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UTFSM was founded in Valparaíso on 27 April, 1926, when the Federico Santa María Foundation was established, thanks to his will and testatament. The entreprenur and businessman from Valparaíso wanted to leave his country with a center of scientific and technological studies, to train porfessionlas at the highest level. After 80 years the University is reputed for its prestige and leadership in engineering, science and technology.

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Valparaíso (112 km northwest of Santiago). The port city of Valparaiso is the third largest in Chile and one of the main seaports in the South Pacific. Valparaíso, a.k.a. "The Jewel of the Pacific," was declared a UNESCO world heritage site based upon its urban design and unique architecture

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Viña del Mar, known as the "Garden City", is the tourism capital of Chile. Viña del Mar offers beaches, hotels to suit any budget, delicious local seafood and buildings that recall the city's heritage.

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