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In 1841 the minister of public education, Manuel Montt, conceived the idea of funding a corporation for the "advancement and development of sciences and humanities". Andrés Bello formulated the project which with small modifications became a law on 19 November 1842, creating the Universidad de Chile. The Universidad de Chile was formally opened on 17 September 1843. During this period, the university consisted of five faculties (facultades): Humanities & Philosophy, Mathematical Sciences & Physics, Law & Political Sciences, Medicine, and Theology. By 1931, the number of colleges had increased to six: Philosophy & Education Sciences, Legal & Social Sciences, Biology & Medical Sciences, Physical & Mathematical Sciences, Agronomy & Veterinary, and Fine Arts

The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC) was founded on June 21, 1888, to offer training in traditional professions and in technological and practical fields such as business, accounting, chemistry, and electricity. On February 11, 1930, Pope Pius XI declared it a Pontifical University, and in 1931 it was granted full academic autonomy by the Chilean government. It is a private (but with some public support), urban, multi-campus university. It is one of six Catholic universities, and one of 25 institutions within the Chilean university system. Its 18 Faculties are distributed on four campuses in Santiago and one regional campus located in southern Chile. The technical training centers affiliated with the University are: DUOC, the Rural Life Foundations, the Baviera Foundation, the Catechetical Home and the San Fidel Seminary. These centers carry out technical-academic extension activities in rural and agricultural areas. Other UC activities are a Sports Club, a television network that broadcasts into all regions, and a Clinical Hospital dependent on the School of Medicine. Over the last few years the University's leadership in research and graduate programs has had considerable influence on the country's cultural and scientific development. Among other achievements, are an important number of inventions in chemistry (a copper-refining process), in engineering (an induction oven), and in medicine (vaccines).

In 1919, the University of Concepcion was founded, becoming the first regional university in Chile. The University's founder, Enrique Molina, was also its first President proposed that " this new University, in addition to professional education in liberal arts and technical sciences, as required by the development and increased national wealth, will be center of information for the public, outreach, scientific research and experimentation, and the promotion of best literary, humanist and philosophical culture ".

Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María owes its origin to the visionary businessman Federico Santa María. In the 1920s he decided to leave a legacy to his hometown, Valparaíso, in the form of a higher education institution that would transform the way science and technology were taught in Chile. His intention was to help talented students whose socioeconomic situation prevented them from attaining a high degree of education, consequently preventing them from contributing to the development and progress of the country. On March 31, 1926, Federico Santa María’s vision became a reality with the creation of Fundación Federico Santa María (Federico Santa María Foundation) whose objective was to organize, maintain, and develop several Schools of Arts and Crafts and Schools of Engineering throughout Chile. The first and most important of these schools were Escuela de Artes and Oficios y Colegio de Ingenieros "Jose Miguel Carrera" ("Jose Miguel Carrera" School of Arts and Crafts, and School of Engineering). The schools were inaugurated in Valparaíso in 1931 and commenced academic activities in 1932. The School’s name was changed to Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in 1935. In the 1940's, the university continued to increase its facilities by opening laboratories, workshops, student dormitories, classrooms, and the administration building. The Aula Magna opening, in 1941, deserves special commemoration because of its great cultural impact at regional levels. Since its opening, the distinguished performance hall has become a major cultural center in Chile. In 1971, the university started a program for the formation of technical-level professionals with a solid grounding in science and technology, by opening the Sede Viña del Mar "Jose Miguel Carrera" and Sede Talcahuano "Rey Baldunio de Belgica" (Viña del Mar "Jose Miguel Carrera" and Talcahuano "King Baldwin of Belgium" branches). An academic improvement program was also started in that period, where a great push was given to research in technology. Escuela de Graduados (Graduate School) was created in 1960, making it the first university in Latin America to confer a degree of Doctor in Engineering (1963).

Since its foundation in 1928, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso has established itself as one of the most prestigious institutions of the Chilean higher educational system. Its alumni body is characterized by the institutional seal: excellent academic and professional education, solid human values and strong commitment to public service. The University is an institution dedicated, enlightened by Christian faith, to the cultivation and dissemination of knowledge in science, art and professional and technical fields. It is a comprehensive University, permanently facing new challenges, and anticipating and satisfying society's requirements. Undertaking sudies at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso is the beginning of a path to knowledge characterized by the harmonious relationship between academic tradition and the quest for solving arising problems.

The institution was born as Escuela de Artes y Oficios (Spanish School of Arts & Crafts) in 1849, under the government of Manuel Bulnes. It became Universidad Técnica del Estado (Spanish Technical University of the State) in 1947, with various campuses throughout the country. In 1981, as a consequence of a reform on higher education under the government of Augusto Pinochet, it became to what is now known as Universidad de Santiago de Chile, with all activities centered in a single 340,000 m² campus in the capital Santiago.

Universidad de Talca is a university in Chile. It is a derivative university part of the Chilean Traditional Universities. It is also the location of the University of Talca and the Catholic University of Maule, among others. The Catholic Church of Talca has held a prominent role in the history of Chile. The inhabitants of Talca have a saying, Talca, Paris & London, born from a hat shop which had placed a ribbon stating that it had branches in Paris and London. The shop was owned by a French immigrant named Jean-Pierre Lagarde.

The University was founded in 1954 on an island that is located between the rivers Calle-Calle and Cruces, and looks out over the river Calle-Calle at the beloved Valdivian city center. The UACh campus is a patchwork of buildings from various decades and stages in the University's formation, the oldest of which date back to the ´60s and early ´70s, when the University gained its institutional autonomy. Presently, the university is undergoing a process of architectural modernization, as well as a curricular one, thanks to different projects aimed at improving the quality of undergraduate programs and thus allowing the past and present to blend harmoniously. Today our University is recognized nation-wide for its academic achievements and enjoys a prominent and prestigious position among Chilean universities. UACh's importance is demonstrated though its expansion of university branches to other cities in southern Chile , including Puerto Montt and Coyhaique. In regards to its scientific productivity, the Universidad Austral de Chile is one of the five important universities in the country and is in charge, at a regional level, of the introduction of an online service platform.

Universidad Diego Portales was established in 1982 and opened to students in 1983. Initially, it consisted of three faculties: the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Sciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) is a private university in Chile named after the Chilean statesman Diego Portales. UDP has campuses in the Barrio Universitario de Santiago[1] and Talca. It is recognized for its programs in law, psychology, administration and journalism.


Universidad Católica del Norte (UCN) is a university in Chile. It is part of the Chilean Traditional Universities. It is located in Antofagasta, Chile. Universidad Católica del Norte was founded on May 31, 1956. The current rector is Misael Camus Ibacache. La Universidad Católica del Norte has 6 faculties, 17 departments, 6 schools, 3 institutes and 5 investigation centres in 4 campuses: the headquarters in Antofagasta, campus Guayacán in Coquimbo, Museum and investigation centre in San Pedro de Atacama and in Sierra Vicuña Mackenna, Taltal.

Universidad Católica del Maule (UCM) owes its origin to the Obispado of Talca, which in 1955 –during the period of Bishop Manuel Larraín–, built the Female Agricultural School “Tierra y Hogar” (“Land and Home”), with the purpose that rural young girls would have access to Christian education and skills for the labor world. This originated the architectural patrimony that characterizes the main Campus of the University in the city of Talca. In 1960, this became Normal Rural Experimental School, whose motto was “Amor y Servicio” (“Love and Service”), which counted with the support of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, with the mission of form teachers for rural zones of central Chile. In this decade began a reform in the educational system and also took place the Conciliate Vatican II, which affirms the decisive importance of education in the contemporary social progress. By the end of the decade the schools of Basic and Physical Education are created, in 1970 it is transformed a the regional sede of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Afterwards schools of Special and Differentiate Education, Forestry Technology and Physiotherapy are created. In 1990, the Bishop of Talca, Monsignor Carlos González Cruchaga, takes the challenge of creating a Catholic University, regional and independent. By State decree, in 1991, it is recognized as a Corporation of Public Law and a derivate private institution of higher education. The following year, the University establishes its statutes in agreement with the dispositions of the Apostolic Constitution “Ex Corde Ecclesiae”, document that orientates the catholic universities of the worlds. Such statutes establish the purpose of the University of serving society and in particular the Maule Region, though the integral formation of the person in a fecund dialog between faith, culture and science.

Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB) is a private university in Venezuela. UCAB has campuses in several cities, such as Caracas (where the main campus is located), Guayana and Coro. UCAB was founded in October 1953 by the Society of Jesus' "Episcopado Venezolano a la Compañía de Jesús".

In 1841 the minister of public education, Manuel Montt, conceived the idea of funding a corporation for the "advancement and development of sciences and humanities". Andrés Bello formulated the project which with small modifications became a law on 19 November 1842, creating the Universidad de Chile. The Universidad de Chile was formally opened on 17 September 1843. During this period, the university consisted of five faculties (facultades): Humanities & Philosophy, Mathematical Sciences & Physics, Law & Political Sciences, Medicine, and Theology. By 1931, the number of colleges had increased to six: Philosophy & Education Sciences, Legal & Social Sciences, Biology & Medical Sciences, Physical & Mathematical Sciences, Agronomy & Veterinary, and Fine Arts. Almost all of Chile's presidents, including all of those in the 20th century with the exception of Eduardo Frei Montalva (Universidad Catolica de Chile), Carlos Ibáñez del Campo and former military dictator Augusto Pinochet Ugarte (both Army Generals) graduated from this institution.

Adolfo Ibáñez University (UAI), an institution with over half a century of tradition, has been systematic in pursuing its mission: to educate young adults in the sciences so that they may contribute productively to society. To this end, it has taken a leading role in the innovation of university education. Adolfo Ibáñez B. In 1953, in true visionary fashion, it established the Valparaíso Business School, the first institution in Chile to provide professional education in the field of business administration. In 1960 it began establishing links and developing programs in partnership with world-class foreign institutions such as Harvard and Stanford. This has made it possible for world-renowned professors such as Michael Porter, Theodore Levitt, Howard Stevenson, Hirotaka Takeuchi, Mark Albion and W. Carl Kester, among others, to teach at UAI. In 1965 the university made the humanities the basis of its educational programs, thereby balancing the previous excess of professional content. In 1966 the Social Market Economy Institute, a think tank dedicated to a free society, was founded. This institute quickly took the lead in its field, introducing issues which were previously unknown in Chile. In 1979, the university returned to its role as an educational pioneer by introducing a Master’s in Business Administration and by developing what is now known as continuing education in the field of business and management. This has allowed its graduates, as well as other professionals, to keep on top of a rapidly-changing world. In 1981, it inaugurated the Institute of Humanities, which introduced an innovative way to take humanities majors and offered extension activities such as the prestigious History of Western Christian Society course.

INACAP, with 41 years of experience, is the largest Higher Education Institution in Chile. It has more that 61.000 students enrolled in more than 100 programs of study in its Technical Center, Professional Institute and University, in 25 campuses from Arica to Punta Arenas.INACAP’s vision is to provide quality educational programs and services, which are flexible, modular and continuously updated in recognition of the individuals life-long educational needs of individuals so that they may achieve personal success, thus contributing to the social and economical growth of the country. INACAP believes that the human being, found at different stages of development according to age and previous experiences, is unique, able, and gifted with free will and intelligence. The institution visualizes that its programs of study, courses, diplomas and post-graduate programs offer a means for individuals to reach their fullest potential at any time during their lives.

It was founded on September 8, 1989 as a corporate work of the apostolate of Opus Dei. In 1990 it opened a law faculty. Its medicine faculty (inaugurated in 1991, the first Chilean private university to do so), is nowadays within the three best in Chile, according to yearly press surveys and its National Medical Exam results in the last five years.

Universidad Alberto Hurtado is a Jesuit university located in downtown Santiago. Established in 1997, the university was created from the merger of three separate institutes,Instituto Latinoamericano de Doctrina y Estudios Sociales (ILADES), the Centro de Investigación, Desarrollo de la Educación (CIDE), and the Fundación Educacional Roberto Bellarmino. The university is named after a famous Chilean Jesuit Saint, Father Alberto Hurtado. The school is located in downtown Santiago, one subway stop west from the Presidential Palace. As the school has grown since its inception it has bought several of the larger homes in the area to create class space and faculty offices. One of the buildings the university bought was the former headquarters of the soccer team Club Deportivo y Social Colo Colo. The school takes a social justice mandate very seriously. In fall of 2007 the school proposed an increase in tuition. Students, many of which were first generation college students, objected to the increase. The students went on strike to protest the tuition increase. The University was understanding of the students' complaints and allowed the strike to proceed on campus. Ultimately the issue was settled to mutual satisfaction of both sides. By virtue of its Jesuit character, the University has close ties with Georgetown University, and offers a Georgetown Masters degree in Economics in Chile

The Universidad de Los Lagos is a university in Chile. It is a derivative university part of the Chilean Traditional Universities. It currently operates two campuses: the main campus in Osorno, and anothes in Valdivia and Puerto Montt, the regional capital

The university was created in 1889 as the Instituto Pedagógico de la Universidad de Chile. In 1981 the military government of General Pinochet separated it from the University of Chile and transformed it into the Academia superior de Ciencias pedagógicas de Santiago. Later in 1985, under the control the new university law it was transformed into the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación. In 2001, the university was going to reintegrate with the University of Chile under a proposal of the Minister of Education Mariana Aylwin but this idea was defeated by the current rector Raúl Navarro. Today, the university is a hundred-year-old center of higher learning, the country's leading institute of applied pedagogical and teaching research.

The Universidad Católica de Temuco works for a wholesome development of its students and the community in southern Chile: It seeks freely the truth in order to discover the authentic human and social reality, thus contributing to the dialogue among sciences, techniques, culture and faith. It contributes to the education and development of individuals who will be socially responsible, visionary, entrepreneurial and democratic, in the arts, humanities, sciences and techniques; individuals who will be able to efficiently and critically integrate themselves in the global working world. It creates and adapts high impact knowledge applied to regional problems, which can be repeated at a national level and which contribute to a sustainable human development. It creatively interacts with its cultural environment promoting and facilitating the interethnic, intercultural and ecumenical dialogue. It takes on the action plan, the missionary criteria and the pastoral priorities of the diocesan church.

The University was created in 1981, as a fusion of the old Mining School of Copiapó, founded in 1857, and the Normal School of Copiapó, founded in 1905. UDA has four Faculties: Humanities and Education, Law, Engineering, and Natural Sciences, as well as five institutes: the Technological Institute, the Language Institute, the Center for Technical Education (CFT), the Institute for Scientific and Technological Research (IDITEC), and INSAMIN. The University of Atacama houses several historical monuments on campus, including the first steam engine to traverse Chile, between Copiapó and the port city of Caldera, in 1851.

Universidad de las Artes, Ciencias, y Comunicaciones (lit. University for the Arts, Sciences, and Communications), also known as the acronym "UNIACC", is one of the foremost and youngest Chilean universities.

The Universidad San Sebastián is a Chilean private university with its headquarter located in Concepción, it have also faculties in Valdivia. It was founded in 1989, and received formal state recognition as a university in 2001.