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Higher Education and Research

Understanding that higher education is the key to create the paths that lead to the advancement and development of every nation, our General Consulate has worked diligently in order to develop relationships, opportunities and agreements with prestigious institutions of higher learning in the West Coast of the United States. The main objective is to allow both students and working professionals to benefit from the latest knowledge and technologies, in multiple fields of studies and research, and thus contribute to the progress of our nation.

  • University of California Los Angeles (UCLA): In 2010, our General Consulate facilitated the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Dominican Republic and the world renowned UCLA. The broad agreement expresses an intention to engage in cooperative academic and research activities. Dr. Leonel Fernández, President of the Dominican Republic and senior government officials were present for this historic partnership.
Minister Martínez, CEI-RD (left) President Fernández (center), UCLA Chancellor Dr. Gene Block (right)
Minister Martínez, CEI-RD (left) President Fernández (center), UCLA Chancellor Dr. Gene Block (right).
  • California Institute of Technology (CalTech): In September of 2010, our Consular mission facilitated the visit of the President of the Dominican Republic and his delegation to the prestigious California Technological Institute with the aim of enhancing the knowledge and research base of the nation by the signing of an unprecedented Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the nation and this prestigious institution. The delegation also toured the impressive facilities of CalTech’s nanotechnology laboratory, considered one of the leading technological centers in the world.
Minister Eddy Martínez signing MOU at CalTech
Minister Eddy Martínez signing MOU at CalTech.
  • UCLA Center for the Research of Substance Abuse: On February 2011, the Attorney General of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Radahmés Jiménez Peña, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UCLA Research Center for Substance Abuse, a worldwide leader in the investigation, treatment and rehabilitation of drug and alcohol abuse. The Center’s researchers will travel to the Dominican Republic to complete an investigative project inside the Dominican penal system with the aim of identifying the issues and proposing working solutions for the problematic of addiction in Dominican prisons.

Memorandum of Understanding

  • University of California Davis: In 2010, our General Consulate facilitated the visit of the Minister of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic, Ing. Salvador (Chio) Jiménez to the prestigious University of California Davis, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, to sing an agreement of a Cooperation to offer short-term training program to Dominican farmers and agricultural technicians in the areas of  irrigation techniques, controlled temperature green houses, hybrids, short-term harvests, and other technological advances in agriculture.
Minister of Agriculture, UC Davis faculty and administration, and Consular personnel
Minister of Agriculture, UC Davis faculty and administration, and Consular personnel.
  • University of California Berkeley: After developing pertinent relationships, our Consular mission also facilitated the visit of the Minister of Agriculture, Ing. Salvador (Chio) Jiménez, to the prestigious University of California Berkeley, School of Information, with the objective of learning of new technological advances to train and assist small to medium agricultural producers in the use of IT technologies to reach more consumers, increasing business and income. UC Berkeley’s host, Dr. Tapan Parikh, headed the teams of students and professionals who presented the latest technologies and options for Dominican producers.
Dr. Tapan Parikh, UC Berkeley School of Information
Dr. Tapan Parikh, UC Berkeley School of Information.
  • University of California Riverside: In September of 2007, and after our Consulate’s presentation of a proposal to all the parties involved, the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) signed an agreement of cooperation with the University of California Riverside with the objective of having Dominican writers obtain a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts in the genres of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenplay and full-length plays.
Asunción Sanz (GFDD), Dr. Tom Lutz (UCR), Dr. Ligia Melo de Cardona (Higher Education Dept.)
Asunción Sanz (GFDD), Dr. Tom Lutz (UCR), Dr. Ligia Melo de Cardona (Higher Education Dept.).
  • Utah State University: On full scholarship from the government of the Dominican Republic, from 2006 to the present, over three hundred (300) Dominican students have completed their undergraduate and graduate studies in engineering, business administration, computer science, marketing, English, Biodiversity, and more. Our Consulate has developed a working relationship with the Office of the President, Dr. Stan Albrecht, and with the Office of Global Engagement, International Scholarship and Short-Term Programs, in order to support and assist our students.
Dominican students at Utah State University
Dominican students at Utah State University.
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona): From 2005 – 2007, three groups of Dominican students participated in the Cooperative Association of States for Scholarships (CASS) program, affiliated with Georgetown University, completing training in business administration and accounting leading to certification.
Consul General Celeste Jiménez Peña with Dominican students at Cal Poly Pomona
Consul General Celeste Jiménez Peña with Dominican students at Cal Poly Pomona.

 

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