Located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus (UPRRP). This first public university in the history of Puerto Rico is a state university, and the biggest of the University of Puerto Rico System’s campuses. When the Escuela Normal Industrial was founded in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, in the year 1900, it had only 20 students and 5 professors. After much growth, the public education system that exists today is stronger for having survived events such as the national students social upheaval of the 1960’s and 70’s, when students protesting for civil rights and the independence of Puerto Rico were receive with police force, resulting in student deaths. Today, the campus is famous for its distinctive clock tower, and its variety of academic programs.
With four “Deans,” or academic divisions, UPRRP is split into the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Dean of Student Affairs, the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and the Dean of Administration. Schools under the Dean of Academic Affairs include the school of communication, the graduate school of planning, and the graduate school of informatics sciences and technologies.
The University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus is home to many fine academic and laboratory facilities such as the natural sciences library, the computing center, the center for educational services, the botanical garden, the El Yunque field house, a greenhouse and herbarium, an animal facility, the zoology museum, a sequencing and genotyping facility, a high performance computing facility, a glass blowing workshop, an electronics workshop, an instrumentation workshop, and a machining workshop.