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Logo of Universidad Metropolitana
|Motto||Enseñando el Camino
Motto in English
|Teaching the Way|
|Rector||Benjamín Scharifker (after September 1, 2011)|
|Campus||Urban, 247 acres (1.00 km2)|
The Metropolitan University (Spanish: Universidad Metropolitana) was founded in 1970 by a group of entrepreneurs led by Eugenio Mendoza Goiticoa in the terrains donated by the businessman Pius Schlageter, father of the Venezuelan painter Eduardo Schlageter.
The university started as a nonprofit organization in 1964 whose objective was to develop the curricula for what would become the "Universidad Metropolitana". On October 1st 1970, the "Consejo Nacional de Universidades" approved the plans and projects of the fledging university.
The first campus was located on the old building of the "Colegio America" in the district of San Bernardino, and began classes on the 22nd of October of that same year.
The first class of 198 students could choose between 5 undergraduate degrees:
- Mechanical engineering
- Electrical engineering
- Chemical engineering
- Business and Administration
In 1976 the campus was moved to its current location on the eastern city district of "Terrazas del Ávila."
Today, the University has 5,000 students and approximately 500 professors. It is a business oriented private University, Business Administration being one of the most important courses offered.
The academic under-graduate courses include: Economics, Accounting, Business Administration, Law, Education, Modern Languages, Engineering (Chemical, Mechanic, Systems, Electrical, Civil & Production), Psychology and in 2003, it became the first University in Venezuela to offer the Liberal Studies course.
It offers the following undergraduate programs (B.Sc.):
- College of Arts and Sciences:
- College of Engineering:
- College of Social and Humanistic Sciences:
- College of Political Studies
It offers post graduate studies as well.
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