Universidad Anáhuac México Norte

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Universidad Anáhuac
Universidad Anahuac Norte.jpg
Motto Vince in Bono Malum (Defeat Evil with Good)
Type Private university
Established 1964
President Fr. Cirpiano Sánchez LC
Administrative staff
Location Huixquilucan, State of Mexico, Mexico
Campus Urban 220,000 square metres
Mascot Lions
Website Universidad Anáhuac (official)

The Anahuac University (México Norte) is a private educational institution of higher learning in Mexico, located in the Interlomas area of Greater Mexico City. The university belongs to the Catholic religious congregation of the Legionaries of Christ. The university was founded in 1964. It offers 28 undergraduate programs and 40 postgraduate programs.

Anáhuac means "near the water" in Nahuatl, the ancient Aztec language spoken in Tenochtitlan, which used to be the biggest and most crowded place in Central America, what is now Mexico City, the home of the university.

The university has had an investment of $54 million since 1990.[citation needed]

The library has 200,000 books.


  • Name: "Anahuac" means “near the water”. The name passed on to the whole network because of the location of the first university in the network, the campus "Universidad Anahuac Mexico Norte" located in the area of Lomas Anahuac in Interlomas in Mexico City. Symbolically, the name refers to "the lake region that gave central place at the Aztec capital: Tenochtitlán, Central America's most populous and largest cultural development, where the City of Mexico now stands and in it, the university "
  • Motto: “Vince In Bono Malum”, or "defeat evil with good", is the philosophy of the institution.
  • Coat of arm/logo: The emblem of the Universidad Anahuac shows a woven fabric. As a fabric is made up of many threads, education in Anahuac University seeks to combine the students’ talents and integrate them fully into their work life.


Background and scope of the institution[edit]

Universidad Anahuac is part of the Anahuac Universities Network, an international network of Catholic universities led by the Legionaries of Christ, which share a mission and an educational model. It is made up of universities at an international level with ten institutions in Mexico, one in Chile, one in Spain, two in Italy and two more in United States. In addition, the Virtual University Anahuac serves corporate clients from twenty-five virtual institutional offices located throughout the world.

The Anahuac Universities Network shares the international education system of the Legion of Christ called the Education Consortium Anáhuac (CEA) in 18 countries and serving over 100,000 students from kindergarten to graduate school.

Anahuac network[edit]

The university has nine campuses located in cities of Mexico,

The Anahuac Universities Network includes universities in Europe, the United States and Latin America such as the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid, Spain, the Università Europea di Roma and Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum Pontificium in Rome, Italy, the Management Institute of Paris in Paris, France, Universidad Finis Terrae in Santiago de Chile and the University of Sacramento in California, and finally the Institute for Psychological Sciences in Washington, D.C., United States of America. Anahuac University was founded in 1964 by the priest P. Marcial Maciel LC, its first campus was the Universidad Anahuac Mexico Norte in Mexico City.

Mexico Norte Campus[edit]

The Anahuac campus occupies an area of 220,000 square metres. It includes five cafeterias, six auditoriums, one chapel, one exposition center, 175 classrooms, 27 laboratories, 21 workshops, and 18 computer labs.

The sports facilities are highly developed.It has basketball, volleyball, tennis, padel, soccer, indoor, and football courts.


Universidad Anahuac emerged in 1964 as a key element in the educational project of the Legionaries of Christ and the founding of the congregation by Father Marcial Maciel LC.

With the objective of enhancing the human condition and social status of men and women from Mexico through a comprehensive training, the Anahuac University began its activities in a house located in Lomas Virreyes and enrolled forty-eight students in two degrees: Business Administration and Economics. Under the stewardship of Father Faustino Pardo LC, opened in the following years: Psychology and Human Sciences in 1965, Architecture and Law in 1966. In parallel, thanks to the support of Mexican businessmen, began the construction of new facilities at Lomas Anahuac.

In 1968 the first students graduated from Anahuac, and a new campus opened on June 4.

In 1981 the government gave the university the Law of Autonomy and Validez Oficial de Estudios.


The university has 14 faculties, the Real Madrid soccer football school, the PADI scuba diving program and the Cordon Bleu culinary program.

The medical school offers Gynecology and Obstetrics.

The following postgraduate degrees are taught in collaboration with other institutions:

  • Public Administration with the University of Paris-Sorbonne
  • Business Law with the Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Education: Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation of Educational Intervention with the Universidad Complutense de Madrid

College life[edit]

ASUA (Social Action of Universidad Anahuac)[edit]

Its mission is to help the students create a spirit of Positive Leadership Action for social improvement for people with physical, spiritual or human needs. This is done by creating and promoting social development projects through the support of students, alumni, faculty and administration.

FESAL (Federation of Student Societies)[edit]

The aim of the Federation of Student Societies is to promote, organize and direct participation of students in the activities of the Schools of the Universidad Anahuac.

Anáhuac Day[edit]

FESAL organizes Anáhuac Day, a day of integration for the university community, which includes students, teachers, managers and administrative staff through cultural activities, sports and recreation.

Anáhuac Excellence Program[edit]

VÉRTICE (Excellence Program)[edit]

VÉRTICE is a Program of Excellence for the training of students. The program is asvailable to the best 80 students of each generation, chosen among all the undergraduate programs, because of their talent and intellectual capacity. The program's students participate in activities aimed at maximization of their capabilities and leadership potential.

Anáhuac Leadership Programs[edit]

Anahuac University has created and manages the Anahuac Leadership Programs. Students enrolled in the programs have meetings to allow them to come into contact with political, cultural, sports, academics, business and social leaders. They participate in national and international training seminars.

They take part in activities such as meetings, meals and weekends away to strengthen their relationships and their integration with the group. Visits to museums and cultural institutions are organized for them to broaden their knowledge and professional horizons.

They work as teams in social projects developed by them to help and provide welfare to others.

CIMA (Administrative Leadership Program)[edit]

CIMA is the University Leadership Program designed to allow students to engage with other young people through training.

The program provides the training to increase their organizational skills and teamwork as well as an education in human values focused on developing Positive Action Leadership.

IMPULSA (Social Leadership)[edit]

IMPULSA is the Leadership Program of Social Sciences allowing students to run projects for the transformation of society.

GENERA (Business Leadership Program)[edit]

The Business Leadership Program forms entrepreneurs with a global vision and with a commitment to ethics and society. Its aim is to understand the business world and together with key business leaders who drive the Mexican economy to prepare to compete with Positive Action Leadership in human values. Its members meet with national and international businessmen. The program teaches business ethics and behaviour as a future business leader.

ACTION (Sports Leadership)[edit]

The Sports Leadership program is for the education of students with outstanding athletic performance and leadership. It is made up of students from the teams representing the university. ACTION students participate in sporting events and meet top athletes, as well as visit sports institutions in Mexico and the world.

CREA (Leadership Program in Communication)[edit]

CREA is the Leadership Program in Communication to train and develop the students in the School of Communication.

Students learn communication, group management, public speaking and debate, professional training, public relations and the commitment and responsibility as future opinion leaders.

Students who are part of CREA learn about the media world, and meet its key players and personalities.

CULMEN (Leadership Program in Arts and Culture)[edit]

CULMEN is a development program that teaches students the skills of creativity, innovation, talent and commitment in the field of arts and culture. CULMEN students graduate with a knowledge of culture and the arts.


The sports department promotes sport among students and across the Anahuac community. The mascot of the university is a lion that symbolically reflects the virtues of athletes, who by training, constantly develop the skill, ability, speed and intelligence.



Faculty members[edit]

Colosio was assassinated on March 23, 1994

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 19°24′02″N 99°15′50″W / 19.40059°N 99.263964°W / 19.40059; -99.263964