A branch of the UNAM opens in San Miguel
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The extension of the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) in San Miguel, affiliated with the National School of Higher Studies from León (ENEAS), is located on Mesones 71 and officially opened on June 25.
Several years ago, the UNAM started academic activities in San Miguel de Allende. In 2012, the head of the university, Javier de la Fuente agreed to open an extension to conduct not only research but also activities to promote culture and continuing education. This project also includes the opening of a high school.
Javier de la Fuente, director of the ENEAS, said that the benefits for the municipality will be many because the city has a long tradition in matters of culture and the intention of this extension is to contribute by being part of the humanistic, cultural and artistic movement in San Miguel. “If we contribute and join with the university, we will have more benefits as citizens of San Miguel,” he said.
Plans for the high school are still in progress, but the first document will be presented to the UNAM in the days to come. The project has to be validated by the council of the UNAM and operations would start next August.
Currently some courses are being held, selected based on the opinions of citizens and organizations, such as dentistry courses and a class on cardiopulmonary resuscitation. A legal course on oral trials as well as Spanish courses are also planned. On August 5, English classes for all levels will begin.
On the first Thursday of the month, the school will offer workshops and talks for the general public. On August 1, there was a conference entitled “Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Other Whirlwinds of the Universe” that covered these threatening natural phenomena.
For more information about the courses, visit the facilities of the UNAM San Miguel at Mesones 71, call 120-3461 or visit www.enes.unam.mx/sanmigueldeallende.