The Central University of Nicaragua was founded in 1998. It is nationally accredited and recognized by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Nicaragua via the Council of National Universities in official government session No. 10-1998, and approved by the Assembly of the Republic Decree No. 2822 according to the Constitution of the Republic and the Law on the Autonomy of Institutions of Higher Education. The Central University of Nicaragua (UCN) is an accredited university by Accreditation Service for International Colleges and Universities (ASIC) in the UK. The university is listed with the International Association of Universities an organization of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). International Association of Universities also listed UCN in the international handbook of accredited universities published by the United Nations. The recent history of the UCN is characterized by collaborations with universities in different parts of the world. On 22 March 2012 the UCN signed in Managua the agreement: "International Confederation of Higher Education" with the following universities: United Mahatma Gandhi University in India, Universidad de Cundinamarca in Colombia, Universidad de la Salle in Costa Rica, 3G University in the UAE, Fundación Universitaria Samuel Hahnemann in Colombia and Universidad Azteca in Mexico. It also collaborates with Texila American University, Guyana, to provide distance learning programs to students from over 45 countries. In Nicaragua, it has 3 locations and has 6,473 on-campus students as well as 4,251 distance learning students as at 2014/2015.