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With standards of excellence, Mexicans strengthen their capacities at an international university
- They take master courses in thematic related to environmental sustainable management, agriculture and natural resources
September 11, 2018. Since 1946, tens of Mexican professionals have taken a trip to the exterior in order to strength their capacities and take postgraduate 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 educational quality.
This trip, has allowed them not only to obtain an international master’s degree and be better prepared professionals, but also has made them become agents of change with tools and necessary skills to face challenges of the sustainable rural development. Always with the firm conviction of working for the most vulnerable populations in their country in issues related to agriculture, livestock, environmental conservation, climate change, and water resource management, among others.
Fausto Bolom, who is currently director of the digital magazine Pueblos y fronteras from the Multidisciplinary Research Centre of Chiapas and the South Border, from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (CIMSUR-UNAM, its Spanish acronym) he is one of the doctorate graduates of CATIE.
“The experience of studying at CATIE, is not only about obtaining a degree, but also about the wealth of experiences received. At CATIE I learned that all countries deal with social, economic, and environmental problems similar to the ones that face mine, giving me the certainty of my strengths to face common problems of the Latin American region,” manifested Bolom.
According to Isabel Gutiérrez, dean of the Postgraduate School of CATIE, Mexican Professionals, graduated from the Institution, occupy or have occupied leadership positions at academic institutions, research, from the public and private sectors of the country, which shows the quality of education they have received.
“A country that counts on prepared human resource will have more capacity to resist and confront a changing adverse environment in front of climate, environment, economic and social conditions we face,” commented Gutiérrrez
For this reason, Gutiérrez urged men and women to point to the 1% of the global population that has postgraduate studies since they are the ones who will be in charge of making the most important decisions.
The academic offer of CATIE includes seven international masters in issues such as administration, sustainable business administration; agroforestry and sustainable agriculture; economy, climate change and development; integral watershed management; Tropical Forest conservation and management and biodiversity; biodiversity conservation practice and development practice. Additionally it counts on a doctorate program, one for English, one for Spanish joint with the University of Bangor and the University of Idaho.
During the last decade, 62 Mexicans have graduated from CATIE (26 men and 36 women) an according to Gutiérrez they are managing scholarship opportunities for more youths.
Karla Salazar Leiva
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