Universidad de Chile was established in 1843, making it the country’s oldest university. Approximately 38,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students attend across five campuses. In front of the main building is a marble statue by sculptor Nicanor Plaza of Andrés Bello. This Venezuelan-born diplomat and educator founded the school while he was a Senator of Santiago. He also served as the school’s first rector until he died at the age of 83 in 1865.