The city of Morelia, was founded by the Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza on May 18, 1541; it is the capital city of the state of Michoacan de Ocampo, located in western Mexico with a surface of 1,200 km2. Morelia is the most populated and extensive city of the state, with 784,776 inhabitants and has a mild semi-humid climate.
The city is managed by the City Council, represented by the Mayor, a comptroller and 12 councilmen. Morelia has an international airport and it is located within the “diamond of Mexico”, a strategic region where most of the production of the country concentrates and connects.
Morelia is home of the “Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo”, dating back to 1540, which is considered the oldest institution of higher education in America. It is also home of the “Conservatorio de las Rosas”, a institute of music education founded in 1743. Morelia is one of the cities with the highest number of universities per inhabitant in Mexico.