Legal nature of the organization of UANDES
UANDES is organized as a private non-profit foundation, established according to current Chilean Higher Education legislation and governed by its own By-laws. The By-laws of Incorporation were made into a public deed on September 6, 1989 and the legal personality was recognized on September 8, 1989, when the documents were filed with the Ministry of Education. It is currently governed by its Amended By-laws of July 2017.
The organizers of the University were a group of academics, professionals and outstanding businessmen who proposed to found a higher education establishment whose specific purpose was “to elaborate an organic and universal synthesis of the human culture, that integrates the dispersion of the specialties in the radical unity of the truth, enlightened and invigorated by the Catholic faith”, for this purpose there is an agreement with Opus Dei, an institution of the Catholic Church, to guarantee the Christian formation to be delivered in its classrooms and provide spiritual assistance to those who freely request it (article 2 of the By-laws).
The first organizers were Raúl Bertelsen Repetto, Elena Vial Correa, Matías Izquierdo Menéndez, Eduardo Fernández León, Francisco Ruiz-Tagle Decombe, Patricia Moya Cañas, Eduardo Guilisasti Gana, Jorge Peña Vial, Patricio Prieto Sánchez, Juan Ignacio González Errázuriz and Fernando Figueroa Elizalde. The By-laws named Raúl Bertelsen as first Rector, Óscar Cristi as Secretary General, Guillermo Varas as first General Manager and Jorge Peña as first Research Director.
The By-laws determine the specific purposes of the institution and establish the governing authorities and bodies.
Government authorities of the University
According to the By-laws and the regulations set for the operation and development of the University, government is carried out through unipersonal and collegiate authorities.