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The Autonomous University of Nuevo León (UANL) is one of the largest and most important Higher Education Institutions in Mexico and the world, which currently has a total population of 216,173 people (202,039 students and 14,134 workers) who study and They work in their facilities, generating the need to build and maintain a large amount of infrastructure in each of the 6 university campuses they have.

The policy of the UANL in the field of infrastructure is to provide the university community (students, academics and administrators) with spaces and equipment with world-class quality standards, so that they have the best possible conditions to carry out their activities, in spite of the great physical and financial efforts that this implies.

In this framework of action, for several years the UANL has been incorporating environmental standards and best practices in the design, construction, equipment and operation of new real estate, extensions and real estate modifications, which has allowed it, through the Ministry of Sustainability, issue a series of technical guidelines that consider the application of different technical recommendations such as the following:

  • High efficiency LED luminaires in teaching areas.

  • Air conditioners with inverter technology.

  • Low energy LCD screens.

  • Appropriate orientation of the buildings.

  • Thermal insulation of the infrastructure.

  • Use of natural ventilation.

  • Green areas on all campuses.

  • Presence detectors in classrooms and offices.

  • Equipment to make efficient use of water and energy.

  • Lighting generated by photocells.

  • Green roofs.

  • Retentive rainwater surfaces.

  • Supply of energy produced by photocells.

  • Use of solar thermal plant to heat water, among others.

Whose application has allowed that 95% of schools and university units currently have high-efficiency air conditioning and lighting equipment, generating very important economic and energy savings, as well as the results obtained by the permanent awareness program on the proper use of energy in which members of the university community participate.

Some of the infrastructure works that were recently built or that are in the final phase of construction, which have been built applying sustainability standards, are the following:

Center for Environmental Research for Sustainability (CIAS)

In order to generate proposals for a solution to the problem of the efficient use of water, energy, gas and soil through the scientific method and technological development, the Center for Environmental Research for Sustainability (CIAS) was created, which is currently in the final phase of its construction.

CIAS is a university unit dedicated to research on the environment and sustainability that from 2019, will serve as a regional reference center for environmental information and communication and sustainable development aimed at finding better alternatives for the solution of environmental problems in the northeast of Mexico.

The project includes a final investment of more than 200 million pesos in 5,913 m² of construction and equipment, which will be equipped with photovoltaic panels, wind turbines and green roof, and will have laboratories of Environmental Geomatics, Climatology, Toxicology and Environmental Risk, Calibration and Maintenance of Measuring Instruments, as well as an Air, Soil and Water Quality Research laboratory, in addition to administrative areas, library, boardroom, maintenance, parking and green areas, as well as enclosures for researchers, research assistants and social service providers.

Center for Research, Innovation and Development of the Arts (CEIIDA)

CEIIDA aims to generate priority knowledge about artistic phenomena, with emphasis on the topics of regional interest; counting for it with a bibliographic collection specialized in arts, a documentation unit on our artistic culture, spaces for cultural and academic activities that contribute to the artistic and cultural development of our society.

CEIIDA has several exhibition halls, cubicles and library along its eight thousand square meters, distributed on two levels; This center will develop a series of arts research programs, through public calls, as well as a cultural program of courses and seminars.

The strategic project around the arts is grouped into four fundamental components, articulated among themselves: research of the artistic culture, documentation center of the arts, library of arts and cultural space in the Mederos Campus.


Biotechnology and Nanotoxicology Research Center

With an initial investment of over 200 million pesos, the Autonomous University of Nuevo León created the Center for Research in Biotechnology and Nanotoxicology, to address problems that affect health and the environment, through knowledge generation, innovation technological, expert training and provide professional services to the industry.

The master project is integrated by a three-level sustainable building, which includes fifty laboratories, auditorium, library, multipurpose room and offices, among other scientific, administrative and social areas, built on an area of ​​almost 6,119.46 m2. The new university space is governed by the principles of sustainability, with special equipment for the use of solar energy and efficient use of water.

The mission of the Center is to generate cutting-edge knowledge in biotechnology and nanotoxicology, with concrete application in addressing the current problems of society that involve the quality of air, water and food, in order to contribute to sustainability and health of the population And his vision is to be a research center whose contributions in biotechnology and nanotoxicology are of high relevance and social relevance for his contribution in scientific and technological advances for education, industry, sustainability and health.

The objectives of the Center are as follows:

  • Offer technical services, consulting and advisory services to support the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic, veterinary and environmental protection industries.

  • Contribute to the training of human resources in the disciplines related to biotechnology and nanotechnology, in a multidisciplinary and innovative environment.

  • Perform cutting-edge scientific and technological research for the development of new chemical products from biological compounds isolated from the flora.

UANL Internationalization Center

The Autonomous University of Nuevo León is going through an intense internationalization process, creating the Internationalization Center, as a strategy to facilitate the institutional internationalization process successfully.

The construction of the Center required an investment of 128 million pesos and is the headquarters of the Secretariat of International Relations, Academic Exchange, Accreditation and International Evaluation, the Center for Asian Studies and the Secretariat of Sustainability.

The building that houses the Center was designed with features that make it an intelligent and sustainable building, which occupies 5,352.46 m2 on two levels and has the following space: Flag Pavilion, Session Room of the International Advisory Council, Ambassadors Room and Room of Foreign Ministers, Session Room of the Institutional Committee of International Relations, Interactive Map of Nuevo León, Virtual Visiting Room for University Campus, 4 distance education rooms and 5 modules for cooperating international 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 5,352m2 and an investment exceeding 95 million pesos. 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)

The CIIDIT is a multidisciplinary center that had an investment of more than 180 million pesos in an area of ​​7,380m2, consisting of state-of-the-art laboratories for different engineering and technology disciplines and also has a Knowledge Management Center, rooms of multiple uses 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 ​​15,592m2 it is one of the 34 centers that our University has directed towards the creation of knowledge and innovation, which provides the society with academic and research infrastructure in the area of ​​health, biomedicine and biotechnology.