Types of Higher Education

Education in Mexico is controlled by the Secretariat of Public Education. Education standards are set by this Ministry at all levels except in the so-called autonomous universities chartered by the government (e.g. UNAM). Accreditation of private schools is accomplished by a mandatory approval and registration with the Secretariat of Public Education.

In Mexico there are both public and private universities. Private universities are run and funded by private managements whereas public universities are funded by national or subnational authorities. These universities offer numerous courses both at the graduate and post-graduate level as well as for research studies. There are over 500 public and 700 private universities in Mexico, with the vast majority still visiting a public university. The biggest university is the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) with 250.000 students.