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The University of Talca was founded in 1981, as a result of the efforts of various stakeholders to open a university in the region and after the merging of the old headquarters of the University of Chile and the Technical University of the State. As of today, it has become one of the main national benchmarks for public non-profit higher education of excellence.


Talca, Linares, and Curicó are the cities where the University of Talca is present in the Maule Region, which is characterized by having beautiful natural environments such as valleys, mountains, and high Andean grasslands. The Altos de Lircay National Reserve and Laguna del Maule lake stand out for their incredible landscapes and great biological value.

The region is also recognized for the strong development achieved by the local wine industry, whose production has been a valuable ally in the position achieved by Chile in the main global markets.

The core benchmarks for the national economic, administrative, cultural, commercial, industrial, and political activity are located at the nerve center of the country, in the Metropolitan Region, where the UTalca’s Santiago Campus is located.

While in the capital, it is possible to retrace relevant milestones of Chilean history through a tour of symbolic places such as the Government Palace (Palacio de La Moneda), the Main Square (Plaza de Armas), or the San Cristóbal and Santa Lucía hills, among others. This territory also offers the chance to visit sites of great natural beauty such as the Cordillera Yerba Loca Park or the Río Clarillo National Reserve.

The Colchagua campus is located in the province of the same name, in the Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins Region. The place is characterized by being a narrow agricultural valley that begins at the foothills of the Andes mountain range and extends all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Thanks to its exquisite climate, the area is ideal for planting vines, which has favored the growing development of wine companies specializing in the production of vines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Carménère, and Malbec.


Ensuring the quality of education, research, and other responsibilities inherent to a university is an unavoidable challenge for our Institution, especially in a context of UTalca's increasing number of academic programs and internationalization and the existence of a knowledge society.

There is a commitment to learning and to embedding the concepts of self-regulation, ongoing improvement, and quality assurance in the university community in general, and in the programs in particular.

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Germán Valenzuela Buccolini

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Paula Manríquez Novoa

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Paula Caballero Moyano

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Luis Urra Monsalves

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Ariela Vergara Jaque

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Johann Allesch Peñailillo


Isabel Hernández Fernández

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Rodrigo Palomo Vélez

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Rodrigo Herrera Leiva

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Ismael Gallardo Cuadra

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Javier Muñoz Vidal

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Carlos Padilla Espinoza

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Carolina Iturra Herrera

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Andrés Maragaño Leveque

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Hermine Vogel

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Rodrigo Giacaman Sarah

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Pedro Emilio Zamorano

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María Inés Icaza

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Jaime Tapia Sanhueza

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Simón Ruiz Lara

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From different fields of work and knowledge, men and women contribute to the development of society and the country. These contributions are valued and acknowledged by the University of Talca.

Abate Molina Medal

It is the highest distinction awarded by the University of Talca to Chilean or foreign relevant individuals who contribute to the development of science, history, literature, and society.

2018: Sonia Montecino Aguirre

PhD in Anthropology, she has made a vast contribution to ethnic, culinary, and gender perspective studies. She also carries out relevant work at an artistic level, largely inspired by the close ties she maintains with artisans from the Maule Region.

2017: Miguel Littin Cucumides

Chilean film and television director, screenwriter, and writer with more than 50 years of experience in the national and international film industry. His ability to portray the reality of the Chilean and Latin American people has made him become a benchmark for new generations of filmmakers.

2016: Sergio Boisier Etcheverry

Considered one of the 'fathers' of national regionalism driven by academia, this outstanding economist has made a vast contribution and has had great influence when promoting territorial development for the formulation of public policies.

2013: Margot Loyola Palacios

This Chilean folklorist and composer dedicated her life to rescuing, preserving, and disseminating the intangible heritage of the countryside's culture and of the ethnic groups that are part of our nation.

2012: Irene Domnina García

Spanish nun who founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of Molina. Throughout her life, she accumulated remarkable experience in the social field. Because of her solidarity initiatives in favor of the most dispossessed, before her death she was granted the Chilean nationality by grace.

2010: Vicente Bianchi Alarcón

Interpreter, composer, arranger, and musical director of a vast repertoire of compositions, which made him one of the main benchmarks of Chilean music. His career of more than 70 years of tireless work was only interrupted by his death, when he was 98 years old.

2007: José Zalaquett Daher

Chilean lawyer and academic, recognized for an outstanding career in the promotion and defense of human rights. Among other milestones in his career, he was director of the Legal Department of the Committee of Cooperation for Peace in Chile, predecessor of the Vicariate of Solidarity, and later became president of Amnesty International.

2006: Álvaro Rojas Marín

Academic, former minister, and diplomat, he was distinguished by the outstanding work he did as rector of the UTalca until the time he was appointed as Minister of Agriculture and Ambassador of Chile in Germany. In 2010, he was re-elected as rector of the University, a position he has held to date.

2005: Miguel Torres Riera

Enologist and Spanish businessman with a long career, he received the distinction for the valuable contributions made to position the Maule region as an international wine region. In addition, he is the author of several books recognized for contributing to the development of this industry.

2004: Guillermo Blanco Martínez

Chilean writer, journalist, and university professor, member of the '1950 generation'. Recipient of the National Prize of Journalism in 1999, he had an extensive career and was recognized by multiple works, among which 'Grace and the Stranger' ('Gracia y el Forastero') and 'Goodbye to Rhubarb' ('Adiós a Ruibarbo').

2002: Alejandro Silva Bascuñán

Outstanding Chilean lawyer and academic, recognized for his contributions to Public Law. Author of numerous texts, monographs, and papers. The "Treaty of Constitutional Law" stands out among his works as a mandatory reference book on the subject for every jurist or scholar.

2001: Humberto Maturana

Biologist, academic, and researcher, he has made valuable contributions in the fields of perception and its neurophysiological determinants and the organization of living organisms. His work has led him to be recognized by the most prestigious international scientific centers.

2000: Walter Hanisch Espíndola

Historian and priest of the Society of Jesus, during his life he stood out for his indefatigable research on Jesuit chroniclers and scholars of the colonial period, such as Alonso de Ovalle, Manuel Lacunza, and, especially, of the Abate Juan Ignacio Molina.

1998: Nicanor Parra Sandoval

Chilean poet, mathematician, and physicist. During his life, he exerted great influence on Latin American literature, which he shook with his 'antipoetry', a work for which he gained international recognition and came to be known as one of the best poets in the western world.

1997: Raúl Silva Henríquez

Salesian priest and Chilean lawyer, who made of the defense of human rights - especially during the period of Chilean dictatorship - one of his main fighting flags. Among other actions, he stood out for promoting initiatives aimed at eradicating poverty and promoting education for the most deprived population.

1996: José Donoso Yáñez

Chilean writer, professor, and journalist who stood out for creating a unique literary project. Tireless author of numerous short stories and novels, several of which were left inconclusive with his death, he was characterized by giving life to universes that exposed human essence.

1995: Oscar Pinochet de la Barra

Lawyer, historian, poet, writer, academic, and explorer. He took part in the First Expedition to Antarctica, an experience that led him to participate in the foundation of the Chilean Antarctic Institute. During his life, he also directed the Andrés Bello Diplomatic Academy and was Ambassador of Chile in Belgium and Japan, among other destinations.

1994: Fernando Flores Labra

Industrial Engineer, PhD in Philosophy of Language from the University of California, Berkeley, United States, and former Minister of State, he received the Medal in recognition of his career in public service.

1992: José Antonio Ardanza

He was president of the Government of the Basque Country, Spain, between 1985 and 1999. Thanks to his negotiation, a collaboration treaty was established which enabled the creattion of an Office for the Development of Investments in the Maule Region.

Doctor Honoris Causa

Recognition given to those who develop an outstanding work for the benefit of humanity, which also allows strengthening research or actions in favor of society.

2019: Alfredo Jaar

Visual artist, architect, and filmmaker, the work of Alfredo Jaar - National Prize of Plastic Arts 2013 - is characterized by showing the international reality about refugees, immigration conflicts, racism, and pollution, as well as social and geopolitical crises.

2015: Ricardo Ffrench-Davis

Commercial Engineer, PhD in Economics and Master of the University of Chicago, he is recognized both in Chile and abroad for his valuable contribution to the development of economic sciences from a social perspective. Throughout his career, he has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Oxford, Boston, and Complutense of Madrid, and at institutes in Spain, France, Italy, and Sweden.

2009: M.S. Swaminathan

He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and his post-doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin, United States. His experience as a plant geneticist has enabled him to make important contributions to the strengthening of Indian agriculture and the conservation and improvement of natural resources.

2008: Alfredo Etcheberry Orthusteguy

He is a prominent Chilean lawyer expert in Criminal Law, a specialization in which he has stood out throughout his professional career and on which he has written various books, papers, and publications, thus contributing to the scientific and cultural development of the country in the field of criminal sciences.

José Donoso Award

Considered one of the most important prizes in Latin America, this distinction has been awarded since 2001 by the University to recognize the contribution and career of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking writers.

2018: Mario Bellatín

Creator of a daring, disturbing and original literary project, Mario Bellatín is considered one of the most emblematic contemporary Latin American experimental writers, characteristics that led UTalca to distinguish his work.

2017: Raúl Zurita

Chilean poet. His work stands out for its rupturist style, which questions existential and social reality, and through which he exposes identity themes linked to lethargy, desolation, and human rights violations. His work has earned him recognitions as the National Prize for Literature and the Pablo Neruda Ibero-American Poetry Prize.

2016: Pablo Montoya

Outstanding Colombian writer whose varied literary production travels through genres such as novel, short story, poem, prose, essay and literary criticism. Part of his work addresses, from a perspective far from sensationalism, the violence and social reality of his native country.

2015: Rodrigo Rey Rosa

Guatemalan narrator, essayist, and translator, considered one of the most promising figures of Ibero-American writing. He stands out for its exceptional handling of brevity, ellipsis, and open endings.

2014: Silviano Santiago

Based on strong traditions of the Brazilian culture, his country of origin, this poet, novelist, short story writer, and essayist has made significant contributions to Latin American thought and literary creation. Their texts propose an original thought about identities, minority, and gender relations, building bridges between diverse cultural contexts in an integrating perspective.

2013: Pedro Lemebel

He was a Chilean writer, chronicler, and plastic artist who achieved great international recognition during his lifetime. His work mainly addresses issues associated with marginality, homosexuality, politics, and discrimination, with some autobiographical references, through a rupturist, tragicomic, and combative style.

2012: Juan Villoro

Mexican writer and journalist. His work is focused on various topics such as sports, music, film, and literature. He has developed theater scripts, as well as permanent op ed pieces in various media in Latin America.

2011: Sergio Ramírez

Nicaraguan writer, lawyer, and journalist, with a prolific career that, to date, adds more than forty writings, including novels, essays, and books, which have been translated into more than 15 languages. The impact achieved by his work led him to receive the Cervantes Prize in 2017.

2010: Diamela Eltit

With a degree in Literature, she is one of the founders of the Art Actions Collective (CADA by its acronym in Spanish). She is recognized as the author of one of the most far-reaching narrative projects of the contemporary Chilean novel, as well as for making a theoretical, aesthetic, social, and political proposal from a new reading perspective.

2009: Jorge Volpi

Belonging to the so-called 'Crack Generation', Mexican literary movement of the late 20th century that broke with 'postmodern literature', the author has developed a literary career that trespasses generic boundaries, using essays, chronicles, journalistic articles, and even scientific language.

2008: Javier Marías

Spanish writer, novelist, and editor, whose life has been devoted to literature. Among his works, multiple articles, essays, anthologies, stories, and novels stand out. They have been translated into 40 languages ​​and published in 50 countries .

2007: Miguel Barnet

Cuban poet, narrator, essayist, ethnologist, and politician. He is considered the creator of a new genre, the 'testimonial novel', as reflected in works such as the 'Biography of a Bivouac' ('Biografía de un cimarrón'), 'The Song of Rachel' (La canción de Rachel'), 'Galician' ('Gallego'), and 'The Real Life' ('La vida real').

2006: Antonio Lobo Antúnes

He is a doctor specialized in Psychiatry. He participated in the last phase of Angola's colonial liberation war, a recurrent theme in many of his books, where there is also an evident criticism of the identity of his country, Portugal, a characteristic that cuts across his entire work. Currently, he is devoted to literature and journalism.

2005: Ricardo Piglia

Argentine professor, narrator, literary critic, and screenwriter who gained proficiency in diverse genres and language registers. This talent allowed him to approach Latin American historical experience with the accuracy and knowledge of the essayist, but also with the art and imagination of the narrator.

2004: Antonio Cisneros

He was a poet, journalist, chronicler, screenwriter, professor, and translator, who belonged to the so-called 'Generation of 1960' of Peruvian literature. His work, which enabled the renewal of Latin American poetry, gave an account of urban reality, showing the contradictions and difficulties of life in the region.

2003: Isabel Allende

Chilean writer whose work is framed within the narrative of the Latin American postboom. Her creations -which have been adapted to cinema and also translated into 42 languages- have helped to give room to the female voice that had been marginalized in previous literature, while in the 80s she made a great impact by disseminating an image of Chile opposed to the versions portrayed by the military dictatorship that governed the country during that period.

2002: Beatriz Sarlo

Argentine academic, narrator and, essayist, whose work stands out for quality, expressive vivacity, grace, and mastery of all literary aspects. In addition, she has publications in the field of popular sentimental literature, history of journalism and mass media, cinema and mass culture in relation to artistic production, as well as the role of intellectuals.

2001: José Emilio Pacheco

He was a renowned Mexican poet, narrator, essayist, literary critic, translator and journalist whose work stood out for his chronicles, novels, short stories, and poetry. His writing was characterized by a constant questioning of life in the modern world, literature, and his own artistic production.