Although the Faculty of Exact Sciences of the National University of the Center of Buenos Aires ( UNICEN, Spanish acronym) was created as such in 1975, its activities originally started in April, 1965 under the name of Faculty of Physics and Mathematics of the University of Tandil.
Out of 40 initial students, only two of them obtained their degree from the University of Tandil: Maria Delia Ayciriex and Baltasar Ortega were the first Bachelors in Physical and Mathematical Sciences.
While students were doing their degrees in Industrial Engineering, Teaching and Bachelor in Physics and Mathematics, this faculty was facing serious economic problems; however, thanks to the efforts made by truly determined pioneers, the Faculty constructed its history like the rest of the faculties of this university.
Holding a degree of engineer, Luis A. Galli was its first Dean. He died in a car accident while travelling to deliver classes to other universities of the country. He was followed by another engineer, Antonio Castro Lechtahler, who successfully organized in Tandil the annual meeting of the Association of Mathematicians from Argentina as well as the First Inter University Conference of Physics. Both meetings gave many well known researchers the earliest opportunity to visit this Faculty and students the access to high level lecturers.
Because of scarce economic resources, no research activities could be certainly foreseen. By dint of hard work, however, a group of few people with the outstanding help of Lorenzo Jaramillo managed to set up a teaching laboratory of Physics, the pride of this Faculty. Theoretical classes were generally delivered by itinerant teachers on Fridays and Saturdays, from the early morning to late night hours. During weekdays, teachers and local assistants carried out practical activities from 6 to 12 pm.
The fourth graduation ceremony of the University of Tandil -the third one for the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics- took place some months before the decree of creation of the UNICEN was passed. Six bachelors and seven teachers in Physical and Mathematical Sciences received their certificates in that ceremony.
The Faculty of Exact Sciences of the UNICEN was created in 1975 upon request of the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics of the former University of Tandil. In those days, this institution was already offering industrial engineering courses as well as programs for teachers and bachelors of Physics and Mathematics Sciences.
The creation of new academic courses and the subsequent connections with other local and foreign high level centers gave place to more changes. The initial amateur spirit was left behind to develop into a stage that has involved academic reinforcement, postgraduate education, research activities and technology transfer. In sum, this Faculty now offers sound and useful services for the community and region as well.
At present, this Faculty offers pre degree, graduate and postgraduate courses that fall into the following subject areas:
- Information Technology
- Science Teaching
Our enrollment records reveal more than 2,000 regular students. In addition, teaching staff is made up by 300 members -professors and teaching assistants mostly working on a full time basis. Teachers, researchers and scholarship holders belonging to the National Program of Technical and Scientific Research are also engaged in research projects supported by the National Incentive Program and receive funds from national and international institutions. Moreover, this Faculty is essential for the technical-scientific division of the university that brings together well known companies and provides in-service training for advanced students.