UNAM is the modern name of the Royal Pontifical University of Mexico, the first to be founded in North America in 1551. It was granted the character of “national” since 1910, and is autonomous since 1929.
It is the most ambitious and far-reaching cultural and educational project in Mexico. It is the largest and most important university in Mexico: it has 350,000 registered students. This has enabled it to have a profound, transformational impact in society. It operates under the conviction that higher education is one of the keys of development.