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Alberto Hurtado University

Alberto Hurtado University
Universidad Alberto Hurtado
Motto The Jesuit University of Chile
Established October 23, 1997
Type Jesuit
Rector Fernando Montes Matte S.J
Students 4300
Location Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile,

Alberto Hurtado University (Spanish: Universidad Alberto Hurtado) is a Jesuit university located in downtown Santiago. Established in 1997, the university was created from the merger of three separate institutes: Instituto Latinoamericano de Doctrina y Estudios Sociales (ILADES), the Centro de Investigación, Desarrollo de la Educación (CIDE), and the Fundación Educacional Roberto Bellarmino. The university is named after a famous Chilean Jesuit Saint, Father Alberto Hurtado.


The school is located in downtown Santiago, one subway stop west from the Presidential Palace. As the school has grown since its inception it has bought several of the larger homes in the area to create class space and faculty offices. One of the buildings the university bought was the former headquarters of the soccer team Club Deportivo y Social Colo Colo.


The University is split into six schools: Psychology, Education, Philosophy and Humanities, Law, Economics and Business, and Social Sciences.

The school of Economics and Business is closely connected with its Jesuit partner institution Georgetown University. It is possible to earn a Georgetown Masters of Arts degree in Economics by taking all of the classes in Chile.

Social Justice

The school is seriously committed to social justice. In fall of 2007 the school proposed an increase in tuition. Students, many of whom were first generation college students, objected to the increase and went on strike. The University was understanding of the students' complaints and allowed the strike to proceed on campus. Ultimately the issue was settled to the mutual satisfaction of both sides.

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