Given the pivotal work of acclaimed faculty working together with undergraduate and graduate students, the Catholic University has consolidated its key position in research for the development of Chile.

The University’s approach to research enables  investigation being carried out by the faculty to be efficiently transferred to the classroom, resulting in an enduring relationship between teaching and research. This approach aims to encourage students – above and beyond their own particular interests – to be inspired with the creation of new knowledge.

Since its foundation, the University has given to Chile and to the world more than a thousand Doctorate degrees, in diverse fields of knowledge, that are currently developing research and academic careers in other universities.

The University’s researchers publish over 1.300 papers in ISI-indexed international journals and approximately 200 books and books chapters per year. These figures are equal to roughly 25% of the nation’s scientific productivity. These publications enjoy the largest numbers of citations in Latin America.

Research generates knowledge and helps improve people’s quality of life. It also enhances and promotes the development of countries. Researchers at the University have adopted this as their working principle.


The University has completed over 180 patent applications (105 abroad), of which 39 have been accepted (13 abroad). This University’s transfer of knowledge can also be seen in licensing, in the creation of spin-off enterprises, and in the contribution of information to the legislative process, which is crucial to formulating informed public policy.