Yachay Ecuador: Research University Being Constructed

Posted on July 14, 2014 • Filed under: Ecuador

Miamiherald.com reported Ecuador is building a research university and city in the middle of a remote pasture. Can it succeed where others have failed?
URCUQUI, Ecuador — It’s the year 2043 and this burgeoning city of 100,000 is a high-tech Mecca. Using rare plants from the Amazon, university researchers have cured many diseases; factories churn out nano-sponges that soak up oil spills around the world; local software designers are the envy of Palo Alto. Ecuador — once known for its crude and bananas — is now the Silicon Valley of the tropics, the Singapore of the Andes.


That’s the vision authorities see in the swirling dust kicked up by dozens of bulldozers and more than 2,000 construction workers at a remote site almost two hours from the capital.

It’s called Yachay, the City of Knowledge, and President Rafael Correa refers to it as the country’s Moon Shot — a $1.04 billion initiative to build a research university surrounded by labs, industrial parks and, ultimately, a city. Read Article

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