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Universidad Tecnica Particular
Loja, Ecuador


University description (as per official university website)

La Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja was founded by the Marist Association of Ecuador (AME) on May 3, 1971 and officially recognized by the Ecuadorian State under the Executive Decree 646, published in the Official Gazette Issue 217 May 5, 1971, with which it is constituted as an autonomous legal entity under the agreement "Modus Vivendi" concluded between the Vatican and Ecuador, considering the rules of the Church in its organization and gobierno.Posteriormente, in October 1997, the Diocese of Loja transferred indefinitely, the "Association ID Cristo Redentor, Identes Missionaries" , the leadership and direction of the university.
Constitutively, the Technical University of Loja is a private institution, non-profit and co-financed by the Ecuadorian state. Higher Education provides undergraduate and graduate levels through study modes: On, Open and distance learning, and its variants: A traditional distance and Virtual Blended in four areas of knowledge: the Technical, Socio-Humanistic, Biological Area Administrative Area.

Additionally, research and extension functions or service to society, are structured in the university as Research, Technology Transfer, Extension and Services CITTES , units are built around specific areas of knowledge that contribute to self-financing college this figure correspond to the following:

Management Unit Information Technology
Unit Architectural Design & Research
Civil Engineering Unit, Geology and Mines
Center for Art and Design
Economic Research Institute
Tourism Research Centre
VIA Communications
Education and Psychology Center
Institute for Research and Legal Services.
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology.
Transfer Center, Research and Technology.
Institute of Ecology.
Agricultural Services.
Inglés Research and Services Center .
Technology Valley .
Virtualization Unit.
Medical Sciences
Institute of Applied Chemistry .
Continuing Education Unit


In 1976 UTPL launches first Latin American mode of distance education , which begins with the career of Educational Sciences, opening the possibility of access to higher education to all people, from anywhere in the Republic of Ecuador.

Currently has 93 university centers, 90 in the country and 3 overseas.

On 20 October 1998 establishing a Center for New York .
In October 2000, created Centers Madrid and Rome .
In 1976 the University Press was created as a support for Open and Distance mode.

In 1979, establishing the Villonaco station, in order to strengthen theoretical - practical knowledge of students in careers related to the biological area.

The Ecolac Dairy Plant was established in 1983 for training purposes especially for students of Engineering in Agricultural Industries.

In 1983 he also created Ceramics Plant CERART as support for students in the career of Fine Arts, now Arts and Design .

In 1983 he created the furniture plant in the city of Catamayo.

In August 1998, the offer is extended to all races that the University previously offered jointly implemented the model of Production Management .

On 30 January 2002 approves the Organic Statute of the University by the CONESUP , by Resolution No. RCP-S2-R050-02.

On 19 October 2005 establishing the Latin American and Caribbean Institute for Quality in Distance Education CALED.

The focus of the UTPL strengthened by technology since 1998 with the creation of the Unity Project and Systems-UPSI .
In 2006 he made the pilot of entrepreneurship and in

February 2007 was inaugurated Valle Tecnológico de Loja .
Until now, they have created 19 Research, Extension and Technology Transfer Services, which are formed around specific areas of science: Administrative, Technical, Biological and Socio-Humanistic, it is also essential function CITTES contribute to self-financing college.
National accreditation received by the National Council for Accreditation of Higher Education of Ecuador (CONEA) in 2008.

From 2007 until today, occupies UTPL important place in both the global positioning of universities in Webometrics .

In 2010 obtained the International Accreditation, School of Architecture and Social Communication .
Thanks to the consolidation of inter-agency agreements begins the doctoral programs in time spent with top universities in America, Europe and Asia.
Incorporation of researchers at the Faculty of Physicians UTPL , with just 15 doctors in the faculty, which in 2010 is 10% of the number of doctors working in 76 universities in Ecuador.

The life within our university is on track to bring to fulfillment the ideals that gave birth to universities, with the vision of the "H uman Christian " , our mission is: "Seeking truth
and educate man
through science,
to serve society "
Conceived as a truth vector where to direct our deepest cognitive dimensions, active and vital.
A comprehensive training with innovative educational proposals, which combines scientific dimensions - technical quality, with the humanistic and spiritual.
A spirit of inquiry that contribute to the development of science and culture with human entrails, which constitute an effective contribution to human knowledge.
Teaching, research and extension converge to production management in which the student is subject and agent of his professionalism, to serve a creative and concrete achievements to the society in which it is immersed.
The coexistence university requires all its players share fundamental values that enable us to achieve the proposed goals responsibly:

Vision (Dream horizons)
Team Spirit
Management and leadership
Operational flexibility.
"The university should aim for a common search for the keys to deeper human reality in all its dimensions and relationships. This is what is taught in the department of Christ."

The participation of faculty, staff and students is guaranteed in the various spaces for each one of them. The educational model focuses on UTPL " Production Management ", where the student and the teacher are related to real projects within CITTES .
Production management is an essential part in vocational training, translates the spirit of service leadership and concrete achievements, in which teachers and students are agents of social development.

The CITTES mark the path of the university to new achievements, along with university management based on pluralism, solidarity, ethics, tolerance of diversity and academic excellence. This is what we call UTPL "City of Love", which refers to the university in an atmosphere of spirit and values.

In the research context of CITTES as well as in projects of service to society, the students involved in the productive part of interdisciplinary teams and lead to real projects.

The role of schools is teaching under a model of seminar-style class, where students must check in advance the basic background information and allowing him to understand the issues addressed in the classroom.

This is compounded by the teacher's role as facilitator of knowledge and its directors, in terms of curriculum management, which gives broad powers to carry out its mission. The teacher researchers 'reside' in the CITTES and taught at various schools in their areas of specialty.

Virtual Learning Environment (EVA) , Videoconferencing System, Internet and email management are supports for our academic, administrative and research. Each semester, 541 faculty lead the learning process - learning in a context of constant renewal and training.

By 2006, 78% of teachers working full-time researchers in the Research, Technology Transfer, Extension and Services (CITTES) and 23 schools. In the "road to good science," the UTPL has placed special emphasis on the fourth level of training of their teachers, frontline universities worldwide. Over 218 teachers are doctoral researchers in various fields of knowledge, universities recognized German, Italian, Spanish, American and Mexican. They also form part of regional, national and international cooperation and academic exchange. These activities allow Loja put one of the cities with the highest concentration of PhDs in Latin America in relation to its population.

In short, the academic life of UTPL combines the dimensions of the university: CITTES, schools and careers in Classic mode and distance and service to society with a high sense humanistic. These dimensions are in constant interaction resulting in formation of the student, who during his tenure at the University developing a life plan, and scientific spirit of service and peer leadership.

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