The University of Santiago, Chile (Usach) is one of the oldest public universities in Chile. The institution was born as Escuela de Artes y Oficios (Spanish School of Arts & Crafts) in 1849, under the government of Manuel Bulnes. It became Universidad Técnica del Estado (Spanish Technical University of the State) in 1947, with various campuses throughout the country. In 1981, as a consequence of a reform on higher education under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, it became what is now known as Universidad de Santiago de Chile, with all activities centered in a single 340,000 m² campus in the capital Santiago.
The University of Santiago of Chile (USACH) saw its origins in 1849. Is one of oldest and most traditionals universities of Chile. Its background is the "School of Arts and Crafts" was founded in 1849 during the Manuel Bulnes Prieto government. Later in the government of President Gabriel González Videla through the DFL N ° 1831 of April 9, 1947, he joined the School of Arts and Crafts Santiago (1849) with the School of Mines of Copiapó (1857), La Serena (1887) and Antofagasta (1918), and Industrial Design Schools (1905), Temuco (1916), Valdivia (1934), Industrial Engineering Schools Santiago (1940) and the Technical Educational Institute. To form the Technical University State (UTE), becoming the best university in the area Chilean applied engineering and industrial technician training. So in 1952 enacted the first statute that allowed Organic begin function as a university, both in legal, administrative and academic.