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Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria

The Federico Santa Maria Technical University (UTFSM) (colloquially known as Santa Maria University), is a Chilean university situated in Valparaiso, Chile. It is one of the most reputed engineering university in Chile. It has campuses in Chile located in Valparaiso, Vina del Mar, Santiago, Talcahuano and Rangacua, as well as a campus in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

UTFSM was the first Chilean university to confer a Doctorate in engineering in 1963.


The university has four campuses and two branch campuses (sedes). These are located in four Chilean cities and Guayaquil, Ecuador. These are:

Casa Central, main campus. Inaugurated in 1931, located in Valparaiso

Campus Santiago Vitacura and Campus Santiago San Joaquin [*], located in the Chilean capital, Santiago.

Campus Guayaquil [*], located in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Sede Jose Miguel Carrera [*], located in Vina del Mar.

Sede Rey Balduino de Belgica [*], located in seaport city of Talcahuano.

While the campuses are focused on undergraduate, graduate and university academical activities, sedes are mainly dedicated to technical degrees.

Casa Central, Valparaiso

The main UTFSM campus is located in Valparaiso, covering most of the front area of Los Placeres hill. The site directly faces the Pacific coast and it is visible from many parts of the bay of Valparaiso.

The building was designed by Josue Smith Solar, one of the most respected Chilean architects of the 20th century, and his son Jose Smith Miller. The American Neo-Gothic style campus is considered one of the foremost works of Chilean architecture. The campus is also recognised for its beautiful gardening, with native and exotic species.

In 2001, the illumination of the university frontis was renewed through a contest organised by the Chilean branch of Philips.


Due to the focused nature of the university, its organisation does not include different faculties, only different academic departments.

Within the Chilean campus level, there are 12 departments, which carry out research and graduate/undergraduate educational programs.

UTFSM is the only Chilean engineering school that includes sports as an obligatory course in the curriculum.

The university offers careers of Commercial Pilot and Aeronautical Engineering in its Academia de Ciencias Aeronauticas [*] in a joint venture with Chilean airline Lan Chile .


The university takes its names from Federico Santa Maria, a Chilean who lived in France. He raised a huge fortune as a broker in the sugar market in Paris.

In his testament, Santa Maria donated all his fortune to build in Valparaiso—his hometown—a high-standard technical and scientific institution. This institution would be dedicated to prepare students with great potential to gain technical and scientific knowledge, so they could contribute to the progress of Chile.

Following his philosophy, on March 31, 1926, an institution was created to develop Santa Maria's legacy. Finally on 1931 the School of Crafts and Arts and School of Engineering Jose Miguel Carrera was founded. In 1935 its name changed to Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria.

In 1960 the Graduate School was created. In 1963 the university became the first higher-education institution in Latin America to confer a doctorate.

External links

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