, Chemical and Natural Sciences of the UNaM.

The work generated 35 direct jobs and will expand the current capacity of undergraduate courses in Biochemistry and Pharmacy and the Bachelor’s Degree in Genetics, which historically are the ones with the highest enrollment, as well as improve the supply and research of postgraduate and master’s degrees related to Health Sciences.

 

“We bet so much on public education, because we are convinced that education is where the famous phenomenon of upward social mobility resides,” President Alberto Fernández, Argentina.

 

In his speech, the Governor considered that “today is a historic day and it will also be a historic week and month for university education in Argentina,” and he especially highlighted the importance of this work “so that 42 percent of young people minors under 18 years of age in the province have a future.”

As part of the strengthening of the national university system, three other projects will be carried out in the province for a total investment of 1,096 million pesos: the construction of a new building for the Faculty of Engineering, Forestry Sciences and the School of Nursing, in the UNaM headquarters in San Vicente (302 million); the expansion of the building of the Faculty of Art and Design, at the UNaM headquarters in Oberá (257 million); and works for the University Campus of the National University of Alto Uruguay, at the San Vicente headquarters (537 million).

 

“When others think that it is necessary to stop building universities, because they say that the children of the poor do not go to the university, we believe that we have to sow universities in all corners of the country to bring universities closer to students so that they can access them,” President Alberto Fernández, Argentina.

 

 

Four Technical Schools will also be built in the municipalities of Apóstoles, Campo Grande, Cerro Azul and Posadas, through the national program 100 Technical Schools for Secondary Professional Education, with an investment of 1,400 million pesos.

“At times when we have the most difficulties as a country, the way out is to invest in education,” said Minister Perczyk, remarking that “in real Argentina, in federal Argentina, today we are inaugurating a building that in another time, they did not want to do it but the province and Argentina need it, because we all need classrooms, laboratories and libraries so that more girls and boys can go to the university.”

 

"We Have to Plant Universities in Every Corner of Argentina"
Alberto Fernández: “We are developing 167 works in all the universities of the country.” Image Credit: Casa Rosada, Argentina.

 

Meanwhile, the rector of the UNaM expressed her “honor and happiness to inaugurate the Biochemistry and Pharmacy module that was paralyzed during the previous government and that today has 100 percent financing from the Ministry of Public Works as a policy of this Government National,” and added that “it is a source of pride to be able to grow and have this accompaniment to public education, because we bet on it as the main axis and transformer of realities that contribute to the socio-productive transformation of the country.”

During the activity, the president received a painting in honor of Alfredo González, engineer, teacher and first dean of what is now the Faculty of Exact, Chemical and Natural Sciences of the UNaM, arrested and disappeared in 1978 in the Clandestine Detention Center Little house of Martyrs in Posadas.

 

“And if the number of students grows and new buildings are needed to house and improve the building conditions and the comfort of those who study and teach, wow, that is not an expense, it is an investment that Argentina can make, because we have more students studying, we have more scientists preparing, we have more heads thinking about Argentine development and that is the future,” President Alberto Fernández, Argentina.

 

The inauguration takes place one year after the launch of the National University Infrastructure Program, which contemplates a total investment of 49,544 million pesos for the execution of 167 interventions in national universities in order to improve building conditions and extend higher education coverage in the national territory. The works benefit more than 1.5 million students and teachers and generate 13,500 new jobs, both direct and indirect, for the population of the more than 50 cities where they are carried out.

The projects are implemented jointly by the Ministries of Education and Public Works of the Nation and receive financing from the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF).

With an investment of 113,711 million pesos, the multi-year portfolio of works and projects contemplates a total of 294 interventions in the province (of which 178 are completed and 67 are underway) that will benefit more than 1.3 million people and foresee the generation of 7,460 jobs.

In this way, the national investment in infrastructure works in Misiones registered an increase of 317 percent between 2019 and 2022, and in turn a growth of 633 percent is expected for this year, while the resources approved in the budget for the Norte Grande this 2023 add up to 168,980 million pesos, with an expansion of 796 percent compared to 2019.

Also present were the Secretary General of the Presidency, Julio Vitobello; the spokesperson for the Presidency, Gabriela Cerruti; the ambassador in Brazil, Daniel Scioli; the mayor of the provincial capital, Leonardo Stelatto; the dean of the UNam, Dardo Martí; and the Buenos Aires deputy Mariano Cascallares.

“When I speak of the expansion of rights, I am talking about a present State, because the only one that expands rights is the State, the only one that opens the door for rights to be expanded is the State. When in the State there are those who believe that rights only belong to a few, all these possibilities are closed,” President Alberto Fernández, Argentina.

 


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