Founded in October 1988, the Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB) is a higher education institution that was created with the aim of becoming a pluralistic academic endeavor in the short-term, building on the best traditions within the Chilean university environment while harmoniously adapting to the challenges of modernity.
UNAB was founded with the participation of numerous distinguished professionals from diverse areas of knowledge and with varied social perspectives. This participation enriched the initial strategic planning of UNAB, resulting in a permanent hallmark of quality and consistent contributions towards Chile’s efforts to offer all high school graduates equal access to higher education and university degrees. This equality allows individuals and, consequently, the country to grow and prosper.
Indeed, it was due to this initial groundwork that in 1993, UNAB became the first private university in Chile to offer an accredited Aquaculture Engineering Program. This achievement was further marked by a project with significant challenges and growth in terms of infrastructure and equipment – the creation of the Quintay Marina Research Center (CIMARQ, Spanish acronym).
Founded together with the Aquaculture Engineering Program, CIMARQ is located at the Quintay Marina in Chile’s V Region. Today, this center is the primary producer of sea urchin seeds in the country and leads repopulation and conservation initiatives for this and other marine species.
CIMARQ is currently one of the most relevant projects for technology development in Chile, and the work of CIMARQ has been an integral asset for UNAB in terms of academic instruction, research, and community outreach.