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The University of Cuenca is a public institution of Higher Education, which was created by Legislative Decree issued by the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies of Ecuador, meeting in Congress on October 15, 1867, and sanctioned by the President of the Republic on the 18th of the same month and year.
The University of Cuenca is an academic community, with its own legal status, academic, administrative, financial and organic autonomy, public law, secular, non-profit, pluralistic and open to all currents and forms of universal thought, funded by the State and is part of the Higher Education System of Ecuador.
It is a public university of teaching and research, whose mission is to train professionals and scientists committed to improving the quality of life, in the context of interculturalism and in harmony with nature. The University bases its capacity to respond to the scientific and human challenges of the times on academic quality, creativity and innovation, and to fulfill its commitment to the construction of an equitable, supportive and efficient regional, national and international society.
Universidad de los Andes (Uniandes) was founded in 1948 and is an autonomous, independent and innovative institution that fosters pluralism, tolerance and respect for ideas. The University enables its highly qualified faculty to develop an outstanding academic and professional life project, for which it supports a research activity that contributes to the development of the country and its international projection. Such internationalization efforts aim to improve the quality of academic programs, facilitate knowledge transfer, take advantage of international collaboration and funding opportunities, foster intercultural competencies in all members of the community, and a key element, contribute solutions to global challenges by working with different stakeholders and sharing knowledge, experiences, lessons and best practices with leaders and experts in all fields of knowledge.
UPB has been contributing decisively to the development of the region and the country, carefully reading the changing contexts in social, economic, political and environmental aspects, which is why we understand the importance of being aligned to the principles set out in the 2030 agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Compact and taking as a guide the Encyclical of Pope Francis Laudato Si', which calls us to care for our common home.
The general purpose of the "Sustainable UPB" strategy is to achieve the transformation of attitudes and practices of all the instances of the University so that they permeate the culture and, with this, to understand that sustainability is rarely a product of chance and that to achieve it requires rigorous, consistent and human-centered work as a principle of action.
Interaction with stakeholders has allowed us to recognize sustainability as a matter of utmost relevance in the University, which implies making efforts aligned with the purpose of mitigating and reducing impacts and potentiating positive externalities, such efforts consolidate us as the first Carbon Neutral university in Latin America, certified by ICONTEC since 2017 and as the first Zero Waste university in Latin America and the Caribbean since 2021.