Located in the Amazonian province of Napo with a campus of nearly 23,000 acres, the Ikiam research university officially began classes on Tuesday.
150 students from 37 cities across Ecuador are the founding class of the university, all to be taught by qualified professors all holding either a Ph.D. or master’s degree. Each classroom has state of the art technology for investigative purposes.
Respect of traditional knowledge
Respect of traditional knowledge is a large part of the curriculum. On her education, student Andrea Sorrea said in an interview with teleSUR English, “I think that the communities could also be a form of support for students. They know more than we do, they are familiar with more plants, more animals. That can contribute to the wellbeing of the community and the country.”
Ikiam, which means “forest” in the indigenous Shuar language, will provide students with the necessary tools to both protect and utilize natural resources in a way that ensures national sovereignty over the region.
At the inauguration ceremony, Minister of Knowledge and Human Talent Guillaume Long reminded the audience that the Amazon has historically fallen victim to bio piracy and Continue reading