Maxwell in Costa Rica: Faculty Present to National Assembly; School Signs MOU to Establish Collaborative Scholarly Effort

CostaRica1This Spring, a delegation of scholars and executives from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University traveled to Costa Rica at the invitation of Rafael Ortiz, who at the time was President of the Costa Rican National Congress, to lead a roundtable discussion on matters of infrastructure and transportation policies, particularly in the area of public-private partnerships. The event was attended by representatives of congress, ministers, senior civil servants, leaders in industry, directors of think tanks, and journalists, and it was broadcast on national television.

Syracuse University and Maxwell School leaders also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Telecommunications sector of the Costa Rican government to promote mutual interests in research, education, and professional development activities; to explore areas of collaboration where the Maxwell School can provide educational programs; to create pathways and support for Costa Rican students to study at Maxwell; and to enhance understanding in areas related to the Republic of Costa Rica’s Accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)—an intergovernmental organization aimed at promoting beneficial economic and social policies for each member government’s citizens.

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“We look forward to continued collaboration with our partners in Costa Rica and to furthering scholarly understanding of the drivers that keep countries moving toward economic security and prosperity,” says Maxwell Dean David M. Van Slyke. “The opportunity to partner on research, instructional, and training capabilities and institutionalize shared values about effective governance is deeply aligned with Maxwell's mission.”

CostaRica3The delegation from the Maxwell School included Van Slyke, who at the time of the trip was a faculty member and Associate Dean of Public Administration and International Affairs; Tina Nabatchi, Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs; Dan Nelson, International Program Manager, Executive Education; and Alvaro Salas, a PhD candidate in Public Administration and International Affairs and a native of Costa Rica who helped to organize the delegation and who participated in the roundtable.

“For me, the most exciting element of our budding partnership is the new opportunities for students,” says Nabatchi. “Alvaro saw the potential of such a partnership and was instrumental in helping to initiate conversations between officials in Costa Rica and Maxwell.” 07/27/16