University description (as per official university website)
Accreditation is carried out in a scenario of higher education strongly expanded, diversified and influenced by the logic and market strategies. This process, in itself, gives prestige, in addition to providing access to state-backed credit to students who otherwise could not access higher education.
Our university was accredited by the National Undergraduate Accreditation in November 2005 to 2008. This meant a first recognition and a breakthrough in our public position. After an intense self-evaluation process, this year the National Accreditation Commission, CNA, granted accreditation until 2011 at our university.
This second experience of accreditation was a moment of intense revision from which strengthened our common beliefs. Process was required of all eyes, enhance the diagnostic, the proposed roads and encourage shared action of the entire university community. With this accreditation our university project has again been recognized and valued in their label identity for the defense of Human Rights and Democracy, the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach and artistic creation, as well as in management, commitment sustainable development and inclusive of all sectors of the country.
We began 2009 with the satisfaction of being a team that has again demonstrated its quality.
Our story begins in 1975 when Cardinal Raul Silva Henriquez drove the creation of a center for studies in a framework of freedom and pluralism. Thus was born the Academy of Christian Humanism. This institution allowed a large group of intellectuals in the country, especially in the social sciences, develop a space for creation and dissemination of knowledge about our political, economic, social and cultural.
At its inception, the Academy was organized around a set of properties that had the characteristic of linking research with implementation of development programs and training for different sectors of society.
The Academy thus conceived in the seventies became a complex moment in Chilean history research center. However, the new national and international scenario in which we took from the late eighties challenged us to offer, especially the young, a university in the context of human values from the various strands of social thought . The Academy of Christian Humanism University was founded in 1988 as a higher education corporation, with a proposal decisive in the formation of new generations of professionals in our country. This will have been shaped workspaces that integrate the teaching, research, extension and interdisciplinary studies of the most characteristic of contemporary society.
The University Academy of Christian Humanism has been defined as a house of studies of academic excellence, a definition which is supported by the high quality of its teachers and researchers, and as an open forum for discussion and reflection. This position is reflected in the development of critical thinking and divergent, through constructive dialogue.
The University Academy of Christian Humanism, acquires full autonomy in 1999, awarded by the Higher Education Council, establishing itself as a non-denominational and pluralistic University, consistent with the values of humanism that gave it birth.
Its structure and content of the courses taught undergraduate, are designed to offer young people today, a high-level academic training, theoretical and methodological updated. Thus, our university understands that the social sciences must, as a scientific discipline and specific forms of practice, take up the challenge of creating knowledge about the reality and propose alternatives that contribute to the establishment of a fairer society that combines a commitment to tolerance with the ability to listen and accept different opinions on an equal respect for the basic rights of people regardless of gender, race, culture, social status, activity, creed or ideology.
Our university, through their teaching, seeks the integral formation of students and the professionals that promotes educational, social ethics, which differs from an individualistic pattern of personal gain.
Currently our university corporation is composed of:
Center for Studies of Contemporary Reality (CERC)
University Academy of Christian Humanism
Agricultural Research Group (GIA);
Studies and Research Corporation Minera (CORPODIUM)
Social Aid Foundation of Christian Churches (FASIC)
Labour Economics Program (PET)
Interdisciplinary Program for Research in Education (EIIP)
University Foundation and Development (FUD)
Work Cooperative Regional Agro Group (GEA)
These institutions are the Assembly of Members, the highest governing body of the university. The Assembly appoints a board that is responsible for defining the general policies of the university.
Mission, Vision, Principles and Values University
The University Academy of Christian Humanism is a community of scholars, students and staff, as a pluralistic and participatory. Its mission is to contribute critically to the development of thought, culture and training of professionals committed to continuing tolerance, democracy and justice , in accordance with the requirements of the country. At the same time seeks to become a space that encourages social integration , allowing students from various social sectors to share this common mission, giving opportunities for access to education than low-income students who have appropriate academic levels.
The mission, thus expressed, shows the complex choice of the University to create a space open to all , where social groups traditionally excluded from education have the opportunity to access top quality training.
As a vision, the University Academy of Christian Humanism aims to be a leader in the training of graduates, professionals and graduates of recognized quality, and be a player in the national debate in the field of social sciences, humanities, education and the arts , all from the principles and values that support it.
Principles and values fostered by the University
The University academic work is permeated mainly by the following principles and values:
The promotion and protection of human rights and democracy as basic imperatives of coexistence and development between human beings.
The ongoing quest for excellence in teaching, research, extension in service delivery and institutional management.
The commitment to sustainable development and inclusive of all sectors of the country, with particular emphasis on equity and the elimination of all forms of discrimination, especially gender or ethnicity.
The enhancement and promotion of participation in daily campus life of the different layers that make up the university.
The mission, vision, principles and values of the University Academy of Christian Humanism were specified with regard to the preparation of the Strategic University 2001 - 2005 and that document was endorsed by the Superior Council of the University.