The Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE) is the first private university in the country, founded in 1946 by the Jesuit priest Aurelio Espinosa Pólit. The members of its academic community contribute, in a rigorous and critical way, to the protection and development of human dignity and cultural heritage through research, teaching, links with the community and complementary training through the various services offered to local and international communities.
PUCE is part of the Association of Universities Entrusted to the Society of Jesus in Latin America (AUSJAL), which strengthens its academic offer by making available 99 degrees and 48 postgraduate courses in the different campuses around the country. The university community is formed by more than 19,000 students in the different modalities of undergraduate, postgraduate and open courses.
With the aim of offering academic excellence throughout the country, PUCE has its main campus in Quito and its branches are strategically located in the cities of Ambato, Esmeraldas, Santo Domingo, and Ibarra and in the provinces of Manabí and Sucumbíos.