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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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Inauguration of the first Costa Rica Center's branch office in Costa Rica

The official inauguration of the first Costa Rica Center's (CRC) branch office in Costa Rica took place on October 2nd, 2017. The office is located in the main building of the Consejo Nacional de Rectores (CONARE) in San José. Among the many participants was the scientific director of the CRC, Dr. phil. Susanne Müller-Using, together with the Vice-president of the University of Osnabrück, Thomas Bals. Other guests were the German embassador in Costa Rica, Ingo Winkelmann, the Rector of the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Julio Calvo in representation of CONARE, the representative of the CRC in Costa Rica, José Joaquín Chaverri, the director of the Centro Nacional de Computación Avanzada (CeNAT), Eduardo Sibaja, and the director of the PRIAS Lab from CeNAT, Cornelia Miller.

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Bilateral research and project activities between the Universidad Técnica Nacional in Costa Rica and the University of Osnabrück in the area of vocational education and training

On October 3rd in San José, the rector of the Universidad Técnica Nacional (UTN), Marcelo Prieto Jiménez, and the vice president of the University of Osnabrück, Thomas Bals, signed an agreement for future scientific cooperation in the vocational sector. The participants included the Costa Rican Minister of Labor Alfredo Hasbum Camacho, the deputy director of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Leonardo Ferreira Neves and the Director of the Centro de Formación Pedagógica y Tecnología Educativa at the UTN, Ricardo Ramírez Alfaro. 

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Press release (in German)

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DFG workshop: Dealing with Paradoxes in Professional Settings

From the 17 to the 19 of October 9 experts from Universität Osnabrück (UOS), Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) y Universidad Nacional (UNA) gathered to carry out a bilateral and interdisciplinary workshop financed by the DFG with the topic "Dealing with Paradoxes in Professional Settings". The workshop was held within the framework of the Costa Rica Center in the facilities of CONARE in San José. 

Germany will provide 15 million euros for Costa Rica to mitigate and adapt to climate change

During the visit to Costa Rica, minister Barbara Hendricks, from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Reactor Safety (BMUB) of the Federal Republic of Germany, announced a strong support of 15 million euros for work on mitigation and adaptation to climate change in Costa Rica was announced.

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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 click on the link.