Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua

General information


The National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, Managua (UNAN - Managua), was founded in 1982 after the decree issued by the Governing Junta of National Reconstruction. Since then, it continues its operations but with an independent administration from UNAN-Leon, based on its own statutes and regulations.

UNAN - Managua is a member of the National Council of Universities (CNU), as evidenced in the "Law of Autonomy of Higher Education Institutions", specifically in Title I, Chapter I, of the General Provisions in its Article 4, which expresses  "Higher Education Institutions are: state and private universities and centers of higher technical education. In the group of state universities, there is listed in paragraph 1. 2: National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, Managua (Unite-Managua).

After 30 years of existence, UNAN-Managua is the University with the highest number of students’ enrollment and the largest amount of Bachelor (undergraduates and related fields) and Postgraduate (Diploma Courses, Specialties, Master and PhD) programs.  It also has research centers in the health, water resources and geosciences field that are of reference in Central America. The university operates in five departments of the country trough the regional headquarters currently known as FAREM (Multidisciplinary Regional Colleges).

As an institution of science, culture, technology and humanism, it is conscious that one of its main pillars is the development of human capacities and their practical experience, which is evidenced through the academic level its teaching staff has acquired and its academic offer that covers the different levels of under and post graduate training.

The linkage the university has maintained with the society as a whole, the productive and business sectors, as with government institutions, through the implementation of agreements and inter-institutional projects is noticeable. UNAN-Managua has its strategic institutional plan that guides its actions. It also has it mission and vision statements.

Facts and numbers

UNAN-Managua is currently made up of nine Faculties, the Polytechnic Health Institute, known as POLISAL and six research centers. The University has a total student population of 32.900 students between regular, professionalization, by encounter and the preparatory; they are located in the different careers offered by the university; postgraduate programs have a total of 2427 students.Teaching staff add up 1575. The majority hold a master or a doctoral degree. The administrative staff totals 1270.

Information per Mobility Type


The academic offerings of UNAN-Managua, contains 95 different programs, distributed as follows: 13 for High School Teachers, 9 for Higher Technical level, and 73 for Bachelors and Engineering, divided into five areas of knowledge, and run by the different faculties and the Polytechnic Institute (PI).


Postgraduate offer by degree are:

  • 25  Diploma courses 
  • 31  Specialties (include Medical Specialties)
  • 39  Masters
  • 2    PhD
  • Many Elective Courses

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