The University of Chile was founded on the 19th of November of 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.
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. It has 41.547 students and 14 Faculties and Institutes distributed in five campuses and several experimental stations in Santiago and other Regions of Chile. In terms of its scientific and academic contributions, the University of Chile alone is responsible for a third of all scientific publications, making it the leading Chilean institution in terms of scientific publications, and eighth in Latin America (Ranking Scimago 2018).
20 Chilean Presidents have been students of the University of Chile (61% of the total) including Michelle Bachelet, the country’s first female president. Also, the two Chileans who received the Nobel Prize, Gabriela Mistral (1945) and Pablo Neruda (1971), both in Literature, were members of the University. 187 National Awards have been awarded in different fields to distinguished persons that have been alumni, professors or researchers of the University.
The Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (FCFM, for its acronym in Spanish) has been in existence for over 175 years. It is focused on higher education and on the development of basic sciences, engineering sciences and technological applications. At present, it offers a professional degrees in Engineering in nine different specializations, Geology, three bachelor of sciences and more than 30 postgraduate academic programs.
Its background, results and commitment to excellence, places it amongst the best Chilean and worldwide Engineering and Science Faculties.
The FCFM’s mission is the generation, development, integration and communication of knowledge of basic sciences, engineering, earth sciences, economy and management. It is the Faculty’s responsibility to act as a national intellectual repository in areas of expertise, recognizing as a fundamental part of the mission the attention to national issues and necessities.
This mission is carried out through education, research, and extension, addressing different levels of complexity and maintaining a standard of international excellence.