Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), Economics Institute
The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) was founded on June 21st, 1888, by an Archbishopric of Santiago’s decree. It first provost was Monsignor Joaquín Larraín Gandarillas. At first, the Universidad Católica had only with two schools: Laws and Mathematics. But, as time passed, the students began to fill the classrooms and the faculties started to be multiplied.
• Location: The Institute is located in the building the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences, which is also the School of Management´s home. The building has more than 6,500m2 (69,967 feet2 approximately) and it was built in 1987.
• Faculty: The Economics Institute has 23 full-time professors, of whom 18 hold a Ph.D. degree. Additionally, it has a select courtesy faculty.
• Research, publications and extension: From the Institute, almost 2,000 economic documents have been published in the form of indexed journals articles, commentaries in the press and books, etc.
• Teaching: The Economics Institute, in collaboration with the Business School, grants the academic Bachelor degree of (“Licenciatura”, undergraduate program of four years) in Economic and Business Sciences.
The Faculty also grants the Business Engineering’s professional certificate, in its Economics and Business’s specializations.
On the other hand, the Economics Institute offers two academic degree programs: the Master in Economics and the Ph.D. in Economics, in addition to PIMA and CIAPEP programs. The Master program started in 1972 and since then has graduated more than one thousand students, having 50 students per class on average. The Ph.D. program was created in 2002; each entering class is of about five students. Both academic programs have been accredited by the Ministry of Education.
There is the PREL program too, that offers to Latin American students completing their undergraduate education at PUC.
• Multicultural dimension: As much in the Master as in the Ph.D., almost 50% of the students came from abroad over the last decade.
• Equipment: The computer laboratory has 27 PCs for the exclusive use of Masters’ students and furthermore, they have access to other 52 PCs located inside the Faculty. On the other hand, Ph.D. students have their own workstations and PCs inside the Institute. The Internet connection is through a high speed Ethernet network. Also, all Campus have Wi-Fi.
The Institute counts with modern conference halls, classrooms equipped with the last video conferencing technology, study rooms, and a lot of spaces for students and professors.
It’s important to mention the University Library System (SIBUC), that has one of the greatest bibliographical collections of Latin America, that includes more than 1,500,000 bibliographical items. In which is related with the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences, the Library has updated and specialized collections. There are approximately 25,000 book titles, of which more than 100 are effective journals’s titles and it is possible to find a great variety of tests, cases and selected readings. Also, it has the “Current Contents on Social Behavioral Sciences” in digital format, that includes lists of international economic journals.
In the other hand, the University is subscribed to JSTOR, organization that allows the access to an electronic collection of more than 300 academic journals about arts and sciences, that includes interesting literature for students of the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences.
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