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University of the Americas (Spanish: Universidad de Las Américas) is a private Chilean university, founded in 1988. UDLA is a part of the Laureate International Universities network of higher education institutions.

UDLA is a private university, declared autonomous in 1997 by the Higher Education Council (CSE), allowing the institution to emit titles and degrees that are valid according to the Chilean Ministry of Education.

UDLA obtained its institutional accreditation status from the National Accreditation Commission (CNA) in 2007, and lost it in January 2014. This accreditation is a quality certification given by the CNA, which is also a requirement for specific types of student loans.

Universidad de Las Americas (UDLA) was founded in 1988 and started its academic activities in 1989. Its headquarters are located in the commune of Providencia, in Santiago.

Its first principal was Mr. Mario Albornoz, a commercial engineer from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and MA in Economics from the University of Chicago.

In 1995, UDLA created a branch in Quito, Ecuador.

In 2000, Sylvan International Universities (now Laureate), acquired UDLA, allowing students to obtain combined degrees from other institutions in the Sylvan group.

Between 2000 and 2007, UDLA became the largest private university in Chile.