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Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon is one of the largest and most important higher education institutions in Mexico. Today, our university has 206,640 students and 14,500 employees, making a total of 221,140 people studying or working in the University. Therefore, our university needs to build and maintain enough facilities for its 6 campuses.

UANL’s infrastructure policy established that the university has to provide the university community (students, professors, 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.

Over the last few years, UANL has incorporated 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 guidelines with recommendations on the following aspects:

  • Electricity generation by solar panels
  • Air conditioners with inverter technology
  • Thermal insulation of buildings
  • Natural ventilation of buildings
  • Natural lighting
  • High-efficiency LED lighting in classrooms and offices
  • Energy-saving LCD monitors
  • Occupancy sensors in classrooms and offices
  • Water-efficient devices in service areas
  • Parks and gardens in all UANL campuses
  • Green roofs
  • Water retention areas
  • Solar water heating systems

With their implementation, approximately 95 percent of the UANL schools and entities have attained high-efficiency air conditioning and lighting, which represents significant cost and energy savings. The university community has also contributed to these changes by participating in the energy saving awareness program.

Some of the infrastructure projects that have been recently built or are in the final stage of construction comply with the current sustainability standards. These are described below:

Center for Environmental Research and Sustainability (CIAS)

In order to propose solutions that help achieve 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 an entity for environmental and sustainability research 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 5,913 square meters that are being equipped with solar panels, wind turbines, a green roof, and laboratories for geomatics, climatology, environmental toxicology, instrument calibration, land conservation, water quality, and air quality. In addition, it will have offices, a library, a meeting room, a maintenance area, a parking lot, and green areas, as well as areas for researchers, research assistants, and learning service students.

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

The mission of the Center for Research, Innovation, and Development of Arts is to generate knowledge about different artistic forms, especially those of regional relevance. The center offers a bibliographic collection specialized in arts, a specific department for documentation of cultural expressions, and areas for cultural and academic events. This contributes to the cultural and artistic development of our community.

The CEIIDA has several exhibition halls, cubicles, and a library distributed in two levels with a floor area of 8,000 square meters. This center will develop a series of research programs in arts, through public invitations, and a cultural program of courses and seminars.

This strategic project revolves around four fundamental components: research in artistic culture, a center for arts documentation, an arts library, and a cultural space in the Mederos Campus


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 knowledge generation, technological innovation, expert training, and professional services to the industrial sector.

The project is located in a sustainable three-floor building of 6,119.46 square meters that includes 50 laboratories, an auditorium, a library, a conference room, offices, and other scientific, administrative, and social areas.

This new building complies with our sustainable principles and it is equipped with solar power generation systems and water-efficient devices.

The mission of the center is to generate leading knowledge about biotechnology and nanotoxicology that could be applied to solve current social issues involving air, water, and food quality, contributing to our sustainable development and public health.

Likewise, the center’s vision is to be a research center whose contributions in biotechnology and nanotoxicology are of high significance and social relevance for their impact on scientific and technological advances in education, sustainability, health, and the industrial sector.

The Center for Research in Biotechnology and Nanotoxicology has the following objectives:

  • Provide technical services, consulting, and support to the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic, veterinary, and environmental protection industries.
  • Contribute to the education of human resources in the disciplines related to biotechnology and nanotoxicology with a multidisciplinary and innovative approach.
  • Conduct advanced scientific and technological research to develop new chemicals from biological tracers derived from 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 Department of International Affairs, the Department of Academic Exchange, the Department of Accreditation and International Evaluation, the Center for Asian Studies, and the Vice Presidency of Sustainability.

The center is located in an intelligent and sustainable two-floor building of 5,352.46 square meters that includes a hall of flags, the International Advisory Board and the Institutional Committee of International Relations meeting rooms, an ambassador room, a chancellor room, an interactive map of the state 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

The Center for Digital Education and Entrepreneurship seeks to increase the university’s quality, coverage, and curriculum, using communication and information technologies. This center will also promote an entrepreneurial spirit to encourage students to develop and manage innovative projects. An investment of 95 million pesos was required to build this center in an area of 5,352 square meters, which includes areas for research and training, television, radio, and production studios, and an office for educational projects and audiovisual production.

Center for Innovation, Research, and Development of Engineering and Technology (CIIDIT)

With an investment of over 180 million pesos, the CIIDIT was built in an area of 7,380 square meters. This multidisciplinary center offers advanced laboratories for engineering and technology fields. It also includes a center for knowledge management, conference rooms with cutting-edge equipment, and areas for researchers and continuing education students.

Center for Research and Development of Health Sciences (CIDICS)

With an area of 15,592 square meters, the Center for Research and Development of Health Sciences is one of the 34 UANL centers dedicated to knowledge generation and innovation, providing society with academic and research infrastructure in the fields of health, biomedicine and biotechnology.

Center for Research and Innovation of Aeronautical Engineering (CIIIA)

Managed by the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, the Center for Research and Innovation of Aeronautical Engineering is a multidisciplinary center that was built with an investment of over 250 million pesos. Its mission is to become a touchstone of technological development that supports the growth of the aeronautical and aerospace industries in northern Mexico by establishing linkages between professors and research. Such connections allow the creation of scientific and technological projects that provide effective solutions to industries.

The CIIIA is located in the municipality of Apodaca, near the Del Norte International Airport, and its surface area is 3,600 square meters. The three-level building has a floor area of 7,367 square meters and includes classrooms and laboratories, a hangar for practices in aircraft structures, aircraft systems, and design and construction project development, a room for professors and researchers, offices for partner companies, administrative offices, a conference room, a wind tunnel, and 15 laboratories for national and international research in design, aerodynamics, advanced materials, simulation, failure analysis, and corrosion, among others. This center is also the seat of the Monterrey Aerocluster.