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University of Idaho and CATIE agree to continue joint PhD program

  • Both institutions agreed to extend the program for a period of 60 months, i.e. until July 2025

December 16, 2020. Since June 2001, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and the University of Idaho have been jointly teaching a doctoral program, from which a total of 33 professionals from seven different countries in the Americas have graduated. On December 16th, both institutions signed a virtual agreement through which they agreed to continue the program until July 2025.

The renewal was ratified through the signing of an amendment to the official agreement that both universities hold. The amendment was signed by Scott Green, president of the University of Idaho, and Muhammad Ibrahim, director general of CATIE.

Ibrahim said the Joint Doctoral Program between the University of Idaho and CATIE has been an extraordinarily successful international partnership since its inception in 2001 and has provided a unique opportunity for doctoral students interested in conducting interdisciplinary research focused on the sustainability of forestry, agriculture and the health of rural communities in the American tropics.

From Idaho, Green emphasized that now than ever it is important for institutions that carry out research to be linked and committed, and thus know what is happening in the world, because researchers must understand the aspects that are affecting the planet.

"Maintaining this joint doctoral program will help us continue to build an international reputation for both institutions, as well as continue to provide solutions to global problems. The collaboration between CATIE and the University of Idaho has proven to be productive. Working together we have grown together," said the university president.

Green also thanked the Tropics Foundation for supporting the program. "You are changing lives, and for that we give you a sincere thank you," he said.

In this doctoral program, whose official language is English, the student is awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, issued jointly by both international universities, and the program is accredited by the University of Idaho and the National System of Higher Education Accreditation of Costa Rica (SINAES, its Spanish acronym), which guarantees its quality and excellence.

To date, 33 professionals from the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia and Japan have graduated from the program; 17 men and 16 women.

This is the fifth time that the agreement between CATIE and the University of Idaho is renewed for their joint doctoral program to continue on an ongoing basis.

Present at the signing of the agreement on behalf of the University of Idaho were Jerry McMurtry, dean of the College of Graduate Studies; Torrey Lawrence, executive vice president; Chris Nomura, vice president of research; Dennis Becker, dean of the College of Natural Resources; Sanford Eigenbrode, distinguished professor; and Lisette Waits, distinguished professor. Also participating from CATIE were Juan Carlos Mendez, deputy director general; Bryan Finegan, director of Research for Green and Inclusive Development; and Alejandra Martinez-Salinas, coordinator of CATIE's PhD program.

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Alejandra Martínez-Salinas
CATIE PhD Program
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Karla Salazar Leiva
Information Technology and Communication
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