University of Talca

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University of Talca
Universidad de Talca
Type Public
Established October, 1981
Rector Álvaro Rojas Marín
Academic staff
415 (2014)
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 7 229
Postgraduates 1 423
Location Talca, Region del Maule, Chile
Campuses 5 (Talca, Curicó, Santiago, Linares, Santa Cruz)
Colours      Crimson
Nickname Utal

The University of Talca (Spanish: Universidad de Talca) is a Chilean university located in the cities of Talca, Curicó, Linares, Santa Cruz and Santiago. It is a derivative university, one of the most important universities of the southern-central region of Chile, and it is part of the Chilean Traditional Universities.


The Universidad de Talca was founded in 1981, upon the fusion of the seats in Talca of the Universidad de Chile and the Universidad Técnica del Estado. In 1998, the Facultad de Ingeniería was founded and established in the city of Curicó, 60 km north of Talca. In 2007, a Technological Institute is established in Santa Cruz. In 2014 is established a campus in Linares, 52 km south of Talca.


The university has five campuses, distributed in the cities of Talca, Curicó, Linares, Santiago and Santa Cruz. The main one is the Campus Lircay, in northern Talca. The Campus Los Niches, a few kilometres outside Curicó, is the second largest and the location of the Facultad de Ingeniería. In Linares, the university plans to build a new campus in 2015, while carrying out its labors in the Diego Portales Technical Lyceum building. In Santiago, the university operates in two venues: in Providencia and San Joaquin communes. In Santa Cruz, there is a Technological Institute (Instituto Colchagua) that teaches degrees related to the wine industry.

Faculties and Schools[edit]

The university has seven faculties, three schools and six institutes.


  • Faculty of Forest Sciences
  • Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
  • Faculty of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Psychology


  • School of Music
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Design


  • Institute of Cell Biology and Biotechnology
  • Institute of Mathematics and Physics
  • Institute of Educational Research and Development
  • Institute of Chemistry of Natural Resources
  • Institute of Humanist Studies "Juan Ignacio Molina"
  • Technological Institute Colchagua

Coordinates: 35°24′19″S 71°37′59″W / 35.4054°S 71.6331°W / -35.4054; -71.6331