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Higher education opportunities open up for Belizeans at Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center in Costa Rica

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2023. 4:29 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: This week, an agreement between Belize’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica was formalized, which will provide higher education opportunities for Belizean professionals.

Negotiations were led by Minister Francis Fonseca and CEO Dian Castillo-Maheia for the Ministry along with CEO in the Ministry of Human Development Tanya Santos, a CATIE alumna, and CATIE Director General Muhammad Ibrahim and president of the Board of Directors Gale Miller-Garnett.

The agreement is committed to postgraduate studies in strategic areas that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Green and Blue Economic Development Plan, under the responsibility of the Government of Belize.

CATIE has graduated more than 2,800 professionals, including dozens of Belizeans, in its 70-year existence as a graduate university in the region. It currently offers professional master’s degrees at its graduate school in the following areas: Agroforestry and Sustainable Agriculture; Management and Conservation of Tropical Forests and Biodiversity; Watershed Management and Economics, Development and Climate Change among others.


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