University of Zulia

La Universad del Zulia
Motto Post Nubila Phoebus (After the clouds, the sun)
Type Public
Established May 29, 1891 (re-opened October 1, 1946)
Location Venezuela Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela

The University of Zulia (Spanish: La Universidad del Zulia, also known as LUZ literally meaning "light" in Spanish), is a public university whose main campus is located in the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela. LUZ is one of the largest and most important universities of Venezuela.

The University of Zulia has three campuses: two in Zulia State, in the cities of Maracaibo (being the biggest and most important of the three) and Cabimas; and one in the city of Punto Fijo, located in Falcón State.


The history of the university begins when a decree converting the Federal College of Maracaibo into the University of Zulia was passed on May 29, 1891. The university itself began its operations on September 11 of that same year. Its first Chancellor was Francisco Ochoa.

In 1909, the government ordered the closure of the university for political reasons. It would remain closed until October 1, 1946. This event is known as La Reapertura (The Reopening). The first Chancellor after the reopening was Jesús Enrique Lossada.


The university currently contains eleven schools, offering a total of 32 majors or degrees:

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