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EARTH en Detalle

EARTH en Detalle

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Published by: Universidad EARTH on Sep 06, 2011
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Our campus
EARTH campus in Guácimo
In the heart of the tropical rainforest in theAtlantic lowlands of Costa Rica, resides EARTHUniversity. The 8,342-acre campus includesclassrooms, laboratories, academic farms, sportsand recreational facilities, student and facultyresidences, a commercial banana plantation and aforest reserve.
EARTH is currently in the planning and developmentphase of a second campus called EARTH-LaFlor, located in the dry tropics of Costa Rica’sGuanacaste province. Donated to EARTH in 2005by the family of former Costa Rican President,Daniel Oduber Quirós, this 3,700-acre campuspromises to be a hub for research, developmentand innovation. Currently, third-year students spendseven weeks at EARTH-La Flor living and working onsustainable development projects in the surroundingcommunities, and the campus offers seminarsand training programs in areas such as renewableenergies, entrepreneurship and sustainable agriculture.Since 1990, EARTH University’s innovativeeducational approach has been preparingyoung people from Latin America, the Caribbeanand other regions, including Africa and Asia, tocontribute to the sustainable development oftheir countries and construct a prosperous and just society. EARTH offers a rigorous four-year undergraduate program in agricultural sciences andnatural resources management and a prestigious,
international faculty, providing a world-class scientic
and technological education that emphasizesvalues, ethical entrepreneurship and environmentaland social commitment.EARTH was established by Costa Rican law in 1986
as a private, non-prot, international University and
was created thanks to the support of the CostaRican Government, U.S. Agency for InternationalDevelopment (USAID) and the W.K. KelloggFoundation.
Prepare leaders with ethical values tocontribute to the sustainable development of thetropics and to construct a prosperous and just society.
Academic model
EARTH University’s curriculum is based on four pillars designed to prepare graduates with thecompetencies required to respond to the needs oftoday’s world. These include: 
Technical and scientic knowledge:
Ensuringthat EARTH alumni have the professionalcompetencies to sustainably manageagriculture and natural resources. 
Social and environmental awareness andcommitment:
Developing students’ social andenvironmental responsibility and strengtheningtheir capacity to generate positive change. 
Values and ethics:
Fostering self-awareness,empathy, respect, tolerance, teamwork,effective communication and life-long learningalong with those values that promote peace,dialog and understanding. 
Developing in students anentrepreneurial spirit, so that they will be capableof proactively generating opportunities andsolutions to problems. Students form andoperate a business venture from beginning to
end during their rst three years at EARTH,
gaining a comprehensive understanding of whatit takes to start a business.The teaching/learning process at EARTH Universityis dynamic and participatory, and EARTH professorsserve as facilitators of learning. Its educationalapproach is based on two principals:
Student-centered learning:
Students, alone or ingroups, explore real challenges and becomeactive participants in generating knowledge, asopposed to passive receptors of information. 
2- Experiential learning:
Students learn throughdeliberate experiences designed to foster learning and are given opportunities to buildknowledge and develop abilities.
Since November 2006, EARTH’s curriculum has beenaccredited by the Costa Rican Higher EducationAccreditation System (SINAES in Spanish), assuringour students and alumni a high-quality educationthat is continually updated.
In addition, EARTH University is the rst institution in
Central America to have its academic program
certied regionally as part of a pilot program of the
Ibero-American Network of Accreditation Agencies(RIACES in Spanish) and SINAES.

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