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The Universidad de 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, capital of Chile and center of political, economic, social and cultural activity, at the base of the Andes Mountains, at an altitude of 500 meters above sea level and 120 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean, Santiago has a population of more than 6 million inhabitants.

Universidad de Chile 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. The Universidad de Chile is an urban institution, located in the city of Santiago.

The Faculties and Institutes are distributed in five campuses in different areas of the city and several experimental stations mainly in Santiago:

  1. 5 Campus: Campus Andrés Bello; Campus Juan Gómez Millas; Campus Antumapu; Health Campus and Engineering Campus.
  2. 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; and Dentistry.
  3. 4 Interdisciplinary Institutes: Public Affairs; Communications; International Studies; Nutrition and Food Technology.

The Universidad de Chile has an enrollment of 23,459 full-time regular undergraduate students, and more than 5,134 graduate students working for their master’s or doctoral degrees, in all areas of knowledge. The Faculty is 3.359 professors which 1.087 are full-time. 19 Chilean Presidents have been students of the Universidad de 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.

Undergraduate studies are mainly oriented to professional training. Students after five or more years of full-time studies obtain an accreditation for professional activity in their fields. This concentrated curricula in a specific area of knowledge and expertise is different to the Bachelor’s degree curricula offered in other countries.

It is placed among the 500 best higher educational establishments in the World Ranking of Universities (University Shanghai Jiao Tong 2009) and in the sixth place among its Latin-American peers in the Latin-American Ranking of Research Institutes (SCImago Research Group, Spain).

The University infrastructure is:

  • Premises and land: 2.387.429 m2 of urban land. 581.466 m2 of built land in use and 10.500 hectares of agricultural land.
  • Health network (Highly complex medicine): 600 beds in a clinical hospital; two clinics (Santiago and Valparaiso); three medical centers; also clinical laboratories in six cities in the country.
  • Technological platform: 100% Wi-Fi coverage and IP phone system in all the faculties and institutes; availability of video-conference and/or video-streaming for distance learning. Full academic services on-line and an ID credential has been implemented which allows access to corporative services such as libraries and premises for students and professors.
  • Astronomy observatories: The National Astronomy Observatory (since 1832), one of the first in Latin America. There are also the: Maipú Radio Observatory (since 1959); the Astronomy Station at Cerro el Roble; Research and international cooperative agreements with other Astronomy Centers such as: ESO; ALMA; La Campana; NOAO; Cerro Tololo (AURA).
  • Teaching and research laboratories: 950 with highly technological equipment.
  • Sports and physical activity: Sport areas to be used by students and professors. Inter-Faculties sports competitions take place there throughout the year. The Universidad de Chile has 19 university sports teams.
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