As part of its 2020 Vision, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon seeks to become an institution that is nationally and internationally acknowledged as a center for technology, culture, humanism, and science development for its contributions to knowledge, innovation, critical thinking, and sustainability in the state and the country.
Therefore, our researchers’ purpose is to promote scientific and technological research on sustainability in order to help UANL consolidate as a touchstone of sustainable development.
UANL currently has 226 Academic Bodies (CA) composed of 1,153 professors who develop research in the 529 lines of generation and application of knowledge (LGAC). Of the 226 existing Academic Bodies, 169 are related to topics related to sustainability, representing 74.77% of the total.
Among the research activities carried out at the UANL, the increase in the number of professors assigned to the National System of Researchers (SNI-CONACYT), which aims to increase the number of professors, has increased in recent years. promote and strengthen, through evaluation, the quality of scientific and technological research, and the innovation that occurs in the country. A reflection of the high level research linked to sustainability that is developed in the UANL can be observed through the work of these researchers since of the 805 researchers belonging to the National System of Researchers 508 are linked to lines of research linked to sustainability.
Undoubtedly an indispensable component that goes hand in hand with scientific work in any of its disciplines is the infrastructure and equipment that counts, in this sense the UANL currently has 38 centers and research institutes dedicated to the study of science , culture and art, within which various investigations related to sustainability issues are carried out; However, in order to reaffirm its commitment to scientific research focused on the field of Sustainability, the UANL created the Center for Environmental Research for Sustainability (CIAS) which is currently in the process of equipment and will house Geomatics laboratories Environmental, Climatology, Toxicology and Environmental Risk, Calibration and Maintenance of Measurement Instruments, Air Quality, Soil and Water, which will allow different research in different fields of public and environmental health, as well as the care and recovery of natural environments , in addition to encouraging collaboration between researchers from different faculties of the UANL that work in these disciplinary fields.
On the other hand, inter-institutional collaboration is a key element in the process of building new knowledge, since through public and private organizations and institutions it is possible to expand the support for the development of research projects. During the year 2017, the UANL supported 594 research projects thanks to this collaboration scheme, of which 456 were directly related to aspects linked to sustainability.
In terms of international collaboration, the UANL promotes the signing of collaboration agreements that allow its researchers and students to interact closely with important universities worldwide with the aim of promoting high level scientific research in various subjects and fields of knowledge. Currently, 228 collaboration agreements have been signed with international organizations and universities in 31 countries, of which 131 allow strengthening high-impact collaborative work, with scientific, technological and cultural promotion as its main lines of action and as a guiding principle for sustainability.