The Literary and Scientific Institute of Chihuahua was founded on March 19, 1835. In order to promote cultural development in the emerging city of Chihuahua, it offered to the community studies of Latin and Spanish grammar. In the beginning there were 21 students, and between the years 1835 and 1900 around 996 people received education in its classrooms.
The demand for education in the state grew, so that many students had to leave the entity to Mexico City for their studies. Many of them stayed in that city, and for that reason the State lost many important personalities.
The building occupied by the Literary and Scientific Institute is now employed as the Rectory of the Autonomous University of Chihuahua (UACh).
The UACh is one of the universities with the largest number of students and academic programs in the state of Chihuahua. This is a public higher education university and has a great sense of social, economic and support commitment to the entire Chihuahuan community, in order to preserve and promote the diverse cultures of this city.
This highest public institution has a high academic level because its main purpose is to develop university programs of the highest quality, where the use of knowledge learned is useful for society as well as for young university students.
The UACh has 15 faculties that teach undergraduate and postgraduate programs, and each of them has its own academic bodies. In addition, it has two main campuses located in the city of Chihuahua: the first was donated to the State Government by the Elías brothers, with the sole purpose of building a sports and recreational park in memory of his mother.
Currently in these areas are the Technological Institute of Chihuahua, the Carmen de López Portillo School, the School of Special Education and the old facilities of the University. The second campus or new campus is located in the northern part of the city and there are 32 sports areas, 17 road circuits and 50 territorial reserves. In addition, there are the facilities of the different faculties, the Olympic stadium and the Commemoration of the illustrious University of this University.
In 2019, the Autonomous University of Chihuahua offers 52 university degrees and 2 postgraduate degrees. Among his university degrees, you can study one of his 34 degrees and 18 engineering qualifications.
The Autonomous University of Chihuahua is also an online university; it currently teaches 11 online courses, including 8 online degrees, 1 online engineering and 2 online postgraduate degrees (2 online master's degrees).