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Welcome at the Costa Rica Center of the Osnabrück University!

The Costa Rica Center aims at the interdisciplinary, international and intercultural scientific exchange between Germany and Costa Rica. The Center is mainly devoted to the research on future-oriented, 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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Psychology researchers as guests at the Universidad Nacional

Between January and March 2022, Prof. Dr. Karsten Müller, Shirin Betzler and Lena Schmeiduch from Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Osnabrück visited the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica by the invitation of the Escuela de Geografía. The thematic focus of the stay was on sustainable change by strengthening local producer-consumer networks in rural regions of Costa Rica. In the course of about two months, the team conducted interviews with local producers and consumers as well as other involved persons in the rural, highly productive regions of Turrialba and Dota.

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Digitization Biology Excursion Costa Rica

In February 2022, Felix Przesdzink and Sebastian Holt traveled with Prof. Klaus Mummenhoff to Costa Rica to digitize the excursion "Environment, Vegetation, and Life Forms of the Neotropics," which could not be offered to biology students as usual due to the Corona crisis. During their stay, which was supported by a travel grant from the Sievert Foundation for Science and Culture, they made a variety of film recordings in different vegetation zones of the country, which is characterized by its high biodiversity. The audiovisual teaching materials created in this way can uniquely supplement the contents of the excursion module that can be implemented in Osnabrück and make it possible for the students to experience a piece of Costa Rica.

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Research trip to Costa Rica

From the end of November to the beginning of December 2021, representatives of the project "Costa Rican Vocational Education and Training (CoRi VET)", which is based on a cooperation between the Osnabrück University's Department of Vocational and Business Education and the Universidad Técnica Nacional, traveled to Costa Rica. The meetings in presence represented an important step for the advancement of the project, which aims at both the revision of an existing study program and the institutionalization of vocational education research in Costa Rica. In an interview with the Costa Rica Center, the project coordinator Dr. Irina Rommel gave a deeper insight into the background of the project, told about the research trip and discussed both positive experiences and challenges.


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Call for Green Technology Startups in Costa Rica

The Greentech program is looking for technology startups in Costa Rica for the third time. Focusing on biomaterials. By doing so, Greentech wants to help these business models of bioeconomy companies prepare for capital raising and give them the opportunity to develop into successful and stable companies. They will also be prepared for the international market, which will prove extremely advantageous in relation to Costa Rica due to the high export rate.

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New president in Costa Rica

After the second round of the presidential elections in Costa Rica, Rodrigo Chaves wins the second round. The former finance minister of the social-democratic PPSD reaches around 52.9 percent after 98 percent of the counted votes. According to this, his rival José María Figueres receives only about 47.2 percent from the centre party PLN. In the first round of voting on 6 February this year, Chaves' opponent received the largest number of votes. As the successor of the Social Democrat Carlos Alvarado, Rodrigo Chaves is due to take office as head of state and government on 8 May 2022.

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Special Advisor from Costa Rica for UN Education Summit

Leonardo Garnier from Costa Rica has been appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as Special Adviser for the next Summit on Transforming Education. This is expected to take place in September 2022. As Special Advisor, Garnier will provide strategic advice on transformation issues and assist the Secretary General in communicating with interested parties. He will also work closely with the secretariat of the UNESCO-hosted Summit and work on sustainable development. Leonardo Garnier is a professor at the University of Costa Rica and holds various positions both in the public sector of his country and in international organisations.

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The Costa Rica 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 Costa Rica for years. For further details on the Sievert Foundation, please visit their website.

Website of the Sievert Foundation for Science and Culture (in German)

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