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Mexican university wins Spanish award

June 10, 2009 |  9:30 am

UNAM central library

Mexico's National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), which is now nearly a hundred years old, was awarded Spain's Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities on Wednesday in recognition of its role in providing Latin America with outstanding intellectuals and scientists, reports the Associated Press:

The National Autonomous University of Mexico, which has nearly 300,000 students and more than 34,000 professors and researchers, had received more than 1,500 letters of support for the award, including ones from world famous authors Carlos Fuentes and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the award foundation said.

The university, founded in 1910, "has become a point of reference, combining quality and an extensive academic and research offering with its firm commitment to disseminate culture, humanism and new technologies," the foundation said.

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--Deborah Bonello in Mexico City

Photo: The central library on the UNAM campus in southern Mexico City. Credit: Deborah Bonello / Los Angeles Times