The Universidad de Oriente, Núcleo Anzoategui ( UDO Anzoategui ) is a Venezuelan public institution of higher education , which began its work on January 9 , 1963 as the “Technological Institute of the East”.
Currently, some 17,000 undergraduate students and 500 postgraduate students are studying. It has two extensions, one is in the city of Anaco and the other in the city of Cantaura where courses are given for the use of the region. According to the Academic Ranking of Universities it is positioned in the 5th place among the main institutes of Venezuela.
The Universidad de Oriente was created on November 21, 1958, through Decree Law No. 459 issued by the Governing Board chaired by Dr. Edgar Sanabria , being Minister of Education Dr. Rafael Pizani .
On February 20, 1960, by Resolution of the University Council, the Nucleo de Anzoátegui of the Universidad de Oriente was created in Barcelona, responding to the regional demands of professionals and technicians. This nucleus began its teaching activities on February 12, 1963, with the opening of the careers of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Chemical Engineering. The founders and first and only professors of this Nucleus, originally conceived as Technological Institute of the East, were the Engineers Justo Marquez Muñoz Tébar and Humberto Antonorsi of Mechanical Engineering, Rafael Hernández Olivares of Electrical Engineering and Alberto Ochoa of Chemical Engineering
In the second semester of 1974, the Núcleo de Anzoátegui was restructured, creating the Schools of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Administrative Sciences, the School of Medicine and the Basic Studies Unit. Currently 14 races are taught at its headquarters in Barcelona. The extension of Anaco was created to offer careers in Public Accounting, Administration, Industrial Engineering and Systems Engineering.
The Organizing Committee of the Universidad de Oriente decided the creation of the Anzoátegui Nucleus, for which a team of engineers was formed, consisting of Mechanical Engineer Justo Marquez Muñoz Tébar graduated from the USA, who coordinated and administered it and at the same time of mechanical engineering career planning, Mr. Humberto Antonorsi with metallurgical engineering studies in Germany, Chemical Engineer Alberto Ochoa obviously in charge of the future career in Chemical Engineering and Electric Engineer Rafael Hernández Olivares with studies in Post graduate in France, in charge of electrical engineering.
The Organizing Commission of the UDO had an agreement with the Government of France that a Franco Vdnezolano Vocational Training Center would be created in Puerto La Cruz for the training and specialization of technical personnel in electricity in Puerto La Cruz, for this purpose the Engineer Rafael Hernández Olivares coordinated with the Electricity of France in that Republic everything related to the creation of said Center. The Center started its activities in a place in what used to be called the black highway, now Avda. Municipal. In the same premises, the first class was given to a group of Chemical Engineering students from Cumaná. Later, a shed was rented on the same avenue where the classrooms, offices, etc. were temporarily installed, and mechanical and electrical engineering careers were started in addition to the already existing Chemical Engineer.
At that time, steps were taken to obtain the land for the construction of the ITO with positive results, the name and symbols of the ITO are still preserved in the hill that adjoins those lands.
The Anzoategui Nucleus of the Universidad de Oriente is located in the city of Barcelona , originally this land belonged to the periphery of the city but with the development of the conurbation between Lechería, Barcelona and Puerto La Cruz it became part of the geographical center of the same, the enclosure has an enviable location in a point of very easy access between the two main avenues of the city such as Av. Jorge Rodríguez and Av. Argimiro Gabaldon.
It has more than 10 buildings, multiple sports areas, library , auditorium, university dining room. The student population comes from multiple locations throughout the eastern region due to the system of scholarships and assistantships that the university has to help students of humble origins.
The core of Anzoategui has 3 main schools: Engineering and Applied Sciences, Health Sciences and Administrative Sciences as well as study and research centers. It also has an extension in the center-south region of the state.