"Universidad Central de Ecuador" Quito Off The Beaten Path Tip by mikey_e
Quito Off The Beaten Path: 50 reviews and 167 photos
The Universidad Central del Ecuador, or the Central University of Ecuador, was originally founded in 1651 as the agglomeration of three universities, one Jesuit, one Dominican and one Augustine. At this time, it was called the Universidad Real Publica Santo Tomás, which required that its name be changed after independence. In 1836, it became Universidad Central de Quito, then Ecuador, the name by which it is currently known. The University boasts a full complement of faculties and specialties, being one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the Americas. It is also known for its political activities, as several Ecuadorian Presidents were once deans of the school, and the University was closed on nine separate occasions by various governments, for its connection to anti-establishment or anti-government political movements. It was active in the events that led to the Primer Grito de la Independencia Hispanoamericana, the movement for independence from Spain, and the presence of left-wing and extreme-left political groups among the student population in the 1960s and 1970s caused sporadic clashes with the government and, eventually, closing of the University by the military dictatorship. The University is still politically active today, although there is a wider range of representation among the students, undoubtedly in part because of the government?s left-leaning coloration. My favourite part of the University, however, is the entrance to the Theatre, where there are bust of the various indigenous people of the country.
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