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Hondurans strength their capabilities at an international university with standards of excellence
- They take master’s degrees in issues related to environmental sustainable management, agriculture and natural resources
August 27, 2018. Since 1948, tens of Honduran professionals have taken a trip to the exterior in order to strength capabilities and take post-graduate courses at CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), an international university located in Costa Rica, which has more than 70 years of trajectory and it´s recognized for its high educational quality.
This trip not only has allowed them to obtain an international master´s degree and be better prepared professionals, but also it has made them become agents of change, with tools and necessary capabilities to face challenges of the sustainable rural development, with the firm conviction of working with the most vulnerable populations in their country in issues related to agriculture, livestock, conservation of the environment, climate change, the water resource management, among others.
Francisco Alvarenga, who is currently working for a competitiveness project and sustainable development of the Secretariat for Agriculture and Livestock (SAG, its Spanish acronym) of Honduras, is a master’s graduate from CATIE.
“During my stay at CATIE I acquired knowledge, which allowed me to see the reality in a global way, understanding society problems and looking for solutions, it also provided me with tools to incorporate myself in a more competitive world,” manifested Alvarenga.
According to Isabel Gutiérrez, dean of the Post-Graduate School of CATIE, Honduran professionals, graduated from the institution, occupy or have occupied leadership positions in academic institutions, research, and public and private industry in the country, which shows the educational quality they receive.
A country that counts on prepared human resource will have more capacity to resist and face a changing and adverse environment in front of climate, environmental, economic and social conditions that we face,” commented Gutiérrez.
For this reason, Gutiérrez exhorted men and women to point to the 1% of the global population that has postgraduate studies, since they are who will be in charge of making the most important decisions.
The academic offer of CATIE includes seven international master degrees in topics such as administration and sustainable business development; Agroforestry, and Sustainable Agriculture; economy, development and climate change; management, and watershed integral management; management and tropical forests conservation and biodiversity; biodiversity conservation practice; and development practice. It also counts on a doctorate program, one in English and one in Spanish, joint with the Bangor University and the University of Idaho.
During the last decade, 36 Hondurans have graduated from CATIE (18 men and 18 women) and according to Gutiérrez; they are working to arrange opportunities and scholarships for more youths.
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