The societies that move forward have in mind that they need to strengthen two aspects of their functioning: creating conditions for the development of their own technological capacities and favouring the integral formation of the citizens enabling the innovation and creative thinking processes that allow the production of sustainable alternatives to overcome the collective challenges. In a world with a constant process of transformation, these conditions are indispensable for the sustained growth over time and to reduce the effects of volatility in markets and the changes in the geopolitics diagram. 

In this sense, the capacity of articulating the centers of knowledge with the productive structures is the key to encourage the innovation processes that add value to the economy and generate highly-qualified employment. In Latin-American countries, this is of vital importance because there are still big challenges referred to the productive development and the social integration. 

UNRaf, which was newly-created, was born to adhere to Rafaela's notable capacity of entrepreneurship and its region of influence and to contribute to the virtuous dynamics among knowledge, innovation and competitiveness strongly connected to the territory. At the same time, it promotes the articulation with other universities in Argentina and in the world through joint investigation projects, collaborative work and institutional cooperation. 

We thank the international community for the opportunity offered to us of integrating the global map of universities, institutions and companies in every Nation. We take advantage of the opportunity to invite you all to our dear Rafaela city, in Argentina or to contact us through the possibilities that current communications give us.

Ultimately, beyond any distance, we are united by the common goal of making a better world through knowledge. 


Yours respectfully, Dr. Rubén Ascúa 

President Universidad Nacional de Rafaela