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National University of Engineering

Coordinates: 12°01′11″S 77°02′55″W / 12.01972°S 77.04861°W / -12.01972; -77.04861
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National University of Engineering
Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería
UNI coat of arms.
MottoScientia et labor
Motto in English
Knowledge and work
EstablishedMarch 18, 1876 (148 years ago) (1876-03-18)
FounderEdward Jan Habich
RectorPh.D. Pablo Alfonso López-Chau Nava
Academic staff
Students12,345 (2016)
Av. Túpac Amaru 210, Rímac
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Colors  Red
AffiliationsAlianza Estratégica
Association of National Universities of Peru (AUNAP)

The National University of Engineering (Spanish: Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, UNI) is a public engineering and science university located in the Rímac District of Lima, Peru. It's widely considered as one of Peru's most prestigious educational institutions.


The National University of Engineering was founded in 1876 by the Polish engineer Edward Jan Habich as the School of Civil Constructions and Mining Engineers (Spanish: Escuela de Ingenieros de Construcciones Civiles y de Minas), but has traditionally been known as School of Engineers (Escuela de Ingenieros). At the time of its foundation, there was a growing demand for engineers in Peru due to the rapid development of mining and communications.

Today, the National University of Engineering is widely regarded as the foremost science and technology-oriented university in Peru, many of its alumni occupying today positions of leadership in the fields of Industry, Academia, and Government.


Current admission is highly competitive, with ~16% acceptance rate in 2020 overall with the most demanding study fields as Civil Engineering, Architecture, Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electronics Engineering and Electrical Engineering.

UNI is widely known[by whom?] for being rigorous, demanding great focus and effort from its students. Given the competition level to be accepted to the National University of Engineering and its highly demanding curricula, the university is commonly acknowledged by Peruvians as the most difficult to attend in the whole country.[2] This has given UNI students recognition among Peruvians, but it has also created an imbalance sometimes regarding GPA's as compared to other schools, those of UNI's students being in some occasions lower due to the difficulty level being harder.[citation needed]

Notable alumni and professors[edit]

Among former renowned professors and students are:


The UNI is divided into eleven colleges which contain twenty-seven Academic Schools. It is a university polarized around Science, Engineering, and Architecture. It offers a wide range of engineering specialties, including traditional Industrial, Mechanical, Civil, Electronics, Chemical, and Systems Engineering, as well as other specialized majors such as Economics, Textile and Naval Engineering.

School Department
Architecture, Urbanism and Arts Department Architecture
Science Department Physics
Engineering Physics
Computer Science
Environmental Engineering Department Sanitary Engineering
Hygiene and Industrial Safety Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Civil Engineering Department Civil Engineering
Economics Engineering and Social Sciences Department Economics Engineering
Statistics Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department Electrical Engineering
Electronics Engineering
Telecommunications Engineering
Mining and Metallurgical Engineering Department Geological Engineering
Metallurgical Engineering
Mining Engineering
Industrial and Systems Engineering Department Industrial Engineering
Systems Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Department Mechanical Engineering
Mechanic-Electrical Engineering
Naval Engineering
Mechatronics Engineering
Petroleum Engineering and Natural Gas Department Petroleum Engineering
Petro-chemical Engineering
Chemical and Textile Engineering Department Chemical Engineering
Textile Engineering


  1. ^ (in Spanish) Oficina de Registro Central y Estadística de la UNI, Student population statistics Archived 2008-03-02 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on December 9, 2007
  2. ^ "Red de Portales News Detail Page". www.universia.net. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  3. ^ "02biosag". Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-03-03.
  4. ^ "Alberto Benavides & family". Forbes.
  5. ^ "BNamericas - Buenaventura founder Alberto Benavides dies".
  6. ^ "MIT Physics Faculty: Barton Zwiebach". Archived from the original on 2005-04-26. Retrieved 2005-05-29.


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