Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras

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Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras
TypePublic university
Established19 September 1847; 171 years ago (1847-09-19)
Endowment5,000,000,000 L ($250,000,000 USD)
PresidentDr. Francisco Herrera
Administrative staff
Students95960 (2018)
Athletics40 varsity teams
ColorsBlue & Yellow         

The National Autonomous University of Honduras (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras) is the national public university of Honduras. Founded in 1847, it has over 140 programs from the Bachelor's level to the Doctorate, and is the largest and highest ranked University in Honduras[1].


In December of 1845, La Sociedad del Genio Emprendedor y del Buen Gusto was founded by Father José Trinidad Reyes as a private school. By 1847, it received backing from President Juan Lindo, and was restablished as the University of Honduras, operating in the Church of St. Francis. In 1896, it was relocated to a building next to La Merced Church. In 1957, the military government gave the University autonomy, and it was renamed the National Autonomous University of Honduras. It later moved to the University City, where it operates today[2].


University city[edit]

The main campus is located in the country's capital of Tegucigalpa and is home to the university's Medical School hospital and campus. Located in the city is the Observatorio Astronómico Centroamericano de Suyapa(OACS/UNAH), which uses a 42 cm Meade telescope[3].

Other campuses[edit]

Apart from the main campus,UNAH has eight Regional Centers. Those centers include UNAH Valle de Sula in San Pedro Sula, the Centro Universitario Regional del Litoral Atlantico (CURLA) in La Ceiba, the Centro Universitario Regional del Centro (CURC) in Comayagua, the Centro Universitario Regional Litoral Pacífico (CURLP) in the city of Choluteca, the Centro Tecnológico de Danlí in Danlí, El Paraíso, the Centro Universitario Regional de Occidente (CUROC) in Santa Rosa de Copán, the Centro Tecnológico del Valle de Aguan (CURVA) in Olanchito, and the Centro Universitario Regional Nororiental (CURNO) in Juticalpa, Olancho[4]. It is currently Honduras' largest university in terms of student enrollment and one of the largest university systems in Central America.


UNAH's university city is home to a sports complex named the Palacio Universitario, which has the 7,500 seat Estadio Olímpico José Trinidad Reyes, opened to the public in 2014[5]. The university has 40 teams, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, and futsal.


UNAH Library system was founded in the late 1960s; the first principal was English librarian Mary Hallam (from 1968 to 1972). This library has more than 16,000 volumes. It has a website and some e-books.

Every campus of UNAH has its own library.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Honduras | Ranking Web of Universities: More than 28000 institutions ranked". www.webometrics.info. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  2. ^ "Historia de la UNAH - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras". www.unah.edu.hn. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  3. ^ "Telescopios". faces.unah.edu.hn. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  4. ^ "Centros regionales - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras". www.unah.edu.hn. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  5. ^ "UNAH abre Estadio Olímpico Universitario". Diario El Heraldo (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-03-07.

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Coordinates: 14°5′7″N 87°9′47″W / 14.08528°N 87.16306°W / 14.08528; -87.16306