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HSWT and CATIE establish relationship to work together

  • The universities signed a cooperation agreement to join forces in education and research.

March 15 2019. The University of Applied Sciences WeihenstephanTriesdorf (HSWT its German acronym) and CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) signed on March 13, in Costa Rica, a cooperation agreement, through which they will promote the development of research projects and training and education programs.

According to Muhammad Ibrahim, Director General of the Centre, both universities share the applied nature of science, so there are common areas between them, which will facilitate joint work on issues such as sustainable agriculture, restoration and value chains.  

Carsten Lorz, professor and vice-president of the HSWT, commented that there is also interest in issues such as sustainability and land use, climate change, biodiversity and water resources.

"I hope this cooperation will benefit both universities by encouraging the exchange of professors, researchers and students, as well as the development of research projects and education programs," Lorz said.

Early ideas for cooperation include projects in sustainable ecotourism, sustainable livestock, ecosystem services and training courses in cooperation with Africa.

"For us the CATIE experience is important. The HSWT is planning to have a project in Africa, so we are looking for partners who have experience in tropical ecosystems and CATIE is our first choice," Lorz said.

With the signing of this agreement, both CATIE and HSWT generate global links that will favour their students (from different continents), allowing them to get to know different realities and learn to deal with global problems.

"We are very pleased to sign this agreement with the HSWT, ranked among the best universities in Germany. I am convinced that our working relationship will be of great benefit," said Ibrahim.  

CATIE is an international graduate university, located in Costa Rica, specialized in agriculture, environment and natural resources. Its student population comes from different countries, mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean. The HSWT specializes in lifesciences, is located in southern Germany and has a population of around 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

The signing of the agreement took place between Lornz and Ibrahim, within the framework of the CATIE Board Meeting and in the presence of Helmut Eger, member of the Board, who brought the universities closer months ago.  


From left to right Carsten Lorz, professor and vice-president of the HSWT,
and Muhammad Ibrahim, director general of CATIE, after signing the agreement.  


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Karla Salazar Leiva
Information Technology and Communication
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