Academy of Christian Humanism University

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Academy of Christian Humanism University
Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano
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Motto Universidad para pensar
Motto in English
University to think
Type Private
Established 1975
Rector Pablo Venegas Cancino
Academic staff
503 (2008)
Students 3.900 (2008)
Location Santiago,  Chile

The Academy of Christian Humanism University (UAHC) (Spanish: Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano) is a Chilean non-profit private university, founded in 1988 but whose origins date back to 1975 when establishing the Academy of Christian Humanism, led by Cardinal Raúl Silva Henríquez (SDB), whose purpose was to bring together a group of intellectuals to discuss the politics, society, economy and culture of Chile.

This university, also known simply as La Academia (The Academy) is accredited in the areas of Institutional Management and Undergraduate Studies by the National Commission on Accreditation, an organization that ensures the quality of higher education in Chile, for a period of 3 years from December 2008 and December 2011. It, along with the Andrés Bello and Diego Portales University was awarded research funds from the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FONDECYT) program's regular contest of 2009.

The University now offers 21 courses leading to diploma and degree graduates, special programs and 9 master's programs in the areas of Social Sciences, Education, Arts and Culture, State, Economy and Management, and also a Ph.D. in Education with twenty years of experience.


The history of this university began in 1975 when Cardinal Raúl Silva Henríquez(SDB) prompted the establishment of the Academy of Christian Humanism, a center for studies in a framework of freedom and pluralism. This institution has enabled a large group of intellectuals in Chile, especially in the field of social sciences, an area for creating and disseminating knowledge on the political, economic, social and cultural of Chile under the Pinochet's military dictatorship.

The Academy of Christian Humanism University was founded in 1988 as a university within the framework of human values from various strands of social thought, with a decisive role in the formation of new generations of professionals in Chile. This has been setting up work areas, which integrates the teaching, research, extension and interdisciplinary studies of the phenomena characteristic of contemporary society.

This University has been defined as university of academic excellence, that definition is supported by the high quality of its teachers and researchers, and as an open space for discussion and reflection. This position is reflected in the promotion of critical thinking and divergent, through constructive dialogue.

This University acquires full autonomy in 1999, awarded by the Higher Education Council of Chile, consolidating a secular and pluralistic university, consistent with the values of humanism that gave origin.

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Cardinal Raúl Silva Henríquez (SDB), leading advocate for the creation of the Academy of Christian Humanism

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Coordinates: 33°26′15″S 70°37′39″W / 33.4375°S 70.6275°W / -33.4375; -70.6275