The Catholic University of Ecuador is a private university, one of the oldest in Ecuador, founded by the Jesuit Order in 1946. The Esmeraldas Campus was founded in 1981 and its role in the province has been essential in driving change and development through its integrated education model, now managed under the “Ignatian Teaching Paradigm”. The University's commitment goes beyond teaching, giving equal weight also to research and outreach to society. PUCESE works hand-in-hand with a team of teacher-investigators in charge of the project City-Port: A development alternative for Esmeraldas, considering the maritime-port context for the development model not only of the city but of the whole province. In addition, PUCESE works hand-in-hand with local governments and agencies as well as with international bodies to initiate projects which will impact the development of the province of Esmeraldas.