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Liceo Bolivariano "Hilario Pizani Anselmi"

The flag and coat of arms of the education institue Liceo Bolivariano "Hilario Pizani Anselmi", located in Motatán, shall be selected on 12 May 2006. The selection process started on 11 May 2006 with the presentation of 38 flags and 38 coat of arms, one by section of the institute. For the second round, 12 flags and 12 coats of arms have been kept.
Source: <>.
Ivan Sache, 13 May 2006

Universidad Central de Venezuela

image by Guillermo T. Aveledo , 21 December 1999

Universidad Central de Venezuela (Central University of Venezuela; founded 1721).
Description: A white field (although sometimes light yellow or even beige are used; there are no official specifications to this flag besides the ones I'm giving) with the Seal of the University and the date "1721" (date it was founded) on royal blue (embroidered under the seal on roman type letters). The seal consists of a few Academic and National symbols: Encircled by the words "*Universidad Central* Caracas-Venezuela", we see seven stars (as the ones in the national flag) over a shining oil lamp (which symbolises enlightment and sums up the University's motto: "the house that overcomes the shadows") which sits on two books (philosophy and science), old papers and an inkpot with a pen on a book (history). Branches of Cofee and Palm encircle the lower part of the arrangement (as a connection to the tropical reality the University stands in).
Guillermo T. Aveledo, 21 December 1999

Bomberos Universitarios

image by Guillermo T. Aveledo, 15 September 2000

Bomberos Universitarios - Universidad Central de Venezuela (University Fire Brigade - Central University of Venezuela)
Guillermo T. Aveledo, 15 September 2000

Universidad Católica Andrés Bello

image by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 20 April 2002

Néstor Garrido of Venezimbol presented the flag of the Catholic University Andrés Bello (Universidad Católica Andrés Bello). Its dimensions are not regulated. Its symbology is as follows:
The flag is a horizontal triband of equal dimensions: blue, white and yellow in descending order. Blue and white are the colors of the Virgin Mary, and at the same time, white and yellow are the Vaticans colors, that certifies the Catholic and Marian character of this University. The shade of blue is a dark sky blue.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 20 April 2002

Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB), founded in October 1953, has three campuses in Caracas (main seat), Guayana and Coro. It is a private University granted in 1951 by the Venezuelan Episcopacy to the Society of Jesus.
The University is named after the humanist, poet, philologist and lawmaker Andrés de Jesús María y José Bello López (1781-1865).
The flag appears to be also used as the chief of the shield of the University.
Source: <>.
Ivan Sache, 4 March 2007

Universidad de Carabobo

image by Ivan Sache, 6 March 2007

Historic outline: The first university in Carabobo was created in Valencia in 1833 by a Decree of President of the Republic, General José A. Paez, as Colegio de Carabobo. The college was renamed Colegio Nacional de Carabobo in 1870 by Special Decree of the President, General Antonio Guzmán Blanco. However, the College was closed in 3 October 1874 following economical and political difficulties.
In 1880, Engineer Lino Revenga started the building of the seat of a new university (today the Faculty of Law); on 15 November 1892, a Decree by the President, General Joaquín Crespo, created the Ilustre Universidad de Valencia. General Cipriano Castro closed the University by Decree on 1904. On 12 March 1915, the Constutional President of the State of Carabobo, Emilio Fernández, founded by Decree the Instituto Oficial de Ciencias Políticas, named Miguel José Sanz after the founder of the first Law College in Venezuela. On 13 December 1949, the Institute was incorporated into the Law Faculty of the Universidad Central de Venezuela.
On 21 March 1958, Decree No 100 of the Governing Junta, presided by Rear Admiral Wolfgang Larrazabal, (re)founded the Universidad de Carabobo.
Symbols: The flag of Universidad de Carabobo is made of three equal horizontal stripes, gold (symbolizing faith), green (symbolizing liberty), and purple (symbolizing culture). These colours are the official colours of the University; they are also used in the three quarters of the shield of the University, which is placed in the canton of the flag. The shield is rectangular, in "Spanish" style with a point in base. It is made of two upper quarters of equal size and one bigger lower quarter. The upper left quarter depicts the Annunciation, on a golden background representing faith. The upper right quarter represents the column prescribed by the Cúcuta Congress to commemorate the Battle of Carabobo. On the column is the writing "24 de junio de 1821" (24 June 1821). The background of the column is a sun with yellow rays in a blue sky and a green pampa. The two upper quarters are separated from the lower quarter by a black stripe bearing two years in Roman numerlas, MDCCCXCII (1892, year of creation of the University by Joaquín Crespo) and MCMLVIII (1958, year of refoundation of the University). The lower quarter shows the facade of the former University of Valencia, today the Faculty of Law of the University of Carabobo, designed by Lino J. Revenga; the building is surmonted by a purple sky. The chief of the shield bears the motto  "Deus, Libertas, Cultura" (God, Liberty, Culture), written in white Capital letters on a blacjk background; the lower border of the shield bears the writing "Universitas Carabobensis", the name of the University in Latin.
Source: <>.
Legislation: Chapter III of the regulation on the symbols of the University says the colour are 'Oro, Verde y Purpura', symbolizing faith, liberty, and culture, respectively (Article 5). The flag shall be hoisted on all buidings belonging to the University (Faculties, Schools, Institutes, and Centers) on Memorial Day of the reopening of the University and ceremony days dedicated to professors, students, employees and other members of the University (Article 7). The use of the flag in other instances is subjected to the authorization by the Rector of the University (Article 8).
Source: <>.
Ivan Sache, 6 March 2007

Universidad de Margarita UNIMAR

image by Ivan Sache, 6 March 2007

The flag of this university is at <> (defunct).
Dov Gutterman, 3 March 2002

The Flag of University of Margarita is dexter hoist; this is, the hoist seen at the left of the observer and therefore the logotype appears on the lower fly. The prevailing vexillological custom in Venezuela is that the flags are dexter hoisted or with the hoist sees to left of the observer. We can describe the Flag of University of Margarita in this way: a field with approximate ratio 2:3 diagonally divided from upper fly to lower hoist in two stripes: blue and white, showing on this last one the logotype of the Institution (blue circle with letters U in superior part and M in the inferior part, both white)
Raul Orta, 3 March 2003

The University of Margarita, nicknamed "Alma Mater del Caribe", is located on the Margarita island, state of Nueva Esparta, 38 km off the north-eastern coast of Venezuela. This private University was founded by Presidential Decree No 34 on 20 November 1998; it was inaugurated on 1 November 1999.
Source: <>.
Ivan Sache, 6 March 2007

Universidad Metropolitana

image by Guillermo T. Aveledo, 15 September 2000

Universidad Metropolitana - Metropolitan University - Caracas
Guillermo T. Aveledo, 15 September 2000

In May 1964, Eugenio Mendoza founded a civil association to promote the foundation of a University. On 21 October 1970, the University National Council authorized the foundation of Universidad Metropolitana (Unimet) in Caracas. The University was inaugurated the next day in the former seat of Colegio América in San Bernardino. In 1976, the University moved to its current seat in La Urbina and built a 100-ha campus. The University has now 5,000 students and 500 professors
The University website shows the flag of the University with a "floating pattern". There are a few differences with the flag shown above:
- the colour of the flag is more orange and less red
- the UM logotype is orange and not black
- there are seven upper and five lower orange "stripes" instead of five and five.
Ivan Sache, 4 March 2007

Universidad Nacional Experimental del Táchira

image by Dov Gutterman, 22 July 2002

The Emblem
image by Raul Orta, 26 July 2002

Based on <>.
Dov Gutterman, 22 July 2002

The Flag - Attributes - The National Experimental University of Táchira is an educational entity located on the Táchira State, at the Southwest of Venezuela. Its flag consists of a field with approximate ratio 2:3 or square and half of length, horizontally divided on two stripes: white the superior and blue the inferior. The Official Emblem of the Intitution in blue to the canton completes the conjunct.
The Emblem - Attributes and Semiology - It consist in a super streamlined and kinetic arrange of the letters U and T that alludes to the name of the Institution.
Source: National Experimental University of Táchira Web Site <>.
Raul Orta, 26 July 2002

Universidad Nacional Experimental Politècnica de la Fuerza Armada (UNEFA)

image by Raul Orta, 2 April 2003

image by Raul Orta, 2 April 2003

The standard and Coat of Arms of the National Experimental Politechnic University of the Venezuelan Armed Force (Initials UNEFA in Spanish), the former "University Politechnic Institute of the National Armed Forces" (Initials IUPFAN in Spanish)
1.- STANDARD - ATTRIBUTES - Consist in a regular (rectangular) field with ratio 2:3; this is, square and half of longitude. On its blue field gilded fringed appears the Coat of Arms of the Institute in all its official attributes and surrounding it the denomination "UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL EXPERIMENTAL POLITECNICA DE LA FUERZA ARMADA" (NATIONAL EXPERIMENTAL POLITECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE VENEZUELAN ARMED FORCE) in golden roman capital letters.
- SEMIOLOGY - Blue signs the Great Ideals, High Spirit, the Loyalty and the Perseverance which anime the action and activities which belongs to the Institute whilst its Coat of Arms and denomination rebounds the privilege of the formation in its classrooms making honor to its motto: "EDUCATIVE EXCELLENCE".
2.- COAT OF ARMS .- ATTRIBUTES - Consist in an Spaniard shape with only one quarter or simple Azure (blue) field which charges an emblematic conjunct integrated by an eagle with downed wings nascent from a tierced round shield superposed to an anchor and a balance, with a constellation of seven five-pointed stars disposed in arc on the chief, all in Argent (white). Border in Or (yellow) with the inscription "UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL EXPERIMENTAL POLITÉCNICA DE LA FUERZA ARMADA" ("NATIONAL EXPERIMENTAL POLITECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE VENEZUELAN ARMED FORCE") in gothic capital letters enameled on Sable (black), disposed on the flanks and base of the Coat of Arms. As external ornaments, the blazon shows a torch in Or (yellow) flamed in the same enamel and Gules (red) disposed at the back of the field and a pennant tierced in Or (yellow), Azure (blue) and Gules (red) that charges as mottoes the ephemeris "3 DE FEBRERO DE 1974" (February 3rd, 1974) and "26 DE ABRIL DE 1999" (April 26th, 1999) in gothic capital letters enameled in Sable (black).
- SEMIOLOGY - The field is enameled in Azure for sign the Great Ideals, the High Spirit, the Loyalty and the Perseverance which inspired the action and activities which belongs to the Institute. The Constellation of seven five-pointed stars symbolizes the Venezolanity and remembers the Constance in the Services; by one hand and by the other, the shine of the Personal and Professional Virtues of the Docent, Administrative and Pupil's Personnel of the University. The central emblematic conjunct symbolizes the union of the four components of Venezuelan Armed Force: the round shield represents the Army; the anchor remembers the Navy; the eagle symbolizes the Aviation and the balance alludes to the National Guard: all enameled in Argent for sign the Clarity, the Eloquence, the Integrity and the Truth required of the Personnel adscript to the Institute in the exercise of their functions The border in Or remembers the Joy, the Constance, the Generosity and the Nobleness: virtues which adorn who is called to conduce the destinies of the University whilst its denomination rebound its Corporative Identity, Values, Traditions and Objects. The torch represents the Knowledge and the Study which encounter on the Institute's classrooms  a propitious and fecund place for its development and progress. The pennant, reaffirmation of the Patriotic felling which encounters echo in the Institute, shows the dates of its foundation and elevation to the University range as a tribute to everyone who formed and form a part of it for the realization of all that contract its motto: EDUCATIVE EXCELLENCE for contribute efficiently to the Progress of our Homeland.
Raul Orta, 2 April 2003

The UNEFA official website now shows and describes a different shield . Since there is no reason to question Raul Orta's report, it is clear that the shield was changed. The new shield has eight stars instead of seven and shows a portrait of Simon Bolivar; it was therefore undoubtly adopted as a symbol of President Chávez' Bolivarian Revolution.
The burning torch represents sport as the spirit of the University. The eight stars represent the eight provinces of Venezuela. The book symbolizes wisdom, perseverance and self-abnegation in the studies. The central figure (left) is a portrait of Simon Bolivar, representing the ideology of the Bolivarian process. The central figure (right) represents the four components of the armed forces. In the previous version of the shield, there was no book and the emblem of the armed forces was placed directly on the blue background of the shield. The tricolor scroll bears the name of the country and the date of foundation of UNEFA, 26 April 1999 (by Presidential Decree No 115). On the former shield, the scroll bore two dates (not shown on the image but described in the companion text), 3 February 1974 having been deleted from the current scroll.
Ivan Sache, 7 March 2007

Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador

image by Ivan Sache, 10 August 2002

Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador - The emblem of the University was designed by the artist Alvaro Sotillo. It is an abstract representation of nine books. Eight of these books represent the eight Institutes which constitute the University, and the ninth book represents the Rectoral Seat. In 1989, the original grey colour of the books was changed to blue.
The flag has a white field with the emblem of the University in upper left part and the name of the University beside it. In the lower part of the flag, eight thin green stripes represent the eight Institutes of the University. Green is the colour traditionally associated to the Doctoral stuides in the UPEL.
UPEL was created by Decree #2176 of 28 July 1983 as an hommage to Simon bolivar for the bicentenary of his birth.
Source: <>.
Ivan Sache, 10 August 2002

Universidad Simón Bolívar

image by Raul Orta, 26 July 2002

The Emblem
image by Raul Orta, 26 July 2002

Based on <>.
Dov Gutterman, 22 July 2002

The Flag - Attributes - The Simon Bolivar University is an educative entity located on Sartenejas Valley, Sucre Municipality of Miranda State, very near Caracas. It flag consists of a yellow field of approximated ratio 2:3 or square and half of length, with the Institute Official Emblem in black on the center.
Historical Synthesis - The SBU flag' design was made on 1972, when a group of professors  were dedicated to the work to conceive the elements for bring the sport delegations with an emblem. In that opportunity, it was decided by a yellow rectangle with the Institute's Emblem in black on the center and underneath this one the abbreviations USB (Universidad Simon Bolivar in Spanish). Later, on June 1987, it was decided the elimination of the abbreviations. The official flag of Simon Bolivar University is hoisted near to the National Flag of Venezuela, in National and Institutional holidays, in the Benjamín Mendoza Hall:  the most important of the campus, in sport delegations, student groupings and the Firemen Body of the Institution.
The Emblem - Attributes and Semiology - The figure is made up with eight semicircular lines and a small rectangle placed on the center forming a structure similar to a rounded pyramid, whose meaning is a porch in which it's made the unity of diverse knowledge and its projection towards the future.
Historical Synthesis - From the existing confluence between the name "Simon Bolivar University" and its motto "the University of the Future", the designer Gerd Leufert made the design of the Emblem being inspired by the photographic reproduction of an electrical circuit.
Source: Simon Bolivar University Web Site <>.
Raul Orta, 26 July 2002

The logo of the University was designed by Gerd Leufert. It is based on the photographical representation of an electrical circuit. The logo is made of eight semi-circular lines arranged around a small rectangle. The logo constitutes a portico which symbolizes the unity of the different sciences and their projection into the future. The flag of the University was designed in 1972 by a group of professors in order to give the sport team a flag. The first flag was yellow with the logo of the University and its acronym USB. The acronym was suppressed from the flag in June 1987. The flag of the University is hoisted side by side with the Venezuelian national flag for the national and institutional days, in the Benjamin Mendoza Hall, by the sport teams, student associations and the fire brigade of the University.
Ivan Sache, 10 August 2002

Student Bolivarian Societies

image by Guillermo T. Aveledo , 1 March 2000

image by Guillermo T. Aveledo , 1 March 2000

Sociedades Bolivarianas Estudiantiles (Student Bolivarian Societies) - The SBCs are societies formed throughout Venezuela's schools in order to honour and cherish the thought and work of Venezuela's Liberator Simon Bolivar, who led (or intervened protagonically in) the wars of independance of six countries (or countries to be) from Spanish rule: these countries are today's Panama, Colombia, Venezuela (his birthplace), Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru. These are the "bolivarian" countries (only Venezuela has constitutionally declared itself a "bolivarian" republic), whose flag colours serve as the colours of the Student Bolivarian Societies flags: five stripes of (from top to bottom or viceversa) yellow, blue, red, white and green, with a yellow "B" on a red canton on the middle of the hoist side, with the height of three of the stripes. These flags are often seen in parades and on schoolyards.
I am not sure wether these flags are used in any of the other "bolivarian" countries.
Guillermo T. Aveledo , 1 March 2000