National University of Rio Negro (Argentina)

National University of Rio Negro (Argentina)

National University of Rio Negro (UNRN). Public university of Argentina created in December 2007 by law 26,330. The first school cycle of the UNRN began in March 2009, being the newest in the country to date.

Historical review

The National University of Río Negro was created in response to the historic claim of Rio Negro society to have a house of higher studies whose mission was to satisfy the needs of university education in the provincial territory, contribute to economic development, and promote mobility. and social justice.


The constitution of the UNRN had as its starting point the bill presented by the National Senator for the province of Río Negro Miguel Angel Pichetto, based on a feasibility study that had the favorable opinion of the National Interuniversity Council, an organization that brings together the rectors of the national universities.

The project was supported by the Education Commission of the Nation’s Senate, chaired by the National Senator from Rio Negro, Professor Amanda Isidori, and approved by a large majority in the Chamber of Deputies, where it had the favorable vote of the national legislators from Rio Negro from all political parties. with parliamentary representation.

Law 26,330, creating the National University of Río Negro was enacted on December 19, 2007 by the President of the Argentine Nation, Dr. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.


The National University of Río Negro has set out, since its inception in 2008, to be an instrument and factor of change, facilitating the professionalization of young people in the region, while promoting in them the vision for a more supportive society, contributing to the promotion of culture and participating in the establishment of a fairer economic system. Four years after its creation, the UNRN has established itself as an educational institution that carries out its activities with an emphasis on science as a source of knowledge, on excellence as the only acceptable result, on innovation as a necessary activity for progress, and on associativity as a creator of synergy between the local and the global.

The UNRN offers a wide spectrum of teaching programs, in face-to-face and virtual modalities, complementary cycles for those who have a tertiary degree, short-cycle careers (technical degrees) and long-cycle (bachelor’s degrees or equivalent), multiple formats to ensure democratization access to knowledge and training to achieve a fairer society.

Currently, our university hosts more than 6,000 students in its 60 careers who will lead in the near future the destiny of the economy, society and regional and national culture. Since its inception, the UNRN achieved the repatriation of 13 researchers who, together with professionals from other higher education centers in the country, make up a team of 292 academic researchers. One of the events that marked the significant development that the UNRN acquired in terms of research was the designation of the IIDyPCa (Institute of Research on Cultural Diversity and Processes of Change) -one of the four UNRN institutes- as the Executing Unit of co- dependency by CONICET.


The functioning of the University is organized in four locations:

  • Atlantic
  • Andean
  • High Valley East and Center
  • Middle Valley and Colorado River.

The head of the Atlantic campus is located in the city of Viedma, where the rectory also operates, that of the Andean campus in San Carlos de Bariloche, that of the Alto Valle Este and Centro campus in Villa Regina, and that of Valle Medio and Colorado River at Choele Choel. Academic activities are also carried out in the cities of Allen, El Bolsón and General Roca. Certain careers overlap with careers from the National University of Comahue also located in the Province of Río Negro.

Institutional project

The feasibility study on which the Law is based contains the foundations of the new house of higher education, in practice the foundations of the institutional project, namely:

  1. a relational university, that is, linked to the territory in which it is inserted, specifically the province of Río Negro;
  2. a regional university, which must achieve the objective of responding to a vast territory of 200,000 km2, larger than countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Great Britain or Germany;
  3. a university that correctly combines the functions of teaching, research and extension; and
  4. a university that advances towards the incorporation of teaching mediated by information and communication technologies in its training proposals.

National University of Rio Negro (Argentina)