Austral University of Chile (UACh) was founded in Valdivia in 1954 in response to the requirements of the city’s community for a college that could receive the region’s youth. In the community’s vision, the college was also meant to meet the urgent development needs of the growing industry, commerce and agriculture and enrich with education and health services the culture of the south. The university was thus inspired from its beginnings by the model of a regional university with a national and international vocation, given the nature of the studies and the scientific and technological research that characterises it at present. Highly professional training and teaching at undergraduate and graduate level, quality scientific and applied research and the dissemination of culture, mainly in arts and letters, have been the cardinal points on which the structure and the educational network of Austral University of Chile is set. Currently UACh can be defined as a complex, comprehensive university where all scientific, technological and humanistic disciplines are taught.