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UNAM campus celebrates 65th anniversary
On March 22, 1954, at the University Council Chamber in the Rectory Tower, president Adolfo Ruiz Cortines led the inauguration ceremony - Photo: Samudio Ruiz/EL UNIVERSAL

UNAM campus celebrates 65th anniversary

22/03/2019
14:15
Teresa Moreno
Mexico City
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Mexico City's Ciudad Universitaria is recognized as a landmark of urban and architectonic development

Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM) has just celebrated its main campus’ 65th anniversary.

Back when it was inaugurated, “Ciudad Universitaria” (University City) was recognized as a landmark of urban and architectonic development, since it was a “comprehensive concept that became a center of attraction both at the national and international levels. This architectural and engineering masterpiece caught the attention of students from all over the world,” reminded Raúl Domínguez, from the University and Education Research Institute (IISUE).

On March 22, 1954, at the University Council Chamber in the Rectory Tower, president Adolfo Ruiz Cortines led the inauguration ceremony. The rector of the university was Nabor Carrillo.

“Back then, the UNAM was spread throughout the University Neighborhood in the historic city center; several schools and faculties were located in colonial buildings, many of which had become deteriorated by the passage of time,” said the university through a press release.

Once the University City was inaugurated, classes began at the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature, the national schools of Architecture, Commerce and Administration, Engineering, and Jurisprudence, as well as the History, Comparative Law, Geography, Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and the Social and Aesthetic Investigations institutes.

The Center for Philosophical Studies and the Central Library, as well as the National Astronomical Observatory and the University Stadium also started operating at that time.

In its first year, the University City had a population of 6,933 students, out of which only 935 were women. As other facilities and academic entities began operating, student enrollment reached the number of 25 thousand, its maximum capacity.

The University City (CU) now holds 116,506 students, plus a few thousands who attend postgraduate courses.

The university campus handles a daily visitor stream of 300 thousand people, including workers, teachers, investigators, students, and tourists.

On September 11, 1946, during the rectorship of Salvador Zubirán, president Manuel Ávila Camacho issued a decree to expropriate a plot of land in the Pedregal de San Ángel neighborhood, where CU was built. Infrastructure works began in 1949, and in 1950, the first stone was laid.

The “Dedication Ceremony of the University City” was led by president Miguel Alemán Valdés in 1952, which is considered the official inauguration of the architectural complex.
 

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