The National University of Trujillo (UNT) is a major public university located in Trujillo, Peru, capital of the department of La Libertad. The university was founded by Simón Bolívar and José Faustino Sánchez Carrión, who met in Huamachuco; they signed the decree of foundation on May 10, 1824, before Peru's independence from Spain. National University of Trujillo, was the first republican university founded in Peru. UNT has approximately 19,000 students in 12 academic faculties, making it one of the largest universities in the country. It is ranked as one of the best universities in Peru.