University of Chile

University of Chile
Universidad de Chile
Coat of arms of the University of Chile.svg
EstablishedNovember 19, 1842
PresidentEnnio Vivaldi Véjar
Academic staff
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CampusCampus Andrés Bello
Campus Beauchef
Campus Juan Gómez Millas
Campus Norte
Campus Sur
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The University of Chile (Spanish: Universidad de Chile) is a public university in Santiago, Chile. It was founded on November 19, 1842 and inaugurated on September 17, 1843.[1] It is the oldest and the most prestigious in the country[citation needed]. It was established as the continuation of the former colonial Royal University of San Felipe (1738)[2] (Spanish: Real Universidad de San Felipe), and has a rich history in academic, scientific and social outreach. The university seeks to solve national and regional issues and to contribute to the development of Chile. It is recognized as one of the best universities Latin America for its leadership and innovation in science, technology, social sciences, and arts through the functions of creation, extension, teaching, and research.

Its five campuses comprise more than 3.1 square kilometres (1.2 sq mi) of research buildings, health care centers, museums, theaters, observatories, and sports infrastructure.[3] The institution has more than 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students, offering more than 60 different bachelor and professional degrees, 38 doctoral programs and 116 master programs.[4]

Notable alumni include Nobel laureates Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral, and twenty Chilean presidents.[5]

Rankings and quality accreditation

University rankings
ARWU World[6] 301–400

The QS University Ranking ranks the University of Chile as the sixth in Latin America and 208 in the world. The school boasts an outstanding 100 points in both Academic and Employer Reputation categories.[7] The world ranking of universities, elaborated by Shanghai JiaoTong University (China) and the European Union based on research sciences indicators, places it among the 400 best universities in the world.[8] SCImago Institutions Rankings (SIR) makes a characterization of institutions based on research, innovation and visibility on the web, and in 2017 report on investigation, which included more than 4,500 institutions of higher education and other centers in the world, the University of Chile ranked first in Chile, 10 in Latin America and 424 in the world.[9]

Another study which highlights the performance of this institution is the Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics), which measures the presence and impact on the web of over 11,000 universities and qualifies this college as leader of the country, six in Latin America and 371 worldwide.[10]

In the 2016 version of the ranking made by AméricaEconomía, University of Chile was ranked first in Chile with the top rating in quality indicators of research, accreditation, infrastructure and inclusion.[11]


In December 21, 2011 the University of Chile was notified by the National Accreditation Commission (CNA) of the positive evaluation in all obligatory areas (institutional management and undergraduate teaching) and electives (research, teaching graduate and linkage with medium). Thus the University is accredited by seven years, the maximum awarded by the agency, for the period between 2011 and 2018.[12]

The University of Chile, the Catholic University and the University of Concepción are the only institutions in this country that have the highest accreditation.

Other Languages
العربية: جامعة تشيلي
azərbaycanca: Çili Universiteti
Bikol Central: Universidad de Chile
brezhoneg: Skol-veur Chile
Chavacano de Zamboanga: Universidad de Chile
한국어: 칠레 대학교
Bahasa Indonesia: Universitas Chili
日本語: チリ大学
Simple English: University of Chile
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Univerzitet u Čileu
Tiếng Việt: Đại học Chile
中文: 智利大学