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Federico Santa Maria Technical University
Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María
Motto Ex Umbra in Solem
(Latin, from the shadow into the sun)
Established 1929
Type Private, Traditional
Faculty 260 full time
300 part time
Students app. 10,000
Location Valparaíso, Chile
Campus Urban
Main Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María campus in Valparaíso
University frontis

The Federico Santa María Technical University (Spanish: Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María) (UTFSM) (colloquially known as Santa Maria University), is a Chilean university situated in Valparaíso, Chile. It is one of the most reputed engineering university in Chile.[citation needed] 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:

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-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 Aeronáuticas[5] 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 a 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 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 Carrera was 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 America to confer a doctorate.

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Chilean Traditional Universities (Consejo de Rectores)

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile • Arturo Prat University • Southern University of Chile • Temuco Catholic University • Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso • Catholic University of the Holy Conception • Catholic University of the Maule • Catholic University of the North • University of Antofagasta • University of Atacama • University of Concepción • University of Chile • University of La Serena • University of La Frontera • University of Los Lagos • University of Magallanes • Playa Ancha University of Educational Sciences • University of Santiago, Chile • University of Talca • University of Tarapacá • University of Valparaíso • University of the Bío-Bío • Metropolitan University of Educational Sciences • Federico Santa María Technical University • Metropolitan University of Technology


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