The 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 204,684 students and 13,476 members of staff making a total of 218,160 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
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.
The project considers a final investment of more than 11 million dolars in 5,913 m² of construction and equipment, which will be equipped with photovoltaic panels, wind turbines and green roof, and will have laboratories for the areas of Environmental Geomatics, Climatology, Toxicology and Environmental Risk, Calibration and Maintenance of Measurement Instruments, in addition to a Research Laboratory for Air, Soil and Water Quality, as well as administrative areas, a library, a meeting room, maintenance, parking and green areas, and facilities for researchers, research assistants and social service providers.
Center for Research in Biotechnology and Nanotoxicology
With an initial investment of more than 11 million dolars, the 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 6,119.46 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
The Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon established the Center for Internationalization as a strategy to successfully improve its institutional internationalization process.
Aninvestment of more than 7 million dolars 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 5,352.46 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.
Center for Digital Education and Entrepreneurship
Intended to increase the quality, coverage and educational offer, through the use of communication and information technologies. This Center will also promote, among university students, the entrepreneurial spirit for the design, implementation and administration of creative and innovative projects. The facilities have a construction area of more than 5,352 square meters and an investment of more than 5 million dolars. It includes an area of research, training, television studio, production booth, radio studio, coordination of educational projects and audiovisual production, among others.
Center for Innovation, Research and Development in Engineering and Technology (CIIDIT)
CIIDIT is a multidisciplinary center that had an investment of more than 10 million dolars in an area of 7,380 square meters, constituted by state-of-the-art laboratories for different disciplines of engineering and technology and also has a Knowledge Management Center, rooms multipurpose with cutting-edge technology, areas equipped for the use of researchers and students for continuing education.
Center for Research and Development in Health Sciences (CIDICS)
With an area of 15,592 square meters, it is one of the 34 centers that our University has directed towards the creation of knowledge and innovation, which provides society with academic infrastructure and research in the area of health, biomedicine and biotechnology.