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Santiago, Chile

The University of Chile

The University of Chile is the oldest higher education institution in the country and was founded in 1842. It is well recognised, both nationally and internationally, for its contributions to teaching, scientific knowledge and society, with public service one of its core pillars. In terms of its contributions to society, the university has been a pioneer in the country, for example, its early role in gender inclusion, where it opened its classrooms to women, both among its academic staff, and as students. Among them are many of Chile’s first female professionals, including its first female doctor, who was also the first female university student in South America, Dr. Eloísa Díaz Isunza in 1887, who was then followed by the first lawyer and engineer, and later by Professor Amanda Labarca who was the first woman academic on staff, in 1922. Two of its alumni have won the Nobel Prize, both in Literature, Gabriela Mistral (1945) and Pablo Neruda (1971), and 183 National Awards have been given to its alumni, professors or researchers. Twenty of the country’s 36 presidents have graduated from the university (representing 61%) including Michelle Bachelet, the country’s first female president. 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). The university also directs 20 centers of excellence in research (52% of the national total), and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in all areas of knowledge, whose quality has been recognised by the National Accreditation Commission with the maximum score given in both areas (2011–2018). In terms of its international standing, in the Latin America region, the University of Chile ranks sixth, and at number #1 nationally, according to the 2017 Shanghai Rankings and the 2018 Webometrics Rankings.

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A Journey Through the Senses

People and Places

Essence of Life

Santiago, a surprising, cosmopolitan, energetic and sophisticated city

Santiago is a city of diverse cultural currents, a vibrant nightlife, expansive museums and has a variety of top restaurants and dining options. No wonder 40 percent of Chileans call the leafy capital city home.
It’s a wonderful place to go for a stroll, and each neighborhood has its own unique style and tone. Head out for the day to take in the museums, grand architecture and the pedestrian malls of the Centro, before an afternoon picnic in one of the gorgeous hillside parks that punctuate the city’s landscape. The nightlife takes flight late in the evening with sidewalk eateries, cafes and beer halls scattered around the famous barrios of Brasil, Lastarria and Bellavista. If you head east, you arrive in the neighbourhoods of Providencia and Las Condes, where you’ll find more restaurants and hotels.

With a growing economy, a renovated arts scene and plenty of eccentricity to spare, Santiago is an old city that effortlessly blends the traditional with the new, making it a top destination to experience in South America.

  • Transformations 2019 aims to provide a platform for reciprocal learning between less and more developed contexts, and between researchers and practitioners, in order to enhance both practice and theory to support transformative changes for addressing climate change and other contemporary societal and environmental challenges.

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