The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) was founded on September 21, 1551 under the name of Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico. It is public and secular and is the largest and most important university in Mexico and Latin America. Its primary purpose is to be at the service of the country and humanity, to train professionals useful to society, to organize and carry out research, mainly on national conditions and problems, and extend the benefits of culture as widely as possible.
It has played a leading role in the history and training of Mexico and serves more than 350,000 students, including high school, undergraduate and postgraduate students, with a staff of 41,000, and offers 128 courses in all disciplines.
In the academic world it is recognized as a university of excellence. It is a space of freedom. Academic freedom, respect, tolerance and dialogue are practiced daily.
The UNAM responds to the present and looks into the future as the most important cultural project in Mexico.
Its central campus in Ciudad Universitaria, was declared as Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2007, since it has a unique architecture, made with works by the important muralists: Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Juan O’Gorman and Francisco Epens, among others.