UC, a primer

A glimpse of UC's Villarrica Regional Campus. Located 750 km south of Santiago, in “La Araucanía” Region, the Villarrica Regional Campus focuses on the training of general Elementary Education

Margo and I are putting together a brief overview of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile to share with our PFP Chile colleagues during our final pre-trip meeting. What follows is a quick summary of the highlights we plan to cover.

  • Mission Statement
    • To achieve excellence in the creation and transfer of knowledge and training of people, inspired by a Catholic understanding and always at the service of the Church and Society.
  • History in Brief
    • Founded on 21 June 1888 by the initiative of the Archbishop of Santiago, Monsignor Mariano Casanova
    • Initial Goal:
      • create an institution that integrated academic excellence and inspired training in Christina doctrine
    • Declared a pontifical university by Pope Pius XI in 1930
    • Granted full academic autonomy by the Chilean government in 1931
    • First two schools were for Law and the Physical Sciences and Math
    • First graduates were civil engineers, architects, and law graduates
  • Demographics
    • Enrollment (2010)
      • 22,122
        • ~ 2400 masters students
        • ~ 800 doctorate students
        • ~ 800 post-doctorate students
      • ~ 1,500 full-time faculty
  • Faculties (roughly equivalent to “colleges” in the US university system)
    • College UC
      • Bachelor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
      • Bachelor of Social Science
      • Bachelor of Arts and Humanities
    • Faculty of Agronomy & Forest Engineering
    • Faculty of Architecture, Design, and Urban Studies
    • Faculty of Arts Faculty of Biological Sciences
    • Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences
    • Faculty of Social Sciences
    • Faculty of Communications
    • Arts Faculty
    • Faculty of Law
    • Faculty of Language and Literature
    • Faculty of Education
    • Faculty of Engineering
    • Faculty of Philosophy
    • Faculty of Physics
    • Faculty of History, Geography, and Political Science
    • Faculty of Mathematics
    • Faculty of Chemistry
    • Faculty of Theology
  • Interesting Facts
    • 1 of 6 Catholic Universities in Chile
    • 1 of 2 Pontifical Universities in Chile
      • Catholic University established by and directly under the authority of the Holy See
      • Licensed to grant academic degrees in sacred faculties, the most important of which are:
        • Sacred Theology
        • Canon Law
        • Sacred Scripture and Philosophy
      • Pontifical universities follow a European system of degrees in the sacred faculties, granting the baccalaureate, the licentiate, and the doctorate
    • 4 Campuses in Santiago
      • “The four Santiago campuses have been selected, adapted, and designed to meet the needs of the fields of study offered on each campus within a rapidly developing urban setting.”
  • Villarrica Campus
    • “The Villarrica Regional Campus is located 750 km south of Santiago, in “La Araucanía” Region, where the density of the Mapuche population living in Chilean rural areas is the highest.”
    • “The main activity of this campus is the training of general Elementary Education teachers who attain a solid humanist emphasis, commit to Christian values, and have the competencies to conduct themselves in a globalized, culturally heterogeneous world that is marked by the use of new technologies.”
  • More Fun Factoids
    • Virtual campus which enables students to contact scholars from other parts of the world
    • 2009 – ranked best Chilean university and the second best in South America
    • Law school is currently ranked 1st in Latin America
    • Alma mater of Sebastían Piñera (current Chilean president)
    • Offers several double degrees at the graduate level with universities in other countries

 

 

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