The University of Chile was founded on the 19th of November, 1842. It is the oldest higher education institution in Chile. 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. The University of Chile has 40.494 students: 31.457 undergraduate students and 9.037 graduate students.
The academic body includes 3.645 professors. The University is distributed in five campuses and several experimental stations in Santiago and other Regions of Chile, with 14 different Faculties ranging from Architecture and Urbanism, Physical and Mathematical Sciences,Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy, to Law, and Economy and Business, Philosophy and Humanities. There are also 4 Interdisciplinary Institutes: Public Affairs, Communications, International Studies and Nutrition and Food Technology.
20 Chilean Presidents have been students of the University of Chile (61% of the total). Also, the only two Chileans who have received the Nobel Prize, Gabriela Mistral (1945) and Pablo Neruda (1971), both in Literature, were members of the University. 183 National Awards have been awarded in different fields to distinguished persons that have been alumni, professors or researchers of the University. It is placed among the 400 best higher educational establishments in the World Ranking of Universities(University Shanghai Jiao Tong, 2017). 424 in the world, 10 place among its Latin-American peers and first place in Chile in the Ranking of Research Institutes (SCImago Research Group, Spain 2017).
Contact Person at Universidad de Chile
Prof. Francisco Gracia, Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, FCFM, University of Chile.