Student clubs and professional chapters are multidisciplinary apolitical groups that offer ESPOL students the opportunity to develop them in various areas. Participating in a club is the most efficient way to adapt to university life, create and maintain contact networks, develop new skills and achieve a positive impact at the university and in the community. The clubs manage to create opportunities to interact with different types of people, and also they put into practice what is learned inside or outside of class.
Belonging to a student club is beneficial to become an entrepreneur and in the workplace, since companies look for professionals who know how to work as a team, show leadership traits and adapt to all type of environments. Participating in a club or professional chapter may generate a significant advantage for future opportunities.
In 2015, the Academic Vice-Rector through i3lab established a program to formalize the recognition and support of the various existing student groups: professional, cultural and integral development; as well as to encourage the creation of new ones. This program aimed to promote important competences on the students who participate in these extracurricular activities.
Student clubs and professional chapters are classified into the following categories, defined by the focus of their mission:
- Transversal competences
For now, Sports groups are not included in the program.
- Promotion events
- Access to ESPOL infrastructure
- Formal recognition from authorities
- Training materials and activities
- National and international opportunities
- Collaboration with other clubs
All clubs participating in the Program will have a mentor teacher whose main objective will be aimed to contribute positively to the growth and development of the student club and its members by giving advice and help in many ways. Mentors and the club/chapter must accept their role mutually.
These teachers are usually those with experience or strong interest in the area of the club, who are motivated to support the development of its members. Despite of the fact that the mentor does not hold legal responsibility regarding to any debt or infraction to the law made by the club or its members, he/she is in charge of taking care that these situations are handled in the best way to maintain the good name of the club and of ESPOL. The mentor of a club is also benefited by agreeing to work with it. In addition to being enriched by the club’s activities and the interaction with its members, a mentor can validate his/her activity with the club as academic workload hours, as established in the Polytechnic Workload (CTP) regulations of the university.
Some of the requirements to be a mentor are the following:
- Be part-time or full-time teachers at ESPOL.
- Express an interest or knowledge regarding to the nature of the club.
- Know the club's statutes, as well as the regulations and codes that govern student clubs.