Central University of Ecuador
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|Central University of Ecuador|
|Spanish: Universidad Central del Ecuador|
|Motto||Omnium Potentior est Sapientia|
|Website||uce.edu.ec (in Spanish)|
The Central University of Ecuador (Spanish: Universidad Central del Ecuador) is a national university located in Quito, Ecuador. It is the oldest university in Ecuador, and one of the oldest in the Americas. The enrollment is over 10,000 students per year.
The university originated from the unification in 1769 between the University of Quito, also known as University of San Gregorio Magno, and the University of 'Santo Tomas de Aquino', being the first one Jesuit and created in 1622 from the San Luis seminary, and the second one Dominican, founded in 1688. Both were private.
In 1776 the government suppressed the San Gregorio university and in 1786 secularized the Santo Tomas university, and its statute came in effect on October 26, 1787. The Real Universidad de Santo Tomas de Aquino was established in 1800.
Once Gran Colombia was formed, higher education became a matter for the state, and therefore, on March 18, 1826, the Cundinamarca Congress dictated a law that "in the capitals of the Cundinamarca, Venezuela and Quito Departments there will be established Central Universities that embrace in a greater extent the instruction of Science and Art." This created the Central University of Ecuador.
The university is autonomous and is composed of sixteen schools.