Words from the Vice-President


Training researchers for Chile and the world

The mission of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC) is to train people and generate new knowledge in order to contribute to our society. To fulfill this objective, a key element is the training of excellent researchers through our doctoral programs in all areas of knowledge.

The UC offers 39 doctorates formed by an academic group of excellence that has access to first-class infrastructure and support systems. Through the joint work of professors and doctoral students, the UC publishes annually over 1,400 publications in international indexed journals and over 200 books and book chapters. More than 600 of our research projects have been awarded external funding.

Our doctoral programs offer a flexible curriculum that promotes a broad and interdisciplinary perspective, the importance of command of a foreign language, and the strengthening of research communication.

The Graduate School oversees the 39 UC doctoral programs to ensure their quality, it promotes policies and mechanisms that facilitate curricular flexibility, interdisciplinarity, and internationalization of doctoral training. In addition, the Graduate School provides student guidance, scholarships, and other means of financial support, it is also responsible for promoting the development of transversal skills, which are fundamental for young researchers’  entrance into the public and private sectors.

We sincerely hope that the information provided here contributes to the Graduate School integration into UC’s research project as active agents of the community.

Pedro Bouchon

Research Vice President