To speak of the University is to speak of an unsusual reality: as an institution it begins at the dawn of the 12th century and that lasts to this day; it arises in the West but is present in all countries and cultures; and it includes very different educational projects under the same term. Indeed, although the University is the institution in charge of the higher education, of professional training and of research, the more than 20,000 universities in the world consider how to achieve these purposes in very different ways. Is it possible then to speak of the mission of the university? What does a university really pretend to be?

On May 29, 2020, Prof. María Iraburu had a virtual meeting with 20 professors from Austral University to reflect on the mission of the University.