The UAM is among the best universities in the world

The Metropolitan Autonomous University is located in Mexico City

The UAM is among the best universities in the world
The UAM surpassed the UNAM, the country’s largest university - Photo: Berenice Fregoso/EL UNIVERSAL
English 03/09/2020 11:06 Newsroom/EL UNIVERSAL in English Mexico City Times Higher Education Actualizada 11:14

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Mexico’s Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM) was the best ranked Mexican university, per the annual list published by Times Higher Education. It was included among the best 800 universities in the world.

The list includes 16 Mexican universities, including the UNAM and IPN, among others. However, the UAM was better ranked than the UNAM, with a place between 601 and 800. 
 
According to the World University Rankings 2021, the UAM overcame the UNAM, the country’s largest university, which also has a higher budget. 

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World University Rankings 2021

According to its website, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 include over 1,500 universities across 93 countries and regions, “making them the largest and most diverse university rankings to date.”

It explains the ranking is “based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.”

The 2020 ranking analyzed over 80 million citations across over 13 million research publications and included survey responses from 22,000 scholars globally.

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About the UAM

Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM) was founded in 1974, with the help of the then-president Luis Echeverria Álvarez. This was one of the universities inaugurated after the Tlatelolco massacre in 1968, a movement that called for the improvement of education and comprehensive education reform.

The Mexican university has four campuses around Mexico City: Azcapotzalco, Cuajimalpa, Iztapalapa, and Xochimilco. It also opened one in Lerma, State of Mexico.
The UAM is split into six academic divisions: basic sciences and engineering, biological sciences and health, communications sciences and design, natural sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities, and sciences and arts for design. It offers 75 undergraduate and 75 postgraduate programs.

As soon as it opened, the Metropolitan Autonomous University began offering an undergraduate degree in environmental engineering, making it the first Mexican university to do so.

UAM is involved in a variety of social enterprise projects, with the “aim of supporting and resolving the problems of Mexican society’s most vulnerable." These projects include stomatology clinics and legal services for those who cannot afford them, a research and training center in Chiapas, and the Sierra Nevada Project, to reconfigure traditional production practices into sustainable operations that can be maintained long-term.

On-campus facilities and opportunities include foreign language centers, a library, several bookshops, medical centers, and sports facilities.

It is highly selective in its admission policy and relies on entrance examinations and past academic records. Between 20-30% of those who apply are accepted to study.

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