Representatives from Harper College and Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, Campus
Sarapiquí (UNA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize the partnership
between the institutions. As a result of this memorandum, Harper will be able to increase
intercultural exchanges with UNA, including cooperative teaching and curriculum development,
staff professional development, and exchange programs for students, faculty and scholars.
This partnership will enhance internationalization efforts at both institutions and
build upon a strong foundation established in 2018 with the visit of former Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (and UNA professor) Jairo Viales. Through a 100,000 Strong in the Americas grant, which supports exchanges between faculty and students from UNA and Harper, this
relationship has only deepened.
The signing ceremony included (above, seated, from left) Adrian Carmona Miranda, UNA
professor and coordinator of international affairs at UNA- Sarapiquí; and Dr. Avis
Proctor, Harper president; and (standing, from left) Nellie Khalil, associate professor
and director of Harper's Office of International Education (OIE); Viales, UNA professor;
Laura Lopez Vargas, UNA professor; Dr. Maryann Janosik, Harper provost, Dr. Richard
Johnson, professor and former OIE director; and Dr. Travaris Harris, associate provost
of student success.
Dr. Richard Johnson, Harper College professor (right), introduces Dr. Avis Proctor,
Harper President, to a contingent of faculty and students visiting Harper from Universidad
Nacional de Costa Rica, Campus Sarapiquí (UNA).
Adrian Carmona Miranda, UNA professor and coordinator of international affairs at
UNA-Sarapiquí, discusses the partnership between UNA and Harper.
Nellie Khalil, professor and director of Harper’s Office of International Education,
celebrates the opportunity for increased collaboration between Harper and UNA.