3 Things You Should Know About UNAM (Mexico’s Most Famous University)


[Music] ever since I arrived in Mexico people have been asking me to make a video about una the Universidad Nacional autónoma de Mexico and I’m not gonna lie I didn’t understand it at first I mean I saw some pictures of unum and it looked cool but it’s just a university I went to university in Canada it was a little boring I mean it’s alright I guess but it’s not the first place I’d recommend people to visit so why were so many people recommending that I visit unum that’s the question that I try to answer in today’s video I met up with a Mexican friend of mine named Roy and we went to own up ok so that’s not actually Roy speaking voice something happened I did not plan this this is not a joke my microphone was not plugged in and about 80% of the audio from that day was completely so apologies to Roy but you got silenced by me and my inability to use a microphone but today I’m gonna share three interesting facts that I learned from Roy and try to teach you about the soul of una number one what does unum actually mean well in English it means the National Autonomous University of Mexico autonomous means that it is independent from the rest of the city from the rest of the country from the rest of the universe it is its own body within Mexico City that means it has its own fire trucks it has its own security and for the students of unum this isn’t just a logistical difference I mean this is at the core of what Yoona means to them this means that Mexican police are not actually permitted on campus that’s right I mean my University when there were big house parties at night the police would come and break it up but the reason that unum is independent is more than just house parties it’s about the politics of the institution all of the major political movements from the last hundred years have came from the University so for the students of unum not having the police on campus is about their freedom to believe what they want to believe to talk about what they want to talk about and not happen to worry about the government or the police or the nation of Mexico coming in and shutting them down fact number two this is actually convenient because I’m holding up two pesos why am i holding up two pesos because this is the cost of a four-year education that Munna actually it’s cheaper than that it’s like one and a half pesos it costs a fifth of a peso for every semester of education and it’s like a symbolic gesture you pay this tiny amount that anyone can afford to signify that anyone can afford to go to Yuna but what this means is UNAM provides a chance for the best and brightest of Mexico to get an education without crippling debt without having to rely on a family fortune to fund that journey in fact I have another Mexican friend named Juan who also went to unum I’m gonna let him talk for a minute about this once you get out you don’t forget that that this university that you went to is it’s free and it is not free its place for all the population and the taxes I get to the government that that money goes to your education so even if you don’t pay directly it does cost money so once your education finishes in them you have like a duty with your society so you have to do something that impacts them yeah thanks Juan okay point number three now guys there was a lot of famous artwork in Nam if you type it into Google Images you’re probably gonna see this it’s a beautiful image that was made by a famous Mexican artist and he actually made this using stones from all across the country of Mexico different colored stones there’s no paint involved because he wanted this to be something that could last forever isn’t that beautiful but my friend Roy showed me another piece of artwork then I want to talk about and this one’s a bit complicated so I gotta check my notes it is by David C Karis seaquarius I’m sorry guys I’m bad with names now see Karis did this artwork to symbolize the story of Mexico the story of his country and you can see in the top he has written four different dates 15 20 that was when the Spanish conquered the Aztecs 1810 that was when Mexico got independence from the Spanish 1857 that was when Mexico got its first constitution 1910 that was the Mexican Revolution and you can see under that there are question marks why are there question marks well see carrots left it intentionally open to interpretation as if to say that the next important date in Mexican history hasn’t happened yet well in 1999 something happened there was a big student protests in una remember what I was saying about people not liking tuition and not liking authorities well in 1999 the university wanted to raise the tuition in fact they wanted it to be a voluntary raise in tuition meaning to say that if you are in a position to afford more tuition you’re gonna pay more if you can’t well that it stays cheap essentially free but the students didn’t like this the reason the students didn’t like this is because they saw it as a stepping stone towards higher tuition for everyone now guys people have written whole books about the strike the strike actually lasted for over eight months so I cannot tell you exactly how I feel about that strike I mean I wasn’t in Mexico I was too young to remember it but what I do want to share with you is an interesting fact about that strike during the strike the students actually went to that piece of artwork that I was talking about before and they changed the question marks to the year 1999 the year of the strike as if to say this is the year that you’ve been waiting for this is the year when the students stand up for the rights and protect the soul of unum eventually the strike ended and the students won there was no tuition increase and the price of education at unum is still less than one penny American per semester the same as it was back in 1948 but after the strike had ended the the institution of unum they went back and they changed the 1999 to the question marks they didn’t want anyone vandalizing the artwork which is interesting because sick heiress he was a communist he might have actually appreciated the gesture that might have been actually what he was waiting for and now I think I understand why so many Mexicans wanted me to go to nap you know Mexico is a place of great inequality there are people who are very rich there are people who are very poor and unum is a dream it’s a vision to change that it’s a vision that offers new opportunities to people who don’t have the resources that others have was the student strike right was it wrong I don’t know so I’m not saying I have all the answers here but I am saying that if you want to understand Mexico if you want to understand Mexican politics and Mexican society there’s no better place to start then una I also find it interesting that this is the video where my microphone didn’t work it’s almost like there’s some poetic justice there like Roy had been silenced by some forest outside of my control you know it’s almost like some people don’t like you talking about student protests and radical politics and as soon as you start talking about that stuff yeah as always guys I’m dad for the new travel see you next time [Music]

100 thoughts on “3 Things You Should Know About UNAM (Mexico’s Most Famous University)”

  1. Thanks to everyone who suggested I visit UNAM, and thanks to Roy for the tour!

    Are there any UNAM students watching? Did I forget any important facts?

  2. Amazing! But as a former student from the UNAM Law School I have to say that Autonomous does not mean the University is "immune" to police (this false belief goes back to the great student massacre in 1968 when the police murdered students and took control of our campus) in fact UNAM is Autonomous for having its own budget and inner legislation, but the land extention was given by an Executive Order also UNAM's legislation is ruled by Mexican Law, so in no way Autonomous means Sovereign (if it was the Public Force would indeed be banned, as I said before it's a misbelief).

    Having all that settled, excellent video! Another interesting fact Is that UNAM was founded by the Spanish Crown and the Pope back in 1535, this makes UNAM the oldest University in the American continent.

  3. You need to go to Zocalo if you haven't gone, also go to La Condesa, where there are beautiful parks and places to eat.

  4. Am I missing something here? The university is cheap yes, but what’s the use in studying in a Mexico university when by the time you graduate all you do is work in Mexico with there low income compare to the USA or any other similar country. Or can you study here as a nurse (or any other advance medical practitioner) then get a job in the USA or overseas? If that’s the case it is very cool but I doubt it.

  5. Hey there! I'm student in the UNAM and I think it's interesting that you talked about the university's autonomy. What you said in the video is what everyone thinks what the autonomy stands for in UNAM, but it isn't true. The university is still part of Mexico City, it's not and independent body. The reason why the university is autonomous is because the university itself can decide who is the dean, how the budget is going to be distributed, education wise etc. It's not about being an independent state.

  6. there are no house parties at unam because they scrapped the student residencies from the final project

  7. Damn dude, I'm glad but also kind of shame, glad beacause a guy from anoteher country can really find the beauty in more than one way to my University but kind of shame cause mostly of mexican Youtubers… Well… Whatever, amazing job dude and what ironic stuff happened with audios

  8. There was a student movement in october 1968 before the olympics, its very intersting topic, you should do a video about it, even visit the museum in tlatelolco

  9. México, pumas, Universidad!!
    ¡GOYA! ¡GOYA!
    ¡CACHUN, CACHUN, RA, RA! 
    ¡CACHUN, CACHUN, RA, RA! 
    ¡GOYA! 
    ¡¡UNIVERSIDAD!!

  10. Are you kidding? C.U (ciudad universitaria (the place you visit)) Is a very recognize place. It's not another university, you dumb gringo

  11. I'm Mexican and currently study in UNAM. I really liked how you presented the university to Youtube in English to people interested in visiting to Mexico! UNAM is a great place to be because of all the atractions it has to offer, even if you're not a student.

  12. It is a communist university where you get indoctrinated ie there is no free tought in there, besides is ranking has been declining from top 100 in the world to top 500

  13. There's actually a film made which is set during the UNH CGH strike of 1999-2000. And it's really good, very interesting you should watch it, it's really beautifully made, the film it's called Güeros. 🙂

  14. In 1999 I was in school at Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. Students from UNAM came to visit our school and invited us to rise up against the increased price in tuition from $1.00MXN to $2.00MXN. we had seen students defacing and destroying parts of buildings at the school in Mexico City on the news. all of Mexico pays for the expenses of UNAM, those buildings and sculptures and artwork belong to the Nation. Here at UABC we do not have the resources or budget that UNAM gets.. we actually all have to work for what we have and we gladly pay our tuition. back then i think i was paying $700.00 MXN so their concerns did not apply to us. they were going on strike and were asking us to join them. it was not something that interested us or was convenient for us here as it would only set us back and cost us even more money and possibly risking destruction of parts of buildings that we were struggling to re-model and maintain , we also desperately needed more buildings, computers,you name it . so student body representatives declined to join and our fellow students from UNAM got violent they picked up rocks and what not and started throwing them at us , so we immediately (as a mass) jumped on top of them and literally shoved them out of out campus. we wished we could have all the resources that UNAM has at only $2.00.

  15. Hey, I’m 14 and live in the U.S. say I wanna go to UNAM when I get older, what are the requirements to be accepted?

  16. Well yeah is really cheap, but the exams are hard af and the students of cch have more possibilities to get in there, or if you have someone inside the UNAM to help you to get in.
    It's a great school but that's the only bad thing

  17. Yet being one of the best Universities in Mexico, many people who graduate don’t get a job, compared to Tec de Monterey were most students do get a job, such a shame 🙁

  18. I've seen a couple of your vids and I hate to always bring negative comments but you're completely clueless of what you're talking about, first of all, the "freedom" you talk about is what's hurting the univeristy's reputation, it currently struggles with narcotraffic within campus and it's the number one hotspot in the entire city for drug use, it also represents and promotes the most cancerous culture of marxism in mexico, reason why we're struggling so much with the left and not becoming like Venezuela in the long term, so don't portray the students like "heroes" for the historical strikes. We're in the top 30 worst educations in the entire world, the first 20 are african countries with no education whatsoever so the fact that is cheap is completely meaningless when it means (For the most part) that it's a piece of shit. What Juan talks about is what pisses me off the most, because he's right, people pay for the drug addicts to pretend to "study". The reality of the university has changed since the 90's, like you would suppose, I appreciate that you talked about the art though, which is the only thing to be proud of that marxist bullshit institution.

  19. This sounds like a great school and a great opportunity for everyone. It would be nice to see something like this here in the US

  20. Man, by now you should have know how to pronounce Spanish words! That is terrible the way you say UNAM and many others, practice before you speak! Other than that cool.

  21. The wealth inequality gap can be shortened dramatically using UNAM. From what I understand, the amount of people trying to get in is far larger than UNAM's enrollment capacity. Why not open most enrollment to lower income students? Those that are rich can afford to go anywhere else. Or is that already policy in UNAM? I'm sure there are more than enough very smart students that are low income. How large is the student body? Thousands can be lifting themselves from poverty a year just from this one school.

  22. I did study in 1983, still remember this big University and also watching my soccer team Los Pumas. Thank for bringing into my mind this beautiful  experience.

  23. No tienes la menor idea de lo que pasó en 1999 en la UNAM, deberías informarte a fondo u omitir el tema. Atte. CGH

  24. Yeah but you forgot to mention that the changes of get accepted at UNAM are pretty low unless you know somebody that works there

  25. I was there in 1999 studying abroad in Mexico city… i witnessed first hand the amazing and profound national movement against neo-liberalism, the attempted privatization of the national university and the violation of the university's sovereignty… the reactionary forces in the government tried to close down an institution that gave every single person in Mexico the opportunity to be educated by the pueblo and to work for the pueblo… a threat to those same reactionary groups..
    Zapata and Villa understood that they could not take over the control of Mexico, that the elite and the middle class would take over but in exchange the generations to come would have the right to a free and sovereign education… so that the voices of the revolution would one day be heard in the halls of justice and the chambers of congress… it was meant to push mexico always toward freedom and justice… remember that the number one socialist threat before the bolsheviks were the Zapatistas and Mexico…

  26. Its interesting that the one artist left the future date in mexican history up to interpetation, because I beleive it takes about 5 centuries for the "spiritual" impact of slavery to begin to truly heal. Even culturally, the harm from slavery and such conquests as that took place in mexico take centuries to get over. Its why people keep remembering wrongs through endless generations, and move forward only little. Hopefully by 2020 things can begin to get better at an intrinsic level.

  27. Thank you for this video about UNAM Mexico I am watching you and follow you from Australia missing my dear home in Mexico you had give me many smiles to see my country and my people through your eyes thanks again for give space to this issues in your channel as today Mexico is living important days! VIVA MEXICO CABRONES!!!!

  28. If the joints have invented the PRI, then they must also disappear, the PORROS, those of ANTORCHA CAMPESINA, the CHAYOTEROS journalists, the HALCONES, … They are systems of manipulation and control of PRIANISM. Who charge for their services ….

  29. I'm not Mexican, so don't pay taxes, but can I pay to study here? I imagine anything is way cheaper than education in the U.S.

  30. You forgot the best part. If you finish an UNAM-affiliated high school with good grades and on time (3 years), you get a free pass the CU, no entrance exam.

  31. Each of the 32 federal entities in Mexico have free Universities. One must pass the rigorous entry exam though. As Dan said, its design to educate Mexico’s brightest and best without money being an obstacle.

  32. Can a foreign person like myself attend UNAM ? I'm Canadian and have always wanted to move to Mexico after I spent many month's there. I love the culture and the people and you're never too old to return to school. I attended college in Canada for 4 year's and though I love my profession I'm burnt out. I would absolutely love to go back to school especially UNAM if possible. Can anyone tell me if it's possible? Thank you 💚

  33. You can pay a voluntary aportation, but when i was student i saw the richest boys looking for coins in order to pay the minimum possible.

  34. I think he did the mic thig on purpose to not give anymorw credit to roy or to blow him up lol credit stealer ..lol jk good vid

  35. Great Content
    We LOVE Mexico!!!!!
    Currently at about three years total living down there,
    Yelapa, PV, Manzanillo, Colima. .
    Still haven't been to Day Effay

  36. Well, that fact about police not being able to get into the university also holds for almost every public university in Latin America

  37. on September 3 the directors of the unam and the rector sent several shock groups to beat with sticks, firecrackers and Molotov bombs to students who were making a rally outside the rectory for everything that happened in CCH Azcapotzalco (College of Sciences and Humanities) is a school of baccalaureate level in the UNAM
    I am Mexican and study at the baccalaureate level at UNAM

  38. Interesting. That freethinking & sociopolitically conscious culture at UNAM is much like that of what we practice at the University of the Philippines. Same goes for that feeling of returning our debt to society after graduation. Can't say the same for the tuition, sadly.

  39. The autonomy of the UNAM does not mean total independence, the police can enter the campus, but it does not do so because of a historical issue – the 2000 strike. In the 3rd data, the first Constitution of Mexico was that of 1824, that of 57 was the first liberal-type Constitution.

  40. Hi Dan! That's my home! I studied English Literature in Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, which is across Biblioteca Central. You are standing on Jardín del Edén. Ciudad Universitaria (C.U.) is the name given to the university as it's a complete city inside. There's the phrase: [email protected] EN C.U. which means made in C.U. It expresses the proud of being a student at UNAM. Regards the strike, classes were given "extramuros" which meant that classes were given outside the walls of UNAM such as in parks, houses, etc. It lasted 8 months in 1999 as you said. After that bad streak, UNAM went on being the best university of Latin America. It's an honour to study at UNAM as you get the best ever classes you can take and the best ever educational programs, which by the way the topics are freely chosen by the well prepared teachers… last but not least it's a pleasure to study here as you meet a lot of people from different parts of Mexico and different countries as well. I hope this information has enriched a little bit your experience at UNAM. Greetings, Mar.

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