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Created by potrace 1.10, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2011


There is a long-standing history of cooperation between Ecuadorian and Flemish higher education institutions. After nearly 20 years of successful cooperation, Ecuador remains one of the main partner countries in our portfolio. Since 2003, we have spent over € 19 million in cooperation programmes with Ecuador, including 2 long-term Institutional University Cooperation programmes with the Escuela Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) and the University of Cuenca (UCuenca).

The outphasing IUC programme with UCuenca and a national Network in Biodiversity coordinated by ESPOL and 3 other Ecuadorian universities are the cornerstones of the Ecuador country programme.

Ongoing projects

Network University Cooperation

Country Strategy

The Country Strategy for Ecuador fits in with the Ecuadorian national strategy for improving the quality of life (‘Buen vivir’). The following main themes are identified for all future interventions in the cooperation with Ecuador:

  • Biodiversity/natural resources. Sub-themes: Biotechnology; Biomedicine; Energy and agricultural production systems.
  • Education. Sub-themes: Educational research and problem based learning; Research based education; Teacher training; Ph.D. training.
  • Health. Sub-themes: Health system and public health; Family medicine; HIV.
  • Social sciences. Sub-themes: Security issues; Migration and intercultural topics.
  • Food and nutrition.
  • Cultural heritage.

The country strategy identifies the following main transversal and cross-cutting themes:

  • University management and issues related to strengthening of academic skills.Sub-themes: Scientific writing; Statistics; Academic English; Library and ICT skills.
  • Institutional capacity building. Sub-themes: HR; Educational and research policies; University management.

Overview current partners