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Seminar: El Español de Costa Rica

This seminar will be focused on the Costa Rican Spanish and its variations.

Furthermore, there will be an excursion to Costa Rica at the end of the semester.

Lecturer: Andrea Peskova

Seminar in Spanish

Seminar: Centroamérica Cuenta II

Seminar of Literary and Cultural Studies about Centralamerican literature.

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. phil. Susanne Schlünder

Seminar in Spanish

Seminar: Central America and the US American Migration Politics in the 20th Century

The wall on the US-South border, which was one of Donald Trump's campaign promises during last year's US election, moved Latin American migration back into the spotlight of public attention. This is a great opportunity to reflect on the historical perspective of migration to the US. In the second half of the 20th century, Central America was characterized by civil wars, violence, poverty and lack of prospects, which forced and still forces many people to flee to North America. The seminar will focus on the history of migration from Central America as well as the changes in US immigration policy and its repercussions on the Central American region.

Lecturer: Dr. phil. Sebastian Huhn

Seminar in German

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.

Link (in Spanish)

Peace Talks 2017

Schooling and education have a high priority en Costa Rican policies. After the abolition of the armed forces in the constitution of 1949, it was decided that the military financing was going to be invested in schools and education. ¿Can Costa Rica be considered a model in Latin America for the development of a sustainable, humanist and social path?


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José Joaquín Chaverri Sievert is now the representative of the Costa Rica Center in Costa Rica

The Osnabrück University named retired ambassador José Joaquín Chaverri Sievert as representative of the Costa Rica Center in Costa Rica.

For more information please refer to the press release by the Osnabrück University: (in german)

Press release

Cooperation agreement between Osnabrück University and Tecnológico de Costa Rica signed

Dr. Julio César Calvo Alvarado, Rektor des TEC, und Dr. Susanne Müller-Using, wissenschaftliche Leiterin des Costa Rica Zentrums, bei der Vertragsunterzeichnung.

© Tecnológico de Costa Rica

At December 8th 2016 the cooperation agreement between Osnabrück University (UOS) and Tecnológico de Costa Rica (TEC) was formally signed. Mr. Dr. Julio César Calvo Alvarado, Rector of TEC, received Mrs. Dr. Susanne Müller-Using, research director from the CRZ, in representation of Mr. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lücke, President of Osnabrück University, for this occasion in Tecnológico. Also present was, Mrs. Dr. Paola Vega Castillo, Vice-rector for Research and Academic Outreach of TEC. TEC is the eigth cooperation partner from the Costa Rica Center. Both sides look happily forward towards cooperation in research projects as well as in academic and student exchanges.

Article "TEC y Universidad de Osnabrück-Alemania firmaron Convenio Marco de Cooperación"

Costa Rican - German Days of Innovation in San José

© Costa Rica Zentrum

From the 6th through the 8th of December, thanks to the initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FMER), two bilateral workshops took place in San José on the topic of “Science, Technology and Innovation” as well as on the topic of “Vocational Learning”. The Costa Rica Center participated with four main presentations during the “Days of Innovation” program. Together with its partner institutions from Costa Rica and the FMER/GOVET, accomplished a substantial contribution in the cooperation between Costa Rica and Germany in the area of Education and Research.  

Series of lectures "Entre las Américas"/ "Between the Americas"

© Grafik / Lutz Bette

The School of Language and Literature Studies and the Costa Rica Center invite to the interdisciplinary series of lectures "Entre las Américas"/ "Between the Americas" during the winter semester 2016/2017. International scientists will make an outline of Central America and the Caribbean as a geopolitical and cultural interstice situated between the hemispheres and that represents a hybrid structure featuring different types of cultural elements thanks to a dynamic overlap and confrontation of processes.


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