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UEES Press Release
Paris, France; April 2011 World Association of Chefs Societies has awarded WACS Recognition for Quality Culinary Education to Escuela de Ciencias Gastronómicas UEES in Guayas, Ecuador for the consistent delivery of quality culinary education to its constituents; offering courses in both culinary arts and baking and pastry arts.
Culinary Director Chef Francisco Vintimilla submitted the application and a substantial amount of evidence in support of their application as a part of the review process for WACS Recognition. The WACS Recognition Review Panel, under the direction of the WACS Education Committee, reviewed the documents and evidence and overwhelmingly agreed to grant WACS Recognition. Escuela de Ciencias Gastronomicas UEES has continued to offer professional programs in hospitality management, tourism and culinary arts since 2003.
UEES strives to be an educational institution that focuses on finding solutions and alternatives to both national and international problems while providing a point of reference for public opinion. They serve their society by forming bilingual professionals, trained in the humanities, science and technology, who are involved, enterprising, conscious and devoted to their civic, ethical and moral responsibilities; leaders in their areas and capable of living in harmony with the environment. UEES is recognized as a leading university, offering innovative education while promoting solid and effective inter-institutional bonds that foster cultural and academic quality, flexible programs that cater to the needs of the community.
Escuela de Ciencias Gastronomicas UEES is known for having the most modern and useful facilities along the Ecuadorian coast. They include professional kitchens with state of the art equipment, laboratories, library, a sports center, limited lodging facilities for out of town students, a student-run university bistro and a gourmet restaurant. Their culinary art programs are administered by the School of Culinary Arts and include studies in hot and cold Western cuisine, traditional Eastern cuisine, pastry and baking, butchery, food and beverage management, human resources, nutrition, and business administration.
UEES also operates the schools of Tourism, Medicine, Law, Architecture, Communication, Business, Liberal Arts and the College of International Studies which includes the International Careers Program, the School of Translation and Interpretation, the School of Foreign Languages and Applied Linguistics, and the Center for International Education. The unique multi-cultural environment allows Ecuadorian students and foreign students to study their subjects in both English and Spanish. The Ecuadorian cultural experiences are favored by foreign students and guests.
WACS recognizes quality in the culinary art programs after comparing them to WACS Standards for Quality Culinary Education which were published for the first time in 2010.
WACS launched the WACS Recognition of Quality Culinary Education program in 2010 in response to a growing need of its members and future members: to identify quality culinary education programs around the world and to establish international standards in culinary education. This program seeks to recognize companies, associations or institution's which offer culinary and pastry art programs of various design and size which meet or exceed quality culinary education standards as established by the WACS Education Committee. Recognized companies, associations and institutions share in the future development of WACS global standards as the list of recognized programs continues to expand around the world.
Escuela de Ciencias Gastronomicas UEES joins a growing number of WACS Recognized institutions around the world. Learn more about WACS Recognized schools, educational institutions and associations offering quality culinary education on the WACS web site.
Gissur Gudmundsson CMC, HAA
President of the World Association of Chefs Societies