President Alberto Fernández returned to teaching amid the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, as he offered virtual classes online for his students at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA).
Fernández is a professor at prestigious university's law faculty. UBA regularly ranks as one of Latin America's best educational institutions. Classes can only be offered online at present throughout Argentina, given the restrictions imposed by the president to tackle the spread of Covid-19.
"Today I returned to teach Theory of Crime and Penal Systems at the Law School of the University of Buenos Aires, for the first time by videoconference. Thank you to my students for the patience and dedication. I enjoyed it a lot." he posted on Twitter.
Less than 24 hours earlier, UBA learnt it had been ranking 66th in the Global QS ranking, a rise from 73rd place last time out. That made UBA the highest-ranking university in Latin America.
"Happy that our beloved University of Buenos Aires is consolidated as the best Ibero-American university. Tomorrow [Wednesday], with great pride, I will resume teaching," Fernández said in a tweet Tuesday night.
In a statement, UBA hailed the distinction as a "historic" achievement.
"It is the first time that an institution in the region has reached this high. Since 2014 the UBA has risen more than 130 positions, being the only state and massive university to achieve this position," said the statement released on social media.
UBA suspended face-to-face classes and lectures due to the mandatory quarantine period imposed on March 20. According to the university, more than 280,000 students are currently taking classes online from more than 13,000 teachers as restrictions to tackle the spread of Covid-19 remain in place.