Costa Rican universities network at international educator fair

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Representatives from Costa Rican universities scoured the area and signed agreements at the recent fair for international educators this past week.

The National Association for Foreign Student Advisers, or NAFSA, fair is considered the most important event in the higher education sector for the Americas, according to a statement issued by the Promotora de Comercio Exterior. It attracts over 13,000 professionals from the education sector representing over 400 institutions of higher learning.

During the event, two Costa Rican universities signed agreements with international schools, while another obtained funding to promote international education.

The Universidad Iberoamérica signed an agreement with the University of California-Los Angeles to develop research programs and collaborate on medicine and international post-graduate training to become a doctor, Procomer said.

Additionally, EARTH University signed an agreement with the International Student Exchange Programs, an association composed of at least 300 member organizations. The idea is for the school to host students from upwards of 53 countries, according to Nico Evers, a representative for the university.

Universidad Latina and the U.S. University of Northern Iowa were winners of a $25,000 to increase student exchange across the Americas. This fund is awarded by the U.S. Department of State to promote strategic partnerships between U.S. and Latin American universities.

The other main universities of Costa Rica such as Universidad de Costa Rica, Veritas and Hispanoamericana also attended the fair to network among the participants and present their programs for the summer.

“This is a new opportunity to showcase the quality of the country and boost Costa Rica in international markets,” said Álvaro Piedra, the director of exports at Procomer.

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