Since its creation in 1940, the University of Costa Rica has channeled its efforts into a steady, untiring and unrestrained search for truth, efficacy and beauty, as established by its organic statute.
Teaching in the University of Costa Rica, as in any other public higher education institution is the main engine of university life, which forms students in the different majors offered by the Institution. Teaching in the UCR is done through 13 colleges, 47 schools, 6 campuses and 11 sites that host over 38 thousand students all over the country.
In Costa Rica, the academic sector, and especially public universities, is the one that invests the most in scientific research. The UCR is the largest and oldest of the state universities in the country; it stands out as the institution that makes the most research at the national level in all the areas of knowledge: Engineering, Sciences, Letters, Arts, Social Sciences, Health, and Agro-food Sciences.
Since its founding, and especially during the first few of its more than seven decades, the University of Costa Rica has benefitted from international cooperation through agreements with prestigious universities around the world. Today its Office of International Affairs and External Cooperation is dedicated to establishing ties with foreign academic institutions, seeking greater student and teacher mobility in order to improve its faculty staff, who can obtain their master's, doctorate and post-doctorate degrees.
The University of Costa Rica houses a permanent average population of 40,000 students, distributed between its main campus and its regional campuses.The main campus of the University of Costa Rica is the Ciudad Universitaria Rodrigo Facio, named after Rodrigo Facio Brenes, former President of the University who in the 50s and 60s led the reform that had made of the Institution one of the best known in the hemisphere .
The University of Costa Rica offers the students a wide variety of services and resources. Through these services, the University seeks to complement the student's formation process, development and college experience.
The students also have access to wireless internet, a library system with access for disabled people, heath services, student insurance, vocational guidance, academic support and a student defense office which ease their journey through the Alma Mater.
The university campus has different green areas where students can spend some idle time, or even, during the dry season, get their lessons outdoors is the course allows for it. An internal bus system facilitates the transportation to the different properties of the Rodrigo Facio Campus, and the external transportation service provides the means to go to different areas of the Great Metropolitan Area.
University life, in addition to the academic spaces, is surrounded by multiple options for recreation, the practice of sports, entertainment, exhibits, art performances that students can attend without spending too much.The University also has sports, recreational and artistic programs, representation groups and programs like volunteerism and leadership that encourage the student to get involved both inside and outside of the university community, thus strengthening their human development.
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