On Monday EARTH University kicked off the new school year, its incoming class marking the 28th cohort at EARTH and the first under the leadership of President Arturo Condo Tamayo.
Condo assumed the role on Jan. 1, after the December retirement of José Zaglul, who led EARTH for 28 years.
“This year marks the start of a new phase in my professional life. I feel profoundly honored for the responsibility of guiding an extraordinary administrative and academic team that, throughout 26 years, has had an amazing impact around the world in the fields of academia, environment, and production,” Condo said.
The incoming class, which will study agrosciences during its four years on campus, is composed of 57 women and 61 men, totaling 118 young adults. They hail from 29 Latino, Caribbean, and African countries: Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Paraguay, Panama, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Somalia, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Through its faculty members, employees, donors, and more than 2,100 graduates, EARTH has been able to promote wellness in rural areas and contribute to the establishment of a more prosperous and just society. According to a university survey conducted last year among graduates, 75 percent of respondents indicated they have a positive and direct impact on the agriculture sector, mainly in improving production efficiency. Forty percent of EARTH graduates work in the private sector, 20 percent in personal or family businesses, 18 percent in the public sector, 13 percent in nonprofit organizations, and 4 percent in postgraduate studies.
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