Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco (UNSAAC) / National University of Saint Anthony the Abbot in Cuzco

The National University of Saint Anthony the Abbot in Cuzco / Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco (UNSAAC) is a public university in Cusco, Peru and one of the oldest in the country. Its foundation was first proposed on March 1, 1692. The document in which Pope Innocent XII sponsored the founding of the university was signed in Madrid, Spain by King Charles II on June 1, 1692.

UNSAAC currently has eleven faculties in its Undergrad program (Health Sciences, Geological Engineering, Mining and Metallurgical, Process Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, IT and Mechanics, Education and Communication Sciences, Law and Social Sciences, Sciences, Administrative, Financial, Economic and Tourism Sciences, Architectural and Civil Engineering and Agricultural Sciences). The University also has a Master’s program and a Doctorate’s program. Its mission is to train professionals of high academic quality, humanistic and competitive; creative and innovative, with solid support on values and principles who are able to commit to the social, economic, cultural and political development of a sustained and environmentally sustainable society.

UNSAAC also has a research centre, El Vicerrectorado de Investigación (VRIN), it was created on October 28, 2011. The research centre is responsible for the management of basic, strategic and applied research and technology transfer in UNSAAC. It is also responsible for the management and promotion of activities and scientific programs in the University. Recently, the centre celebrated the success of its Canon Research Project which delivered two new varieties of Racial Composite White Corn-K’ayra and Racial Composite Yellow Corn-Kayra. These new varieties are the product of 14 years of research on the characterisation of 498 ecotypes of germplasm and maize breeding of the Regions of Cusco and Apurimac. During the long period of research, students of the Agronomy major participated in the characterisation and evaluation phases and used it for their Agronomist thesis.

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