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Colegio Particular Eugenio Espejo (Ecuador)

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The Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (Higher Polytechnic College of the Littoral) is located in Guayaquil. The university flag can be seen at <>.
Ron Lahav, 4 May 2007

ESPOL was founded by Executive Decree No. 1664, published in the Ecuadorian official gazette on 11 November 1958. Classes officially started on 25 May 1959. In March 2002, the institute catered more than 12,000 students taught by more than 800 professors and 500 other employees.
Article 5 of the new statutes of ESPOL, adopted in 1998, says: "Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral shall use the patriotic symbols of Guayaquil and its own symbols as well. Its motto is "Ciencia, Tecnología y Educación al servicio del país" [Science, Technology and Education to the service of the country] and its acronym is ESPOL."
Ivan Sache, 12 April 2009 


Flag - The Polytechnic Council approved on 14 December 1993 the report presented by Robert Toledo Echeverría, Vice Rector in charge of Students' Affairs and Welfare, and prescribed the flag of ESPOL to be: A rectangular field with three light blue ("celestes") and two white stripes.
The upper and lower light blue stripes shall be twice higher than the light blue central stripe.
The white stripes shall be slightly ("ligeramente") higher than the light blue stripe they flank. In the middle of the flag shall be placed an allegory made of a circle charged with a "galápago", below it the words "Guayaquil - Ecuador". [The "galápago" is the Galápagos (giant) tortoise, Geochelone nigra Quoy & Gaimard, a species endemic to the Galápagos islands, with ten subspecies still alive (out of the 12 recorded). More details at wikipedia].
Above the circle shall be placed the acronym ESPOL, below the circle shall be placed "Octuber de 1958" [October 1958], the foundation date of the institute.
Below the circle shall be written the name of the institute "Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral".
The circle shall be surrounded by olive branches, symbols of knowledge, peace and excellence.
Below the lower writing shall be placed a white star symbolizing the Guayaquil Star [this seems to have been changed for a light blue star placed in the upper part of the circle].
The flag of the institute shall be used in all the official acts of ESPOL.
Emblem - The emblem / seal of ESPOL was created in 1958 by the founder and first Director of the institute, Walter Camacho Navarro. The seal was oval, charged with a laurel crown surrounding the Guayaquil Star. Outside the oval were written "Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral" and "1958". Used for the first 15 years of existence of the institute, until Rector Luis Parodi Valverde decided that the emblem of the institute should be more closely related to Ecuador. In 1974, without any official decision, a donkey's head was added to the emblem, which was nothing but original, since this is the symbol used by the National Polytechnic Institute of México.
Accordingly, the Board of ESPOL launched a competition for designing the emblem of the institute. On 25 November 1974, the Board approved the proposal made by Carlos Quevedo Flores, which includes a "galápago", the world famous symbol of the Galápagos islands, and, therefore, of Ecuador.
Source: <>.
Ivan Sache, 12 April 2009