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The Torcuato Di Tella University (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella) is a non-profit private university founded in 1991. Located in the Belgrano neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, it has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,100 students and a graduate enrollment of 600. The university is focused primarily on social sciences. The undergraduates majors available are Economics, Business Administration, Law, Political Science, International Relations, History and recently, Architecture. UTDT also offers 28 graduate programs.

The faculty comprises 66 full-time professors, most of them graduate students and visiting scholars from universities abroad. The university provides more than 50 exchange programs with universities in Europe, United States and Asia. There is also a sizable number of international students that study in the University for a semester or two. Although economic problems have delayed the expansion of the campus, the university is moving to a new building which will allow further growth in the number of students and majors. The university's dean is Dr. Juan Pablo Nicolini.



The concept of the new university was developed by the university’s first dean, Gerardo della Paolera, and the then Argentine ambassador to the United States, Guido di Tella. They decided to adopt an American university model, and to create a research based university with small class sizes and professors with international studies and recognition.

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella was founded in 1991, with the mission of educating new generations of academics, and business, social and political leaders. It was founded by the Torcuato di Tella Foundation, making use of the experience and resources of the Torcuato di Tella Institute, a non-profit institute founded in 1958 to promote study and research in the interest of the scientific, cultural and artistic development of Argentina. The establishments' namesake, Torcuato di Tella, had been a leading Argentine industrialist through his Siam di Tella conglomerate (founded in 1911).

It began offering undergraduate studies in economics, but has since expanded and started offering undergraduate courses in business economics, political sciences, international studies, law, history, and, since 2007, architecture, as well as numerous graduate degrees.

Gerardo della Paolera was dean of Universidad Torcuato Di Tella from its foundation until 2001, when he was replaced by the current dean, Juan Pablo Nicolini. Mr. Nicolini was reelected to the deanship in 2005 and will be leaving it in September 2010, unable to be reelected due to term limits established by the university's charter. The reputed sociologist and political analyst Manuel Mora y Araujo has been designated dean on May 14, 2009. The official announcement will be made after his designation passes a number of administrative and academic procedures.

Courses offered

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella offers undergraduate degrees in the following:

  • Economics
  • Business Economics
  • Political Science
  • International Studies
  • Law
  • History
  • Architecture

The following graduate degree courses are offered:

  • PhD in Political Science
  • PhD in Economics
  • PhD in History
  • MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • Masters in Finance
  • Masters in History
  • Masters in Economics
  • Masters in Econometrics
  • Masters in Political Science
  • Masters in Law and Economics
  • Masters in Urban Economics
  • Masters in History and Culture of Architecture and the City
  • Masters in International Studies
  • Masters in Public Policy
  • Masters in Education Management
  • Masters in Journalism (taught in association with the La Nacion newspaper)

It also offers specialization studies in the management of education, educational policy, tax law, criminal law, architecture and technology, architecture and the landscape, preservation and conservation of heritage, advanced economics, econometrics and the management of NGOs (in association with Universidad de San Andres and CEDES), as well as executive business education.


Universidad Torcuato Di Tella has 258 academics, of which 66 are full-time researchers, divided in seven departments:

  • Di Tella Law School
  • Di Tella Business School
  • Di Tella School of Government
  • Political Science and International Studies Department
  • History Department
  • Mathematics and Statistics Department
  • Center for the Studies of Contemporary Architecture

Sociologist Natalio Botana and historian Ezequiel Gallo are Emeritus professors. Historian Tulio Harlepin Donghi, Economist Ana Maria Martirena Mantel and Nobel Laureate Finn Kydland are honorary professors.


Universidad Torcuato Di Tella has opened the following centers: the Center for Financial Research, the Entrepreneurship and New Business Development Center, the International Studies Center, and the Center for the Evaluation and Study in Social Economics for Poverty Relief.


Universidad Torcuato Di Tella’s library is concentrated in the social sciences and is considered one of the finest in Latin America. It was founded with Torcuato Di Tella’s private collection and has since grown with the scientific activity of both the Torcuato Di Tella Institute and the Torcuato Di Tella University.

The library has over 80,000 books, over 1,500 newspaper collections, and 6,000 digital documents. It has a collection of original editions dating as far back as the 17th century and access to numerous online databases. It has recently opened use of its online catalogue to the general public.

The Di Tella library includes the Max Hartwell, Carlos Escudé, Christiaan Huygens and Fernando Nadra collections. It also includes a collection of documents of trade unions in Argentina that has been the source of numerous historical and sociological studies on Latin America.

Art collection

Following in the tradition of the Torcuato Di Tella Institute, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella hosts a modern art collection. The core of its collection is the Edward Shaw and Maria Padilla de Shaw collection, which has 100 paintings of contemporary artists including Antonio Berni, Guillermo Kuitca, Antonio Seguí, Luis Fernando Benedit and Emilio Torti. The collection is constantly on exhibition in the university’s two buildings.

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Coordinates: 34°33′17″S 58°26′45″W / 34.55472°S 58.44583°W / -34.55472; -58.44583



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