The National Autonomous University of Mexico (Spanish: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM) is a public research university in Mexico. It is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in Latin America,[10][11][12] where it's also the biggest in terms of enrollment.[13] A portion of UNAM's main campus in Mexico City, known as Ciudad Universitaria (University City), is a UNESCO World Heritage site that was designed by some of Mexico's best-known architects of the 20th century and hosted the 1968 Summer Olympic Games. Murals in the main campus were painted by some of the most recognized artists in Mexican history, such as Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. With acceptance rates usually below 10%, UNAM is also known for its competitive admission process.[14] All Mexican Nobel laureates are either alumni or faculty of UNAM.[15]

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National Autonomous University of Mexico
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Official seal of the University, designed by rector José Vasconcelos
Latin: Universitas Nationalis Autonoma Mexici
Former name
Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico
MottoPor mi raza hablará el espíritu
Motto in English
"Through my race shall the Spirit speak"
TypePublic university
EstablishedOriginally established on 21 September 1551, reopened on 22 September 1910[1][2][3][4][5][6]
EndowmentUS$2.4 billion (2012)[7]
RectorEnrique Graue Wiechers
Academic staff
41,318 (as of 2019)[8]
Students356,530 (20112018 academic year)[8]
Undergraduates213,004 (as of 2018)[8]
Postgraduates30,089 (as of 2018)[8]

19°19′44″N 99°11′14″W
CampusUrban, 7.3 km2 (2.8 sq mi), main campus only
Colors   Blue and gold
Sporting affiliations
41 varsity teams[9]
Official nameCentral University City Campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Criteriai, ii, iv
Designated2007 (31st session)
Reference no.1250
RegionLatin America and the Caribbean

UNAM was founded, in its modern form, on 22 September 1910 by Justo Sierra[1][2][3][4] as a secular alternative to its predecessor, the Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico (the first Western-style university in North America, founded in 1551).[16][17] UNAM obtained administrative autonomy from the government in 1929. This has given the university the freedom to define its own curriculum and manage its own budget without government interference. This has had a profound effect on academic life at the university, which some claim boosts academic freedom and independence.[18] UNAM was also the birthplace of the student movement of 1968.[19]

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