Bolivia - "University of the banlieues": 20 years of Salesian presence in higher education

26 November 2018

(ANS - La Paz) - From La Paz to Yacuiba, via Cochabamba, Camiri, San Carlos, Yapacaní, Monteagudo ... The Salesian University of Bolivia confirms its being faithful to its history of service by hosting, as the University of the banlieues, outskirts and suburbs, students of and from all the country's regions.

Twenty years after its foundation, the Salesian university is an institution consolidated to the service of youth and Bolivian society in general, forming professionals with the heart of Don Bosco and educating students to be good Christians and honest citizens.

This year the Salesian university received the visit of Fr Timothy Ploch, Regional Councilor for Interamerica, who arrived on behalf of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime. On this occasion, Fr Ploch provided encouragement to the entire community and urged everyone to move forward and continuously improve the range of services offered at the University. "I want to congratulate you and the Province for the diversity of the work for the neediest of young people. I see that here in this university this option is followed to favor people who, otherwise, would not have the possibility to continue their university studies," said Fr Ploch.

"Without the presence of the Salesians, many young people would not have access to higher education. This is our identity, as Don Bosco wanted. We educate by evangelizing and evangelize by educating, this is our mission," he added.

The Salesian University of Bolivia has developed relevant and innovative academic programs, both at university and PhD level, activating curricular paths aimed at responding to social, professional and human-Christian needs.

The University offers degree courses in Educational Sciences, Systems Engineering, Public Accounting, Law and Psychomotricity, and Higher Technical Paths in Childhood Education, Special and Inclusive Education and Attention to the Elderly.

The university has its own website which is the information window for all young Bolivians - - and it is present and active also on social networks.

The so-called University of the banlieues faces and is strengthened every day with new challenges and, above all, with a single objective: to educate and form the generation of young people who will change the destinies of a nation, for the benefit of the poor and the disadvantaged.


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