- Federico Santa María Technical University
name = Federico Santa Maria Technical University
native_name = Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María
motto = "Ex Umbra in Solem"
Latin, from the shadow into the sun)
type = Private, Traditional
established = 1929
students = app. 10,000
faculty = 260 full time
300 part time
campus = Urban
website = http://www.utfsm.cl
The Federico Santa María Technical University ( _es. Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María) (UTFSM), situated in
Valparaíso, is one of the most reputed engineeringuniversities in Chile.
The university has three campuses and two seats ("sedes"). These are located in four Chilean cities and
Guayaquil, Ecuador. These are:
*Casa Central, main campus. Inaugurated in 1931, located in
*Campus Santiago [http://www.santiago.usm.cl] , located in the Chilean capital, Santiago.
*Campus Guayaquil [http://www.usm.edu.ec] , located in
José Miguel Carrera[http://www.jmc.utfsm.cl] , located in Viña del Mar.
*Sede Rey Balduino de Bégica [http://www.rbb.utfsm.cl] , 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, Valparaíso
The main UTFSM campus is located in Valparaíso, 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 Valparaíso.
The building was designed by Josué Smith Solar, one of the most respected Chilean architects of the 20th century, and his son José Smith Miller. The American
Neo-Gothicstyle 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
Due to the focused nature of the university, its organisation does not include different faculties, only different academic departments.
The "sedes" have their own internal structure.
Within the Chilean campus level, there are 12 departments, which carry out research and graduate/undergraduate educational programs:
*Department of Electricity [http://www.eli.utfsm.cl]
*Department of Mechanics [http://www.mec.utfsm.cl]
*Department of Chemical, Biotechnologial and Environmental Processes [http://www.pqui.utfsm.cl]
*Department of Chemistry [http://www.qui.utfsm.cl]
Besides, there are two support departments that originated in the educational concept brought by the first German academics.
*Department of Humanistic Studies
Physical Education, Sportsand Recreation[http://www.defider.utfsm.cl]
UTFSM is the only Chilean engineering school that includes sports as an obligatory course in the
The university offers careers of Commercial Pilot and
Aeronautical Engineeringin its Academia de Ciencias Aeronáuticas [http://www.aca.cl] in a joint venture with Chilean airline Lan Chile.
The university takes its names from
Federico Santa María, a Chilean who lived in France. He raised a huge fortune as broker in the sugar market in Paris.
In his testament, Santa María donated all his fortune to build in
Valparaíso—his hometown—a high-standard technical and scientific institution. This institution would be dedicated to prepare students with a deficient socioeconomic condition but 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 María's legacy. Finally on 1931 the School of Crafts and Arts and School of Engineering José Miguel Carrerawas founded. In 1935 its name changed to "Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María".
In 1960 the Graduate School was created. In 1963 the university became the first higher-education institution in
Latin Americato confer a doctorate.
* [http://www.utfsm.cl Official website]
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