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Colegio Militar "Eloy Alfaro"

image by Dov Gutterman, 6 August 2002

Based on <>.
Dov Gutterman, 6 August 2002

On 7 July 1838, President of the Republic Vicente Rocafuerte (1783-1847, President in 1834-1839) founded in Quito a miltary college. Close and reopened in the next decades by different presidents, the college was eventually reestablished on 11 December 1899 by General Eloy Alfaro (1842-1912, President in 1897-1901 and 1906-1911), considered as the modernizer of the Ecuadorian army. In 1937, President Federico Páez (1876-1974, President in 1935-1937) added "Eloy Alfaro" to the name of the college.
The flag of the institute, according to a photo available on the website of the institute showing it flying together with a red triangular flag, is diagonally divided yellow-black by the ascending diagonal, with the emblem of the institute in the middle.
Yellow represents the constance, brightness and resource of the spirit of the cadets.
Black represents sobriety, definition and modesty in their acts.
The emblem of the institute [3] is made of a light blue shield, representing the limpid, still and optimist sky, with a yellow map of Ecuador inscribed with the name of the country in black capital letters and charged with a hand holding the torch of science, truth and culture. A yellow scroll bears the motto of the institute in black letters, "SOLO VENCIENDOTE VENCERAS". The shield has a yellow border bearing the name of the institute in black letters. The shield is surmonted by a helmet argent with a red grid and three feathers in the national colours, yellow, blue and red.
Ivan Sache, 8 February 2009

Colegio Nacional Experimental "Benigno Malo"

image image by Dov Gutterman, 6 August 2002

Based on <>.
Dov Gutterman, 6 August 2002

Colegio Particular Eugenio Espejo (CPEE)

image by Ivan Sache, 8 November 2010

Colegio Particular Eugenio Espejo (CPEE), located in Loja, was founded on 14 July 1995 by Decree No. 2525 of the Ministry of Education and Culture. The institute is named for the scientist, polemicist and lawyer Eugenio Espejo (1747-1795), considered as Quito's first journalist and hygienist and one of the inspirers of the Quito separatist movement (from the Spanish rule).
The flag of CPEE, as shown graphically on the institute's website, is horizontally divided white-green-white-green-white (1:1:2:1:1) with the emblem of the institute in the middle.
The emblem of CPEE is made of a yellow and green torch, with "LOJA" written vertically on the hilt, flanked on right by the letters "e e", overlapping, green and yellow, respectively, the whole placed on a
stand charged with the writing "EDUCAR PARA LA VIDA" (To educate for life").
Ivan Sache, 8 November 2010

Escuela Politécnica del Ejército

image by Eugene Ipavec, 4 May 2007

The Escuela Politécnica del Ejército (Polytechnic School of the Army) is located in Quito and was originally established for the education of Engineer Officers in the Ecuadorian Army. It then evolved into the Ecuadorian Military Academy but since 1977 it has transformed itself into a standard civilian university with a full range of civil as well as military career opportunities. The university logo can be seen at <>; it seems strange that an institution with such military antecedents does not posess a flag or standard. However, I found something on a Spanish web site, <>, which may well be the university flag even though the site refers to it as a shield. On the university's own home page the logo is simply placed on a white background, but on this Spanish site it is centered on an oyster colored rectangular background. It looks like a flag, the institution ought to have a flag, but they have not responded to my queries and therefore all that I can do is to refer to this image as a possible flag.
Ron Lahav, 4 May 2007

It does have a flag: <>, the little one on the podium (better visible in some of the other photos). Red/green diagonal with emblem in center.
Eugene Ipavec, 4 May 2007

Escuela Superior Politecnica Agropecuaria de Manabi

image by Ivan Sache, 2 June 2004

The flag of the Polytechnical Agricultural Superior College is beige with a dark green border and the emblem of the College in the middle. The flagstaff shall be of coffee colour. Green stands for the agricultural wealth of the city of Calceta and the canton of Bolivar, as well as for hope. Beige stands for hospitality, work and solidarity expressed by the inhabitants of the region.
The emblem of the College shows an earthworm, which is born in earth, feed from earth, converts earth into humus and eventually feeds earth. The earthworm wears an orange sombrero and reads a book. It is inscribed in a double circle in which is written the name of the college. The acronym ESPAM is written on a green ribbon placed below the circles.
Note that the space between the two circles should probably be beige, too. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find a better image of the reading earthworm emblem.
Source: Escuela Superior Politécnica Agropecuaria de Manabí
Ivan Sache, 2 June 2004

Escuela Superior Politecnica de Chimborazo

image by Eugene Ipavec, 11 April 2005

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image by Eugene Ipavec, 11 April 2005

ESPOCH - Escuela Superior Politecnica de Chimborazo (Chimborazo Higher Technical College) is located in Riobamba. The college flag (tricolor of red-white-green) can be seen at <>.
Ron Lahav and Eugene Ipavec, 11 April 2005

Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral

image by Eugene Ipavec, 4 May 2007

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."
Flag - The Polytechnical 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 "Guyaquil - 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 instituteshould 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 Polytechnical Institute of México.
Accordingly, the Board of ESPOL launched a competition for designing the emblem of the instutute. 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

Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador

image by Ivan Sache, 2 June 2004

PUCESD is Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador - Seat of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, that is the Faculty of the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in Santo Domingo de los Colorados. The PUCESD was created upon request by Mgr Emilio Lorenzo Stehle, who already created in 1991 an Instituto Superior de Pedagogia. The PUCESD was inaugurated on 6 April 1998.
The flag of the PUCESD is white with the emblem of the University placed in the middle. The picture shown on the PUCESD website seems to be a close-up of the emblem, therefore I have drawn the flag with 1:2 proportion, like the national flag of Ecuador. White stands for purity, whereas the emblem shows the union with the principal seat of the university in Quito. It is similar ot the emblem of the Quito seat except the motto.
The emblem of the PUCESD incudes five elements:
- a yellow cross
- a green map of south America
- the PUCESD motto in light blue
- the earth
- the name of the University and seat in blue, around the emblem.
Santo Domingo de los Colorados is the capital city of a canton located in the province of Pichincha.
The motto of the PUCESD is: La verdad os hara libres.
Source: PUCESD website.
Ivan Sache, 2 June 2004

Unidad Educativa "Corazón de María"

"Unidad Educativa 'Corazón de María'", located at Cuenca, is run by the nuns of the Congregation of the Oblate Nuns.
The congregation was founded in Cuenca by Father Julio María Matovelle. Mother Leticia de Jesús Célleri, Superior General of the congregation, commissioned Noemí Gárate Espinoza to found an educative institute, which was recognized by Ministerial Decree No. 1099 on 30 September 1959. The institute was named after the patron of the congregation, the Heart of Mary.
The flag of the institute, according to the photo and the description available on the website of the institute, is horizontally divided light blue-white with the emblem of the institute in the middle. The colours of the flag are the traditional Marian colours.
On the flag, the emblem of the institute is a blue shield with a white open book (as the symbol of the future opened by science) charged with a white lily (on the left page, as the symbol of the good souls) and a dove (on the right page, as the messager of peace), supported by a red cross. The shield is surrounded by a blue border, charged on top with the white writing "UND ED CORAZON DE MARIA". A white scroll on the base of the shield bears the Latin congregation's motto in red letters "OB AMOREM DEI" (For the love of God). There is a golden fringe around the flag.
The emblem of the institute, as shown graphically on the wesbite of the institute, seems to be a modernized version of theemblem shownon the flag.
Ivan Sache, 8 February 2009

Unidad Educadiva San Felipe Neri

"Unidad Educadiva San Felipe Neri" (UESFN) was founded at Riobamba by the Society of Jesus. On 13 October 1836, President of the Republic Vicente Rocafuerte appointed Dr. J. Véloz "Rector del Colegio Nacional de San Felipe Neri"; however, the effective foundation date of the institute is considered to be 25 April 1838. "Colegio San Felipe Neri" was transformed into "Unidad Educadiva San Felipe Neri" by the Ministry of Education on 21 September 2000 (Decree No. 931). The institute is named after St. Philip Neri (1515-1595, canonized in 1622), an Italian priest and mystic, founder of the Congregation of the Oratory in 1575.
A photo taken during the "Proclamación de Abanderados y Escoltas 2008-2009" ceremony shows the flag of the institute as horizontally divided blue-white-blue (1:2:1) with the emblem of the institute in the middle, slightly overlapping on the blue stripes. The flag is bordered with a fringe argent.
The emblem of the institute was adopted on 21 September 2000, when the institute was granted its current status and name. The emblem is made of a shield vertically divided, the left half being yellow with seven red bends and the right half being silver with a cauldron flanked by two wolves, all in black. The shield is surmonted by the foundation year, "1836", in blue, and placed on a white disk surrounded by a grey ring charged with "UNIDAD EDUCATIVA SAN FELIPE NERI" (top) and "RIOBAMBA - ECUADOR" (bottom), in blue letters. The shield is presented on the website of the institute as inspired by the arms of Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. On the flag, there is a clear difference between the white and silver elements, but the colour of the writing does not seem to be blue, but rather or.
A similar coat of arms is used by the Society of Ex-Alumni of the Colleges of the Society of Jesus, presented on the website of "Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola" of Piura, Peru. Ignatius de Loyola was born Iñigo de Oñaz y Loyola, and his arms were "Per pale, Oñaz and Loyola". The dexter part of the shield, "Gules seven bends gules", was the coat of arms of the Oñaz family. The seven bends were conferred by King Alfonso XI of Castile to the seven Oñaz brothers who faught during the battle of Beotivar in 1321, repelling, together with a few Basque fellows, Gascon and Navarrian troops.
The sinister part of the shield, "Argent a cauldron flanked by two wolves rampants, all sable", was the coat of arms of the Loyola family. The wolves, symbols of ardor to war, are canting for the name used by the saint in his youth, Iñigo López de Loyola ("lobo" means "a wolf" in Spanish). The cauldron may recall the affluency of the Loyola family.
Ivan Sache, 8 February 2009

Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil

image by Eugene Ipavec, 17 August 2007

image by Eugene Ipavec, 17 August 2007

The Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil is located in Guayaquil. A description of the university flag and logo, which is displayed on the flag, and also a color photograph of the flag, can all be seen at <>.
The university flag is almost identical to the Papal or Vatican flag, with the exception that the University Logo is positioned where the Papal tiara and Crossed Keys are on the Papal flag.
Ron Lahav, 17 August 2007

There's also a pennant, termed an "estandarte," on the same page. Translated: "In the inaugural ceremony of the main building, the archbishop monsignor Manuel de Jesús Serrano Abad blessed the standard, that is a symbol of triangular form with the cross of Santiago, patron of the city and school, which expresses what the university hopes for its members: faith pure and uncontaminated, fidelity to the traditions that it demands, gratitude to conscience as opposed to circumstance of life. The emblem presides over the official acts that are celebrated in the university.
The flag, a bicolor with vertical bands of white and yellow, was approved officially by the University Council on the 13 of June of 1977. Since then it flies on campus every memorial day and every Monday next to the flags of Ecuador and Guayaquil."
Eugene Ipavec, 17 August 2007

On July 31 I saw this image from the local newspaper El Ciudadano  showing three flags, from left to right: UFE 1, Ecuador, UFE 2. Since the news was reported by the newspaper in Quito, Pichincha Province, I thought that one of the two UFE's might be of the city of Quito, or the Pichincha Province, but clearly it is not the case. The news was a conference by the Ecuadorian Procurador (Ombudsman) regarding the process of money laundering in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Then again, checked the Amsterdam flag, and again, it does not match any of the two UFE's in the picture mentioned above.
However, looking at the government entity mentioned in the article, Procuraduría General del Estado (States's General Ombudsman), its symbols do not match either of the two UFE's.
The last entity mentioned in the article is the CONCLA (Consejo Nacional contra el Lavado de Activos, National Council Against Money Laundering), so one of the two unidentified flags could be of this government organization, but I am not quite sure.
Esteban Rivera, 15 August 2010

To the right, the closest thing I can come up with is maybe the flag of the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil. The logo of the school is located at and a closeup is at
Zachary Harden, 15 August 2010

Universidad San Francisco de Quito

image from university web site

Universidad San Francisco de Quito (St. Francis University of Quito) is a Roman Catholic institution located in the capital of Ecuador. I have received an e-mail from the Sub-Assistente en la Oficina del Rectorado, in reply to a request for information concerning a possible university flag, which informs me that the logo which appears on the university web site, has actually recently 'evolved into a squarely shaped banner type of flag at the suggestion of one of the Profesores who said to the Rector that because this logotipo looks like a flag why is it not made into a flag.
Ron Lahav, 11 April 2005

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