The Universidad Católica de Temuco was established in 1959, becoming the first institution of higher education established in the region of Araucanía. Being a Catholic university and located in a predominantly rural area in the south of Chile, the Universidad Católica de Temuco has positioned itself as an institution of higher learning where civic engagement is expressed through involvement in integrated sustainable rural development. Universidad Catolica de Temuco’s website>>
The Directorate of Extension at the University oversees the engagement activity of each faculty, center, and institute to meet the region’s social, cultural, and development needs. For example, the University’s Faculty of Law operates a clinical legal education program that offers low-cost legal services to the community while giving its own students valuable experience. Read more>>
University professors have built the work of the AraucaníAprende Foundation into their students’ courses. Psychology students visit primary schools weekly to observe and study the quality of classroom instruction. Other students have written theses related to possibilities for strengthening the project. Finally, students are also helping AraucaníAprende develop digital teaching and learning guides to use with classroom curricula as well as information technology.
Civic engagement is carried out in an environment of mutual support between two groups (university and society) who share the same interest in improving socioeconomic conditions in the region. In order to carry the spirit of cooperation forward among Chilean universities, the institution was instrumental in establishing the Universidad Construye País project, which promotes social responsibility within the higher education sector. Read more>>