SIUE Creates Partnership with University of Costa Rica

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SIUE has reached an academic partnership agreement with the University of Costa Rica (UCR). The new five-year partnership with UCR, coupled with the current faculty-led travel study programs through Central American Mission Programs (CAMP), provide new opportunities for collaborative engagement in fields like pharmacy, dental medicine, nursing and public health, among others.

An SIUE nursing student provides shoes to a Costa Rican girl.

Development of international partnerships allows SIUE to enhance teaching, research and student learning opportunities to shape a changing world

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has reached an academic partnership agreement with the University of Costa Rica (UCR). The new five-year partnership with UCR, coupled with the current faculty-led travel study programs through Central American Mission Programs (CAMP), provide new opportunities for collaborative engagement in fields like pharmacy, dental medicine, nursing and public health, among others.

SIUE will collaborate with UCR in research, teaching, short-term travel study, student and faculty exchange, and clinical practice. This will allow SIUE to develop joint short-term student programs to Costa Rica, where students benefit from cross-cultural, high impact experiences.

“Development of international partnerships allows SIUE to enhance teaching, research and student learning opportunities to shape a changing world,” said Mary Weishaar, SIUE executive director of international affairs. “The partnership with UCR, coupled with our partnership with CAMP, will allow us to create new learning experiences for our students.”

In the future, the SIU School of Dental Medicine is interested in providing clinical practice experience for students in Costa Rica. The Schools of Nursing and Engineering are also exploring opportunities to get involved.

Including a trip two months ago, SIUE School of Pharmacy faculty have led travel study programs to Costa Rica every other year during spring break for several years to study medicinal plants and tropical diseases. UCR faculty assisted by providing lectures and tours through their labs. In addition, a faculty member from UCR traveled to SIUE to participate in a short-term research visit. Marcelo Nieto, PhD, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences in the School of Pharmacy, was key in the development of the partnership with UCR.

SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook forged the partnership with CAMP and facilitated development of the 2018 travel study programs to Costa Rica in nursing, public health and dental medicine. He has been involved with CAMP in Costa Rica for more than 14 years.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose to shape a changing world. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottomland and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of nearly 14,000.

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