One class of Argentine law students will have a special professor next semester: the President of the Republic.
Alberto Fernández, who took office Tuesday, said he’ll make time to continue teaching his college class at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). He has been a professor there since 1985, and he continued the work during the entirety of his bid for president, including after his decisive victory in the PASO primaries after which his campaign schedule became much more demanding.
“I’m not going to ask for sabbatical, I’m going to keep giving classes once every 15 days,” Fernández told reporters Friday, after he oversaw his current students’ final exams. “I’m going to ask the law school for a teaching assistant in order to do it.”
Fernández has a demanding schedule. Beyond the day-to-day of governing a nation, Argentina is in a severe economic crisis, facing negotiations with private bondholders and the International Monetary Fund. Meanwhile, he’s pledged to send a new 2020 budget to Congress by April or May, along with passing a range of economic measures to kickstart the economy.
A longtime university professor and lawyer, Fernández made investing in public education a campaign pledge. He graduated from UBA in 1983.