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Interfaculty Honors Program for Academic Excellence
University of Cuenca

The University of Cuenca proudly presents the seventh cohort nomination call for applications of the Honores Vanguardia Program for UCuenca students of outstanding academic achievement and performance.

Interfaculty Honors Program for Academic Excellence
University of Cuenca


Aims of the Program:

The Interfaculty Honors Program for Academic Excellence aims to contribute to the development of the University of Cuenca as an international research-focused academic institution (R1).

Honores Vanguardia is an initiative that seeks to train the researchers and faculty of future generations.

Through high-quality research and academic training, it will enable students who have achieved outstanding academic excellence to reach their maximum intellectual potential and develop new skills.

Honores Vanguardia Program will develop through the following guidelines:
Train future researchers and faculty
Students will be trained as junior researchers and skills for becoming faculty professors in the future.
Participation in research within their College/Department
Students will be able to complete their studies and thesis or final project for graduation promptly, and they will have the support to pursue further graduate studies at leading institutions worldwide.
Contribute to the development of instruction, research, and community service
The research students undertake will contribute to the University of Cuenca and the community at large.
Vanguardistas will be encouraged to build a network with students across UCuenca to learn about inter and multidisciplinary research to enrich their professional and academic experience.

Who is the Honors Program for?

The Honores Vanguardia Program for Academic Excellence is organized as a joint program between the Academic Provost Office (Vicerrectorado Académico) and the 12 Colleges of the University of Cuenca.

The Program is offered to the students with the best academic scores across UCuenca, i.e. those who achieve academic excellence and are interested to gain training for becoming researchers and faculty or to apply to a graduate program (masters or doctoral) in the future.

How is the Program Structured?

The program is planned to be covered over four academic semesters, or 2 academic years (during semesters 6-7-8-9 or 4 years, and the semesters of 7-8-9-10 for 5-year academic undergraduate programs), students are required to complete one course per semester. Instruction is based on the flipped-classroom approach, and online learning so they can adapt the Honores Vanguardia Program Training to their schedules and other academic requirements.
Procedures and Resolutions

Honores Vanguardia Program Content

The Program intends to motivate and train participants for scientific research during their studies and their later career and life.

Students must complete 4 courses, one in each semester of the Program, for a total of 9 credits:
  • The Nature of Scientific Knowledge and Scientific Research (2 credits)
  • Research Project and Program Design (2 credits)
  • Research Methodologies (qualitative or quantitative methods – 3 credits each)
  • Communication and Validation of Research Results (2 credits)
During the program, students will be involved in the research efforts of their university and faculty. The activities completed in the Program will be linked to their final graduation project according to the undergraduate program requirements that follow research or intervention graduation final projects.

How to Apply?

The admission to the program is selective and limited to five students per college. This is an interdisciplinary program that builds on the opportunity to create an integrative network across the 12 colleges of UCuenca providing equal access in terms of academic excellence and gender.

Participants apply for the Honores Vanguardia Program in their fifth semester and begin in their sixth semester of studies at the University of Cuenca. The program will always start at the beginning of each academic year by the September-February semester.

Application Process

Each of the Deans of the 12 colleges will nominate the best 5 students of their Colleges according to the best academic performance scores and outstanding performance. This list will be required by the Honores Vanguardia Program Director in the semester of March-August through Quipux, requiring the name, school, score, and email of the nominated students.
An information session will be held in August 2021 with the nominees, the admission requirements and procedure for applying to the Program will be explained in detail.
The recruitment and selection process will take place during the semester of March-August each academic year.

How is participation in the Honores Vanguardia Program relevant and acknowledged to students?

Merely participating in the Program should be motivation alone, additionally,

  • students obtain credits toward their regular undergraduate study program.
  • participants who complete the program successfully obtain a certificate attesting to their selection, participation, and success in the Program.
  • students benefit from individualized coaching in finding and conducting their thesis projects and in finding opportunities for further studies at leading academic institutions in the world.

Contact: honoresvanguardia@ucuenca.edu.ec

Requirements for application

Students interested in applying to the Honores Vanguardia program will have to respond to the recruitment email and fill out a form detailing:
  • Email, career, GPA score (promedio general académico.
  • B2 English level certificate of approval for the UC Language Department.
  • 1-page intention letter written fully in English, explaining their goals and plans and how Honors Vanguardia will help them to achieve their professional goals.
Classes will start in September 2022.

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