Outreach and Linkages with Society

The linkage of the university with society consists of a series of actions and academic processes that are executed by the departments in collaboration with external sectors of the university, such as the State, local government, productive sectors and civil society. These are geared towards resolving problems and carrying out programs and projects that have a positive impact on the country and the world.

The linkage of the university with society is based on research, the transfer of technology, outreach, and social responsibility. The contributions of UTPL to the development of society and the State are fulfilled in each of the said fields. Moreover, they are rooted in the various strengths of the students and professors, who are constantly enhancing their own fields of specialization.

During the second year of the Plan for Establishing Linkages with Society, which was managed by the Fundación para el Desarrollo Empresarial y Social (the Foundation for Business and Social Development), Region 7 was maintained as the key sphere of influence (e.g Loja, El Oro and Zamora Chinchipe). However, during this period there existed the possibility of developing further linkage projects with post-graduate students.

Through the Plan for Establishing Linkages with Society, the university has managed to meet the needs of neglected sectors of industry caused by a lack of autonomous government resources. At the present time, this plan has been widely disseminated among: the GAD (the local Municipalities of Loja), associations, foundations, federations, and other related bodies that consider this proposal as a practical solution to the current lack of resources- thereby being able to cover the multiple needs of the population.


  • Articulate the various forms of university know-how and their participative roles (e.g.between professor and student), for providing consultancy, and for offering programs and projects in collaboration with external organizations that contribute to human development and the fulfillment of their fundamental aims and objectives.
  • Contribute to the training of students by means of promoting their involvement in real-life projects that are necessary for improving the welfare of the population.
  • Provide  training and development services in the form of human resources for the: LINKAGES WITH SOCIETY project.
  • Execute reciprocal collaboration projects with the productive sectors.
  • Transfer knowledge, and support the development of local competences among collaborating organizations for each territory.
  • Contribute to the studdent's primary experience, which will form part of their future student portfolio.

Execution of the Plan:

The Linkage with Society Plan primarily consists of establishing a solid collaboration relationship, which is based on commitment to, and trust in, our key partners. During this process,we have managed to fulfill these three requirements with some of our major clients- more than others. This reflects the cuurent sttaus of our projects, that is,  the actual number of projects that are currently being developed and the number of those that have already been carried out in each canton or province.

Recently Managed Projects:

The recently managed projects are necessary requirements for the various social spheres of our field of intervention; they have been determined though the leveraging of  information, carrying out onsite visits, arranging diagnostic tests, and by providing  letters and official requests and correspondence etc. What is more, these activities are channeled by our collaborating partners so that together we can provide joint solutions. These needs have been addressed within the context of the Territorial Development and Ordinance Plans (PDOT). In the case of the GAD, who is our biggest collaborator, the details can also be found in the Annual Operative Plans, and in the Strategic Plans– as well as in the POA which are participation-based diagnostic tests. All these requirements have to be fulfilled within a pre-determined period of time, thus forming the basis of the selected projects. UTPL has planned various activities that promote this linkage with society such as those based on its seven strategic lines of action, which are established within the Research Programs and their academic offers. Thus the programs and projects that are planned and executed for each of the fields actively contribute to achieving the major development goals in Ecuador.

Strategic Lines

Research programs

1. Establish Universities as the  Alma Mater for the 21st century.

Art, Culture and Heritage

Communication  for Social Development

Law and Society

Family and Life

University and Values

2. Research, Development and Innovation

Quality Assurance

Development  of Sustainable Tourism.

Productive Development and Creation of Sustainable Enterprises.

Economy  of  Natural Resources.

Popular and Solidarity Economics

 Urban  and Regional Economics.

Electronics, Networks and Telecommunications

 Materials Science

Accounting and Auditing Management .

Materials and Constructive systems.

Planning and  Territorial Ordinance

Financial Systems

Advanced Web Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Software Engineering


3. Pertinent and High-Level Teaching


Methodologies and Evaluation

4. Distance Education

Distance Higher Education: indicators and Quality

Development and Innovation in the Distance Education Model

5. Natural Resources, Bio-diversity and Geo- diversity

Quality and Innocuousness of Foods, Food Security, Functional Foods and Nutrition.

Management and Conservation of  Natural Resources

Biodiversity, Eco-systems and usage

Agricultural Research

Hydric Resources

Mining and Geo- Sciences

Energy and energy Efficiency

6. Biomedical Sciences

Public Health and Family Medicine

Prospection and Evaluation of  Active Principles

7. Leadership and Excellence