Equipment for master's degree programs in Ecuadorian and Peruvian universities

Updated: Sep 11

One of the objectives of the CORRIENTE XXI project is to contribute to the updating and optimization of teaching and research methods in master's degree programs. Thus, the acquisition of equipment for general use during classes, but also for laboratory and field work was promoted.

Each acquisition sought to meet the needs of the courses of each master's program. For example, the Escuela Superior Politécnica del litoral (ESPOL) acquired high-powered binoculars for its course on ecology and population dynamics of fragile ecosystems, while its Ecuadorian counterpart, the Universidad Central de Ecuador, acquired aquatic nets and equipment for water quality analysis for its field course in the Amazon region. Cayetano Heredia University now has diving equipment and a professional camera for field trips for the course on aquatic biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services.

Some universities have been able to gradually start field work, as is the case of ESPOL, but in many cases, there is still mixed teaching, as is the case of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM). However, this has limited the beginning of an inventory of the equipment acquired. In addition, the professors of the Master's program in Ecosystems and Aquatic Resources at UNMSM participated in the virtual and on-site training of some equipment, such as photometers, multiparameter, among others. Thus, these equipments will be used in future fieldwork of courses like environmental hydrology and aquatic ecosystem dynamics.

On-site training of equipment purchased by the ERA (Ecosystems and Aquatic Resources) master's program at the UNMSM