Educational Model Based on Liberal Arts

Our educational model is unique in Chile and combines the professional education of students with a liberal arts program. In 2016, the university signed a teacher support and mentoring agreement with Columbia University, which has been applying this program since 1919 alongside other prestigious universities around the world, such as Harvard and Stanford, to name a few.

Our students enroll in a 4-year bachelor’s program and can obtain a master’s degree in their field with 1 additional year. This also considers athletics and English.

Specific knowledge is concentrated in the bachelor’s program of choice, but all UAI students must also take liberal arts courses, such as science, history, art, philosophy, literature, oral expression, argumentative writing, critical reading and ethics.


The skills acquired through liberal arts remain useful over time, even after university and work.

They give meaning to life. We live in a changing world, where we speculate permanently on what will happen in the next 10, 20 or 30 years. This is why we go beyond specific knowledge. It’s not about what you know, it’s about how you think: Are we asking the right questions? Are we overlooking any point of view? Does the road that everyone follows take me to where I want to go?


This is what the educational model is about, generating a comprehensive experience that transforms the way our students look at life.

We aim to provoke a change in our students’ outlook, with an education that combines professional training with a liberal education. We want to education professionals who are also individuals, who have projections beyond the specific knowledge in their field.

Today’s leaders need to have a broader outlook to see what is coming: intellectual flexibility and creativity to solve unforeseen problems, ability to adapt quickly to changes and an openness to debate.


Is liberal arts a thing of the past?

On the contrary. Reality is experienced and enjoyed better when it is understood. And to understand it, we need to be critical of what is there, to know how to ask the right questions and be able to give innovative answers.

Technology creates new tools on a daily basis, making others quickly obsolete, along with the specific knowledge they involved. The aim of liberal arts is to look to the past, not to yearn for it and idly mark time, but rather to give it meaning and adapt it to future progress.

It is crucial to know how human thought has evolved, essentially because it is how we find solutions and learn from mistakes. For example, an innovative idea may not have had the ethical framework needed in all human actions, and it may have eventually done more harm than good.

Innovation must be profoundly human and responsible if it is to have an impact on people. If we simply stick to the numbers and steer clear of people, we run the risk of going nowhere.

UAI professionals have the necessary clarity to set goals rather than just chasing after them, to adopt a critical, multidisciplinary approach to a problem and find innovative solutions.  The workplace needs independent thinkers. And we are not just talking about abstract philosophers, but rather about purposeful humans, leaders who are capable of making decisions, but who are also aware that their acts have an effect on the world around them, and therefore their actions are grounded in a profound ethical framework of respect and responsibility towards others.

This solid people-centered education and its possibilities also form the basis to forge new paths and do things differently, to break from the mold. We encourage entrepreneurship, it is part of our DNA.

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