Location and Venue

Federico Santa María Technical University

Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María

Motto Ex umbra in solem
Motto in English From the shadow into the light
Established 1929
Type Private, Traditional
Location Valparaíso, Chile
Campus Urban, 92,414 square metres (9.2414 ha) (main campus)
Website http://www.utfsm.cl

The Federico Santa María Technical University (Spanish: Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María) (UTFSM) (or simply Santa Maria University) is a Chilean university founded in 1926 in Valparaíso, Chile. The University has campuses in Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Santiago, Talcahuano and Rancagua, as well as an international campus in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Santa María University is the alma mater of several prominent businessmen, engineers and Chilean scientists.

UTFSM was the first Chilean university to confer a doctorate in engineering in 1962 and the first higher-education institution in Latin America to confer this degree. For six consecutive years, UTFSM has been ranked the third best university in Chile in terms of quality perception given by more than 1000 important business executives. In 2012, the University was ranked 5 between 9.500 schools of engineering in the world according to their impact factor in the last 5 years (Microsoft Academics), as the latinoamerican university with the largest normalized impact factor, and as the first school of engineering in South America. The university has special emphasis in technical fields as physics, mathematics, chemistry, biotechnology, and engineering fields as civil, mechanical, electrical, electronical, industrial, information, telematics, environmental and chemical engineering with a significant growth in business research.

The main UTFSM campus (or Casa Central) is located in Valparaíso, covering most of the front area of Los Placeres hill. The site 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.

The main campus has a gothic scholastic architecture with a privileged view to the Pacific Ocean. In 2008 it was chosen as one of the most remarkable national architectural works of the 20th century.

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