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National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Photo: Ron Mader, Mural (Some rights reserved)

Mexico City – With an enrollment of nearly half a million students and a teaching staff of 25,000, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has the largest campus in the Americas.

Located in the southern part of the city, the university has amazing mosaics, the 1968 Olympic Stadium, and a campus built on top of a lava field.

Key Links

UNAM Abroad
UNAM UK – Centre for Mexican StudiesYouTube@UNAM_UK

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The Mexico City campus is the flagship of a national institution. The university was founded in 1551 by special charter from the king of Spain. Originally, the university was located downtown. It moved to its present location in the 1950s.

World Heritage
Thanks to its impressive architecture, in 2007 the National University in Mexico (UNAM) was elected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Buildings include the Rector Tower which boasts exterior murals by the Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siquieros, the Library, the Medicine and Engineering Faculties and the Olympic Stadium which was constructed in 1956 and hosted the Olympic Games in 1968.

Designed by Mexican architects Mario Pani and Enrique del Moral, the University Campus architectural features and urban plan remain a vivid expression of the post-modernist revolutionary ideas of the twentieth century and its harmonious blend with the pre-colonial Mexican traditions. More than sixty engineers, architects and artists worked together to create such an example of an excellent relationship between art and architecture. Amongst them were two of the greatest figures in the Latin-American muralist movement: David Alfaro Siquieros and Diego Rivera.

UNAM is the second architectural site of the modern era designated world heritage by UNESCO. In 2004 the studio and home of architect Luis Barragan was registered as a World Heritage Site. The studio was built in 1948 in a Tacubaya neighborhood.

The university promotes cycling through the use of the Bicipuma program. The program has a 4-kilometer bike path and nine drop-off stations located in the faculties of architecture, philosophy and letters, law, medicine, engineering and chemistry as well as at the engineering annex and the University Olympic stadium and the Tapatío Méndez stadium.

Launched in March 2004, the program is free to UNAM students, professors, and employees.

Art and Architecture
Many of the university’s buildings have murals. The Rectory is a national landmark thanks to its eye-catching mural by David Alfaro Siquieros. The library boasts a mosaic by Juan O’Gorman.

Botanical Gardens
The Jardín Botánico (Botanical Garden) was founded in 1959 by botanists Faustino Miranda and Manuel Ruíz Oronóz, with the support of Efrén del Pozo, a medical physiologist, who then served as Secretary General of UNAM.

The Botanical Garden of the Institute of Biology of the UNAM is the second oldest botanical garden of the country and has a national character for the diversity and representativeness of its collections. In addition to maintaining collections of live plants, the IB-UNAM Botanical Garden carries out dissemination and education activities, as well as research and conservation of Mexican plant diversity.

Youtube: Seminarios
Atlas Obscura
Herbarium Curators

From University Metro: Take the west exit of the Universidad station. Enter CU and locate the Whereabouts of the Pumabús. Board the bus for Route 4 (University-Jardín Botánico Metro), identified in brown. Get off at the Botanical Garden/Institute of Biology stop. JB is on the right side. https://goo.gl/maps/6PQeqkhqdFm

From Metrobús CU: Locate the Pumabús stop (on the sidewalk of the National School of Social Work), board the bus for Route 4 (University-Jardín Botánico Metro). Get off at the Botanical Garden/Institute of Biology stop. JB is on the right side. https://goo.gl/maps/JzoMQAqC1U22

On foot from the CU Metrobus Station
(~600m, 10min). https://goo.gl/maps/XzPvqNWoSCv

Goya, Goya, Cachún, Cachún, Ra Ra, Cachún, Cachún, Ra Ra, Goya ¡Universidad!’

¡Como no te voy a querer!

The PUMAS futbol team plays at Estadio Olimpico.

Don’t get lost! Here’s a campus map.

Beyond the University
UNAM manages a number of museums throughout the city and publishes Gaceta En Linea and Revista Digital.

UNAM is located in southern Mexico City. Metro access is from the Universidad and Copilco stations.

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Más museo revista digital

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Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico City
Club Universidad Nacional


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