Cooperation agreement signed with the university of Costa Rica

  • International
Published on May 16, 2022 Updated on May 16, 2022

on the May 9, 2022


From April 24 to 29, 2022, a delegation from Université Cote d'Azur traveled to San José to sign a cooperation agreement with the University of Costa Rica (UCR) to strengthen the scientific links between the two institutions.

In early 2021, the Graduate Research School (EUR) ODYSSEE began exchanges with the University of Costa Rica with the aim of developing a partnership around socio-environmental challenges. Initiated a few years ago by the French National Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), notably through the MESO Joint International Laboratory (Mobility, Governance and Resources in the Mesoamerican Basin), the rapprochement between the two universities seemed quite natural, Costa Rica being one of the most advanced countries in the world in the implementation of environmental policies. Now, one year later, a delegation composed of the Vice President of International Development and members of EUR ODYSSEE and the IRD has visited Costa Rica.

UCR delegation
UCR delegation

The University of Costa Rica (UCR), founded in 1940, is a public and multidisciplinary university with approximately 40,000 students, 5,000 teachers and 4,000 administrative staff. Like the country of Costa Rica, it has developed a scientific and training policy largely focused on the issue of socio-environmental challenges, based on three pillars: research, training and social action.

Institutional meetings

Throughout the week, the delegation met with various UCR stakeholders to initiate joint actions to build a lasting relationship between our two institutions. The first meetings were institutional and were held with UCR vice presidents on international relations, research, training and social action. These discussions provided the framework for the partnership. Numerous possibilities have emerged from these exchanges: university mobility, joint diplomas, summer schools, co-supervision of theses, and research projects.

as well as thematic meetings

In the following days, the delegation focused on the research centres, meeting in particular with CIICLA, a multidisciplinary center in humanities and social sciences (anthropology, history, philosophy, linguistics), CIMAR on marine resources and CIAN on anthropology.

A round table discussion was also held with all the heads of the disciplinary departments of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The School of Geography, the Observatory of Water and the Archaeology Research Center welcomed the delegation into their labs and presented their collections.
The week on the UCR Campus ended with a "speed dating" session between representatives of Université Côte d'Azur and some fifteen master's-level training managers, in order to explore other avenues for collaboration, including training modules, student exchanges and dissertation co-supervisions.
 At the end of the visit, the delegation met with the French Ambassador to Costa Rica and his team, this last stage was an opportunity to exchange views with the representative of Campus France for Central America and to establish links for the future.

 The mission was also an opportunity to learn about cocoa production through a visit to the Nortico Cacao Farm and discussions with a former agronomist from CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research for Development and Teaching Center), a university center for innovation and sustainable development in fields related to agriculture and the management, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.

 Contact:  Myrina Meunier, EUR ODYSSEE