Saturday, March 28, 2009
The other day as we were walking around Córdoba, we popped into the Universidad de Córdoba. It's right in the center of town. It's free to all who want to study, but it's not doing too well. Students would rather attend the nearby Universidad Católica de Córdoba, even though they have to pay. Why? Well, it seems that you can't learn very much at UC because of perpetual strikes by workers and professors who want either more pay or fewer hours. It reminded me of the problems I faced while trying to get a degree in Argentina in the late 1970s, at the Universidad Nacional del Comahue. It was also free, but sometimes there were just no classes. I met with the Dean one time to complain that because a prerequisite subject that I needed was not being offered that year, that my graduation date would be set back by an entire year. "Well, the problem is that you're just too advanced," he replied. It's not unusual for students to take 5-10 years to get a university degree. Many of those who do graduate in a timely fashion end up leaving the country for better opportunities, which is Argentina's loss and our gain.
The picture here is of a banner posted by disgruntled UC students, and my translation goes like this: "8:00 o'clock means at 8:00 o'clock. The students were there, but the law professors arrived late, and the administration was nowhere to be seen. -Union of Upset Students." There were lots of protest signs all over. Down the street at the UCC, everything looked great.
Posted by Scott Grannis at 4:16 PM