It is the oldest higher education institution in the country and one of the most prestigious and traditional in Latin America.
The University of Chile is a national and public institution of higher education, which assumes with commitment and a vocation for excellence the training of people and the contribution to the spiritual and material development of the Nation, building leadership in the innovative development of sciences and technologies, the humanities and the arts, through their teaching, creation and extension functions, with special emphasis on research and postgraduate studies.
In the exercise of these functions, it promotes the exercise of a prepared, critical citizenry, with a social conscience and ethical responsibility, in accordance with the values of tolerance, pluralism and equity, intellectual independence and freedom of thought, as well as respect, promotion, and preservation of diversity in all areas of its work.
It is the oldest institution of higher education in the country and one of the most prestigious and traditional in Latin America, as evidenced by different national and international recognitions. At the national level, the University of Chile receives in relative terms the largest number of students with the best entrance scores, has an academic body of excellence, with high productivity in the scientific field and in artistic and cultural creation, and it is permanently linked to reflection and action regarding national problems.