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Mexico in 1999: Taking back the UNAM

By: Jared Muha | Mentor: Dr. Ezekiel Walker


In 1999, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) reversed course on its tradition of free education and installed a tuition requisite for attendance. In response, students launched a massive strike and eventually overturned the decision. This paper explores the possible role global institutions like the IMF may have played and argues that the strike was part of a broader movement against economic globalization. This paper places the student strike in its proper context and analyzes how students perceived their role in the strike.

KEYWORDS: UNAM, Mexico, globalization, education, Zapatismo