Access to University Education in Ecuador

Reforms, Policies and Progress




higher education, access, Ecuador, young people, university


This study explores the reforms and policy implementation with regard to the access of youngsters to higher education in Ecuador in the last decade. Using a descriptive case study approach this article addresses three main questions: What policy reforms were developed to widen the access to higher education in Ecuador? What effects have these policies had on young people in Ecuador? What progress and setbacks has there been in access to Higher education over the past 10 years? An overview of the development of the access to higher education for youngsters and provision by universities in the post-constitution period is provided.


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Author Biographies

Augusta Burneo, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, Ecuador

Is a full professor in the School of Law at Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja in Ecuador. Augusta is a member of the “Studies on Latin American Constitutionalism and Human Rights” research group (ECLADH). Her research interest includes constitutionalism and human rights.

Deisi Yunga, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, Ecuador

Is an associated researcher in the Department of Educational Sciences at Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja in Ecuador. Her research interest includes higher education, adult education, recognition of prior learning, and the present and future of professions.



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