Rodríguez Larreta met with university authirities to work together against the coronavirus


El jefe de Gobierno realizó una videoconferencia con más de 20 rectores de universidades públicas y privadas de la Ciudad, para potenciar la colaboración frente al coronavirus en salud pública, vida de los estudiantes durante la cuarentena y el cuidado de los adultos mayores.

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(Buenos Aires, April 7, 2020) .- The Head of Government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, today held a videoconference with 22 rectors and authorities from the main public and private universities located in the City of Buenos Aires. During the meeting, they explored different lines of cooperation to work together against the coronavirus.

“This pandemic presents us with an unprecedented challenge in terms of cooperation, creativity and innovation. Universities are facing this whole process by making all their human capital available to society, sharing their research, classes and work, ”said the head of government.

First, they agreed on lines to cooperate on priority public health issues, such as articulation with the network of university hospitals, coordination of collective actions with health science students, and development of medical supplies. In turn, the City and the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) are advancing in a collaboration agreement so that students can collaborate in different additional tasks that the Buenos Aires government requires.

In addition, Rodríguez Larreta highlighted the universities' work against the clock to generate classes and content so that students can continue their academic activities virtually. They also emphasized the great offer of open courses and agreed to combine the entire virtual free offer in a platform with free access for the general public. Along these lines, the UBA continues to offer virtual university extension courses for the general population and specific training courses for its non-essential personnel.

On the other hand, the Buenos Aires government invited the universities to join and spread the “Mayores Cuidados” program among their students, which calls for volunteers to assist seniors.

In addition, Rodríguez Larreta highlighted the contribution that many universities are already making, such as the UBA volunteer program in which more than 4 thousand students have already signed up. He also highlighted the project of the Technological Institute of Buenos Aires (ITBA), which in conjunction with Mirgor and Toyota is designing a model to produce emergency mechanical respiratory supports. Likewise, the Faculty of Information Technology of the Inter-American Open University and the Faculty of Design of the Torcuato Di Tella University are producing masks with 3d printers.

“We are facing a global pandemic that forces us to work to always be one step ahead. We believe that no measure that we implement will work without the commitment of each and every one of the City's stakeholders, and the universities play a central role, ”said Fernando Straface, Secretary General and Secretary of International Relations.

The meeting was attended by 22 rectors and authorities from universities and public and private institutes located in the City of Buenos Aires. The rectors who spoke with the head of Government were: Alberto Edgardo Barbieri (University of Buenos Aires), Julián Esteban Rodríguez (Austral University), Héctor Barceló (University Institute of Health Sciences Foundation HA Barceló), Andrés Agres (Technological Institute of Buenos Aires), Rodolfo De Vincenzi (Inter-American Open University), Miguel Ángel Schiavone (Argentine Catholic University), Edgardo Zablotsky (CEMA University), Gastón O'Donnell (University of Business and Social Sciences), Ruth Fische (University of Flores) , Ricardo Popovsky (University of Palermo), Omar Quiroga (Argentine School of Business), Juan José Cruces (Di Tella University), Ricardo Orosco (Argentine University of Business), Sandra Tourloci (National University of the Arts), Jorge Tissera ( Favaloro University), Lucas Grosman (University of San Andrés), Héctor Aiassa (National Technological University), Antonio Raúl de los Santos (CEMIC University Institute), M Arcelo Figari (Italian Hospital University Institute), Rubén Torres (ISALUD University), Vice-Rector Alfredo Vitullo (Maimónides University) and Vice-Rector Luciana Tondello (University of Salvador) and Executive Director Marcela Porto (University of Belgrano).

“The University of Buenos Aires launched its entire health system to contribute to the fight against the COVID19 pandemic. This includes, in addition to our five university hospitals, a large number of teachers, researchers, students and non-teachers who are contributing enormously to the process. In this historic task, coordination with the health system, the national and local government is essential to enhance the impact of all these efforts, ”said Alberto Barbieri, rector of the UBA.

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