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Universidad Diego Portales

Diego Portales University is one of the first private university founded in Chile named after Chilean statesman Diego Portales.

Since its foundation, the University consistently has been concerned to develop academic improvement which has led UDP to be positioned as one of the best universities in Chile.

UDP has campuses (virtual tour) in the Barrio Universitario de SantiagoA literal translation of Barrio Universitario de Santiago would be The Santiago university neighborhood. This popular neighborhood lays in downtown Santiago and has several educational facilities. and Temuco.

UDP is nationally well recognized for its academic programs in business, law, psychology, and journalism.


Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) was founded in 1982. It was an initiative of the founders of the "Professional Institute of Sales and Advertising (IPEVE)" which at that time (1963) had already been in existence for almost 20 years.

In 1983, the University embarked on its academic programme with the creation of three faculties: the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Administrative Sciences, and the Faculty of Psychology. In 1989, two new faculties were created, the Faculty of Information and Communications, and the Faculty of Engineering Sciences.

In 1991, the University voluntarily decided to undergo the process of national accreditation with the aim of subsequently attaining the status of Autonomous University.

On March 18 1993, the Superior Council for Education in plenary session ratified Universidad Diego Portales as successfully fulfilling its institutional mission, for which it was designated as having Full Institutional Autonomy, authorized to bestow all categories of academic degree and title independently. Since 1993, the University has embarked on a process of consolidation and growth in its academic programme.

In 1994, degree courses in Advertising and Design were transferred from IPEVE to Universidad Diego Portales, and the Bachelor of Arts degree programme was introduced. Five years later in 1999, the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Fine Arts was created and the Faculty of Humanities founded.

In 2002, Universidad Diego Portales took a transcendental step in its growth as an academic institution with the creation of new programs and its incursion into two new fields of knowledge: Health and Education.

Aware of the tremendous challenges in the fields of education and the pursuit of excellence, UDP that same year designed a plan for long-term infrastructural growth, involving the issue of a Security Bond guaranteed by the World Bank for the sum of approximately US$ 25 million, thus becoming the first educational institution to utilize this type of financing.

In 2004 Universidad Diego Portales became one of the first private universities to achieve institutional accreditation as a university from the National Undergraduate Accreditation Commission (CNAP) in three areas: Institutional Management, Undergraduate Teaching, and Equipment and Infrastructure. This recognition confirms the quality standards of the institution and demonstrates once again the ongoing academic, institutional and infrastructural efforts and achievements of UDP since its inception in the realm of private-sector higher education.

Mission and Strategic Orientation

Universidad Diego Portales is a private non-profit foundation whose objective is higher education. Inasmuch, it cultivates and disseminates teaching, research, reasoning and culture.

In order to achieve this purpose and to provide adequately for national needs and interests, its specific aims are:

"To promote the research, creation, conservation and transmission of universal knowledge and the cultivation of science, arts and letters; to contribute to the spiritual and cultural development of the country, in keeping with its traditional historical values; to train competent graduates and professionals equipped with the knowledge and capacity needed to exercise their respective professions; to bestow all levels of academic degree, especially that of Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree and Doctor of Philosophy, and professional degrees in the fields of Juridical Sciences, Health, Economics, Business, Social and Human Resource Administration, the Humanities, Engineering Sciences, Communications, Architecture, Design, Fine Arts and others".

As an institution of advanced learning, Universidad Diego Portales has as its mission statement the vision To discover the Space-Time of Truth, Goodness and Beauty in the human being, in society and in nature. In this context, there is a conscious assumption of a public duty to society and an undertaking to train individuals who would serve as role-models and standards of reference, based on the human being as the source of intellectual probing and academic research.

Within this strategic orientation, focus is retained on the academic programme and, more specifically, on three axes of work, namely: Attitude and Behaviour, centred both on academic factors and on increasing the competitiveness of degree courses, in the constant pursuit of quality, excellence and merit; Research for Chile which seeks in-depth commitment and involvement with the country aimed at achieving insertion, integration and participation between the Public- and Private Sectors, in which academic research and findings based upon truth, goodness and the beauty of human beings, society and nature aspire to contribute to the formation of social innovators of vision and realism; and The Development of International Links which, through the differentiation of professors and students from a Latin American perspective, endeavours to work in foreign markets (student and academic staff exchanges).

Academic Schools and Programs

At the present, Universidad Diego Portales offers 31 undergraduate programs in daytime and evening formats at its various Faculties.

Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design, undergraduate programs in: Architecture, Art and Design.

Faculty of Communications and Letters: Journalism, Advertising and Creative Literature.

Faculty of Economics and Business: Commercial Engineering, Engineering in Finance, Engineering in Marketing, Business Administration, Management Accounting and Public Accounting.

Faculty of Engineering: Industrial Civil Engineering, Informatics and Telecommunications Civil Engineering, Civil Construction Engineering, Construction Engineering, Informatics and Management Engineering, and Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management.

Faculty of Health Sciences: Medicine, Odontology, Nursing and Medical Technology.

Faculty of Humanities and Education: Psychology, Pedagogy in General Primary Education and Pedagogy in Infant Education.

Faculty of History and Social Sciences: Bachelor of Social Sciences, Sociology, Political Science and History.

Faculty of Law, the degree in Law.

There are a total of 11,877 registered undergraduate students and more than 1,000 graduates students, with a total number of more than 16,000 alumni network.

Additionally, the University imparts various postgraduate programmes.

The Faculty of Education and Humanities runs Master of Psychology programmes specializing in Social Psychology, Theoretical and Clinical Psychoanalysis, Clinical Psychology specializing in Family and Couples Therapy, and Cognitive Development specializing in Dynamic Learning Propensity Assessment Device; Postgraduate courses in Clinical Psychoanalysis specializing in Adults, Clinical Psychology: Specialist in Transpersonal Humanist Psychotherapy, Psychomotricity, Specialist in Juvenile-Infant Clinical Psychology; Specialist Programmes in Education ; and Diplomas in Juridical and Forensic Psychology and an International Diploma in Sports Psychology.

The Faculty of Health Sciences, in conjunction with the IberoAmerican University Foundation, offers an International Masters Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, and a Postgraduate degree in Nutrition and Applied Dietetics.

The Faculty of Communications and Letters offers a programme leading to an International Masters Degree in Communication and an International Diploma in Management Communication.

The Faculty of Law offers Masters Degrees in Infant Adolescent and Family Law, Constitutional Law and Public Institutions, and Criminal Law and the Penal Process; and postgraduate courses in Family Mediator Training.

The Faculties Economics and Business joined with the Faculty of Engineering through their Graduate Schools have developed an MBA programme with dual degree in Universitat Pompeu Fabra with specializations in Finance, Human Resources, Strategic Communication, Marketing and Quality Control and a Master in Finance; Masters programmes in Educational Management, Organizational Development and Behaviour, Information Technology Management, Systems Administration and Business Administration.

Finally, the Humanities Institute offers a Masters Degree programme in Contemporary Thought and a Diploma in Contemporary Thought.

In 2005, the total number of registered postgraduate students was 959.

International Relations and Agreements

UDP has an extensive network of working alliances and agreements with reowned universities, research centres, foundations and overseas organizations in more than 25 countries around the world.

UDP maintains agreements with 120 universities from countries such as: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Honduras, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Spain, The United States, Venezuela.

Knowledge Production Research

The growing importance of knowledge in the development of nations has led UDP to implement a programme of research and knowledge production oriented towards the search for solutions to national problems of high public impact.

In consequence, the Centre for Juridical Research of the Faculty of Law has made significant contributions towards the Penal Procedures Reform which is being implemented throughout the country; whilst two other Centres belonging to the Faculty of Humanities and Education (Cognitive Development Centre) and the Faculty of Communication and Letters are implementing programmes of public interest in the areas of cognitive development, community strengthening and the role of the communications media in society.

Added to the above, the Humanities Institute and the Social Sciences Research Institute have embarked on multidisciplinary research programmes oriented towards relevant national issues, contributing to the national debate on a permanent basis from a rigorous new perspective.

At present, the University is implementing 21 programmes with external financing from the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FONDECYT), the Fund for the Development of Art and Culture (FONDART), the Bicentennial Programme of the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT), the Ministry of Planning and Cooperation (MIDEPLAN), the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), the United Nations Development Programme and the National Council for Narcotics Control (UNDP-CONACE), and the European Commissions 6th Marco Programme, in the fields of Education, Psychology, Health, Law, Social Sciences, Humanities and Engineering. To these must be added the over 25 research projects that are financed internally.

Moreover, members of our academic staff have published more than 50 articles in ISI-indexed publications from 2005 to June 2006.

Quality Infrastructure

With the implementation of their Infrastructural Plan, UDP has established a solid presence in the centre of Santiago in buildings extending over an area of 94,582 square metres that serve its entire university community.

This colossal project is the result of the work of a team of architects from the academic staff of the Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design of the University. With this project, UDP now possesses the largest student infrastructure in the University District of Santiago, considered and projected around the university life of its students, empowering the development of their academic, sporting and social activities.

Indicators by January 2008

26 years of service to higher education

Founded on: 4 October 1982

Inauguration of the academic programme: 1983

Full Autonomy: 18 March 1993

National Undergraduate Accreditation Committee (CNAP) Institutional Accreditation 2008-2013

Areas of accreditation:

Institutional Management

Undergraduate Teaching

Infrastructure and Equipment

UDP in Rankings

The UDP has permanently obtained 1st place for five undergraduate programs of the ten evaluated by several national rankings amongst all private universities. Those are:

- Architecture

- Law

- Journalism

- Psychology

Ranking for the Faculty of Economics and Business:

- 1st place MBA with Management specialization in Chile, "America Economia" magazine, Ranking Latin American MBA, 2008.

- 5th place MBA with Management specialization amongst all universities in Latin America, "America Economia" magazine, Ranking Latin American MBA, 2008.

- 2nd place, Ranking of Economics and Business departments of Chilean Private Universities, "Que Pasa" magazine, 2008.

- 3rd place in preference of recruiters, "Capital" magazine, 2008.

- 6th place amongst all Chilean universities to pursue undergraduate degrees in Economic and Business, Ranking "Emol.com", 2008.


Built-up area: 94,582 square metres

Total land surface area of grounds: 61,341 square metres

Surface area of Laboratories:: 5,000 square metres

N of laboratories: 28

Clinical Departments in the Health Faculty: 33

Surface area of Computation Facilities: 430 square metres

Number of computers available: 1,396

Total number of undergraduate students: 11,877 (day and night school)

Places per year

Total in 2008: approximately 2,300

Alumni Network: 18,794 UDP graduates

Academic Staff


1,331 professors



Masters Degrees


Licentiates and Technicians


UDP Library System

N of libraries: 11

N of books in libraries: 106,114

N de texts in libraries: 55,662

Number of Scholarships awarded per student








Professors participating in research projects: 149

Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) Publications (to date): 200

Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) Publications (to date): 90

Projects (2005-2006)

N of projects financed internally (to date): 131

N of projects with external financing (to date): 65

National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FONDECYT) Projects awarded: 37

Total UDP projects (main institution): 206

External links

Universidad Diego Portales official site

Diego Portales University indicators

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