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Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh) - Chile

UACh_Faculty_smallThe Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh) is a distinguished Latin American academic institution with more than 60 years of experience educating professionals who are highly competitive at both the national and international levels. UACh is among the top five universities nationwide and a pioneer in delivering knowledge and culture in harmony with the environment, drawing from the unique natural surroundings of the four cities of Chilean Patagonia where its campuses are located: Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Montt, and Coyhaique.

Graduate education underpins the strategic development of the Universidad Austral de Chile. With more than four decades of experience in this area, the university has seen almost 3,000 students graduate with master’s degrees, doctoral degrees, and medical specialties. Currently, the university offers 11 doctoral programs, 35 master’s programs, and 10 medical specialties, along with 3 subspecialties. A multidisciplinary academic body sustains this ensemble of programs with outstanding scientific productivity across a wide spectrum of research areas, as well as strong links of international collaboration.

The University ties the graduate studies closely to the development of advanced research capabilities and the solution of complex real-world problems. This educational endeavour entails the training of highly skilled graduates who will participate fully in the social, cultural, and productive processes that define the work environments of the distinct areas of study offered. This process involves cross-disciplinary research in broad areas such as energy, the environment, and other disciplines that are strongly oriented toward the generation of applied research contributing directly to public policy formation from local to international levels. The work of the graduate students has materialized as timely contributions, for example, to projects focused on sustainability, education, health, and the recovery of ethnic communities and historical and cultural heritage. Additionally, many of the programmes foster a strong interdisciplinary focus in order to critically formulate, research, and analyse policies, projects, and actions in distinct areas of local and regional development throughout Latin America, with a special emphasis on the sociocultural, economic, and environmental contexts of these initiatives.

The SPRING programme in UACh is based in the Faculty of Economics and Management and is focused on regional development, strategies that combine development planning theories with development economics, regional economy, spatial management, natural resources management, disaster risk management, planning for resilience and social processes in vulnerable areas. In addition, the programme offers the possibility to discover and understand Chile´s approach to decentralization and economic development, and to critically study and learn from past and ongoing social and economic processes in Latin America.



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Universidad Austral de Chile
Facultad de Ciencias, Económicas y Administrativas
Camino Fenix s/n
Isla Teja, Valdivia, CHILE

tel: +56 63 221277
fax: +56 63 213515
mail: spring@uach.cl
Homepage: http://www.economicas.uach.cl/spring/index.php/en

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