Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.59
Liaison Maria Ayala
Submission Date Dec. 26, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Universidad San Francisco de Quito
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Rafael Jorda
Coordinator
Community Engagement
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Sin Límites

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

3 years The University has partnered with the FUDELA Foundation for the past 3 years. La Fundación de las Américas para el Desarrollo (FUDELA) is a local organization of the Sin Límite program in Ecuador. Sin Límite offers comprehensive training and technical skill development that improves young people’s chances of getting a job and earning a living. It also uses sports, in this case football (soccer), as a tool for training and motivation, and for promoting the development of values such as teamwork, discipline and effective communications such as unemployment, violence, drug use and teenage pregnancy, among other things. This foundation has 40 participants, including refugees from Colombia and Venezuela (60%), and social reinsertion Ecuadorians (40%). Some other items that are taught in this program include: tools to find a job in relation to the food industry; services, entrepreneurship, finances, gastronomy, industrial engineering and operations; soft skills and sports.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Suena Pichincha

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

Suena Pichincha has been running for the past 4 years. The faculty of the College of Music collaborate with students and high schools to train them and improve their musical skills. Through this program just last year, 300,000 people attended their events, with 10,000 students participating. Some students have also received scholarships to attend USFQ's College of Music. 120 essays were received last year for this scholarship. https://www.facebook.com/suenapichincha/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Tiputini Biodiversity Station

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):

The Tiputini Biodiversity Station (TBS) is a biological field station established in Amazonian Ecuador in 1994 by the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in collaboration with Boston University. We serve as steward of 638 hectares (about 1500 acres) of primary lowland rainforest approximately 300km (200 mi) ESE of Quito. TBS is situated on the north bank of the Tiputini River, a southern tributary of the Napo River within the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve.

Our primary activities are associated with research and education. Located within the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspot (link paper) and one of the planet’s last wilderness areas, our main goal is to better understand nature so that appropriate and effective conservation strategies may be implemented.

TBS also serves as an official guard post for the Yasuní National Park.


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:

USFQ has a collaboration with 53 different organizations in community engagement projects that are located in 6 different provinces. There are 315 faculty members and 721 students involved, and serve 12,500 people just in 2017.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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