Founded in 1981, following the merger of the former headquarters of the Universidad de Chile and of the Universidad Técnica del Estado (UTE) (State Technical University), it has become progressively one of the main national references of public, non profit higher education, being described by recent rankings and measurements as the best regional State University in Chile.
The main campus, or Head Office, is located in the city of Talca, capital of the Maule Region. It now has four satellite campuses located in the cities of Talca, Curicó, Santa Cruz (Colchagua) and Santiago.
At these campuses more than 7 600 undergraduate students are formed in the areas of science, the liberal arts and technological innovation, as well as more than 1 400 post-graduate, reaching 9 000 students.
Twenty-three undergraduate programs, 27 graduate programs - distributed in 21 masters and six doctorates - in addition to four specialization programs, are the capital base with which the Universidad de Talca advances in its development, committed to the progress and well-being of its region and the country.
The University organizes its activities around a Strategic Plan in force until 2015 that includes the macro trends of the environment, from which it takes advantage of the opportunities to achieve the corporate vision of “Being a University that is recognized as innovative, internationalized, of excellence, a reference within the educational system, relevant in its actions and socially and environmentally responsible".
This Plan is structured on the basis of four strategic development focuses, which in turn guide a set of objectives and specific actions on undergraduate, postgraduate, specialties and continuing education training; growth of scientific research; innovation and technology transfer; strengthening community outreach and the generation of distinctive value through administrative management.
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The Universidad de Talca has four campuses, named after the geographical places where they are located: Talca, Curicó, Colchagua and Santiago. A fifth campus is projected in Linares.Talca Campus
It is located in the northern part of the capital of the Maule Region, 250 kilometers south of Santiago. The buildings of the Departments of Health Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Business Sciences and Legal Sciences, the Institutes, Schools, Vice-Presidencies, Technological Centers and various other agencies and administrative services are distributed in a surface of close to 90 000 square meters. Here are also found the Sculptures Park and the Botanical Garden.Curicó Campus
It is located in the Los Niches sector, to the South-East of the city of Curicó, 50 km north of Talca, and concentrates the programs of the Department of Engineering: Industrial Civil Engineering (day and evening), Computer Sciences Civil Engineering, Mechanical Technical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Construction Engineering and Civil Engineering in Mines. Postgraduate programs are also offered.Santiago Campus
The Santiago Campus emerged as a space to promote the development of graduate programs of academic excellence and to train highly qualified human resources. In its building at 415 Quebec Street, Providencia district, are located the study premises attached to the Department of Law and Social Sciences and to the Business School, various graduate programs are taught and an exhibition gallery operates. On the new campus building at 2222 Santa Elena, the undergraduate programs are concentrated: Auditing and Control Management Engineering, Business Engineering, Law and Political Sciences and Public Administration.Colchagua Campus
It is located in the city of Santa Cruz and was created by the joint effort of a group of businessmen from the O'Higgins Region and the Universidad de Talca to develop a project linked to the needs of regional development. It is an academic unit devoted to training Professional Technicians, continuing education for professional and research and development for the regional and national productive sector in strategic areas related to the wine industry.Linares Campus
The Universidad de Talca will function at the Liceo Diego Portales high school premises (1049 Valentín Letelier Av.) from March 2014, while the corporate facilities are built next to the Salesians high school. Our Academic Institution will offer three senior technician and two professional programs: Senior Technician in Viticulture, in Fruit Growing and in Agricultural Management; and Public Auditor-Accountant and Teacher of Mathematics for high school education. The Corporation currently maintains an information office at the Comendador del Maule building, at 512 Chacabuco Street, Office 208, 2nd floor. The definitive building shall be finished in August 2014. It will have 6 300 squares meters.
The Universidad de Talca was accredited for five years by the Comisión Nacional de Acreditación (National Accreditation Commission) (CNA-Chile). The Agency granted its endorsement to our Academic Institution in the areas of institutional management, undergraduate teaching, research and links with the environment.
The CNA-Chile Institutional Accreditation Agreement No. 79 indicates that this accreditation is valid from November 25, 2009 until November 25, 2014.
The institutional Accreditation Office is the unit responsible for ensuring the fulfillment of the strategic orientations and for monitoring the accreditation status and quality of undergraduate and graduate programs, nationally, internationally and institutionally.