Details for Universidad para la Cooperacion Internacional

Participant Status


Type of Organization


Type of Education

Post Graduate


San Jose, Costa Rica


Sign Up Date to PRME

30 Jul 2015

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

22 Aug 2017

Sharing Information on Progress (2017)

UCI Costa Rica 1 PRME SIP - View Report

Period Covered: Jul 2015 to Jul 2017

This first sharing information on progress report of PRME, presented by the University for International Cooperation (UCI), presents the most relevant information on the university approach to sustainability, is a baseline that exposes the main actions taken, with which the institution will measure its progress in relation to the implementation of the Principles. The main challenge for UCI in the next two years will be to internalize the PRME in the institutional strategy and the university curriculum.

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The University for International Cooperation (UCI, for its acronym in Spanish), has the mission to co-create educational solutions to contribute to the construction of an intelligent society with universal ethics, through participatory, responsible and caring partnerships. That is why we are working to promote the mainstreaming of sustainability and regenerative development in curriculum, integrating the key elements of the Millennium Development Goals, Sustainable Development Goals, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Aichi Targets.
UCI has graduate programs with a holistic vision of development, as are the Masters in Sustainable Tourism Management, Master in Protected Areas Management and Ecoregional Development and the Master in Sustainable Business Administration which is currently updating. In addition, new programs are being developed in Ecological Economics and Urban Management.

Further, the Global School of Project Management (GSPM) at UCI has graduated more than 2000 professionals in Project Management. UCI is the first university in Latin America and the Caribbean to obtain the recognition as Registered Education Provider (since 2001) and to have a Project Management Master program accredited by the Global Acreditation Center (2009) by the Project Management Institute (PMI), in both blended and e-learning modalities. With a focus on integral development, UCI-GSPM complements its curriculum with corporate responsibility courses and providing sustainable approaches to portfolio, program, and project management, coaching students for the Green Project Management certification.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

UCI research is conducted through academic programs and outreach projects. In all degree programs, the university promotes applied research to offer solutions to the challenges of sustainable development at regional, national, local, business or organizational level. Specifically in programs such as the Master in Project Management or the Master in Sustainable Business Administration, the students focus its final graduation project on developing strategies of corporate responsibility and environmental management plans.

UCI offer training and technical advisory services to government agencies, businesses and non-governmental organizations. This is a unique opportunity to join the academy with practice, allowing us to offer updated knowledge and provide feedback to the academy with the reality of public and private sector.
UCI has developed consulting and projects in over 20 countries on subjects such as project management, strategic planning, virtual education, entrepreneurship, sustainable tourism, rural development, conservation and eco-friendly management processes.

UCI is member of the Biodiversity Partnership Mesoamerica (BPM) since its foundation in 2012, as well as corporate partners, non-governmental organizations and other academic institutions. BPM is a public-private platform that promote sustainable investments in Mesoamerica and Dominican Republic. The Partnership is working in different projects related to biodiversity impact indicators for commodity production, business reporting on biodiversity and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

The Future Scenarios program for Central America and the Andean Region of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), is coordinated by UCI. Within the CCAFS Program, UCI has coordinated workshops in Honduras and Colombia to test and strengthen their Climate Change adaptation strategies for agriculture.

In 2014 UCI won the “Bandera Azul Ecológica” award in the category related with actions for climate change mitigation. In addition to improving the actions to maintain this award, the University Responsibility unit has propossed to support other organizations to develop management plans and develop best practices to obtain this national award.

In 2015, UCI create the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEi) with the aim of supporting the creation, incubation and acceleration of small and medium enterprises with a vision of responsibility and sustainability. The CEi is part of the National Network of Incubation and Acceleration of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce in Costa Rica.

This year UCI will start managing a Development Bank of Latin America - CAF project to establish a biocommerce knowledge management platform for Latin America and the Caribbean region. UCI will serve as an observatory for the outreach and permanent exchange of knowledge, in addition to maintain a practice community to strengthen the biocomerce in the region.

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