The Americas: A Place to Learn

"For administrators: authority. For professors: teaching. For students: learning." Brave sentiments for an educator in Latin America, where many state-run universities are little more than incubators for budding young revolutionaries. But the speaker was Rector Jorge R. Camargo of Argentina's Catholic University of Córdoba, and his words describe a notable trend in Latin America: the rise of Roman Catholic universities devoted exclusively to edu cation, where the signs on the bulletin board are mimeographed class schedules, not student calls to arms.

Ten years ago, Latin America had only 13 Catholic universities, with some 10,000 students. Today there are 31,...

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