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Fernando Castillo Velasco

1967-1973

 

Fernando Castillo Velasco was the first academic to serve as Rector of the University. He became the first and only rector to be elected by the whole community of Pontificia Universidad Católica.
 
The period during which Castillo Velasco managed the University was the most turbulent in the history of Chile. Salvador Allende’s government made deep changes in the Chilean political and social system. Because of these changes, the University rector was able to implement many of the reforms that young people were asking for at that time.
 
After the reform, important changes can be seen in the workload of academics: the number of lecturers doubled in order to maintain a ratio of one professor per seven students. In 1968 the first UC Master's degree was created: Agricultural Economy. The Convent of French Nuns in Ñuñoa was established as the East Campus.
 

 

Fernando Castillo Velasco was the first academic to serve as President of the University.  He became the first and only President to be elected by the whole community of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

The period during which Castillo Velasco ruled the University was the most turbulent in the history of Chile.  Salvador Allende´s government made deep changes in the Chilean political and social system.  Because of these changes, the University´s President was able to implement many of the reforms that young people were asking for at that time.

After the reform, important changes were made in the workload of academics: the number of lecturers doubled in order to maintain a ratio of one professor per seven students.  In 1968 the first UC Master´s degree was created: Agricultural Economics. A new campus – Campus Oriente – was established at the Convent of Nuns of the Sacred Heart in Ñuñoa.