The city of Bahía Blanca

Bahia Blanca (“white bay”) has a population of 350.000 inhabitants (more than 500.000 within a 100 Km geographical radio) and is located 680 Km SW from Buenos Aires city. Founded on April 11th 1828, it is considered the “great metropolis of the south” and interrelates mainly with the Northern Patagonia region and La Pampa province.

Ciudad de Bahia Blanca

Due to its location on the SW coast of the Buenos Aires province, it turns into an articulated node of nets that allows the entry and exit to the city through different ways: by land, air or sea.

The autonomous deep waters port recognizes as its main agents the agro industrial export system, conformed by multinational companies and a very important industrial-petrochemical system.

The university education of the city stands out for its high quality, is recognized both nationally and internationally and has a wide regional impact. The system is composed by two national universities: the National Technological University – Bahia Blanca Regional Faculty (UTN-FRBB), and the South National University (UNS). An important range of under-graduate, graduate and postgraduate courses can be taken in both of them.

This international city opens its doors to the world, with the aim to continue evolving and advancing towards new horizons of sustained progress.

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National Technological University

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

  • Federal in character: 30 Colleges and two Development 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.
  • It is a physical and virtual network connecting the interests of each of the regions that make up the country.

Engineering Academic Programs at UTN:

  • Electrical
  • Civil
  • Aeronautical
  • Metallurgical
  • Mechanical
  • Industrial
  • Electronic
  • Electromechanical
  • Textile
  • Information systems
  • Chemical
  • Fisheries
  • Naval
  • Automotive
  • Railway systems

It also offers degrees in Industrial Organization and Rural Administration, in addition to approximately 38 short programs, 21 Bachelor degrees and articulation programs, and 30 Masters and PhD programs.

  • There are about 84.000 students at UTN.
  • 15 engineering programs are currently offered (ten of which have been accredited); this involves, in the Colleges total, 113 engineering programs with a total of 58713 students, which accounts for 42% of all engineering students in the country, and 44% of all engineering graduates per year. (Source: Araucano 2013).
  • Regarding Research, thirteen R + D + i nucleate more than 2,400 researchers who are responsible for implementing 650 projects in 25 centers and 47 groups. In this context, the doctorate in engineering has accredited seven mentions.

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.

Bahía Blanca Regional Faculty

Fachada FRBB

It was established in 1954. The Faculty comprises a modern building infrastructure consisting of two towers and a central building for administration, occupying a total area of 7000 sq. mts.

One tower is a ten-storey building devoted to lecture rooms and a computing center, and the other six-storey building includes laboratories, library and research groups

In the last decade it has built a Technological University Extension Center (CEUT) of 3200 sq. mts., which contains three labs, research groups, 12 classrooms and the office of Culture and Extension; and a Technology Platform (PLATEC) within the Industrial Park of the city, of 1000 sq. mts., which is comprised of a product development unit and a unit of vocational training.

Bahía Blanca Regional Faculty - Academic

1° colación de grado

The first implemented programs were Mechanical Engineering, Construction Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Initially, these programs had 50 students; today, the Faculty has over 2000 students.

Over the last years the Faculty has grown, making its academic programs wider.

At present, the programs are the following:

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Electronics Engineering

Degree in Industrial Organization

Doctorate in Engineering program

Master in Business Administration

Master in Environmental Engineering

Graduate program in Labour Engineering

Students are fully assisted by the Office of Students’ Affairs, which implements several systems covering aspects like health, sports, scholarships and internships.

Bahía Blanca Regional Faculty - Outreach

The Culture and University Extension unit develops relations University-Industry-Society. Examples of its activities are:

Center for Training and Certification of Professional Skills (C4P)

Located in the heart of Bahía Blanca Industrial Park, it is geared to meet the needs of training and retraining of workers and unemployed, thus providing companies with highly qualified human resources in technical disciplines. Its School of Welding is one of the main proposals, complemented by courses in disciplines such as industrial instrumentation, piping, mechanical, electrical, among others.

University Language Centre (CEDI)

Language courses are offered: English, Portuguese, Chinese and Italian. Also a system of external examinations certifying language skills.

An ambitious Program of Safety Training

Is developed with leading Petrochemical companies since 1988. Thanks to this have been issued more than 100,000 training courses to workers, helping to make safer their working conditions.

The Cisco Regional Academy

Is a training center in networks and information technology, administered by the Department of Electronic Engineering.

Training for companies

The major companies in the region rely on the ability of FRBB Departments for training and updating of its sites, becoming strategic partners through comprehensive training programs.

Regional Development

Area for planning and development of the South Buenos Aires, which provides cooperation in resolving social conflicts, formulates plans for the development of value chains and other actions, with public and private actors.

University Volunteers

Program that promotes projects in which students, teachers and external form working groups to look after and care for others, achieving different solutions for each situation. The overall objective is to train professionals with greater social sensitivity.