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Haitians strengthen their capabilities at an international university with standards of excellence
- They take master courses in topics related to environmental sustainable management, agriculture and natural resources
Since 1949, tens of professional Haitians have made a journey to the exterior with the objective of strengthening capabilities and take courses on post graduate studies at CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), an international university located in Costa Rica, with more than 70 years of trajectory and recognized for its high quality education.
This journey not only allows them to get a master´s international degree, be better prepared professionals, but also have made them become agents of change, with tools and necessary skills to face challenges of rural sustainable development, with the firm conviction of working for the most vulnerable populations of their country in issues of agriculture, livestock, environmental conservation, climate change, hydric resources management, among others.
Example of this is Carmel Andre Beliard, graduated from CATIE, who recently served as Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development of Haiti.
“I remain proud of the training I received at CATIE. I am telling youths who are interested in taking a master’s degree that the experience of studying at CATIE is worth it”, said Beliard.
According to Isabel Gutiérrez, dean of the post graduate school of CATIE, professional Haitians, who graduated from CATIE, occupy or have occupied leadership positions in academic research institutions of the public and private sector of the country, which shows the quality of education they receive.
“A country that counts on prepared human resource will have more capacity to resist and confront a changing and adverse environment, in front of climatic, environmental, economic and social conditions that we face,”, said Gutiérrez.
For this reason, Gutiérrez called on men and women to point to the 1% of the global population that have post graduate studies, since they are the ones who will be in charge of making the important decision.
The academic offer of CATIE includes seven international masters in issues such as administration and sustainable business development, agroforestry and sustainable agriculture, economy, development and climate change; integrated watershed management, management and conservation of tropical forest and biodiversity; biodiversity conservation practice; development practices and also it counts with a doctorate program, one in English and one in Spanish joint with the University of Bangor and the University of Idaho.
To the date, 51 Haitians have graduated from CATIE (42 men and nine women) and according to Gutiérrez they are working to manage opportunities and scholarships to more youths.
Karla Salazar Leiva
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