Top 10 Universities in Chile for Higher Education for the year 2021

Top 10 Universities in Chile for Higher Education for the year 2021

Students choice of selecting a university abroad depends heavily on the employability opportunities. Every year “The Times Higher Education” releases ranking list for universities around the world. The ranking is based on 13 performance indicators which measure the institution’s performance across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

The list is prepared after compiling answers of several recruiters, chief executives and business managers from top companies in 20 countries.

Let us have a look at the list “Top 10 Universities in Chile for Higher Education for the year 2021”

University of Desarrollo


Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD) is currently an institution aligned with the important challenge of promoting scientific activity. UDD is becoming a complex university with a high regard for research, now and in prospect to the future. Thus, we must demonstrate the corresponding commitment with our UDD core value of public responsibility by contributing with solutions to the problems relevant to society, with guarantees of quality, security and efficacy.

UDD is a small, dynamic and very young university, and we see these characteristics as an advantage that enable us to be flexible and nimble in our organizational processes. In order to keep moving forward, we are not only incentivizing our researchers to become involved in high impact research, but also to adapt effectively in a dynamic international context in order to attract collaboration from all over the world. Our aim is to achieve strategic alliances with international centers that have a high level of scientific productivity and impact in innovation.

Diego Portales University


Founded in 1982, Diego Portales University is one of the first private institutions in Chile. It is amongst the country’s top universities in law, architecture, education, psychology and journalism.

Its degrees are structured across the Schools of Architecture, Art and Design, Medicine School, Health and Dentistry, Social Sciences and History, Communication and Literature, Law, Economics and Business, Education, Engineering, and Psychology schools.

Diego Portales’s main campus is located in Santiago’s historical centre. The Economics and Business School is further away, in the business area of the city called Ciudad Empresarial, in Greater Santiago. The university’s impressive architecture, inspired by Brutalism, was designed by a team of architects teaching at DPU’s Architecture, Art and Design School. The architecture is meant to foster and encourage social and cultural life in the university.

DPU has connections with prestigious institutions such as Yale University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Columbia University, Leiden University, University of Sao Paolo and others.

As a capital city, Santiago has an array of cultural activities to offer including the International Theatre Festival Santiago a Mil, the jazz festivals Lollapalooza and the Maquinaria festival, as well as regular events at cultural centres, theatres, cinemas, concert halls and opera and ballet theatre halls. If you’re in the main campus of Diego Portales, you will be based in immediate vicinity to the national library as well as most museums, including the National History Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, the Colonial Museum and the Museum of Santiago.

Universidad Autónoma de Chile

Located in the city of Temuco in southern Chile, the Universidad Autónoma de Chile is a private university providing both undergraduate and postgraduate education in a variety of subjects.

Temuco is a relatively young city, having been established 108 years before the university itself, in 1881. A diverse city with a strong native-Chilean identity, it has a moderate climate and a large student population.

The university was established in August 1989, as an independent non-profit institution under the name Autonomous University of the South. In 2005 the university began the process of incorporating a modern university campus, now known as the Providencia campus, and a year later adopted its current name.

Over time, the university has built and acquired a number of new buildings and departments, and as a result is now able to boast of a wide range of facilities and departments. This includes modern libraries, anatomy, biology and histology labs, numerous computer labs, and dedicated kindergarten facilities. As well as this, the university also has a number of recreational facilities such as gyms, auditoriums and reading rooms.

There are a number of faculties at the university covering a wide range of subjects, including health and social sciences, law, education, engineering and architecture among others.

Temuco itself is one of the largest cities in Chile, and home to a number of other universities with a strong student culture.

Temuco is a major centre of tourism as well, providing easy access to the Andes mountains. As such, the city is able to provide a great deal of activities and recreational areas for students.

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile


The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile is regarded as one of the best universities in South America.

Established in 1888 by the then archbishop of Santiago and receiving the blessing of Pope Leo XIII a year later, UC is one of six private Catholic institutions in the country.

Originally teaching law, mathematics, legal sciences and physical sciences, its Faculty of Theology was created in 1935, and it later made courses in available in subjects like philosophy, commerce, education sciences and technology.

With four of its campuses based in Santiago, Chile’s capital and most populous city, and the fifth is located in Villarrica next to the city’s eponymous lake, UC hosts an increasing number of international students and develops a significant proportion of the nation’s research.

UC’s growth and success in some ways epitomises Chile’s rise since its 18 years of military dictatorship came to an end in 1990. Now attracting more applicants than any of the country’s other universities, UC has even topped South American league tables as well as performing outstandingly in subject rankings for mathematics, physics and economics and management.

Santiago is relatively safe, has the second biggest metro system in Latin America – with more than 100 stations – and is a relatively affordable place compared to most capital cities in Europe and North America. Its highlights include views of the Andes, several scenic parks, a buzzing nightlife and a booming arts scene.

Its alumni include former presidents of Chile Sebastian Piñera and Eduardo Frei Montalva.

University of Antofagasta


The University of Antofagasta (UA) is a state research university located in the port city of Antofagasta in northern Chile. It is a member of the Chilean Traditional Universities organisation, and was established in 1981.

However, the institution’s heritage dates back to 1918, when the Salitre Industrial School was created to comply with skilled labour needs in Chile. This school, eventually renamed the School of Mines, later became a part of the Technical University of the State (UTE). 1957 saw the establishment of the North Zone University Centre, later to become the Regional Headquarters of the University of Chile. The University of Antofagasta was born out of a merger of these two institutions in 1981.

UA has three campuses. The nerve centre of the university is at Coloso campus. This is where the bulk of academic activities are based, and it features areas of recreation, a library, sports facilities, auditoriums, research laboratories, an astronomy observatory, and various teaching spaces.

Situated by the Leonardo Guzman Regional Hospital is the university’s second campus – the Clinical Area. This is the home and operating quarters of the medical sciences department. Administrative duties are carried out at the Angamos Campus.

The University of Antofagasta has eight main faculties: law; education; health sciences; basic sciences; engineering; medicine and dentistry; social sciences, arts and humanities; and marine sciences and biological resources.

There is a strong commitment to productively improving the regional and national environment. The university’s motto is “luz y vida en el desierto”, which translates to English as “light and life in the desert”.

The development of technology and systems for efficient utilisation of natural resources in the region is one of the main aims of the work carried out at the university.

University of Chile


The University of Chile, based in the capital city of Santiago, is the oldest in the country, and one of the most prestigious in the region.

Through its research, teaching and innovation across sciences and arts, the university aims to tackle national and regional issues in society. It was founded with a view to promote democracy, science and technological development, and social mobility.

There are five campuses containing many research centres, museums, health centres and sports facilities.

The health facilities include a clinical hospital and research laboratories, serving the public as well as pioneering medical research and providing opportunities for students.

One of the first astronomy observatories in Latin America – The National Astronomy Observatory founded in 1852 – belongs to the university.

On the campus, sports facilities are available both to students and staff. Interfaculty sports competitions take place all through the year.

Among the notable alumni are two Nobel laureates – poets Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral – and 20 presidents of Chile.

The university is organised into 14 faculties and 4 interdisciplinary institutes, offering a total of undergraduate 66 programmes, 36 doctoral programmes, 119 master’s programmes and other specialised courses.

In addition to an exam for applicants, the university also offers separate admission routes to outstanding athletes, blind students and other specified groups.

A third of all scientific publications in the country are associated with the university. Currently there are ongoing research projects in education, health, engineering and agriculture.

The most iconic building belonging to the university is Main House, designed in a neoclassical style in 1872.

Adolfo Ibáñez University


Adolfo Ibáñez University (UAI) is an academic community that began life as the Valparaiso Business School. It was established in 1953 by the Adolfo Ibáñez Fundation. It was the first business school in Chile and Latin America. UAI was established as a university in 1988. It has campuses in Santiago, Viña del Mar and Miami and specialises in business, liberal arts, engineering, law and social science. UAI offers 45 graduate programmes: five doctorates and 40 master’s degrees.

University of the Andes


First established in 1989, the University of the Andes, Chile is a private research institution located in the Chilean capital, Santiago.

The university has expanded greatly since its initial conception, and since it relocated to its current site in 1995. The university can now be found on a 128-acre campus at the foot of the Andes mountain range, playing host to a wide range of academic and recreation facilities for students to enjoy. This includes a large modern library with over 300,000 books, an art museum, nearly 40 science labs, three sports fields, a gymnasium and a dedicated medical clinic for students.

The campus is also located close to the city of Santiago itself. As Chile’s economic and cultural heart, the city has a huge amount to offer prospective students.

Having been founded during Chile’s colonial era, Santiago is home to a huge variety of stunning architecture, alongside a vibrant community and active nightlife. The city is also within easy travelling distance of both the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains, providing wonderful opportunities for students to explore the wider country in their free time.

The university offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for study, divided among several departments. These include health, engineering, education, humanities and communication. Students of medicine have access to the San Bernardo Medical Centre, an outpatient medical facility providing tuition and accommodation for medical students of all kinds.

Notable alumni of the university include Kai Horwitz, an Olympic alpine skier representing Chile.

Andrés Bello University (UNAB)


The Andrés Bello National University (UNAB) was created in 1988 and is spread across three campuses in three areas: Santiago, the capital of Chile, the coastal city of Viña del Mar and the southern city of Concepción.

UNAB was the first non-traditional private university in Chile to receive accreditation in research, it is also renowned for its accredited doctoral and health sciences programmes, medical school and Millennium Research Centre.

Students can choose to study undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture and design, business administration, communication, ecology and natural resources, education, engineering and information technology, health sciences, hospitality, human sciences, law and maritime studies. There are health, legal, dental and psychology clinics for all affiliated staff and students.

The Marine Research Centre at UNAB (based in Quintay) is Chile’s leading provider of sea urchin seeds, which are collected to grow in captivity with the potential of selling these services to the private sector. Experts say this industry could become an equivalent to salmon farming in its success levels.

It is a member of the Laureate International Universities group, the largest global network of private degree-granting higher education institutions. 2017 figures suggest that the student body is made up 36,000 undergraduates, 2,600 graduate students and 3,000 faculty members.

UNAB leads and organises several social responsibility schemes including the UN Global Impact Executive Office and the Centre for Sustainability. It is part of the YouthActionNet Chile programme which, in collaboration with the International Youth Foundation, identifies and supports accomplished social entrepreneurs from the ages of 18 to 29 in Chile.

Austral University of Chile


Austral University of Chile (UACh) was founded in Valdivia in 1954 in response to the requirements of the city’s community for a college that could receive the region’s youth. In the community’s vision, the college was also meant to meet the urgent development needs of the growing industry, commerce and agriculture and enrich with education and health services the culture of the south. The university was thus inspired from its beginnings by the model of a regional university with a national and international vocation, given the nature of the studies and the scientific and technological research that characterises it at present. Highly professional training and teaching at undergraduate and graduate level, quality scientific and applied research and the dissemination of culture, mainly in arts and letters, have been the cardinal points on which the structure and the educational network of Austral University of Chile is set. Currently UACh can be defined as a complex, comprehensive university where all scientific, technological and humanistic disciplines are taught.

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