National Technological University

Founded in October, 1952 with the ultimate purpose of fostering industrial development in the country, the National Technological University (Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, UTN) was conceived as an educational institution closely bound to the production field. It aimed at offering students from high technical schools, who were already working for the industrial sector, the possibility to graduate as Factory Engineers.

This genesis imprinted special characteristics on the University still distinctive at present:

Federal in character: 29 colleges and two developing centers all over the country;
Full dedication to the teaching of engineering and other programs related to technology; it is the only university in Argentina that has engineering as its main objective;
Teachers coming from the production field and the majority of the students belonging to the working force.

Engineering Academic Programs at UTN:

  • Electrical
  • Electromechanical
  • Civil
  • Textile
  • Aeronautical
  • Information systems
  • Metallurgical
  • Chemical
  • Mechanical
  • Fisheries
  • Industria
  • Naval
  • Electronic

 Facultad Regional Tucumán Facultad Regional Resistencia Facultad Regional Reconquista Facultad Regional Rafaela Facultad Regional Santa Fe Facultad Regional Rosario Facultad Regional Venado Tuerto Facultad Regional La Rioja Facultad Regional San Francisco Facultad Regional Cordoba Facultad Regional Villa María Facultad Regional Concordia Facultad Regional Paraná Facultad Regional Concepción del Uruguay Facultad Regional Mendoza Facultad Regional San Rafael Facultad Regional del Neuquén Facultad Regional Chubut Facultad Regional Santa Cruz Facultad Regional Río Grande Facultad Regional San Nicolás Facultad Regional Delta Facultad Regional La Plata Facultad Regional Trenque Lauquen Centro de Estudios Mar del Plata Facultad Regional Bahía Blanca
Locations of UTN campuses in Argentina

UTN represents a paradigmatic case of change management aimed at continuous improvement. In Argentina, as well as in the rest of Latin America, assessment and accreditation processes started to gain momentum in the ´90s. Since 2003, different actions have been implemented to make UTN a leader regarding its curriculum design, faculty members, postgraduate education, conversion of part-time into full-time teaching positions, growth of the outreach services and research activities, etc. Some state funding programs have helped to achieve these objectives. These funding programs include: incentive programs for researcher-professors, funds for higher education quality improvement, programs for relocating young researchers, programs to improve engineering education, a connectivity program (ITC’s), programs for university infrastructure (mainly new buildings), etc. A balance has been achieved between the number of full-time professors and part-time professors, who continue professionally active outside the university context while making their contribution to the programs through their empirical knowledge.

It also offers degrees in Industrial Organization and Rural Administration, in addition to approximately 20 short programs, 8 Bachelor degrees, 30 Masters and PhD programs, and 10 articulation programs.

There are about 58.000 students at UTN. Recently, 10 of the university engineering programs have been accredited; this means 89 engineering programs with a total of 26.574 students representing 32.8 % of all engineering students in the country and 34.1% of all the graduated engineers per year.