Established in 1974, Universidad Rafael Urdaneta (English: Rafael Urdaneta University) is a private higher education institution located in the large city of Maracaibo (population range: 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Zulia. Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministerio del Poder Popular para Educación Universitaria, Ciencia y Tecnología, Venezuela (English: Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of Venezuela), Universidad Rafael Urdaneta (URU) is a coeducational higher education institution. Universidad Rafael Urdaneta (URU) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study. This 42 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. URU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, as well as administrative services.