Rafael Urdaneta University

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Rafael Urdaneta University
Universidad Rafael Urdaneta
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Type Private University
Established October 24, 1973
Rector Jesús Esparza Bracho
Principal Maulio Rodríguez
Students 12,000 (Approximately)
Location Maracaibo,  Zulia,  Venezuela
Colors White and Blue         
Website Universidad Rafael Urdaneta

Rafael Urdaneta University; URU (Spanish: Universidad Rafael Urdaneta) is a private, non-profit university founded in 1973, located at La Vereda del Lago (Maracaibo, Venezuela), by the Rafael Urdaneta foundation and the Rafael Urdaneta university civic association. It receives its name from the general Rafael Urdaneta, Zulian father of Venezuelan independence.

Rafael Urdaneta University is a higher education institute whose purpose is to generate and applicate the imparted knowledge to contribute to the evolution of the human being and to the formation of professionals with values, independent, competitive and compromised to the scientific, technical and humanistic development of the social environment to elaborate sustainable projects that resolve the problems of the State and the Nation.

History[edit]

The University was named in honor of Rafael Urdaneta, renowned Zulian hero.

The Rafael Urdaneta University (URU) is a nonprofit institution, officially authorized by the Executive Order #101 of May 21, 1974, issued from the Presidency of the Republic, with a positive opinion of the National Council of Universities. It was created "with the purpose to form the necessary and capable human resource to face the scientific and technological developments" in the strategic areas of the country. It was founded by Eloy Parraga Villamarín, who used to be the Gobernor of Zulia state and ambassador of the United States of America.

Formed by extensive professional and business sectors of the society on October 24, 1973, it started educational activities on September 4, 1976. It has the name of the Zulian hero Rafael Urdaneta (1788-1845), a prominent leader of the Ibero-American independence.

Since its foundation, URU assumed an anthropocentric conception, based on the investigation (especially applicated), given its location in a developing country, and permanently related to the education, the University focused on the Undergraduate education. It is an autonomous institution in the terms defined by the Constitution and the Law of Universities. The academic community it is known for its plurality and respect founded in the racionalization of its processes; the metolodogy of the science and the social relevance of the knowledge incite the production of wisdom. The integral conception of the person is assumed in extra-curricular activities.

Mission[edit]

Rafael Urdaneta University is a higher education institute whose purpose is to generate and applicate the imparted knowledge to contribute to the evolution of the human being and to the formation of professionals with values, independent, competitive and compromised to the scientific, technical and humanistic development of the social environment to elaborate sustainable projects that resolve the problems of the State and the Nation.

In that sense, URU executes the necessary academic programs to form professionals of higher education in relevant areas from the social scientific point of view, through fresh and flexible curriculums which are constantly adapted to the new demands of the diverse disciplines of knowledge and of the professional praxis.

For that purpose, URU has programs of basic, applicated and extensive investigation, from that higher level, through a line of heuristic training which defines the profile of the creative and suitable professional to resolve problems in situations of increasing complexity; line that emphasizes on quaternary education through significative supports to the scientific and social context.

Faculties and schools[edit]

The faculties and schools of URU are:

Faculty of Agricultural sciences[edit]

Faculty of Political, Management and Social sciences[edit]

Aula Magna of URU

Faculty of Engineering and Architecture[edit]

Coordinates: 10°39′00″N 71°35′45″W / 10.65°N 71.595833°W / 10.65; -71.595833