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  Campus "Nuestra Sra. del Pilar"

Site Web • http://pilar.usal.edu.ar

The Campus “Nuestra Señora del Pilar” of the Universidad del Salvador (USAL), which has been the first University Campus of the country orientated towards an integral and personalized education is located in the surroundings of the town of Pilar (Province of Buenos Aires) where, before the construction of the Campus, the area was only a set of floodable lands. 
 
The foundation stone of the Campus was placed on 15th August, 1987, during a ceremony presided by the present Chancellor of the University, Dr. Juan A. Tobias and blessed by the late Emeritus Chancellor and Cofounder of the House, Reverend Father, Ismael Quiles, S.J. 
 
The objectives of the Campus are the same as the foundational ones of the Universidad del Salvador: integral education, scientific research and high-level teaching, orientated towards the rendering of services to the community education and emphasizing the intensity and integration of the Campus itself.
 

New Auditorium •

Designed by the Architect Clorindo Testa, the Auditorium was inaugurated on October 18th, 2002. The building is intended for academic activities and cultural events (theatre, dance, recitals, sports, etc.). It is placed in the Campus “Nuestra Señora del Pilar” of the Universidad del Salvador.
The auditorium has a capacity of 600 seats. Said amount can be increased through the addition of lateral sections.
It also has five studying rooms, a students centre, cafeteria/bar, a multiple use room, private offices with sanitaries, deposit for properties, a room for rehearsals and dressing rooms for sports activities.

On the other hand, the Auditorium has a set of movable acoustic partitions with which different configurations can be achieved in the room and in the stage. Said stage can also be used for events in the open air.

 

Premises and Buildings •

On a 67 hectare area located on the Champagnat Street, bordering the south bank of the Luján River, on km 54.5 of the Ruta Panamericana, Ramal Pilar, around two thousand students attend courses in the 20,000 m2 of roofed and partially roofed modern installations of the complex (which account for a 15% of the whole project).
A high cross and two big pavilions –of Rio de la Plata jesuitic style- are erected by the artificial lake which is in the middle of a well looked-after park. The two pavillions which cover 7,662 m2 comprise the classrooms, the library, the oratory, the Magna Classroom, the Graphic Design workshop, the information technology and audiovisual rooms, the laboratories of Physics, Chemistry and Languages, the administrative and academic offices.
Together with the sports field and the services infrastructure, these buildings which are part of an ambitious project that will be ready to receive 20,000 students once it is finished

The main hall has a parquet at entrance level and a section with tiers of seats. Thus, when the parquet seats are moved, the hall is ready to be used as a sports area.
In the expressive aspect, the shape of the building is of a big hill or a huge mound, similar to a mastabah, on which crown there is a terrace, of easy access by means of a comfortable ramp- that will be used as a big mirador of the Campus and its artificial lake.

 

Recreational Activities •

The Campus is an adequate environment to achieve academic education excellence, without forgetting aspects which contribute towards the integral education of the students such as sports, cultural, recreational or pastoral activities which are offered to them with the advantage of being concentrated in the campus.
The sports centre of the Campus is composed by football, rugby, hockey, basquet and volley fields and paddle courts, with the corresponding dressing rooms and a quincho for barbecues. 
The artificial lake allows university people to practice rowing and sailing and to enjoy international and promotional regattas which are run in the 500 m racetrack.

The Campus restaurant, which is located in front of the lake, has a capacity for 500 people. It is also used as a Convention Centre and Reading Room. 

 

History •

Construction works in the Campus “Nuestra Señora del Pilar” were started in 1987. It is a 67 hectare lot that the Universidad del Salvador owns in the area of Pilar (Province of Buenos Aires), on the banks of the Lujan River, at 54.5 km from the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. 

In 1990 the graduate courses on Public Accounting and Psychopedagogy began in the Campus and in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires simultaneously. Year after year new graduate courses have been added. In 2003, 30 courses can be attended there. .
In 2002, the population of the campus reached 1,800 students (55% women, 45% men). .
In relation to the number of graduates of the Campus “Nuestra Señora del Pilar”, it must be pointed out that not all the courses have reached the necessary years for the students to graduate. Up to now the amount of professionals educated according to the Ignatian spirit that states “give science to the mind and virtue to the heart” is around 450.

 

Graduate courses, faculty members and students •

Since 1990, the graduate courses of Public Accounting and Psychopedagogy have been given simultaneously in the Campus and in the Central Office.

Gradually the following graduate courses have been added: Actuary, Social Communication, Advertising, Journalism, Tourism and Hotel Management, Economics, Agronomy, Bachelor’s Degree in the English Language, Bachelor’s Degree of Conference Interpretation in the English Language, Literary-Scientific Translator in the English Language, Sworn Translator in the English Language, Theatre Arts, Law, Administration, Political Sciences, Sociology, Social Service, International Relations, Administration of Human Resources, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, Bachelor’s Degree of Physical and Sports Activity, Food Technology, Environmental Sciences, and Pre-primary Education.

As from 2002, the Universidad del Salvador has offered a new graduate course: Architecture, with a five year syllabus and a total amount of 4,500 periods. This new course is exclusively given in the campus.
Likewise, the students of the Campus can benefit from the University programs such as those of International Exchange or Labour Insertion (PIL).
In addition to these curricular activities, other university extension courses -open to the community- are given in the Campus. These courses are organized by the different schools and faculties and by the REUNE Program (University-Company Relations) of the Universidad del Salvador.

Besides, since 1999 the Asociación Argentina de Cultura Inglesa (Argentine Association of English Culture) has been giving its traditional courses of English language in the Campus. Said courses are open to the general public and the university community.
To fulfil that wide range of courses, keeping the high academic level which features the Universidad del Salvador, demands that many professors travel every day from Buenos Aires to give their classes -only a 30% of the professors live in the Campus area-.
Students come from different places: Pilar, nearby areas and provinces of the country. At the same time, many students from the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and from the Northern area of the Province of Buenos Aires travel to the campus on the buses that the USAL offers for said purpose.