History of the Institute

The Professional Institute Virginio Gómez of the Corporación Universidad de Concepción,was created in 1988 under the tutelage of the now-closed Educación Professional Athena S.A., incorporated by public deed dated November 24 1988. It began its activities in the city of Los Angeles  (Chile), for which purpose the Ministry of Education a year later granted the operating license by Decree N ° 69 of April 5, 1989, and its name being a tribute to one of the illustrious founders of the University of Concepción who was born in Los Angeles (Chile). In the year 1990 the headquarters is created and based in Concepción by means of the enlargement exempt decree No. 69 dated January 10, 1990 and in the year 1994 an office in the city of Chillán is opened by an authorization issued by the Head of the Higher Education Division of the Ministry of Education as ORD . No. 06/ 0178 dated January 31, 1994. It was granted its autonomy, dated May 4 1998, which was granted by decree 003994 of the Ministry of Education.
The Virginio Gómez Professional Institute forms part of the Corporación Universidad de Concepción with the idea of maintaining, at the Institute, the offer of professional and technical careers which the University stopped dictating as a result of the university guidelines, in order to concentrate their teaching on careers that are a requirement for graduate and post-graduate programs. The Corporate Technical Training Center Lota–Arauco also forms part of the educational project.
In the creation of the Institute, the main purpose was aimed at taking advantage of the available times of the laboratories and workshops, library resources and sports facilities of the University and share them between it and the Institute (General Agreement of Cooperation). This creates the headquarters of the Institute in the same city where the headquarters of the Universidad de Concepción is based, i.e. Concepción, Los Angeles and Chillán. This also initially allowed for the sharing of human resources. However, the steady increase in the enrollment at the Institute generates the need for its own libraries, equipment and infrastructure. At present, the Institute has the resources necessary for the carrying out of teaching and also has a budget allocation that allows permanent annual investment for the acquisition of new equipment, maintenance and renewal of that already existing. However, the Institute maintains co-operation agreements with the Universidad de Concepción for the use of sports facilities, laboratories in the technology area, extension, to detail a few.