The National University of Santiago del Estero (U.N.S.E.) was established in 1973, after a laborious development of the Commission in favor of the National University of Santiago del Estero being supported unconditionally by the provincial and regional communities, based within the foundations of the Institute of Forestry Engineering, which had been functioning since 1958, depending from the National University of Cordoba and the College of Engineering at the Catholic University of Santiago del Estero.  In 1974, the latter institution, the Catholic University of Santiago del Estero, transfers its College of Engineering to the National University of Santiago del Estero; as a result, this initiative marked the beginning of the academic activities at the University.

Institutionally, U.N.S.E., since its origins was organized as a University with various departments, however in 1984 the University leaders took a decision to change its structure into Colleges. This academic organization continues to operate until today with the following colleges.

  • College of Agriculture and Agro-Industries.
  • College of Sciences and Technologies.
  • College of Forestry.
  • College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Health Care.
  • College of Sciences Medical. Founded in 2014.


Each one of the Colleges is organized academically in Departments and the curricula are administered by the specific schools that are assigned to every major respectively.  

The first majors implemented since 1974 by the Department of Infrastructure Engineering (today the College of Sciences and Technologies) were Road Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Engineering of Surveying and Electro-Mechanical Engineering.

In 1984 (when the U.N.S.E. changed its organization into a system of Colleges and was born the College of Sciences and Technologies), the following majors were incorporated into the previous ones, Bachelor of Sciences in Mathematics and an Associate Degree in Subterranean hydrology.

In 1990 was created the Bachelor of Sciences in Information Systems and a major of Education in Information Technology.  In 1996 was established a major of Civil Engineering, and in 1997 the Bachelor of Science in Subterranean Hydrology.  In 2000 the University begun to offer majors in Electrical Engineering and Electronic Engineering.

In 1987, 1996 and 2000 were updated the curriculum of electromechanical engineering. In 1989 were updated the curricula of Hydraulic Engineering and Road Engineering and in 2000 we have a complete revision of curriculum for the Civil Engineering program.

At the end of the 1980’s and at the beginning of 1990, the College of Sciences and Technologies at the U.N.S.E. begins to incorporate its former students as professors, each one of them pursued graduate studies abroad and everyone of them brought an attractive international experience on campus.

During the present time we have an infrastructural organization of the National University of Santiago del Estero that is standing out in its three major campuses:  

  • Central Headquarters in the capital city
  • First Center in the town of Zanjón (8 km from the Capital City)
  • Second Center of the Industrial Park (located in the city of La Banda, 5 kilometers from the capital city)

The first Center of Zanjón is the only location in which the College of Sciences and Technologies has no physical presence.