University description (as per official university website)
Adventist University of Chile states as its mission the delivery of education based on Christian principles and values that emerge from the Scriptures and philosophy of Adventist education. Respect freedom of thought of his students, and makes no distinction as to creed, race, nationality or social strain. Trust in the potential offered by any person who wishes to attain a credential training. Promotes the full and balanced development of the potential mental, spiritual, physical and social needs of their students, and is dedicated to training the student as a person sensitive to the needs of others as competent and ethically responsible professional in pursuit of excellence, justice, solidarity and truth. Contributes to the continued development of knowledge in science, technology, humanities, arts, and theology, expressed in teaching, research and extension supports.
By 2011 the UNACH will be a university of excellence, from its distinctive Christian perspective, actively participates in social and economic development of the regional community and national and Latin American Adventist community, and is distinguished by comprehensive professional training for highly qualified the areas of theology, education, social sciences, health, engineering and business.
Began its activities on 6 February 1990 with the authorization issued by the Ministry of Education, registered in Folio C No. 42 of the Register of Universities in our country. In September 2002 he obtained full autonomy by Decree N º 11285.
Surge picking a prolific tradition of education provided by institutions of higher education since 1906 preceded it, which aimed to prepare ministers and teachers of schools that should serve the community of believers of the Adventist Church Seventh Day in Chile.
Thus, in 1913 graduated the first graduates of the School of Theology. In 1923 graduated the first students of the Normal School, then "Chile Adventist College." Later he joined the Commercial course.
The top-level institution that precedes the Adventist University Adventist Professional Institute (IPA), an autonomous entity, created in 1982 on the basis of 20 years of experience in training teachers under the supervision of the University of Concepción.
The creation of the University responds to the demand for greater diversification in the vocational training provided by the IPA. The UNACH born with a commitment to training open to students of different faiths and cultures, which reflects and projects a strong institutional tradition identified with Christian educational values, which is summarized in its corporate motto: "Procter et humanitatem Deum" (Serving God and Humanity).
From its founding until now to obtain their independence (2002), the UNACH was reviewed by two prestigious regional universities, the University of Talca and Universidad de la Frontera (Temuco).
His students from different regions of the country, most of the Bío Bío Region. Has 6% of foreign students from 15 countries. It has 161 academicians, of which 9% have a PhD and 35% of Master. Currently 15% of its teachers pursuing a Master's program and 6% a PhD.
In recent years, has taught on campus graduate programs of foreign universities in partnership with UNACH. In 2001, Loma Linda University (California, USA), initiated a program of Master of Public Health, in the same year the University of Montemorelos (Mexico), began a Masters program in Family Relations. In January 2008, Andrews University (Michigan, USA), initiated a program of Master of Science in Business Administration with emphasis in Organizational Leadership.