In Quito, Ecuador, Rice University, HGSCA, ESPOL, and a Representative from the United States Embass

Rice University has a long history of successful and mutually beneficial collaborations with a wide range of domestic and global partners.

Ecuador, through its Science, Technology and Innovation Department, Senescyt, and Rice University both expressed an interest in having current and future discussions about potential collaborations last week in Quito.

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From left to right: Xavier Moyano, HGSCA Advisory Board Member, Dr. Seiichi Matsuda, Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Andres Rigail, HGSCA Director of Education - Guayaquil and Professor at ESPOL, Plastics Engineering, Polymer Nanocomposites, Mr. Augusto Barrera, Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENESCYT), Eduardo Ludena, Director of the Ecuadorian Center for Research and Development of Nanotechnology, and Alejandro Chanaba, Sub-Dean Maritime Engineering at ESPOL

The office of current U.S. Ambassador Todd Chapman in Ecuador supports the initiative. Ambassador Chapman and Mr. Augusto Barrera had previously met to discuss the possibility to include more North American Universities in the list of foreign universities of excellence accepted by SENECYT.

Ms. Nazanin Berarpour, Education and Culture Department - US Embassy in Quito, Ecuador

Luis W Moyano, President of HGSCA, cheerfully said "We hope to continue our effective and successful cooperation in the future and wish this endeavor the best of luck in development and prosperity!"