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New article published in the Costa Rican newspaper La República

You may download the article as PDF here (in Spanish)

Vocational training: Scientific cooperation with university in Costa Rica strengthened

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.

Press release (in German)

Press release in the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (in German)

Strengthening the cooperation - The Costa Rica Center of the University of Osnabrück opened a branch office in San José

The Costa Rica Center (CRZ) of the University of Osnabrück has now a branch office in the Consejo Nacional de Rectores building (CONARE) in San José, Costa Rica. The official opening ceremony took place on October 2 in the presence of German Ambassador Ingo Winkelmann and numerous honorary guests.

Press release (in German)

The Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel González Sanz visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Here you will find the article of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs "Klima, Frieden, Demokratie: Der regionale Vorreiter Costa Rica zu Besuch in Deutschland" concerning the meeting of Manuel González Sanz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica and the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier which took place on November 7th, 2016.

Delegation visit: Vocational education in Costa Rica

Besuch des Botschafters Giancarlo Luconi Coen mit einer costa-ricanischen Delegation an der Universität Osnabrück.

© Elena Scholz/ Universität Osnabrück

On Monday October 17th, the ambassador Giancarlo Luconi Coen visited the University Osnabrück with a delegation from Costa Rica. Teacher training and the adoption of a dual vocational education in Costa Rica was the main point of the discussions. The guests were received in the Osnabrück Castle by the University President Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lücke. In the afternoon a reception was held at the Freedom's Hall of the Municipal Building from Osnabrück with a new entry on the city's gold book. The project to setup a center for international expertise in vocational education in Costa Rica had the academic support of the Costa Rica Center from the University Osnabrück.

Press release University Osnabrück (in German)

Article NOZ, 18.10.2016, "La Pura Vida - ein Lebensgefühl.
Costa-ricanischer Botschafter zu Gast in Osnabrück" (in German)

Scientific cooperation between Costa Rica and Germany

Here you can find an article from Mr. José Joaquín Chaverri Sievert about the topic of scientific cooperation between Costa Rica and Gemany (in Spanish), published on the 14th September 2016, in: La Nación.

UCR between the 20 best universities in Latin America!

© Universidad de Costa Rica

The University of Costa Rica went up three places in the QS Ranking of Universities and is now positioned between the 20 best universities in Latin America. In the ranking of the previous year it was in the 21st position and for the last ranking it went up to the 18th place. In this way, it is now positioned in the top 3 universities of México and the Caribbean and it's still considered the best university in Central America and the country.

QS University Rankings: Latin America 2016

Prof. Sievert Entrepreneur of the Year in China

© Privat

Prof. Dr. Hans-Wolf Sievert, a Chinese commissioner and honorary professor at the University of Osnabrück, has been appointed "entrepreneur of the year 2015" by the government of the Chinese province of Anhui in acknowledgment of important accomplishments in the interest of German-Chinese economic relations.

More information (in German)

Press release Sievert Construction Materials Group

Developing: partnership with Costa Rica

© Deutsche Botschaft San José

The Costa Rica Center of the University of Osnabrück is an interface for the development of the educational partnership between Germany and Costa Rica, emphasized Federal Research Minister Johanna Wanka during her visit to San José. There, the minister also attended the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR), one of the partner universities of the University of Osnabrück.

Press release University of Osnabrück (in German)

Press release of the German Embassy in San José (the link is no longer active)

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Participation in the opening week of the Latinamerican Doctoral Program in Education

The director of the Costa Rica Center, Dr. Susanne Müller-Using, gave a conference together with a discussion on the topic of intercultural values in educational interaction as part of the participation of the Costa Rica Center in the opening week of the Latinamerican Doctoral Program in Education. Students from Costa Rica and from all Latin America participate in the program.

Those present in the pictures are:
Michael Eschweiler, Director of the DAAD Centro América
Dr. Jackeline García, Director of INIE
Dr. Mónica Arias, Director of the Latinamerican Doctoral Program in Education.
Dr. Susanne Müller-Using, Scientific Director of the Costa Rica Center

Inaugural conference of the Centro de Estudios Generales and Colegio Humanístico

© UNA/ Costa Rica

Students begin their participation on the course imparted by the Colegio Humanístico (CH) of the UNA. The CH aspires to further develop a worldview that strives for a better planet in tune with current environmental challenges. Dr. Susanne Müller-Using was invited to participate on the main table as Director of the Costa Rica Center.

Present are:
Dr. Alberto Salom, Dean of the UNA
Dr. Roberto Rojas, Senior member and Dean of the UNA for Estudios Generales M.Sc. María Ángela Sánchez Quirós, Director of the Colegio Humanístico
As well as international guests from México, United States and Germany.

Development of collaboration with Costa Rica

Foto: German Embassy San José

The German Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka, emphasized during her visit to San José that the Costa Rica Center of Osnabrück University is a bridge for the construction of cooperation in education between Germany and Costa Rica. The Minister also visited the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR), one of the associated universities with Osnabrück University.

Press report (German)

Pictures of the visit (German)

Reception held by the German Embassy in Costa Rica

Collaborators of the Costa Rica Center during the reception held by the German Embassy in honor of the visit of the Minister of Education and Research, Dr. Johanna Wanka, to Costa Rica.

In the photo are the members of the Costa Rica Center present in the reception together with the Costa Rican Minister and Vice-Minister of Public Education:

Dr. Alejandrina Mata Segreda - Chairwoman of the Faculty of Education of UCR
Dr. Susanne Müller-Using - Director of the Costa Rica Center
Dr. Sonia Marta Mora Escalante - Minister of Public Education
Dr. Alicia Eugenia Vargas Porras - Vice-minister of Public Education
MSc. Margarita Esquivel Porras - Director of the Center of Pedagogic Formation of UTN
Prof. Dr. Martina Blasberg-Kuhnke - Spokesperson of the Costa Rica Center
Dr. Luz Emilia Flores Davis - Associate Dean of UNA

Delegation of the Costa Rica Center participates in conferences and talks in San José

© Costa Rica Zentrum

In the context of the visit to Costa Rica of the German Minister of Education and Research, Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, a series of conferences and talks were held together with Dr. Susanne Müller-Using (Pedagogy, Director of the CRZ), Prof. Dr. Martina Blasberg-Kuhnke (Catholic Theology, Spokeswoman of the CRZ) and Prof. Dr. Karsten Müller (Intercultural Psychology, Member of the CRZ). The meetings to strengthen cooperation were held in the UNA with the Colegio Humanístico, the Centro de Investigación y Docencia en Educación, the Escuela de Administración, the Escuela de Ecumencia de Ciencias de la Religión and the Centro de Estudios Generales. At UCR, Dr. Susanne Müller-Using together with Director Dr. Mónica Arias declared open the Doctoral Program for Pedadogy.

The conference series of the winter semester 15/16 has succesfully come to an end

German-French lecture of Kettly Mars!

© Costa Rica Zentrum

The Costa Rica Center and the faculty of Language and Literary Studies invited to a lecture in German and French language as part of the interdisciplinary series of lectures „Entre las Américas / Between the Americas”.
Kettly Mars, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, read from her new book »Je suis vivant« (I am alive) on wednesday, 21 October. 

Further information

Program "Entre las Américas" / "Between the Americas"

Costa Rica Centre coordinates summer school and vocational training forum in San José

Together with the Costa Rica Center of the Osnabrück University, the summer school "Facing the Future - Universal Values and Peacebuilding towards a cohesive and sustainable democratic society" took place at the Universidad de Costa Rica in San José from July 20 to August 4, 2015.

Also in cooperation with the Costa Rica Center, the first "Foro Nacional sobre Educación Dual" (National Forum for Dual Vocational Education and Training) was held at the Universidad Técnica Nacional in Alajuela in Costa Rica on 28 August.

Read more (in German) 

Pictures of the Summer School

Report on the Summer School (in German)

Program Foro Nacional sobre Educación Dual (in Spanish)

Pictures of the Foro Nacional sobre Educación Dual

Students from Costa Rica participate in Osnabrück Summer Schools

28 July 2015: This summer the Osnabrück University will once again host three international summer schools. Students from all over the world come to the university for three-week specialized courses. In addition to the programmes on health science and intercultural psychology, this year for the second time the Department of Biology/Chemistry is organising a summer school dedicated to the topic of "Biodiversity". 

Three students from Costa Rica, who took part in the Summer School "Intercultural Competencies", were provided with a stay in Osnabrück by the Sievert Foundation for Science and Culture.  

Read more (in German)

Summer School under the topic of "Biodiversity"

Opening of the summerschool 2015 in San José, Costa Rica

20th of July 2015: The summerschool "Facing the Future - Universal Values and Peacebuilding towards a cohesive and sustainable democratic society" was opened by Mr. Henning Jensen, Rector of the University of Costa Rica (UCR). 

Press report

Intercultural Dialogue

© Roberto Carlos Sanchez - Presidencia Costa Rica

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the President of the Republic of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís, assembled in Brussels.

Luis Guillermo Solís y Angela Merkel acuerdan apoyo para mejorar educación en Costa Rica

Human Rights: Politics, Culture, Education. Current challenges and debates in Central America and Germany

© Universität Osnabrück / Elena Scholz

Human rights and human rights education are of vital importance for democratic politics and a democratic culture as they protect human dignity. The Costa Rica Center presented a discussion between the director of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, José Thompson, and Mareike Niendorf from the German Institute for Human Rights.
Moderation: Dr. Susanne Müller-Using and Prof. Dr. Peter Schneck

Read more (in German)

Further information

Uni Osnabrück thanks ambassador from Costa Rica

Foto: Elena Scholz, Uni Osnabrück

José Joaquín Chaverri Sievert supported the establishment of the interdisciplinary research centre "Costa Rica Centre" at the University of Osnabrück and opened many doors for scientific exchange with his home country. After four years, the ambassador soon resigned his office. The University of Osnabrück paid tribute to his great commitment at a ceremony.

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Human Rights / Women's Rights in Colombia

Landscape in Latin America

© Gerrit Sievert

08 April 2015: What is the situation regarding human rights in Colombia? With what conditions are women especially confronted there? Ana Mercedes Pereira from Bogotà will answer these and many other questions on Thursday, 16 April, from 18.30 to 20.00 during her visit to the Ledenhof. Admission is free.

Learning from each other: Costa Rica's Environment Minister visits the University of Osnabrück

Landscape in Costa Rica

© Gerrit Sievert

23 March 2015: What constitutes German environmental policy? What are the focal points of sustainable action here and do experiences exist that can also be of use to other countries? The Costa Rican Environment Minister, Dr. Edgar E. Gutiérrez-Espeleta, received answers to these and other questions during a visit to the Osnabrück University. He was accompanied by the Ambassador of Costa Rica to Germany, José Joaquin Chaverri Sievert.

Read more (in German)

Article NOZ, 20.03.2015, "Umweltminister von Costa Rica besucht Osnabrück" (in German)

Das Costa Rica Zentrum der Uni veranstaltet Sommerschule / 25.000 Euro vom DAAD

Campus Rodrigo Facio, Universidad de Costa Rica

© UCR / Mónica Bolaños Mojica

05 February 2015: As part of the "Summer Schools Abroad" programme, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is funding a new cooperation project between the Osnabrück University and six partner universities in Costa Rica with 25,000 euros.

The Literature of Central America: Top-class scientist Prof. Dr. Ottmar Ette Concludes Lecture Series "Entre las Américas/ Between the Americas"

© Universität Osnabrück / Privat o.H.

On Thursday, 29 January, the Institutes for English Studies/American Studies and Romance Studies of the Osnabrück University, in cooperation with the Costa Rica Center, invited to a lecture by an internationally award-winning Romance linguist. Prof. Dr. Ottmar Ette from the University of Potsdam, member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities since 2012, spoke in the university building at Süsterstraße 28, Room 44/E03, about "Central America between continents: Literary Archipelagos and Moving Landscapes of Theory". (»Mittelamerika zwischen Kontinenten: Literarische Archipele und bewegliche Landschaften der Theorie«)

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25th Anniversary of the cooperation between the Osnabrück University and the Universidad de Costa Rica

Foto: Universidad de Costa Rica

17 September 2014: On the occasion of the cooperation between the Osnabrück University and the Universidad de Costa Rica, which began 25 years ago at the Institute of Psychology at the Osnabrück University, the anniversary was celebrated at the Universidad de Costa Rica in the presence of Heidi Keller, Professor at the Osnabrück Institute of Psychology.

UCR highlights work of female psychologists thanks to agreement with German university

"Unique Opportunity" for Knowledge Transfer - New Research Costa Rica Center Opened

© Universität Osnabrück / Uwe Lewandowski

01. July 2014: At the Osnabrück University a "Germany-wide unique" Costa Rica Center was opened on the weekend. The aim is the transdisciplinary and intercultural comparative exchange of science between Germany and Costa Rica. Numerous guests of honour from Germany and abroad attended the ceremony in the Bohnenkamp House of the Botanical Garden, among them Ambassador José Joaquín Chaverri Sievert.

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Costa Rica in Focus: University Establishes New Research Center for International Scientific Exchange with Central America

© Universität Osnabrück / Elena Scholz

20 June 2014: Costa Rica has been the focus of several subjects at the Osnabrück University for many years. Now the activities are to be bundled in the form of a research center. The aim of the new Costa Rica Center is the transdisciplinary and intercultural comparative scientific exchange between Germany and Costa Rica. On Saturday, 28 June, the opening ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. in the Bohnenkamp House in the Botanical Garden of the University.

Read more (in German)

Article NOZ, 24.06.2014, "Neues Costa Rica Zentrum an der Uni Osnabrück"

Article NOZ, 30.06.2014, "Noch viele Tore für Forschung und Bildung"

Cooperation with the Universidad de Costa Rica - A Costa Rica Center is to be established at the Osnabrück University

© Universität Osnabrück / Elena Scholz

05 November 2013: On Monday, 4 November 2013, a delegation from the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) accompanied by Ambassador José Joaquín Chaverri Sievert visited Osnabrück. Rector Prof. Dr. Henning Jensen signed a cooperation agreement with the Osnabrück University. It is also planned to establish a Costa Rica Centre at the Osnabrück University in the future. The initiative is supported by Honorary Consul Prof. Dr. Hans-Wolf Sievert.

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