The Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) (Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla) is the oldest and largest university in Puebla, Mexico.
Founded on 15 April 1587 as Colegio del Espíritu Santo, the school was sponsored by Society of Jesus during most of the Spanish colonial era before turning into a public college in 1825 and eventually into a public university in 1937. The religious origins can be seen in many of BUAP’s buildings in Puebla city centre, which were once colonial-era churches.
The flagship campus is located in the city of Puebla, although more than nine facilities are distributed across the state. Currently, it is one of the 105 institutes participating in the Alice Experiment at CERN.
The institution’s motto is: “Pensar bien para vivir mejor” (Spanish for “Thinking well in order to live better”).
Its logo features a phoenix bird in a shield. On the top of the shield, the Greek goodness of knowledge, Athena, is located.
The use of the word autonomous means that, as a public university, it receives funds from the government. However, the university is free to arm and to change the programs in the university considers it necessary.
As a macrouniversity, 34% of the students in higher level in Puebla attend the BUAP.