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Welcome at the Costa Rica Center!

The Costa Rica Center aims at the transdisciplinary, international and intercultural scientific exchange between Germany and Costa Rica. The Center is mainly devoted to the research on future-oriented, value-based, intercultural and social issues and tasks, focusing primarily on the following fields: teaching and education, peace, economy, environment, biodiversity and sustainability.

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Visit and lecture by Professor Dr. Jorge Antonio Leoni de León (UCR)

Between November 4th and 10th, Prof. Dr. Jorge Antonio Leoni de León, Director of the Instituto de Investigaciones Lingüísticas of the Universidad de Costa Rica, will be visiting the Universitat Osnabrück. On November 8th, the Linguistics Professor will hold a conference titled "Mae a pronominal innovation in Costa Rican Spanish", an event organized by the Department of Romance Studies of the Institute for Romance and Latin Studies. Dr. Andrea Pešková from the said institute and Prof. Dr. Jorge Antonio Leoni de León were received at the facilities of the Costa Rica Center by its scientific director, PD Dr. Susanne Müller-Using, on November 7th.

Costa Rican Ambassador to Germany Presents Credentials to Federal President

by Mag. Shirley Campos A. (Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores - Costa Rica)

Berlin, November 5th, 2018

Today, Mrs. Lydia Peralta Cordero, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Costa Rica in the Federal Republic of Germany, delivered to the Federal President, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Letters of Credence that officially accredit her before the Federal Government of Germany.

The Letters of Credence were presented in the framework of a protocol ceremony with the presence of high officials of the Federal Presidency of Germany and the Chief of Protocol of the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A group from the German navy was present during the ceremony and the Costa Rican flag was hoisted in the gardens of the Schloss Bellevue (Bellevue Palace), home of the residence of the Federal Presidency.

Ambassador Peralta Cordero was accompanied by Ms. Eugenia Gutiérrez Ruiz, Minister Counsellor and Consul General of Costa Rica in Germany.

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The unit of Romance Studies of the Institute for Romance and Latin Studies sends out an invitation to the guest conference

“Mae” a pronominal innovation in Costa Rican Spanish

Jorge Antonio Leoni de León
Director del Instituto de Investigaciones Lingüísticas de la Universidad de Costa Rica

Thursday, November 8th, 2018
6:00 pm in room 41/215

All students and interested parties, including those from other fields, are welcome to join.

A Success Story - University of Osnabrück founds Service Agency Costa Rica Center

Video of the ceremony

Since the foundation of the inter- and transdisciplinary research center in 2014, the Costa Rica Center has built up, promoted and intensified the intercultural comparative exchange of science on many levels between the Osnabrück University and important universities in Costa Rica. After this successful project phase, the time has now come: The University's Executive Committee has decided to establish the Costa Rica Center. "This is a decisive step towards ensuring that the Research Center will be able to perform its diverse tasks even better in the future and grow with them," said Prof. Dr. Martina Blasberg-Kuhnke, Vice-President of the Centre, during a ceremony marking the opening of the center.

The research center - like the currently existing center - is made up of members from seven of the university's nine faculties and thus has an interdisciplinary breadth that is unique in terms of cooperation between Costa Rica and Germany. Among the university's international collaborations, it occupies an outstanding position.

The tasks of the newly founded service office, which will start its work at the beginning of 2019, rest on several pillars: The promotion of cooperation in research and teaching on the subject of Costa Rica, as well as the organization of internships in the Central American country within the framework of teacher training, form one pillar. Secondly, support for teaching and research stays of Osnabrück scientists in Costa Rica and researchers there in Osnabrück is one of the core tasks. A third area is the organization of summer schools with Costa Rican and Osnabrück students, as well as the planning of excursions. The preparation of publications resulting from the cooperation as well as the supervision of young scientists are further tasks.

The Sievert Foundation for Culture and Science provides considerable support for the work of the research center and service facility. It is above all thanks to the great financial and non-material commitment of Honorary Professor Dr. Hans-Wolf Sievert as chairman of the board of the foundation and honorary consul of Costa Rica for the state of Lower Saxony that this cooperation has been a great success for years, which benefits all participants.

During the ceremony to mark the establishment of the service center, President of the University Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lücke and Prof. Dr. Martina Blasberg-Kuhnke, Prof. Dr. Francisco Romero Royo, representative of the Consejo Nacional de Rectores (Council of Rectors of Universities in CR) and Vice Rector for Research of the Universidad Técnica Nacional de Costa Rica (UTN), spoke at the Bohnenkamp House of the Botanical Gardens, in addition to Honorary Professor Dr. Sievert. Other speakers included Marcelo Roldan Sauma, Minister Counselor of the Embassy of Costa Rica, and Birgit Strangmann, Mayor of the city of Osnabrück.

PD Dr. Susanne Müller-Using, the scientific director of the previous center, recalled the beginnings of cooperation between the university and the various educational institutions in Costa Rica. Finally, Prof. Dr. Joachim Härtling, Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Osnabrück, gave a lecture on the concrete cooperation between German and Costa Rican scientists.

Further information for editors:
PD Dr. Susanne Müller-Using, Osnabrück University,
Costa Rica Center,
Kolpingstraße 7, 49074 Osnabrück,
Phone: +49 541 969 4553,

Translated from the official press release (in German)

Newly published:

Ethos und Empathie: Interkulturelle Vergleichsstudie zur LehrerInnenbildung an der Universität Osnabrück und an der Universidad de Costa Rica

PD Dr. Susanne Müller-Using

Understanding children requires empathy and the ability to grasp the state of mind and the mood in the group, but also to see individual needs and to take them into account in pedagogical action. This requires a well-trained ability to observe, active listening and also experience in dealing with children.

Where are aspects of pedagogical ethics and empathy to be found in educational discourse? How do they relate to each other and what significance do they have for dealing with children and young people in school pedagogical situations? These questions will be examined theoretically and practically within the framework of an intercultural comparative study with Costa Rica. The study concludes with an analysis of two concepts of teacher education and an empirical study with teacher students from both universities.

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Publishers (in German)

The Center‘s Sponsors

The Costa Rica Center is sponsored by the Sievert Foundation for Science and Culture (Sievert Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Kultur), which has been supporting the University of Osnabrück and the country of Costa Rica for years. For further details on the Sievert Foundation, please visit their website.

Information on project proposals to the Sievert Foundation for Science and Culture in Costa Rica

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