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National Polytechnic Institute
Instituto Politécnico Nacional
Motto La Técnica al Servicio de la Patria
Motto in English Technology to meet the needs of the Nation
Established 1 January 1936
Type Public
Dean Jesús Ávila Galinzoga
Director Enrique Fernández Fassnacht
Academic staff 17,534
Admin. staff 10,383
Students 171,581
Undergraduates 100,854
Postgraduates 6,836
Other students 63,891 (High school)
Location Mexico City,  Mexico
Campus Several across Mexico, mostly urban
Colors Maroon and white            
Mascot White donkey

The National Polytechnic Institute (Spanish: Instituto Politécnico Nacional, IPN) is a public university in Mexico City. It is dedicated to research and education at high school, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It was founded in 1936 by president Lázaro Cárdenas del Río.

The National Polytechnic Institute offers 293 courses of study. It is made up of 98 different academic units. These academic units are located across Mexico. With 171,581 students (2013), it is one of the largest universities in Mexico.

The institute has an important research center in Mexico called CINVESTAV.

The IPN has 27 sports teams. It has two American football teams called Burros blancos (White donkeys) and Águilas blancas (White eagles) on the Mexican College Football (ONEFA). These teams have won many championships. The IPN has a strong rivalry in all sports with UNAM, the other university in Mexico City.

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