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Author Finerman, Aaron
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Language English
Subject Keyword University education ♦ University-student relationship ♦ University computing capabilities ♦ Argentine universities ♦ Chilean universities ♦ University computing centers ♦ Computing science academic programs ♦ South american universities ♦ Developing nations ♦ Surveys of computing centers
Abstract The author reports on a trip to universities in Argentina and Chile during November 1968, describing university conditions and computing activities. As elsewhere, these universities are experiencing student discontent with the status quo and the solutions they are attempting contrast: Argentina is excluding students from participating in university government; Chile is allowing such participation. University computing service and academic activities are limited. The number of computers is small and so is the capacity, none larger than an IBM 360/40; with some exception, computing science academic programs are rare. This situation is by no means attributable to those responsible for computing developments, who strive for excellence; rather the “system” is hard to overcome. Universities, especially those with strong European traditions, adapt slowly to new academic resources and disciplines; superimposed are the severe technological and economic constraints of the developing nation. Consequently, in the absence of conscious government emphasis on strengthening computing capabilities, future progress may be retarded.
Description Affiliation: State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook (Finerman, Aaron)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-08-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Communications of the ACM (CACM)
Volume Number 12
Issue Number 8
Page Count 7
Starting Page 425
Ending Page 431


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Source: ACM Digital Library