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1985

 

– In response to the Central American economic, political and social crisis of the 1980s, a group of Costa Rican visionaries partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Costa Rican Government to establish EARTH University.

(http://www.wkkf.org/) (http://www.usaid.gov/)

1987

1986

 

– Adoption of the Law for the creation of EARTH

La Gaceta

1989

– Construction of the University begins.

– Appointment of first University President.

 

1989

1990

 – On March 26, EARTH inaugurates its first class with 60 students.

primercursolectivo

1991

 

Celebration of the first “Open House” for the community, now known as the Tropical America Fair.

1991

1992

 

-First commercial banana paper production

-Dr. Glen L. Taggart inaugurates the Permanent Education Program (PEP)

Empacadora de Banano

1993

–  EARTH graduates its first class of professionals in Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resource Management.


prigraduación

1994

 

-Celebration of the XV Central American Presidential Summit.

1994

1995

 

-First Institutional Tree Planting Day, today known as Children of the Earth Day.

1995a

1996

 

-The first Latin American experiment on a space mission, the ChagaSpace, EARTH-NASA flight.

 

ChagaSpace Project EARTH

1997

 

-Inauguration of the José Elías Sanchez Integrated Organic Farm and its Rural Training Center.

 

Finca Integrada Organica

1998

– EARTH initiates the five-year SEMCIT international seminar series (Sustainability, Education and the Management of Change in the Tropics), a project for the transformation of agricultural education in the tropics.

1998-2

1999

 

-First reforestation project for carbon-fixation.

1999

2000

 

-X Aniversary,  Visit the Nobel Peace Prize Mikhail Gorbachev.

 

2000

2001

 

-Dedication of the W.K. Kellogg

2001

2002

– Through a donation from the Ford Foundation, EARTH established the Academic Preparation Program designed especially for those young men and women who exhibit the qualities EARTH seeks, such as leadership and values, but who have not received a solid high school education and need to strengthen their basic academic skills before beginning their education at EARTH.

preparacion

2003

 

-Recognition of EARTH and its contributions to innovations in the banana industry.

Finca Bananera

2004

 

- Oduber Elliot family donates La Flor Farm to EARTH University.

EARTH-La Flor

2005

–  EARTH’s reaches 1,000 alumni

–  The EARTH-La Flor, Daniel Oduber Q. Center opens in Guanacaste.


 

2005

2006

 

-Graduation of the first group of participants in the  Open Classroom Program, a community outreach initiative.

2007

 

-EARTH presides over the V Global Conference of the Global Consortium for Higher Education and Research for Agriculture (GCHERA).

-EARTH University is declared the first carbon-neutral campus in Costa Rica.

-EARTH bestows its first Doctor in Humanities Honoris Causa degree to 2006 Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus.

Muhammad Yunus

2008

 

-Academic Program for third-year students at EARTH-La Flor begins

-Inauguration of PROMES (Promoting Sustainable Markets)

Inauguración PROMES 2008

2010

– EARTH University celebrates its 20th anniversary

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