New association reunites Ticos who studied in the U.K.

March 22, 2013

What do ex-President Oscar Arias, Citizen Action Party founder Ottón Solís and several other Costa Rican politicians, artists and economists have in common?

They all studied at British universities. 

Now, the British Embassy in Costa Rica wants to put them in contact with each other through the recently formed British-Costa Rican Academic Association, or the Association of Ex-Scholars, as it’s described on their Facebook page. 

Through the network, former college students from Costa Rica who studied in the U.K. will be invited to special embassy events, or can reach out to each other to share opinions or seek advice. The association also will plan activities to help Costa Rican communities. 

The association was launched last Thursday at an event held in the residence of British Ambassador Sharon Campbell. More than 100 former students attended from diverse age groups and backgrounds. 

“I traveled to Manchester in 1976 to earn a master’s degree in monetary policy,” Solís, a former presidential candidate, said. “The experience changed my life. I was moved by the order, service and honesty of the British. I’m elated to see so many people here [at the association’s inauguration] who have had the same experience.” 

Architect Juan Carlos Sanabria, director of the architecture faculty at Costa Rica’s Universidad Véritas, said that thanks to his experience at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, many doors opened in Costa Rica.

“That university is one of a kind in the field. Only the best study there, and that was a tremendous help in finding a job in Costa Rica,” he said. 

Campbell said that any Costa Rican who obtained a university degree in the U.K. can become an association member. For more information, email Sheila Pacheco at: acerucostarica@gmail.com.

You may be interested

Cold front claims fourth victim in Costa Rica
Weather
1766 views
Weather
1766 views

Cold front claims fourth victim in Costa Rica

Katherine Stanley - December 12, 2017

High winds claimed the life of a fourth victim in Costa Rica as the cold front that has been moving…

With Keylor Navas battling injuries, Real Madrid eyes January swoop for Bilbao goalie
Keylor Navas
617 views
Keylor Navas
617 views

With Keylor Navas battling injuries, Real Madrid eyes January swoop for Bilbao goalie

AFP - December 11, 2017

Real Madrid's first foray into the January transfer market will be to snap up Athletic Bilbao's promising goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga,…

Our High Season Print Edition is here! Here’s where to find it
The Tico Times
780 views
The Tico Times
780 views

Our High Season Print Edition is here! Here’s where to find it

Katherine Stanley - December 11, 2017

In the weeks since the relaunch of The Tico Times on Sept. 1, we’ve been hard at work to reconnect…