Head of The State Technical University,
in the mid-1970s.

The foundation of the Universidad de Talca, on October 26, 1981, was the main milestone in the existence of this leading academic institution.

Its origin as a public university is deeply rooted in the regional community and goes back beyond the fusion of the former headquarters of the Universidad Técnica del Estado and of the University of Chile.

The first attempts to create a university in Talca are found in the beginning years of the Independence, when Abbot Juan Ignacio Molina donated his legacy to support the study of physics, astronomy, mathematics and marine navigation.


At the beginning of the 20th century several attempts to found a university emerged and in 1955, the initiative to create a school of Arts and Crafts, similar to the one that existed in Santiago, was thwarted.

Some historical information indicate that a project of this type preoccupied Enrique Molina Garmendia, who was rector of the Liceo de Hombres de Talca boys high-school - founded in 1827 as a Literary School - but the idea finally materialized in Concepción.