The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile was founded on June 21, 1888 on the initiative of the Archbishop of Santiago, Monsignor Mariano Casanova, with the goal of being an institution that integrates academic excellence and Christian doctrine inspired training. His creation is inserted into the universal and local historical circumstances that affected the Catholic Church, urging her to train professionals possessing a true Christian meaning of life, to serve as a renewing leaven for new generations.
The first chancellor of UC was Monsignor Joaquín Larraín Gandarillas and his first two schools were the law and the Mathematical and Physical Sciences.
Their training prepares our students for the challenges they will face in society once they graduate. UC students can acquire specific disciplinary knowledge, enhance the ethical rigor, critical judgment, the ability to problem-solving, research culture, the ability to work in teams, the skills associated with entrepreneurship and ability to communicate effectively.
Talented, restless, socially oriented and interest in students learning and leadership are the great treasure of the Catholic University. They, together with an academic body of excellence, which creates and transfers knowledge to these students, have allowed the UC achieve a successful educational project, inspired by a Catholic understanding and serving the Church and society.