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Costa Rica and North Carolina Research Campus sign agreement on educational cooperation and research

May 14, 2015

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David H. Murdock, CEO and chairman of Castle & Cooke and Dole Foods, and President Luis Guillermo Solis announced the formation of an international agreement for research and education collaboration.

Kannapolis May 14, 2015. Costa Rica and the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) are signing an education cooperation agreement that will allow training opportunities for Costa Rican scientists at the NCRC.

The signing of this agreement is part of one of the objectives of the investment promotion tour headed by President Luis Guillermo Solis, the Minister of Foreign Trade, Alexander Mora and the Managing Director of CINDE, Jorge Sequeira.

The agreement will allow research internships and exchange programs of students and scientists in order to develop joint research projects and new curricula.

The NCRC is a US public-private organization dedicated to scientific research in the fields of agriculture, human health, and nutrition. NCRC Scientists will be working with Costa Rican scientists and students to advance research in food science.

The agreement will involve institutions such as the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute, NCA&T State University Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies, Dole Nutrition Research Institute and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College along with the National Center for Food Science and Technology of Costa Rica, EARTH University, Dole Costa Rica, the University of Costa Rica and its School of Bioengineering, the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), the Center for Crops Research at the University of Costa Rica and the Ministry of Agriculture.

The President, Luis Guillermo Solis, said that the alliance will benefit several state universities. “The agreement we signed with this organization will serve to transmit scientific knowledge to several Costa Rican universities like the University of Costa Rica and the Technological of Costa Rica, in the fields of human health, bioengineering, agricultural and foods. Our students will have access to scientific training in this prestigious university that will allow us to be more competitive and to have the continuous updating and innovation required by the Costa Rican human talent.”

“I am passionate about helping people to live longer and healthier lives,” said Mr. Murdock. “This collaboration reflects the purpose of the NCRC. We are bringing together the best scientists and most promising students on the campus of the North Carolina Research with those of Costa Rica to bring new ideas and new technologies forward that will make the world healthier.”

The Minister of Foreign Trade, Alexander Mora commented: “This first result of the business trip to promote Costa Rica through the United States is very uplifting. The announced agreement will allow us to encourage and increase the link between the academia sector and the industry, opening opportunities for knowledge transfer, that in the future will contribute to elevate the country’s development. This campus is an example of the good practices we must learn about. In the Foreign Trade Ministry we are engaged and will continue the hard work to generate conditions that strengthen a constant improvement in the development of human resource, to attend the demands of a globalized economy and in this way continue to be attractive so more companies establish their operations in our country and generate more quality jobs for our people”.

Jorge Sequeira, Managing Director of CINDE said, “CINDE has promoted various educational partnerships with universities and US studies through the years, that have managed to establish new academic and technical fields in Costa Rica. Continuous improvement of the Costa Rican talent allows us to remain competitive and that’s why we run these meetings with academic and research institutions within the framework of the investment promotion tour of Costa Rica.”

The Costa Rican delegation will continue its tour through the United States until May 23rd. Over the next days they will visit other cities such as Austin, Atlanta and Chicago, where they also will meet with other universities seeking cooperation agreements.

Over the next year, universities and institutions involved in the Costa-Rica-NCRC agreement will work on formalizing plans and will launch the first exchange programs.

Costa Rican President Louis Guillermo Solis at the NC Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC

President of the Republic of Costa Rica, Louis Guillermo Solis, arrives at the NC Research Campus.

David H. Murdock, NC Governor Pat McCrory and President Solis

David H. Murdcok and NC Governor Pat Mcrory greet President Solis at the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory.

David H. Murdock and President Louis Guillermo Soils

David H. Murdock and President Solis discussing potential collaborative research and educational opportunities.


David H. Murdockk, Costa Rican President Soliis and delegation at the NC Research Campus.

David H. Murdock with President Solis and his delegation.



















For more information, contact:

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Jennifer Woodford
Media and Communications Manager
NC Research Campus/David H. Murdock Research Institute


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