The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) was founded on September 21st, 1551 under the name Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico. It is the biggest and most important university in Mexico and Ibero-America. The fundamental aim of the UNAM is to serve both the country and humanity, train professionals, organize and carry out research, mainly on national problems and conditions, and offer cultural benefits in the broadest sense possible.


Tower rectory
Tower rectory

CU (University City) Cultural Heritage

During the thirty-first session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, held from June 23 to July 2, 2007 in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, the Central Campus of the University City at the National Autonomous University of Mexico was inscribed on the World Heritage List, featuring it as “an exemplary monumental modernism of the twentieth century.”

The declaration includes the area within the university circuit first opened in 1952 and over fifty buildings. Comprising 176.5 hectares that mean 25% of the total 730 that make up the University City and has a protection zone or buffer 69.5 hectares, which ensures their preservation to urban pressures that is subject to the City of Mexico.

University City-CU Ciudad Universitaria
University City – CU Ciudad Universitaria

University City, in its original conception, consists of three major areas that are permanently associated with his stroke. These areas are:

  • A. Olympic Stadium. It was designed for all kinds of sports activities were held, and was noted for his performance during the 1968 Olympics.
  • B. School Zone.   Which in turn is divided into five major groups:

I. Government and Services.
II. Humanities.
III. Biological Sciences.
IV. Sciences.
V. Arts and Museum.

  • C. Sports Fields. University City is one of the universities in the continent with the largest number of sports fields, both training and exhibition.

The Campus is considered-and used-as one of the most important and generous public spaces in Mexico City.

Olympic Stadium
Olympic Stadium

 Postgraduate studies

The National Autonomous University of Mexico offers a range of postgraduate degree options across every field of knowledge, consisting of forty postgraduate programs with eighty-three plans of study for attaining a master’s degree or PhD. These options are complemented by thirty-four specializations with 189 distinct orientations.

In the 2009-10 school year, UNAM postgraduate studies has served , to 25 036 advanced degree candidates. .

Fully 86% of the UNAM’s postgraduate studies programs are enrolled in the CONACYT National Postgraduate Studies Registry of Excellence.

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