National Autonomous University of Mexico

Rector: Professor Enrique Graue Wiechers

APRU Senior Staff Contact:
Dr. Eduardo Garcia Barzana, Provost



The National Autonomous University of Mexico is the oldest institution of higher learning in the Americas. In Mexico, it stands out as a university that contributes the highest number of professionals as well as the distinction, variety, and depth of its scientific, humanistic, and cultural activities.

Its history began on September 21, 1551, with the creation of the founding document for the Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico. Its classrooms opened January 25, 1553 and it was the first to offer higher education in the Americas. The RPUM was organized along the lines of the European universities in the scholastic tradition, particularly Salamanca University. In 1910, it was established as the National University of Mexico, and finally in 1929 obtained its autonomy and current official name.

Nowadays, total enrollment is around 300,000 students in high school, undergraduate, and graduate studies, as well as providing attention to 230,000 people annually through continuous education courses.
Its long scientific, humanistic tradition extends over vast fields of hard and soft knowledge. To these new frontier subjects in the contemporary knowledge have been added such as genomic sciences, new materials, and nanotechnologies. Moreover one must also consider the development of infrastructure evidenced by supercomputers, an advanced visualization observatory to teach complex phenomena, and support to scientific research.

UNAM is a center of renowned prestige in the creation of art and promotion of culture; its activities comprise fields of expression such as theatre, dance, literature, visual arts, and music. Its cultural offering includes a radio station and a TV channel, which provide society with an alternative viewpoint.

An institution open to the national and international contact, it maintains extensive relations with cultural, scientific, and higher education institutions around the world, participating in wide projects of collaboration, as well as academic and student mobility.