Austral University is devoted to the pursuit of excellence. Its programmes incorporate the latest technological breakthroughs. The university strives to educate well-rounded individuals and is committed to promoting human values. It is a community where students can enjoy learning creatively and responsibly. It is about meeting high academic standards, but also about preparing the students to perform in the professional world and to become leaders in transforming society. The contents of the curricula are taught through participatory methodologies that enable students to acquire the necessary skills to face complex problems. Thus, Austral seeks to integrate the traditional and permanent university ideals with the current trends in academic organisation and education management. It aspires to blend the best traditions and experiences of the European and American universities, adapting them to our context. Full-time faculty, research, interdisciplinary work, active teaching methodologies implemented with a critical attitude, as well as a fluid interaction with the social environment are paramount in its institutional culture. Austral also offers religious education based on Christian values. The spiritual guidance and assistance are in the hands of the Opus Dei, a prelature within the Catholic Church.