University description (as per official university website)
* The University of Chile was founded on the 19th of November, 1842. It is the oldest higher education institution in Chile. Generating, developing, integrating and communicating knowledge in all the areas of knowledge and culture are the mission and basis of the activities of the University. This makes up the involvedness of their work and directs the education they impart.
* Among the first Presidents are the founder, the Venezuelan humanist and jurist Andrés Bello (1843 – 1865), and the Polish scientist and mineralogist Ignacio Domeyko (1867 – 1883).
* The University is located in the capital city Santiago de Chile and it is a public university with international quality. All the areas of knowledge are elaborated in their lecture halls and today the university is at the top of the Chilean university system with regard to teaching, research, creation and outreach.
* Faculties and Institutes: Distributed in five campuses and several experimental stations in Santiago and other Regions of Chile:
o 14 Faculties: Architecture and Urbanism • Arts • Agricultural Sciences • Sciences • Physical and Mathematical Sciences • Forestry Sciences • Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy • Social Sciences •Veterinary and Animal Sciences • Law • Economy and Business •Philosophy and Humanities • Medicine • Dentistry.
o 4 Interdisciplinary Institutes: Public Affairs • Communications •International Studies • Nutrition and Food Technology.
* The University of Chile has 30.321 students:
o 24.235 undergraduate students
o 6.086 graduate students: 930 in 35 Doctoral programs, 4.128 in 120 in Masters programs, 1.028 in Professional Specialization programs and 1.028 in post-titles.
* Faculty: 3.359 which 1.087 are full-time.
* 19 Chilean Presidents have been students of the University of Chile (61% of the total). Also, the two Chileans who received the Nobel Prize, Gabriela Mistral (1945) and Pablo Neruda (1971), both in Literature, were members of the University.
* 155 National Awards (84% of the total) in different fields have been awarded to distinguished persons that have been alumni, professors or researchers of the University.
* It is placed among the 500 best higher educational establishments in the World Ranking of Universities (University Shanghai Jiao Tong) and in the sixth place among its Latin-American peers in the Latin-American Ranking of Research Institutes (SCImago Research Group, Spain).
* Institutional Accreditation: Accredited by the National Commission for Accreditation in all areas (Management, Undergraduate Teaching, Graduate Teaching, Research, Infrastructure, Equipment, and Outreach) for the maximum period of 7 years.
* Accreditation of Doctoral Programs: 34 out of 35 (97%) have been accredited by the Post-graduate Accreditation Commission.
* Accreditation of Undergraduate Programs: 63% of all Undergraduate Programs have been accredited and 10 more are currently being processed.
* The foundation of the University of Chile on the 19th of November 1842 answered the need to modernize the country which a little more than two decades before had become independent from the Spanish empire. It replaced the Real Universidad de San Felipe, which was established in 1738, and consolidated two essential factors for progress: a democratic system with social mobility opportunities and its own productive capacity based on science and technology.
* During its first years the University gave considerable support to education, institutional organization – such as the “Civil Code”, a model for America- , the building of the road network to join together the territory, and the energy and production infrastructure. Next to this it saw to health, the humanities and the arts.
* The founders of the University, especially the first President, humanist Andrés Bello, set themselves the task to give Chile the capacity to incorporate new scientific methods and to generate thoughts that would grant it autonomy in economic, political, social and cultural matters.
* The University has fulfilled this mission both through research and the transference of its results, as well as through education of professionals, specialists and post-graduates. It has also tackled, since the beginning, great national problems such as child malnutrition, exploration of the territory and prospecting its resources, the extension of national sovereignty at sea, forestry and horticultural development, geophysical studies, earthquake resistant engineering, among others.
* The University of Chile has also contributed to the formation of the intellectual elites and leaders of the country. Most of the Chilean Presidents have studied in its lecture halls, as well as people with prominent roles in politics, business and culture.
* The University of Chile has buildings with a high heritage value and their contribution to the urban surroundings has converted them into landmarks of Santiago. Among these are: the Main House (1863), the School Swimming pool (1929), the Theatre of the University of Chile in the Turri Buildings (1929), the Museum of Contemporary Art, former School of Fine Arts (1910), the Law Faculty (1937), the Faculty of Medicine (1952), the Astronomy Observatory of Cerro Calán (1962), and the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism (1976).
* Among the more recent buildings the Institute of Communications (2002), the Tecnoaulas, Building of the Faculty of Economy and Business (2005), the Clínicas Building of the Faculty of Dentistry (2006) and Los Presidentes Building of the Law Faculty (2007) stand out.