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The Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL, for its acronym in Spanish) has about 214,342 students and 13,153 professors. UANL is the third largest university in Mexico and the most important public institution of higher education.

UANL is one of the best universities in Mexico and the world, because of its educational quality, inclusion, equity, generation and innovative application of knowledge. We maintain a broad sense of social responsibility that contributes and transcends in the transformation and welfare of society. The UANL offers a wide range of education and great technological production, which favors the formation of high school graduates, technicians, professionals, university teachers and researchers who are able to perform efficiently in the knowledge society.

Our graduates apply university principles and values and are committed to sustainable development, because for more than twenty years the institution has adopted educational policies and approaches from the perspective of sustainability in all its plans and programs of study. This has allowed the university community to incorporate the principles, values and practices of sustainability in the performance of all its activities, without these actions affecting its academic competitiveness and social responsibility.

In this respect, UANL has created in 2010 the Vice Presidency of Sustainability to address problems in matters of sustainability at a national and international level. The Vice Presidency of Sustainability works to build a more equitable society with respect for the environment, incorporating principles and values which will guide us toward better practices in teaching and students training. The Vice Presidency of Sustainability is always working for the benefit of the University and the society.

Today, UANL is the only university in the country that has a specific vice presidency for sustainability, a matter that is promoted through actions and education in order to fulfill the in-depth transformation of our civilizing process.

The Vice Presidency of Sustainability’s essential tasks include policy development, education programs and projects, infrastructure, environmental management, as well as the sustainability communication and dissemination techniques listed below:

  1. Create networks of cooperation within the academic community who is involved in research, teaching and dissemination activities in order to facilitate communication, stimulate research, knowledge sharing and innovation.

  2. Train and update human resources in the field of sustainable development through the Vice Presidency of Sustainability.

  3. Promote social participation while creating culture expressions in a Sustainable environment.

  4. Train highly qualified human resources and encourage research into sustainability issues.

  5. Establish strategic alliances with local, national and international social agents to promote the generation and innovative application of knowledge and sustainable technology.

  6. Design and operation of environmental infrastructure policies, programs and projects.
  7. Running an institutional program aimed at promoting the integrated management of different types of waste and reducing the generation of waste on all campuses, eliminating and/or minimizing negative impacts on the environment.

  8. Create an automated program for accounting, monitoring and evaluation of university environmental performance. This will allow the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that the UANL generates as a result of its daily activities.

  9. Use the potential of our institution to develop clean energy.

  10. Promote sustainable territorial development of its campus accompanied by sustainable mobility plans.


Their main objective is to encourage our community, society, and public policy makers toward the establishment of a strategic alliance that boosts the innovative creation and application of knowledge and technology. This can help us face our unavoidable commitment to current issues by taking action against environmental degradation and transforming society’s foundations.