Juan Ramón de la Fuente

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Juan Ramón de la Fuente
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Juan Ramón de la Fuente.
National Autonomous University of Mexico
Term 1999 – 2007
Predecessor Francisco Barnés de Castro
Successor José Narro Robles
Born 5 September 1951
Mexico City, Mexico
Alma mater National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mayo Clinic
Profession Psychiatrist

Juan Ramón de la Fuente Ramírez (born 5 September 1951 in Mexico City) is a Mexican psychiatrist, academician and politician who served as Secretary of Health in the cabinet of President Ernesto Zedillo (1994–1999) and as rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) from 1999 to 2007.

De la Fuente graduated with a bachelor's degree in Medicine from the National Autonomous University in 1976 and specialized in Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, United States. When he returned to Mexico he founded the Clinical Research Unit of the Mexican Institute of Psychiatry and worked as a lecturer at UNAM's School of Medicine, for which he was elected Director in 1991. In 1995 he was elected President of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and four years latter was appointed Secretary of Health by President Zedillo.[1]

In 1999, after a 10-months long student strike, he resigned from the federal cabinet and was appointed Rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. After some negotiations the conflict ended through a major plebiscite[2] although the federal police forces were called upon to remove and arrest the remaining strikers.[3] In 2003 he was reappointed for a second term.

As of 2008 he is a member of the Council of the United Nations University and sits in the board of directors of the Cervantes Institute and El Universal, an influential newspaper in Mexico City.[1][4] Also, in 2008 he was elected as President of the International Association of Universities.


  1. ^ a b United Nations University. "UNU Council Members: Juan Ramón de la Fuente". Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  2. ^ Margen. "Corresponde a la UNAM decidir qué procede, insiste José Narro Robles". 
  3. ^ BBC (February 7, 2000). "Mexican police storm university". BBC News. Retrieved 2006-02-14. 
  4. ^ El Universal (2008-01-22). "Dan la bienvenida a Juan Ramón de la Fuente" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2008-05-31.