A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development



Pontificia Universidad Católica del EcuadorThe Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) joined the Virtual Institute today. Founded in 1946, the institution is the second from the country inthe Vi network, whose membership currently stands at 137 universities and think tanks in 64 countries.

PUCE is anational, private university offering undergraduate and graduate programmes to approximately 19,000 students through six campuses. In the past seven decades, PUCE hascontributed about 40,000 professionals committed to the sustainable development of the country.


The university offers an undergraduate degree in economics and a postgraduate in economics for public policy. Research areas on trade and development economics include commercial policy and economic growth, dollarization and monetary policy.

Vi member coordinator, Pedro Páez, Director of the Economic Research Institute, holds PhDs and Master’s degrees in Economics, as well as a Master’s in Public Policy and Development and is professor of economics at the Universidad Central del Ecuador.

Also participating in Vi activities are: Andrea Solange Morán Jorquera, Coordinator of International Cooperation, and Nicolas Acosta González, professor and coordinator of PUCE’s report on macroeconomic consistency.

For more information, visit the university profile on the Vi website.