June 15, 2016

About Us

A general overview of UNAM

Substantive functions

The National Autonomous University of Mexico takes as a mission to teach higher education courses to educate professionals, researchers, university professors, and technicians who will provide a useful service to society; to organize and to carry out research, primarily on the national conditions and problems, and to extend with generosity the benefits of culture to all sectors of the population.

Its substantive functions are teaching, research, and dissemination of culture. Its organizational structure is divided into three sub-systems to achieve its task. These are: on the one hand, education, which includes undergraduate, master and doctoral programs; research, which is done in its schools, and in its institutes and centers of natural and exact sciences, and on the other hand, humanities and social sciences as well as cultural dissemination.

The National Autonomous University of Mexico has two high schools: The National Preparatory School with nine facilities, and the Sciences and Humanities School with five facilities. High school in Mexico corresponds to prep school, and it is studied in three years after middle school and before the undergraduate degree.

Undergraduate programs are taught in 29 schools and national schools located in Mexico City and its Metropolitan Area, and in some institutes, centers and units located in different states of Mexico. This infrastructure enables UNAM to offer 133 programs in all disciplines of human knowledge.

UNAM has five Higher Education Schools, four in the State of Mexico and one in Mexico City, which were established in the seventies within the framework of an education decentralization project in order to benefit a larger number of students, introduce educational innovations, to impel inter-discipline and multi-discipline, to link research and teaching, to integrate theory and practice and to relate to its environment.

Through the Open University and the Distance Education System, UNAM offers twenty-two undergraduate programs, one technical program, one distance high school, four doctoral and fourteen master programs, in twelve schools, two national schools, and one extension center in the University itself, as well as in the states of: Chiapas, Mexico, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Tabasco, and Tlaxcala.

UNAM offers 41 postgraduate programs with 83 curricula for master and doctoral programs, with the advantage that these are jointly taught by diverse academic entities of the National University schools, institutes, and centers offering the students a major variety of expert tutors in different branches of the discipline of their choice. It also offers 30 programs in 167 specializations.

The Coordination of Humanities encourages the development of humanistic disciplines and of social sciences disseminating the knowledge generated by the researchers of ten institutes. seven centers. three programs, and an academic unit outside Mexico City which constitute UNAM Subsystem of Humanities.

Research in scientific areas is done in nineteen institutes; ten centers, and five programs gathered in the Coordination of the Scientific Research.

The Coordination of Culture Dissemination is the area of UNAM in charge of fostering and disseminating culture and of managing the university extension activities. To achieve this, UNAM counts with the Cultural University Center, in University City, the Tlatelolco Cultural University Center, Radio UNAM, as well as with thirteen museums inside and outside of University City.


UNAM Identity

UNAM’s university identity is represented by a series of cultural meanings that elevate the sense of belonging to UNAM; whether singing the Anthem, wearing a shirt with the university coat of arms, attending a Pumas match or just exclaiming, Goya!



The university community

Professors, researchers, academic technicians, students, employees, graduates and authorities make up UNAM’s faculty.

The academic staff is made out of 39,500 professors, researchers, and academic technicians. Administrative support work and services are carried out by 27,522 employees.

During the academic year 2015 – 2016 UNAM had 346,730 students enrolled: 112,229 in High School; 923 in propaedeutic levels; 204,940 undergraduates, and 28,638 postgraduates.



UNAM in figures

Information from: https://www.estadistica.unam.mx/numeralia/