Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo (CENDES)

 Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo (CENDES)
Research Center on HE
Year of foundation: 
Member since: 
Center for Development Studies (CENDES)
Parent Institution's name (english translation): 
Central University of Venezuela
Parent Institution's name (original language): 
Universidad Central de Venezuela


Institutional postal address: 
Av. Neverí, Edificio Fundavac. Colinas de Bello Monte. Zip Code 47604. Caracas 1040
Latin America and Caribbean
Institutional phone: 
0058 212 7531090

Mission / Vision

The Center for Development Studies (CENDES) is an experimental interdisciplinary institute under the umbrella of the Academic Vice-rectorate of the Central University of Venezuela (UCV). Since its creation in 1961, its main activities have been research, postgraduate teaching and the dissemination and extension of development sciences and planning techniques.

The Center holds a prominent position in Venezuela and Latin America, due to its pioneering and innovative work and its contribution to the academic excellence of its postgraduate programs.
Right from the outset CENDES has liaised with institutions at home and abroad. These links have spawned agreements, joint projects and a diversity of tasks with outside institutions. Researchers at CENDES also participate in numerous networks connected with their research areas.


The institution is constantly increasing and diversifying its fields of research and the variety of its courses. The inclusion of wide-ranging topics in development studies plays a major role in the institution's continuity and is the driving force behind its day-to-day activities.

Main activities

Research and Postgraduate Programs oriented to Development Studies in Venezuela and Latin America.


  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government