The Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (Superior Polytechnic School), emerged in response to the growing demands of scientific-technical education in the Ecuadorian coastal region.
The academic life of ESPOL officially began in May 1959 with two careers: Naval Engineering and Mining and Petroleum Engineering. However, the dynamic development of the country, encouraged the creation of new careers. Thus, as part of this development, the Electrical Engineering Department emerged in 1961 with its Electrical Engineering career and Eng. Gustavo Larrea as its first director.
In the year of 1969 more divisions for an Electrical Engineering career were created. These divisions were called later Power and Electronic specializations.
In later years, within the Electronic specialization, the student was allowed to choose between two areas: telecommunications or industrial electronics.
In order to continue in the same tendency to train highly specialized engineers and the great potential telecommunications development in the country, the Department of Initial Electrical Engineering was renamed as the Faculty of Electricity and Computing (FIEC) in 1995.
In 1996, the curriculum of the Electrical Engineering specialization in Electronics was revised to strengthen the training of its future professionals in the telecommunications area. As a result of this work in April 1999 (resolution 99-024), a curriculum reform permitted the creation of the Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering career in order to respond to the market needs of technical professionals in such area of rapid development.
In 2007, during a new curricular review, the program was changed to the Telecommunications Engineering program (TELG), by resolution of the ESPOL Polytechnic Council. The purpose of this latest revision was to provide students with an even broader knowledge of telecommunications to face the growing needs of creating or improve the services in this professional field.
As of December, 2016, considering the requirements of the Ecuadorian Higher Education Law (LOES, acronym in Spanish), the Council of Superior Education (RPC-SE-17-1021-6507184A01-No.071-2016) approved the project of curricular redesign of the Telecommunications program presented by ESPOL. The transition rules were approved by FIEC Directive Council in March and April 2017 (Resolutions 2017-070 and 2017-095, respectively) to be applicable in the first academic term 2017. The curricular revision aimed to provide students even broader telecommunication knowledge to face an ever increasing need of newer or better services. The diploma granted to graduating students corresponds to “Telecommunications Engineer”, which is equivalent to a Bachelor of Science degree.
All these changes and curricular reforms demonstrate a process of continuous improvement followed by a pertinent updating of the curriculum flowchart to cover the need of the country of professionals in Telecommunications in accordance with technological advances and developments.