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:
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: