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Professionals from America and Asia join a new generation of leaders
- CATIE celebrated the graduation of 52 masters and doctoral professionals, the first one led by a woman as dean
Turrialba, Costa Rica, July 14th, 2017. On Friday, July 14th, CATIE (The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) graduated 52 new professionals at its Headquarters in Turrialba, Costa Rica.
Students from 16 countries in the Americas and Asia, including Ecuador, Honduras, Brazil, Mexico, Taiwan and the United States, will now work applying the knowledge acquired in the masters of Practice of Development, Biodiversity Conservation Practice, Administration and Development of Sustainable Business, Sustainable Tourism, Management of Watersheds and in the PhD of Forestry Sciences.
The seventy-first graduation of CATIE's doctoral program and seventeenth of the doctorate program is formed by 26 women and 26 men. In the last decade, this Graduate School has achieved a historic record of female participation of 48.3% and this promotion continues to show CATIE's commitment to the fulfillment of its Gender Policy, approved and published in 1996.
Muhammad Ibrahim, director general of CATIE, highlighted the effort and commitment of graduates during their years of study and fieldwork. "You are now ambassadors for the name of CATIE, we are sure that they will be able to enhance our mission of promoting the sustainable management of agriculture and the conservation of natural resources wherever they go," Ibrahim´s words at the graduation ceremony.
Ibrahim emphasized that this graduation is special because the Graduate School is led for the first time by a woman, this milestone shows the progress of the institution in the implementation of the Gender Policy and with it the commitment towards empowering women in strategic positions.
Isabel Gutiérrez-Montes, dean of the Graduate School expressed to the students: "You are the proof of the capabilities and potentialities existing in the countries of the region. Experience has shown how strong are the bonds of students with their alma, I know that the relationships built at CATIE are going to be a source of endorsement and unconditional support, we hope that our bond will strengthen through the years¨.
The ceremony was attended by Víctor Villalobos, director general of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (known in Spanish as IICA) as a special guest, Mr. Villalobos encouraged the new graduates to commit to build a more productive, environmentally responsible and socially inclusive agriculture. "Only 18% of young Latin Americans have access to university education, you are privileged and this carries a great commitment," said Villalobos.
With more than seven decades of experience, CATIE's Graduate School is recognized worldwide for its high-quality standards and for having highest level international scientific staff.