international network

In pursuit of its internationalization, the Universidad de La Frontera is working to create a network with several foreign universities that share its institutional vision in the framework of collaboration that prioritizes solidarity-based integration and work in areas related to teaching, research and development.

The UFRO currently holds around 300 existing agreements with the most prestigious universities and foreign research centers in several countries, through which it projects and disseminates its work and vocation to the world, which in turn comes back in the form of new skills.

In addition, this University promotes the international mobility of its undergraduate and graduate students and academics, as well as joint research on topics of global relevance and the participation of visiting professors.There is also an increasing number of foreign students who every year choose our institution to study and experience student life abroad.


International Office


Student Mobility


Performance Agreement of Internationalization of Doctoral Programs

This Institutional Improvement Plan (IIP) seeks to increase the international visibility of the programs of Doctorate in Science in Natural Resources and Doctorate in Sciences with a specialization in Applied Cellular and Molecular Biology at the Universidad de La Frontera by strengthening all the research and technological transference activities inherent to them and by deepening their international relationships and cooperation.
Its general mission is to enhance the international visibility, quality and relevance of these Doctoral programs, with the aim of improving competitiveness indices in the area of Bioresources, and that deepening the internationalization of their activities will reinforce the researchers’ graduate profiles with productive innovation and problem-solving skills in areas of high scientific impact at the regional and national levels.

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Performance Agreement in Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

The aim of this Performance Agreement is to achieve remarkable performances in the academic and management skills in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Universidad de La Frontera by increasing scientific output, innovating in educational processes, creating effective and proactive bonds with the community, and continually improving quality.
The idea is to stimulate the integration and feedback of processes that also contribute to responding to the wider community’s requirements, interacting proactively with them in order to interpret social requirements, produce public goods and social intervention, strengthening cultural activities that reinforce development, cultural and territorial identity, strengthening research groups through their association with national and international academic networks and involving civil society.

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UNETE Performance Agreement, University is Territory

UNETE is a shared initiative between the Universidad de La Frontera, the Ministry of Education and the Regional Government of the Araucanía in collaboration with other public institutions and international bodies with the aim of designing and implementing an articulate and interdisciplinary model for managing outreach and community engagement so as to strengthen the human development of the communes of Angol and Carahue.
Through collaborative and interdisciplinary work, this initiative brings together the Department of Public Health of the Faculty of Medicine, and the University’s Interdisciplinary Institutes,the Agribusiness Institute, the Institute of Local and Regional Development and the Institute of Computer Literacy Education, who all have vast experience and prestige within the University and beyond.

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“Like loving a beautiful woman, we will forge here on this earth among wheat, science and art La Frontera your University”. So begins our University’s anthem, and in the essence of its words is the spirit that gave it life in 1981, the same spirit which in 40 years has encouraged it to grow, cultivating knowledge, leadership, entrepreneurship anda forward-looking vision.

Located in the heart of the Region of the Araucanía, the Universidad de La Frontera was born and grows through the effort and commitment of its community.Its story began in 1981 when a Government decree merged the regional campuses of the Santiago universities, forming the derived regional universities.

On March 10 of that year, after merging the Temuco campuses of the University of Chile and the State Technical University, the Universidad de La Frontera was born as an autonomous institution, with the mission of contributing to the development of its surroundings and to Chile by generating and disseminating knowledge, educating professionals and postgraduates, fostering the arts and culture, maintaining its commitment to quality and innovation by respecting people, nature and cultural diversity, and building a more just and democratic society.

The UFRO is the heir to a rich academic tradition of universities that left a strong legacy, large campuses and an academic faculty who began to become familiar, on the one hand, with research and, on the other, with professional training.At that time, their managers had to adjust to new structures like the creation of Faculties and to design at least one traditional program in each, to generate the internal entities, statutes, authorities, staff, as well as manage the economic resources.

The University has had four Rectors; the first was Colonel Juan BarrientosVidaurre (1981-1985), a designated authority, whose mission was to promote the Institution.IvánDobudUrqueta (1985-1987) followed him, and he was also designated. Dr. Heinrich von Baer von Lochow (1987-2002) was designated and then elected three times. In 2002, professor Sergio Bravo Escobar (2002-2018) was elected by his peers in 2002 and was re-elected three times. In 2018, Dr. Eduardo Hebel Weiss was elected and has been leading the University since then.


In its first year as an autonomous institution, the UFRO had 4,773 students and 20 programs in four Faculties.Thirty-five years later there are more than 8,000 students, six Faculties, 45 undergraduate programs and more than 70 graduate programs (doctorates, master’s degrees and specialties), making it a leader in the academic offerings in the Region of the Araucanía.

Recognized as a dynamic institution open to the changes in the national and international context, the Universidad de La Frontera has confidently assumed the new education paradigms, innovating its curricula for top-quality professional training, strengthening scientific research and graduate studies, increasing and diversifying its academic activities, generating art and culture, firmly progressing in institutional management and reaching out to engage with the community to form networks that contribute to the country’s development.

Among the University’s varied and significant achievements, the first institutional accreditation in the areas of Teaching, Research and Management in 2005 stands out (the UFRO was the first university to be accredited in the Araucanía), in addition to the processes of self-evaluation and accreditation of undergraduate and graduate programs.

Its continuous commitment to quality and the challenge of providing a public guarantee of its processes led the University in 2008 (and until 2013) to become the first derived state university in the south of Chile to be accredited by the National Accreditation Commission (CNA) in all areas: Teaching Leading to a Qualified Degree, Graduate Teaching, Research, Institutional Management and Outreach and Community Engagement. This recognition was granted again in 2013 for five years and in 2018 for six years in all areas, until 2024. 

Objective productivity and quality indicators determine the excellence of an institution of higher learning in Chile, a scenario in which the Universidad de La Frontera has distinguished itself in its 41 years as a public, state institution of higher learning, where the growth of the University has been built on quality and excellence, hallmarks that have been key in its tradition and in the prestige that it currently enjoys.


The Universidad de La Frontera fulfilled its challenge of providing a public guarantee for its quality assurance processes, consolidating its position as a comprehensive University, when it secured its fourth accreditation by the National Accreditation Commission (CNA) in the five strategic areas for six years (2018-2024).

This condition clearly sets the UFRO apart from other universities both regionally and nationally, because it indicates the degree of complexity that this University has acquired and places it among the top 10 in Chile.

Committed to the permanent search for quality, innovation and development, in 2018, the UFRO underwent the accreditation process in 5 areas, which are part of its Strategic Development Plan and were all approved by theCNA, again.



Institutional Management


Institutional management is understood as the set of policies and mechanisms designed to organize the institution’s actions and resources - material, human and financial - based on its declared purposes and intentions.It includes the institutional organization and structure, the system of government and the administration of human, material and financial resources.

Teaching Leading to a Qualified Degree

The dimension of teaching leading to a qualified degree includes the policies and mechanisms designed to ensure the quality of the programs and degrees offered, considering mainly the design and provision of programs, the teaching-learning process, academic/teaching staff, the student profile and addressing students’ needs,  and the use of the research results to improve the quality of the teaching.


Research involves the systematic activities in the search for new knowledge that have a substantial impact on the discipline, subject or area to which they belong.Their results are expressed in publications or patents.Being accredited in this area, the institution must develop top-quality systematic research activities in several areas, expressed in a significant number of research projects integrated into the national innovation system.

Graduate Teaching

Being accredited in this area, the University shows that it grants the academic degrees of doctorate, master and specialties in systematic programs organized to the standards of the National Accreditation Commission.These programs are active, with at least one generation of graduates, and are related to the Institution’s main lines of disciplinary development (in the case of doctorates) or to the main lines of disciplinary or professional development (in the case of the master's or specialty programs).

Outreach and Community Engagement

Outreach and community engagement refers to all those actions of interacting with regional, national or international stakeholders, be they of a public, private or social nature, which make it possible to improve and strengthen the performance of the Institution’s functions and tasks, contributing to the development of society, either in the areas undergraduate and graduate teaching, research and technological transference, continuous learning, technical assistance or outreach (academic, scientific, artistic, cultural, sport and recreation).

Dr. Eduardo Hebel Weiss was born on November 9, 1954 in Chile and went to the German School (“Colegio Alemán”) in Valdivia.

He was admitted to the Universidad Austral de Chile where he graduated in medicine and came to the Faculty of Medicine at the Universidad de La Frontera in 1982. Later, he specialized in Pediatric Gastroenterology at University of Giessen and Frankfurt in Germany, where he also finished his PhD studies, and went on with his advanced training in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Chicago, University of London, King´s College Hospital and the University of Alabama, and his advanced training in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto in Canada.

He has been working at the Universidad de La Frontera as the Director of the Department of Pediatrics, parallel to being the head of the Pediatrics Service at the Regional Hospital in Temuco. After that, he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in 2005, until 2014, when he started to work as the Vice-rector for Research and Graduate Studies. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the university and on August 13, 2018, he assumed his new office as the Rector of the Universidad de La Frontera for a period of four years.

Academically, he is an Associate Professor. He started to participate in congresses in Latin-America, the USA, Canada and Europe in the 1980´s and since 1982, he has been actively participating as a speaker and lecturer in a large number of congresses, courses and workshops in Latin-America and Spain, and has taught in several events in Chile and El Salvador. His fields of research are Pediatric Gastroenterology and Functional Abdominal Pain, Carnitine Deficiency, Chronic Diarrhea and Parasites, Clinical Epidemiology and Research Designs. He has been working on different research projects and has a large list of publications. In 2010, he also worked as a project evaluator for FONDECYT Research Initiation Projects.

He received several awards as an acknowledgement for his excellent work, starting with the first one in December 1983, when he was awarded by the Universidad de La Frontera for the best research work presented by a physician on a scholarship at the V. Medical Seminar in Cautín, Chile. After that, in August of 2003, he received an acknowledgement Certificate for his participation and contribution in scientific activities at the branch office Biobío of the Chilean Pediatric Society, and in February 2011 he was acknowledged with the IOCIM 2011 “Global Award for Excellence in Health Education” by the International Organization for Training and Medical Research. His latest recognition was a SpecialtyCertificate by the Chilean Autonomous Corporation for Certification of Medical Specialties (CONACEM) in 2012.

He is also a member of different scientific associations, such as the Chilean, the German, the Colombian and the Latin-American Pediatric Societies. Since 1992, he organized and coordinated different scientific events in Chile, and in 1999-2000 he was appointed by ASOFAMECH to be part of the Elaborating Committee and the Executive Committee for the Medical Licensing Examination in Chile.



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