National University of Engineering

National University of Engineering
National University of Engineering
Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería
Seal of the National University of Engineering
Motto Scientia et labor
Established 1876
Type Public University
Rector Aurelio Padilla Rios
Academic staff 900
Undergraduates 10,552[1]
Postgraduates 1,000
Location Rímac, Lima, Lima, Peru
Campus Urban

The National University of Engineering (Spanish: Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, UNI) is a public engineering and science university located in the Rímac District of 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's a university polarized around science, engineering, and the arts. Most of the academic departments offer a wide variety of engineering especialities, including Industrial, Mechanic, Mechatronic, Electronic Engineering, and other innovative fields more related to the Social Sciences such as Economic Engineering.

Faculty Department
Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism and Arts Architecture
Faculty of Science Physics
Physics Engineering
Computer Science
Faculty of Environmental Engineering Sanitary Engineering
Hygiene and Industrial Security Engineering
Faculty of Civil Engineering Civil Engineering
Faculty of Economics Engineering and Social Sciences Economics Engineering
Statistics Engineering
Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Electrical Engineering
Electronics Engineering
Telecommunications Engineering
Faculty of Geological, Mining and Metallurgical Engineering Geological Engineering
Metallurgical Engineering
Mining Engineering
Faculty of Industrial and Systems Engineering Industrial Engineering
Systems Engineering
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Mechanic-Electrical Engineering
Naval Engineering
Mechatronics Engineering
Faculty of Petroleum Engineering and Natural Gas Petroleum Engineering
Petro-chemical Engineering
Faculty of Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering Chemical Engineering
Textile Engineering


Current admission is highly competitive, with 10 applicants per vacancy in the most demanding fields such as Civil Engineering, Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Mechatronic Engineering.[2]

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 it's 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 unbalance sometimes regarding GPA's as compared to other schools, those of UNI's students being in some occasions lower because of the difficulty level being harder.


Among former renowned professors and students are:

  • Alberto Benavides de La Quintana. Mining Engineer, 1941. Master of Science in Geology at Harvard University. Founder of [Compañía de Minas Buenaventura]. Has been chairman of several institutions as Sociedad Geológica del Perú (Peruvian Geological Society)(1961–1963 and 1974–1975), Instituto Científico Tecnológico Minero (1975–1976) (Mining Technology Scientific Institute), INGEMMET (1980–1985), Banco Central de Reserva del Perú (Peru Central Reserve Bank), COFIDE.
  • 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. [1]
  • Ronald Woodman Pollit, physicist, executive president of Instituto Geofísico del Perú. Woodman is a winner of the Appleton prize for "major contributions and leadership in the radar studies of the ionospheric and neutral atmosphere". Besides his many contributions to equatorial incoherent scatter science, he created the entire field of mesosphere, stratosphere and troposphere wind profile measurements with VHF radars. His distinguished career has spanned leadership assignments in a number of universities and scientific institutions around the world. He has been a mentor to a number of distinguished Peruvian scientists and a leader in promoting investment in science and technology in Peru. [2]
  • Jorge Heraud Pérez, inventor of Peru's first automated robot: Digito and Stanford University PhD.
  • Mario R. Barbacci is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), he was the founding chairman of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 10.2 (Computer Descriptions and Tools) and has served as Vice-President for Technical Activities of the IEEE Computer Society, founding chairman of the Joint IEEE Computer Society/ACM Steering Committee for the Establishment of Software Engineering as a Profession. He was 1996 President of the IEEE Computer Society, 1998-1999 IEEE Division V Director, and IEEE Technical Activities Board Strategic Planning and Research Committee 2000-2002. Barbacci is the recipient of several IEEE Computer Society Outstanding Contribution Certificates, the ACM Recognition of Service Award, and the IFIP Silver Core Award. Barbacci received bachelor's and engineer's degrees in electrical engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, and a doctorate in computer science from Carnegie-Mellon University.
  • Enrique Ciriani, architect, he receives the Grand Prix National d'Architecture of France in 1983 and also the Arnold Brunner Memorial Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1997.
  • 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. [5]
  • César Camacho Manco, mathematician, Director of Instituto Nacional de Matematica Pura e Aplicada (National Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics), the most important mathematical institution in Brazil. He solved the "separatrix theorem" a complex dynamical problem with 150 years without solution. [6]

See also


  1. ^ (Spanish) Oficina de Registro Central y Estadística de la UNI, Student population statistics. Retrieved on December 9, 2007
  2. ^ (Spanish) Oficina Central de Admisión de la UNI, 2007-I qualifying examination statistics. Retrieved on December 9, 2007


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