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Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral

Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral
Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral
Seal of ESPOL
Established October 29, 1958 (1958-10-29)
Type Public
Rector Sergio Flores Macías, M.Sc.
Undergraduates 8,700 +
Postgraduates 500 +
Doctoral students 0
Location Guayaquil, Guayas, República del Ecuador
Campus Rural and Urban
Colors Blue
Sports Basketball, weightlifting, athletics, football
Nickname ESPOL
Mascot Galápagos tortoise
This article is about the university, For the programming language, see Executive Systems Problem Oriented Language.

The Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (or ESPOL) is a Public university located on Guayaquil, Guayas Province in Ecuador. ESPOL has five University Faculties or Schools fifteen Research centers and several associated centers providing twenty-six Undergraduate degrees and ten Master's degree and research in multiple areas of knowledge.


Foundation years

On October 24, 1958, through Executive Decree 1664 by President Camilo Ponce Enriquez, the Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral was created [1] as a higher education institution due to increasing demands for a scientific and technological education for the Littoral Region.

On Tuesday, May 19, 1959, ESPOL was inaugurated, and the following Monday,May 25, 1959, classes began. Its first location, due to the lack of its own campus, was the old "Casona" building on "Chile" Street of the Universidad de Guayaquil. The area around the historical Peñas area provided a central location on the city, and the buildings in that area were bough by ESPOL with an initial payment of 12 Million sucres.

On 1969, The Quinto Guayas Battalion, gave to ESPOL the area between the Simón Bolívar embankment and Loja Street, were the four departments that existed at that time (Engineering in Geology, Mining engineering and Petroleum engineering; Electrical engineering; Naval engineering and Mechanical engineering) were co-located.

On 1973, The Naval Infantry Corps of Ecuador move from their base in Guayaquil, and in their place, the new installations for the Facultad de Ingenieria Maritima y Ciencias del Mar were constructed.

Changing Campuses

In 1995 ESPOL began to move from its historical Campus to the new campus that was being built in the outskirts of the city. The new campus included over 700 ha and included a protected forest which the university took over.

Recent history

ESPOL is involved in multiple changes and projects. Some of the changes are new buildings and facilities, others hare changes to academic productivity.

On the facilities side ESPOL, in 2009, started the construction of PARCON short for Parque del Conocimiento (Trans: Knowledge Park), where all the research centers of ESPOL will be located in new buildings. In 2009, ESPOL built a set of buildings to host the prepolitenico (first year general studies). In 2010, ESPOL started the construction of the new EDCON building.

New research centers such as CIDIS begun their work as new entities based on the old VLIR-ESPOL program.


Campus de Peñas

With 2.5 ha and located near the Historical center of Guayaquil, Las Peñas campus was the center of the academic life of ESPOL. However it is impossible for the campus to grow to accommodate the needs of a modern university, therefore, almost everything has move into the Gustavo Galindo campus for the 2011-2012 Academic year.

Campus Gustavo Galindo

With an extension of 724 ha, the Gustavo Galindo Campus is the biggest and main campus of ESPOL. Its location in the Via Perimetral (Highway) allowing easy access to commuting students. The central administration of the university, the schools administration and research centers are located in this campus. Its infrastructure is the result of the developing plan (Plan de Desarrollo 1983-1992) as well as the creation of the new PARCON

Campus Via de la Costa

The Campus Via de la Costa, located in coast of the Santa Elena Province in the middle of hosts the CENAIM-ESPOL Foundation and the Sea related degrees and research


Schools and colleges


The Polytechnic High School (Spanish: Colegio Politecnico) is the Secondary education institution linked, and colocated, to the university. Created in 1995 to answer the need of a high-level secondary education institution, is located in the Campus Gustavo Galindo.


Escuela de Postgrado de Administracion de Empresas


The College of Economy and Business (Spanish:Facultad de Economia y Negocios) offers the following degrees:[2]



  • Master in Marketing and International Commerce
  • Master (Executive) in Economics and Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master in Education and Educational Research.


Decano (Dean)
Leonardo Estrada Ph.D.
Sub Decano (Associate Dean)
Mariela Méndez Economist
Mail Address
Facultad de Economia y Negocios
Campus Gustavo Galindo
Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral
Km 30.5 Via Perimetral
Guayaquil, Guayas, ECUADOR
Offices Address
Campus Gustavo Galindo


The School of Engineering in Earth Sciences (Spanish: Facultad de Ingenieria en Ciencias de la Tierra)

Offers the following degrees:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Geological Engineering


The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Spanish: Facultad de Ingenieria Electrica y Computacion).

According to the new university plan [3] and the Schools [4][5] information, it holds six departments and offers multiple degrees as follows:

  • Computer and Information Systems Engineering
    • Computer Sciences Engineering Degree
    • Attached Laboratories
      • Laboratory of Multimedia Systems
      • Laboratory of Software Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Telecommunication
    • Telecommunication Engineering Degree
    • Attached Laboratories
      • Laboratorio de Simulacion de Telecomunicaciones (Telecommunication Simulations Lab)
  • Telematics
    • Telematic Engineering Degree
    • Attached Laboratories:
      • Distributed Systems Lab / Laboratorio de Sistemas Distribuidos
      • Laboratorio de Sistemas Telematicos (Telematics Systems Lab)
      • Laboratorio de Telecomunicaciones Ingeniero Pedro Carlo (Ingeneer Pedro Carlo Telecommunications Lab)
  • Network and Operating Systems
    • Network and Operating Systems Degree
  • Management Information Systems Degree

FIEC offers Graduate education in its facilities with four Master's programs:

  • Master in Applied Computer Security (MSIA)
  • Master in Automation and Industrial Control (MACI)
  • Master in Management Information Systems (MSIG)
  • Master in Telecommunications (MET)


Facultad de Ingenieria Maritima y Ciencias del Mar


Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Ciencias de la Produccion.



Natural Sciences and Mathematics Faculty - FCNM (in Spanish Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Matemáticas)


The College of Liberal Science (Spanish: Facultad de Ciencias Liberadas) is expected to be composed of the current EDCOM, CELEX, Facultad de Tecnologias


Among the academic resources offered by ESPOL students can choose to follow certification programs through several vendor recogniced academies such as :


Research Centers

There are several research centers at ESPOL. Some of the most important are:


Center for Systems Research, Development and Innovation (Spanish: Centro de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación de Sistemas).


The Centro de Tecnologías de Información (CTI), or Information Technology Center in english, focuses on research of information and communication technologies for education.


The PARCON (esp. Parquet del Conocimiento. trans: knowledge park) is the most important university project in Ecuador intended to contribute in the modification of the natal production structure.

Start-ups and associated business




TransESPOL S.A. is the company that provides urban transportation from different points around the city to and from the ESPOL campuses.



APESPOL (for its initials in Spanish of the Professors Association at ESPOL) is the university-wide association of professors and academic employees.


The Association of Polytechnic Workers (for its initials in Spanish: Asosciacion de Trabajadores Politecnicos) is the university-wide association of all the university workers including administrative employees, academic employees and maintenance employees


Polytechnic Student Federation (for its initials in Spanish: Federacion de Estudiantes Politecnicos) is the university-wide student association. It is formed by the colleges students associations.

Student groups

Club de Emprendedores

El Club de Emprendedores de la Espol tiene como objetivo exclusivo el fomento y la práctica de actitudes emprendedoras, creativas e innovadoras. Está conformado por estudiantes de diversas carreras, buscando promover el emprendimiento como una forma de vida, independientemente de la carrera o actividad.

Además de esto, el club busca:

  • Applicar proyectos de formación tanto para sus miembros como para la comunidad politécnica en general.
  • Ofrecer servicios y facilidades a sus miembros para la creación de empresas y emprendimientos sociales, culturales y artísticos.
  • Difundir y promover el emprendimiento como una forma de vida.
  • Elaborar proyectos destinados al bienestar de la comunidad en general.
  • Crear fraternidad entre sus miembros.
  • Trabajar por alcanzar mejoras y bienestar de los estudiantes politécnicos, siempre en armonía con las normas de la Espol.
  • Conseguir legalmente asignaciones económicas no reemolsables, por parte de personas jurídicas nacionales o extranjeras para llevar a cabo los fines del CE.
  • Desarrollar actividades sociales y culturales entre sus miembros.
  • Crear un vínculo fraterno con la Espol y otras entidades de naturaleza afín.[6]

El Club de Emprendedores de la ESPOL se fundó en el año 2008, cuyo mentor fue el Ing. Guido Caicedo R.,director del Centro de Desarrollo de Emprendedores (CEEMP) quien coordinó el evento Innovation Tournament en ESPOL para de esa manera, con los estudiantes politécnicos ganadores del evento, reclutar a los primeros miembros co-fundadores del Club. Por esta razón, el Club está conformado por estudiantes de las distantas facultades y carreras de la ESPOL, estudiantes que hacen del emprendimiento su estilo de vida.

Una de las actividades más importante que el Club realiza cada año en la ESPOL es la Semana del Emprendedor, evento que cuenta con la participación de emprendedores nacionales y/o internacionales que comparten sus experiencias. Durante la Semana del Emprendedor también se organizan concursos y el Desafío Emprendedor con el objetivo de incentivar entre los estudiantes el espíritu del emprendimiento.


- Walter Morán 2008 a 2011 - Gabriel Intriago 2012 a 2013 - Olga Larrea 2014 - Fabián Valarezo 2014 [7]

Celula Microsoft-ESPOL

The "Celula Microsoft ESPOL" is the Microsoft Student Tech Club at ESPOL. It has eight branches that focus on Microsoft Technologies and its integration with other proprietary and free technologies. Web: Celula Microsoft-ESPOL

IEEE student branch

As its name states, it is a student branch [8] of the IEEE.





  1. ^ Vekiz Litardo, Jaime. La Historia de la ESPOL. Ecuador
  2. ^ Facultad de Economia y Negocios, website
  3. ^ Programas Academicos Programas Academicos ESPOL Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, 2011.
  4. ^ Carreras de Ingenieria (English: Engineering Degrees) web FIEC, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, Ecuador 2011
  5. ^ Licenciaturas (English: Non-Engineering Degrees)web FIEC, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, Ecuador 2011
  6. ^ "Club de Emprendedores ESPOL". Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Club de Emprendedores". Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  8. ^ IEEE Student Branch Resources website, web
  9. ^ Rafael Correa Delgado, Bibliografia web

External links

  • Official website
  • FIEC

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