Seven years after its foundation, UNAB had enrolled 6,000 students and offered 13 degree programs. It was in this year that UNAB founders Luis Cordero, Ignacio Fernández (Dec), and Marcelo Ruiz (Dec) reorganized the project, incorporating Álvaro Saieh, Miguel Ángel Poduje (Dec), Jorge Selume, Andrés Navarro, and Juan Antonio Guzmán as new controllers.
This newly formed UNAB Board of Directors recruited a number of distinguished academics and scientists, refined the definitions of UNAB’s mission, created a new organizational structure, and established a new University government.
This period was particularly marked by the participation and significant contributions of two respected lawyers and public servants, Máximo Pacheco Gómez (Dec) and Guillermo Elton Álamos, who alternated as acting Vice President on the Board of Directors. Arriving a bit later to the project were the noted academics Joaquín Barceló (Dec) and Manuel Krauskopf, who served as Rectors for the Universidad Andrés Bello.
Consistent with the government-established definitions for educational quality, access, and coverage, UNAB adopted recommendations made by the Council of Higher Education (CSE, Spanish acronym). This strengthened the University’s growth by establishing a hierarchal structure for the distinct academic units, in addition to integrating new academic faculty and research teams in fundamental areas of study. Indeed, this growth led to the establishment of the first Research Nuclei with support provided by the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (FONDECYT, FONDEF, and FONTEC Grants, among others).
This period also marked the inauguration of Postgraduate Programs via numerous certifications and highly demanding Master’s and PhD Degree Programs overseen by respected researchers in the scientific community.
Worth highlighting, in 1999, after ten years of supervision, the Universidad Andrés Bello was granted status as a Fully Autonomous Institution by the CSE.
Also in 1999, the Faculty of Humanities and Education and the Faculty of Ecology and Natural Resources were established. By the year 2000, UNAB had positioned itself as a leader among the higher education institutes in Chile. This achievement was reflected not only in the number of new enrollments, but also in the rankings of student university entrance exams and in contributions to society.
Furthermore, a dedication to quality instructors promoted the training of health professionals. This led to the establishment of the Schools of Medicine; Odontology; Chemistry and Pharmacy; Kinesiology; Medical Technology; Occupational Therapy; Phonology; and Nursing at the Universidad Andrés Bello.