Objectives of the Universidad del Salvador •
The Universidad del Salvador (USAL), according to the Academic Statute, has the following essential and specific goals:
The integral education - scientific, humanistic and Christian- of the students, in all the graduate courses or specialities, to promote professionals, teachers and researchers.
The scientific research able to demonstrate the harmonious synthesis of science and faith. And in general, a superior teaching moving towards a Christian view of the different human problems.
The task of achieving "an integral education" as the University proposes, necessarily includes:
Education as a person
The Universidad del Salvador that defines itself as "Church community deeply rooted in the Argentine Nation" thinks that there cannot be an integral education that does not lead explicitly or implicitly to a Christian view of the world. The struggle for the personal education is a a struggle against the materialistic and humiliating conceptions of the human being.
The Universidad del Salvador is a Catholic University, that is why it should be faithful to the Gospels' message and to the spirit of the Society of Jesus that founded it and gave it a style of faithfulness to the Church and an opening to the dialogue.
Hence, what the University provides to the educational process of their members is not only shown in the theological or philosophical subjects but also in the view of the world that illuminates all the activities and in the evidence of a lifestyle where understanding, respect and the dialogue are the basis for an interpersonal relationship.
It gives priority to the ethical and transcendental sense over the intellectual element in order to illuminate the latter and make it fruitful in worthy deeds.
Its aim is to educate good men, integrated in the relationship with God, the other men, himself and nature.
Education as Argentinean
The University should strengthen the historical national conscience, to reaffirm the personal identity to gain access to the universal.
The University rejects all exogenous and materialistic cultural models, alien to the feelings of our people or with technocratic mentality as the only model.
It tries to go back to the sources, to point out the continuity of a process that guarantees the identity and the existence as Nation, from the double aboriginal and Spanish ancestors and later from the integration of the European and Latin American immigration.
To rescue its own identity is also necessary to become aware of the living history of our people, its immanent creativity, an essential factor of the national culture.
Education as a professional
Together with the two other aspects, the scientific and/or the technical-professional education , will have a fertile ground and a concrete man, an Argentinean, to settle.
Thus, the way to specialisation should be illuminated by the light that comes from the conscience of the unity of knowledge reverting the present process of knowledge dispersion. The essence of the "University" is tried to be recovered leaving aside the road that leads to the "multiversity".
The scientific, technical and professional education should combine the generalisation with the specialisation, that is to say, it should know which the great problems are (at the individual, regional, national and international level) and, as regards the individual, it should be able to develop research, teaching and technical application of the discipline, with a good knowledge of it. Scientists able for developing their speciality, with a non-unilateral perspective, should be trained.
The specialist should have enough creativity to be able to adapt a model created outside his surroundings to the regional and national forms.
The specialist should have enough creativity to adapt the model crated out of the surrounding reality to the regional and national mode.
Another aspect of the latter, also a University role and its graduates, is to adapt the technology to its own needs and circumstances.
From this comes the responsibility of criticising present conceptions in which technology is the engine of history and not a tool integrated to the development of the community.