Yachay University

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Yachay Tech University
YACHAY TECH (19761073853).jpg
TypePublic university
PresidentSpiros Agathos, Ph.D.

Yachay Tech University (Universidad Yachay Tech[1]) is a public university in Urcuquí, Imbabura Province, Ecuador. The university is part of Yachay, a project under development by the government of Ecuador to establish a hub for technological innovation and knowledge intensive businesses.[2] The university opened in the first quarter of 2014.[3]


Yachay Tech University was planned by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa in 2013 as one of four 'Emblematic Universities', as part of his political project The Citizens' Revolution. The university is supposed to collaborate with public and private research institutions.[4][5] The university is planned to have a 400 million dollar annual budget.[5]

'Yachay' is a Quechua word that means 'knowledge' or 'learning'.[6]


The following studies are offered at Yachay Tech (2017):[7]

  • Biological Sciences and Engineering
  • Chemical Sciences and Engineering
  • Geological Sciences and Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences and Information Technology
  • Physical Sciences and Nanotechnology

Administration and Organization[edit]

Board of Trustees (2019):[8]

  • Spiros Agathos, Ph.D. (President)
  • Fabián Obando (Legal Secretary)
  • Paul Arellano, Ph.D.
  • Hortensia Rodriguez, Ph.D.
  • Andreas Griewank, Ph.D.

Academic leadership:[9]

  • Rector: Spiros Agathos, Ph.D., since April 2019
  • Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation: Frank Alexis, Ph.D., since March 2019.
  • Dean of the School Biological Sciences and Engineering: Spyros Agathos Ph.D., since November 2015. [10]
  • Dean of the School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering: Hortensia Rodriguez Ph.D., since June 2017.
  • Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, Energies and Environment: Paul Arellano Ph.D., since June 2017.
  • Dean of the School of Mathematical Sciences and Information Technology: Andreas Griewank Ph.D., since July 2016.
  • Dean of the School of Physical Sciences and Nanotechnology: Ernesto Medina Ph.D., since June 2017.


  1. ^ Yachay, Ciudad del Conocimiento –. "Ciudad del Conocimiento - Yachay » Universidad Yachay Tech".
  2. ^ yachay.gob.ec - What is Yachay?
  3. ^ "Inicia "el boom del conocimiento en Ecuador"" (in Spanish). April 4, 2014. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  4. ^ Víctor Vega (September 2, 2013). "University of Yachay begins to teach in 2014". Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "The creation of four 'mega-universities' makes way for a change in Ecuador's production matrix". Andes. June 3, 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  6. ^ Beyer, Stephan V. (2009). Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon. University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 978-0-8263-4730-5.
  7. ^ "yachaytech.edu.ec/en/academic-programs".
  8. ^ "Comisión Gestora - Yachay Tech".
  9. ^ "Leadership - Yachay Tech".
  10. ^ "Inaugural Dean of the School of Biological Sciences and Engineering: Spiros Agathos. Ph.D. joins YT - Yachay Tech".

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Coordinates: 0°25′00″N 78°11′56″W / 0.4167°N 78.1989°W / 0.4167; -78.1989