The Polytechnic School of the Coast, ESPOL, was born as a regional need to have scientific-technical higher education institutions. It was created by Executive Decree No. 1664 issued by the President of the Republic, Dr. Camilo Ponce Enríquez, on October 29, 1958.
On May 25, 1959, in two classrooms of the Casona Universitaria located on Calle Chile, 51 students started classes under the direction of the first Rector, Mr. Walter Camacho Navarro.
On May 29, 1959, ESPOL was officially inaugurated with the presence of the President of the Republic, Dr. Camilo Ponce Enríquez.
In 1969, the directors of ESPOL initiated the first talks with officials of the Inter-American Development Bank, IDB, to obtain a loan that allowed him to improve the physical and technological infrastructure of the campus. In 1972, the IDB / ESPOL I project began.