TROY signs exchange agreement with Costa Rican university

Posted: Monday, 22 August 2011

TROY – Troy University and the University of Iberoamerica, located in San Jose, Costa Rica, have formalized relations that pave the way for student, faculty and staff exchange between the two universities.

UNIBE is a university specialized in medical sciences. It has four colleges/schools: Medicine (which also offers a graduate degree in healthcare management); nursing (it also has critical care/trauma nursing); psychology (including graduate programs in education psychology, clinical psychology, forensic psychology, clinical neuropsychology), and pharmacy.

TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., said the initial exchange program would result in health-sciences related exchange and could include programs for education students in the College of Education.

"We want our students to be competitive on a global scale, and exposure to cultures other than our own broadens perspectives," he said.

Study Abroad Director Orlando Pacheco, a native of Costa Rica, said no timetable has been set to begin exchange programs but that both universities would begin work on final planning soon.

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Dr. Roberto Rodriguez, left, Provost and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Iberoamerica, and Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, right, sign a formal agreement that will clear the way for student, faculty and staff exchanges between the two institutions. Also participating in the signing ceremony is (back row, from left) Orlando Pacheco, TROY Study Abroad Director; Dr. Damon Andrew, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services; Dr. Jim Rinehart, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Dr. Lance Tatum, Dean of the College of Education; and Dr. Curt Porter, Associate Vice Chancellor for International Programs. (TROY photo/Cass Davis)