From its inception, ESPOL used a distinctive coat of arms, created by Ing. Walter Camacho Navarro, the first Rector of the institution. The symbol consisted of an oval shape inside which a laurel wreath surrounded the Star of October, the highest academic insignia since antiquity. Outside this symbol was the name "Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral" and below the oval shape, the year of its creation, 1958.
Ing. Walter Camacho was wont to remark that after his designation he had to fulfil certain procedures relating to the organization of the new Polytechnic, and that it was necessary to use headed stationery, which was printed in the Workshops of the Ministry of Public Education, in Quito, with the result that this city was the one where the coat of arms of our institution was first sketched out.
The then Rector of ESPOL, Ing. Luis Parodi Valverde, pointed out the need for the institution to adopt a symbol of its own that would have a genuinely Ecuadorian flavor. Until 1974, in the absence of any official decision, the head of a donkey was used as a logo, but this lacked originality since it was already the symbol of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico City. It was Parodi who insisted on the search for a new, original logo. As a result, the Administrative Council announced a competition, wherein the winner was Carlos Quevedo Flores, who proposed the image of a Galapagos tortoise as a symbol of the institution.
On 25 November 1974, the Administrative Council approved the result of the competition and since then, the Galapagos tortoise is the distinctive symbol of ESPOL, and is recognized as such nationally and overseas.
Since 1998, with the approval of the new statute, article 5 establishes that the Escuela Superior Politécnica de Litoral will use the city symbols of Guayaquil as well as its own. Its motto is "Science, Technology and Education in the service of the Country", and its standard abbreviation is ESPOL.
Further, the Polytechnic Council, in a session held on 14 December 1993, approved the report presented by the Vice Rector of Student Concerns and Welfare, Ing. Robert Toledo Echeverría, and resolved that the flag of ESPOL would be:
- A rectangle containing three sky blue stripes and two white.
- In the center of the flag there is a symbolic figure made up of a circle, inside which there is a Galapagos tortoise, which is the institutional symbol.
- On the circle, in academic ribbons the initials ESPOL will be visible.
- Below the circle, in the same type, in academic ribbons, the name "Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral" will appear.
- Below the lowest of the academic ribbons, a white star will reference the Star of Guayaquil.
- The flag of the institution will be used in all official acts of ESPOL.
THE ESPOL ANTHEM
On 17 December 1996, the Polytechnic Council approved the report of a Special Commission, presided by the Vice Rector of Student Concerns and Welfare, Ing. Robert Toledo Echeverría, concerning a competition held for the purpose of choosing the words and music of an anthem for ESPOL. The winner was Rafael Cobos Espinoza, from Quito. On a later occasion a further competition was held for the music of the anthem, where the winner was David Medrano Soto, of Chilean nationality.
Templo egregio de Luz y Cultura;
de la técnica y ciencia baluarte;
en la cumbre al flamear tu estandarte,
voz pindárica eleva el clarín.
Libertad con destreza y sapiencia,
se genera en tus aulas docentes;
abundante prolíficas fuentes
de civismo, eminencia y virtud.
Tu misión ya no tiene fronteras:
en el Norte, en el Sur y el Poniente,
en el Centro, en la Costa y Oriente,
vas sembrando retazos de Sol.
Chrorus (x 2)
Los valores que das a la Patria,
garantizan el vuelo seguro,
a la cima inmortal del futuro
de un libérimo, altivo Ecuador.
Chrorus (x 2)