Central University of Chile

The Central University of Chile (UCEN) (Spanish: Universidad Central de Chile) is the first autonomous private university in Chile, founded in 1982 in Santiago de Chile. It's accredited in the areas of institutional management and undergraduate teaching by the National Accreditation Commission of Chile for a term of four years from December 2017 to December 2021.

Central University of Chile
Universidad Central de Chile
TypePrivate (non-profit)
Established9 November 1982
PresidentRicardo Napadensky Bauzá
RectorSantiago González Larraín
Academic staff
Students13,186 (2020)
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The Central University of Chile is structured in five faculties in which are held 33 undergraduate programs and a Intitute that imparts 6 top-level technical careers. Also Central University has PhD., masters and various training programs and continuing education in the areas of Management, Business, Government, Architecture, Social Sciences, Law, Education, Health and Technology.

The Headquarters of Central University of Chile is located in the University District of Santiago, near the Toesca metro station, addition to four campuses, an extension center and a sports center in the heart of the capital, totaling more than 89,000 m2 infraestructura. Also has one campus in the city of La Serena, Región de Coquimbo in the north of Chile.


Name Period
Carlos Blin Arriagada 1983–1985
Húgo Gálvez Gajardo 1985–1995
Vicente Kovacevic Poklepovic 1995–2000
Gonzalo Hernández Uribe 2000
René Martínez Lemoine 2000–2001
Luis Lucero Alday 2002–2011
Dr. Ignacio Larraechea Loeser 2011
Dr. Luis Merino Montero 2011-2012
Rafael Rosell Aiquel 2012-2015
Santiago González Larraín 2015-


  • Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
    • School of Engineering
    • School of Architecture and Landscape
  • Faculty of Economy, Government and Communications
    • School of Economics and Business
    • School of Government and Communications
  • Faculty of Education and Social Science
    • School of Initial Education
    • School of Secondary Education and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Law and Humanities
    • School of Law and Social Work
  • Faculty of Healthcare science
    • School of Health
    • School of Psychology and Occupational Therapy
  • Institute of Technical Careers

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Student FederationEdit

The Central University of Chile Students Federation (Federación de Estudiantes de la Universidad Central de Chile [abbr. FEUCEN]) is an organization that represents all the students of the University with the academic authorities and the CONFECH (Confederation of Chilean Students). The current president of the FEUCEN is Marco Velarde a student from the School of Sociology.


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Coordinates: 33°27′11″S 70°39′37″W / 33.45306°S 70.66028°W / -33.45306; -70.66028