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Universidad de Chile,
Chile, which has an unusual geography, is a long and narrow strip of land that extends from north to south for 4,270
kilometers. It is located in the southern-most stretch America between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
Known for being the world’s most seismically active country, Chile holds a great variety of ecosystems ranging from
the world’s driest desert to a vast territory in the Antarctic continent.
This privileged geographical location appears as a comparative advantage to undertake research, developmental and
innovative projects in order to motivate the growth of science and technology not only at the domestic but also global
The development of astronomy is a clear example of the natural advantages of this country. By 2018, Chile will be
home to 70% of the world's astronomical observations.
Universidad de Chile, founded in 1842, is the country’s oldest higher education institution and one of the most
prestigious and traditional universities in Latin America. With its expertly trained academic staff and high productivity
in scientific, artistic and cultural research areas, the University has been permanently involved in the critical thought
and actions regarding the major concerns and priorities of the country and the world, given its national and public
Since its foundation, this institution has greatly committed to training professionals and contributing to the intellectual
development of Chile, building leadership in science and technology, the humanities, the arts and culture through
teaching, innovation and extension with particular emphasis on research and postgraduate studies.
a fertile land for science
a place for experts to confront the main challenges of the country.
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