The history of the Universidad Andrés Bello begins with its foundation in October 1988. UNAB is a higher education institute that was established with the goal of becoming a pluralistic academic endeavor in the short term, drawing on the best from existing university traditions within Chile while simultaneously meeting the challenges of modernity.

Historia Universidad Andrés Bello

History of the Universidad Andrés Bello

The founding of UNAB involved the participation of recognized professionals from different academic areas and with varied social perspectives. This diversity enriched the first strategic definitions of UNAB, instilling from day one a permanence of quality and fulfillment of Chile’s social goal to offer all high school graduates equal opportunity access to higher education and to university-level degrees, thereby promoting social progress and mobility.

An auspicious history

The University officially inaugurated academic instruction in 1989 at classrooms located on Ave. República in the city of Santiago. The first classes taught were in the areas of Law, Architecture, Commercial Engineering, and Journalism, and this quickly expanded to include Civil Engineering, Civil Construction, Accounting, and Psychology.

From its beginnings, the aim of UNAB was to include all academic disciplines, with particular emphasis on highly complex scientific fields. It was this focus that led to UNAB becoming the first private university in Chile to be granted accreditation in research. This achievement boosted UNAB’s growth, resulting in significant advancements in terms of infrastructure and equipment.