Montana State University

MSU signs collaborative agreement with Costa Rican land-grant university

June 15, 2015 -- MSU News Service

From left; Janelle Rasmussen, David Di Maria, Yvonne Rudman, Susan Welker, Alyson Roberts, Miley Gonzalez, Waded Cruzado

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Montana State University signed a collaborative agreement on Monday, June 15, with the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center in Costa Rica (CATIE). The agreement promotes collaborative activities between the two universities as they study food supply and sustainability issues in their respective regions.

According to David Di Maria, MSU’s associate provost for international programs, the partnership will provide students and faculty in Montana with additional opportunities to examine food security and sustainability issues from a global perspective.

CATIE is a regional research, higher education and outreach institution in Costa Rica developed on the land-grant model. It is devoted to environmental issues including sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. The center’s activities focus on tropical America, with specific emphasis on Mesoamerica and the Caribbean.

Pictured above at the signing ceremony, which was held in room 111 of Jabs Hall, are (in the bottom row, from left): Miley Gonzalez, deputy director general of CATIE; and MSU President Waded Cruzado. Pictured above in the top row, from left, are: Janelle Rasmussen, director of training and special programs in the MSU Office of International Programs; Di Maria; Yvonne Rudman, director for academic and technical programs in the MSU Office of International Programs; Susan Welker, education abroad manager in the MSU Office of International Programs; and Alyson Roberts, study abroad adviser and outreach coordinator in the MSU Office of International Programs.

Contact: David Di Maria, (406) 994-4031 or