Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon is the third largest university in Mexico and the most important public institution of higher education. Today, our university has about 197,381 students and 13,545 members of staff making a total of 210,916 people studying or working in the University. It is therefore important to maintain in good conditions UANL facilities from all campuses.
UANL philosophy on infrastructure is to provide the university community (scholars, students, and staff) with facilities and equipment of world-class quality standards, so that they can carry out their activities in the best possible conditions, despite the physical efforts and financial costs it involves.
In this context UANL has been establishing, over the last few years, standards and better environmental practices in design, construction, equipping, new facility operations, and building improvements and expansions. This allows our university to issue, assisted by the Vice Presidency of Sustainability, technical guideline with recommendations on the following aspects: building orientation, insulation, exhaust ventilation, green areas, occupancy sensor, water and energy efficiency, lighting, air conditioning, air quality, large windows, green roofs, and retention surfaces, among others. Their implementation has enabled more than 90 percent of the UANL schools and entities to attain high-efficiency air conditioning and lighting, which represents significant economic and energy savings.
Some of the infrastructure projects that have been recently built or are in their final stage of construction comply with sustainability standards. These are described below:
Center for Environmental Research and Sustainability (CIAS)
In order to propose solutions to the efficient use of water, electricity, air, and land by means of science and technology development, UANL established the Center for Environmental Research and Sustainability, which is in its final stage of construction.
The CIAS is a research entity that will act as a regional touchstone of environmental communication and sustainable development, focusing on the search for better alternatives to solving the environmental issues in northeastern Mexico.
This project represents a final investment of over 200 million pesos in the construction of 3,500 square meters, equipping it with solar panels, wind turbines, green roof, and laboratories of geomatics, climatology, toxicology, environmental risk, calibration and maintenance of measurement instruments, and air, water, and ground quality. In addition, it will have offices, libraries, conference room, maintenance area, parking lot, green areas, as well as areas for researchers, research assistants, and learning service students.
Center for Research in Biotechnology and Nanotoxicology
With an initial investment of more than 200 million pesos, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon established the Center for Research in Biotechnology and Nanotoxicology to address health and environmental issues through the creation of knowledge, technology innovation, education, and professional consulting to the industry.
The master plan is composed of a sustainable three-floor building with 50 laboratories, auditorium, library, conference room, and offices, among other spaces for science, administration, and leisure, resulting in a surface area of 5,200 square meters.
Adopting sustainable principles, this new university area has been specially equipped for solar energy use and water efficiency.
The mission of the center is to create state-of-the-art knowledge in biotechnology and nanotoxicology with a solid emphasis on the solution of modern social problems, such as air quality, water, and food, for contributing to sustainability and health.
Its vision is to become a research center whose contributions to biotechnology and nanotoxicology have social relevance in the scientific and technology advancement of education, industry, sustainability and health.
The objectives of the center are listed as follows:
- To offer technical services, consulting, and assistance to the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic, and veterinary industries in environmental protection.
- To help educate multidisciplinary and innovative human resources in fields related to biotechnology and nanotoxicology.
- To conduct cutting-edge scientific and technological research to develop new chemicals from isolated biological compounds of our flora.
Center for Internationalization
Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon established the Center for Internationalization as a strategy to successfully improve its institutional internationalization process.
An investment of 128 million pesos was allocated to build this center, which is home to the Vice Presidency of International Relations, the Vice Presidency of Sustainability, the Department of Academic Exchange, the Department of Accreditation and International Evaluation, and the Center for Asian Studies.
The center is located in an intelligent and sustainable two-floor building of 7,773 square meters that includes a flag display area, the International Advisory Board and the Institutional Committee of International Relations meeting rooms, an ambassador room, a chancellor room, an interactive map of Nuevo Leon, a virtual campus tour room, 4 distance learning classrooms, and 5 units for international cooperation organizations.