National University of Engineering
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Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería
|Motto||Scientia et labor|
|Rector||Ph.D. Jorge Elias Alva Hurtado|
|Location||Rímac, Lima, Lima, Peru|
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 Perú, many of its alumni occupying today positions of leadership in the fields of Industry, Academia and Government.
UNI is organized into eleven faculties which contain twenty-seven academic departments. It is a university polarized around science, engineering, and the arts. Most of the academic departments offer a wide variety of engineering specialties, including Industrial, Mechanic, Mechatronic, Electronic Engineering, and other innovative fields more related to the Social Sciences such as Economic Engineering.
|Architecture, Urbanism and Arts Department||Architecture|
|Environmental Engineering Department||Sanitary Engineering|
|Hygiene and Industrial Safety Engineering|
|Civil Engineering Department||Civil Engineering|
|Economics Engineering and Social Sciences Department||Economics Engineering|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department||Electrical Engineering|
|Mining and Metallurgical Engineering Department||Geological Engineering|
|Industrial and Systems Engineering Department||Industrial Engineering|
|Mechanical Engineering Department||Mechanical Engineering|
|Petroleum Engineering and Natural Gas Department||Petroleum Engineering|
|Chemical and Textile Engineering Department||Chemical Engineering|
Current admission is highly competitive, with 20 applicants per vacancy in the most demanding fields such as Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Mechatronic Engineering.
UNI is widely known 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 as the most difficult to attend in the whole country. 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.
Among former renowned professors and students are:
- Fernando Belaúnde Terry, former President of Peru (1963–1968, 1980-5).
- Alberto Benavides de la Quintana. Mining Engineer, 1941.
- Miguel De La Torre Sobrevilla, founder and CEO of Geoservice Ingeniería. Former president of the board of directors of International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) in Peru.
- Francisco Sagasti, former Planning manager at the World Bank. Former President of the Consultive Council of Science and Technology for Development in the United Nations., visiting professor of the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania.
- Barton Zwiebach Cantor, string theorist, author of "A First Course in String Theory" and Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also was awarded with the MIT School of Science 2003 Teaching Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Education
- César Gonzales, an IBM Fellow at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center and also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is an expert in digital image and video technologies having contributed to the development of the widely used MPEG-2 video compression standard. He also led the development of advanced semiconductor chips based on this standard which IBM sold in the digital TV broadcast and consumer electronics markets.
- Edgar Perez, He is the author of The Speed Traders and Knightmare on Wall Street, and has been featured internationally on high-frequency trading, financial regulation and international economics.
- (in Spanish) Oficina de Registro Central y Estadística de la UNI, Student population statistics. Retrieved on December 9, 2007
- (in Spanish) Oficina Central de Admisión de la UNI, 2007-I qualifying examination statistics Archived 2008-04-14 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on December 9, 2007
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- "IBM Research People and Projects". Domino.research.ibm.com. 25 July 2016.
- "Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería". History and general reference (in Spanish). Retrieved May 25, 2005.
- (in Spanish) Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería website