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Latin American young people begin their postgraduate studies at CATIE

  • After preparing in this international university they hope to return to their countries with better capacities to contribute to sustainable development

18 January 2019. A new academic year began at CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) on January 18; 50 young people from 13 different countries make up the 2019-2020 class, including 26 women and 24 men.

The young people, from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic, began the journey that will lead them to obtain their master's degree with great enthusiasm and high expectations.

Muhammad Ibrahim, director general of CATIE, and Isabel Gutiérrez, dean of the Postgraduate School of the Center, welcomed them during the opening ceremony of the academic year.

Ibrahim thanked them for their preference to pursue their studies at CATIE, a unique centre in the region that integrates higher education with applied research and sustainable development. In addition, he highlighted that CATIE is the institution with the longest trajectory in the region that has contributed to the formation of human capital and the generation of knowledge for the development of sustainable agriculture and the conservation of natural resources.

"In this journey that you undertook away from home, you will discover new realities, multiple cultures and a great deal of knowledge. It will also enable you to obtain an international master's degree and to become better prepared and much more competent professionals, becoming a minority of the population (1%) with the responsibility of making this a better world for the vast majority. With the firm conviction of working for the most vulnerable populations of their country, the region and the world, on issues such as agriculture, livestock, environmental conservation, sustainable development, climate change, water resource management, among others," said Gutiérrez during the inauguration.

Virginia Romero Sánchez, a Mexican woman who will be studying for a Master's degree in Development Practice, said she was very excited and motivated to begin her studies at CATIE. She thanked the opportunity because she believes it will help her to improve herself and develop skills and abilities that will not only make her a better professional, but also a more humane one.

"The interest in studying the Master's Degree in Integrated Watershed Management and Management was born in me because I live on the banks of the main reservoir of the Panama Canal, which is Lake Gatun, so I would like to empower myself with knowledge to conserve that beautiful area that we have there and I know that CATIE has a long history and experience in that," commented Marcos Hughes, another of the new students.

Most of the new class is made up of Dominicans, followed by Colombians, who will pursue a master's degree, specifically in areas such as agroforestry and sustainable agriculture; economics, development and climate change; integrated watershed management and management; management and conservation of tropical forests and biodiversity; biodiversity conservation practice; and development practice.

In addition, Fabiola de la Cruz Burelo, from Mexico, will be pursuing a doctoral degree in the area of management and conservation of tropical forests and biodiversity.


Scholarship institutions

In 2019, 10 different institutions are awarding scholarships to an important part of CATIE's new students:


American Tower

Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Russell E. Train (WWF)

National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (Senacyt) of Panama

Universidad Nacional de Ciencias Forestales (UNACIFOR)

Colombian Agricultural Research Corporation (Agrosavia)

Honduras 20-20

Ministerio de Educación Superior, Ciencia y Tecnología (MESCYT) de República Dominicana

Ministerio de Agricultura de República Dominicana

National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) of Mexico




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Karla Salazar Leiva
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