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2016 - Mexico City - UNAM 1

2016 - Mexico City - UNAM 1

A morning trip to the University campus in Coyoacan.

About UNAM:
The National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) is the largest university in Latin America. As a public research university in Mexico City, the "UNAM" is widely regarded by many university world rankings as the leading university of the Spanish-speaking world.

UNAM was founded, in its modern form, on 22 September 1910 by Justo Sierra as a liberal alternative to its preceding institution the Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico (founded on 21 September 1551 by a royal decree of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and brought to a definitive closure in 1867 by the liberals).

Today the National Autonomous University of Mexico owns and uses the old buildings located in downtown Mexico City that once belonged to the old Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico.

UNAM's autonomy, granted in 1929, has given it the freedom to define its own curriculum and manage its own budget without interference from the government. This has had a profound effect on academic life at the university, which some claim boosts academic freedom and independence.

The UNAM generates a number of different publications in diverse areas, such as mathematics, physics and history. It is also the university in Latin America with most Nobel Prize laureates among its alumni and faculty: Alfonso García Robles (Peace), Octavio Paz (Literature), and Mario Molina (Chemistry).

Besides being one of the most recognized universities in Latin America and the Spanish-speaking world in general, its campus is one of the largest and most artistically detailed. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site that was designed by some of Mexico's best-known architects of the 20th century. 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.

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Photo taken @ Ciudad de México on 7 March 2016 (© Ted's photos - Returns late November / Flickr)

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