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CINDE Costa Rica

Plaza Roble Los Balcones, 4th Floor.
Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica

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Why Costa Rica?

Quality, innovation and productivity


are written in our DNA


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DNA

Our future is made out of hard work and the highest quality of education.

We have set our vision on building for the future. Learning and development have been a cornerstone of our society since 1870 when education became free and mandatory. We live without an army since 1949, so we spend our money on health and education. Therefore, we are:

Source: WEF 2015-2016
EDUCATIONAL
SYSTEM

Even surpassing USA, India, Brazil, China, Spain and Mexico

INNOVATION

Surpassing India and Philippines among others

university-industry collaboration in R&D

Over Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Philippines or Thailand

Collaboration is key

For the past several years, Costa Rica has established a strong relationship between industry and academia triggering and further enhancing the creation of specialized, tailored skills & curricula required by leading companies to succeed.

Thanks to the collaboration of the University of Minnesota and CINDE, the Master’s Degree in Medical Device Engineering is now a reality. We hope that many professionals approach, enroll and specialize in an area of high demand such as the medical device industry".

Julio Calvo Rector
Technological Institute of Costa Rica (TEC)

Thanks to the collaboration of the University of Minnesota and CINDE, the Master’s Degree in Medical Device Engineering is now a reality. We hope that many professionals approach, enroll and specialize in an area of high demand such as the medical device industry".

Julio Calvo Rector
Technological Institute of Costa Rica (TEC)

The Metrology program from the National Training Institute (INA) has provided value to our organization, due to the technical improvement we have experienced in our laboratory and the growth opportunities that our employees have experienced. It has given a new impetus to our culture of continuous improvement, which generates savings to the organization and supports the development of our staff”.

José Solano Quality Assurance Engineer
HOLOGIC

The linkage program between the academy and the industry that CINDE has been working on successfully is a strong support for the growing cluster of Life Sciences in the country. Thanks to this program, Boston Scientific has supported the development of current and future talent for this sector through active collaboration in the development and validation of training programs, visits and participation in national and international events on university campuses. This makes Costa Rica an attractive country for the installation of different R&D areas”.

Luis Javier Serrano VP Ops
Boston Scientific Heredia

Thanks to the collaboration of the University of Minnesota and CINDE, the Master’s Degree in Medical Device Engineering is now a reality. We hope that many professionals approach, enroll and specialize in an area of high demand such as the medical device industry".

Julio Calvo Rector
Technological Institute of Costa Rica (TEC)

Thanks to the collaboration of the University of Minnesota and CINDE, the Master’s Degree in Medical Device Engineering is now a reality. We hope that many professionals approach, enroll and specialize in an area of high demand such as the medical device industry".

Julio Calvo Rector
Technological Institute of Costa Rica (TEC)

Developing true talent


requires a high level of commitment

So we are boosting education
where the sectors need it the most

These are some of the current academic areas with tailor-made programs that have been developed based on identified needs of the sectors, and designed in collaboration with government, academia and CINDE:

This is the academic offer that will enrich your talent:

Technical and University levels

Tailor-made programs
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Specialized English for Service Centers
  • Business Administration
  • IT (Networking, Soft. Develop., Tech. Support)
  • Web Interaction and Design
  • Digital Design, Development, Animation
  • Quality
  • Logistics
  • Telecomm
  • Mechatronics
  • Electronics
  • Graphic Design
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Telematics

Post Graduate - Specialization

Tailor-made programs
  • Computer and Informatics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Electric
  • Electronics
  • Project Management
  • EHS
  • Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Database Technologies
  • Business Administration
  • Statistics
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Economics
  • Telematics and Networks

Technical and University levels

Tailor-made programs
  • Manufacturing of Medical Devices
  • Precision Mechanics
  • Clean Rooms Maintenance and Operations
  • Quality
  • Microbiology
  • Metrology
  • Mechatronics
  • Electro mechanics
  • Plastics
  • Logistics
  • Electronics
  • Automation
  • Certifications: Solid Works

Post Graduate - Specialization

Tailor-made programs
  • Bioinformatics
  • Electric
  • Electronics
  • Industrial Processes
  • Materials
  • Project Management
  • EHS
  • Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Computing and Informatics
  • Masters in Engineering of Medical Devices

These programs, along with other educational offers in the country, allow us to have a dynamic work force, that is constantly responding and reeducating itself to meet the ever changing world economy.

full educational offer in high tech areas

Development of new specialisation areas:

Cloud Computing, Cyber Security and Virtualization

The Costa Rican academia has made important steps in aligning and providing learning solutions based on new international trends.

Costa Rica continues to lead the way and raise the bar on new specialisation areas thanks to great openness from the academia and its willingness to establishing collaborative initiatives with multinational companies.

New offer of programs

Initially driven by IBM´s announcement of its new Service Delivery Center, there has been an increased number of programs. Some include:

  • Specialised Technician in DB2 Database Administration
  • Cloud Computing and Virtualisation Professional Certification Program
  • Master´s Program in Database Technologies
  • Cyber Security Master’s Program: validation of curricula was made in conjunction with HP, Akamai and IBM, as well as other banking institutions and local enterprises.

On-going courses

On-going courses are also provided to the general public and to corporate groups, in-house or virtually, in areas such as software development, software processes, infrastructure, databases, cyber security, cloud and virtualisation, advanced database administration and architecture and business Intelligence, among others.

Infosys Cloud Computing and Networks training:

 The government of Costa Rica signed an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with IT leader from Infosys in 2012.

As a result, a 10 week training in Cloud Computing and Networking has been provided to Costa Rican students and professors in India.

It's in our nature to


never stop improving

We constantly develop new alliances that contribute to build up our people's skills

CINDE believes in enriching the Costa Rican talent.

It has developed key academic alliances with strategic partners in different fields that enhance and add further value and scope to our talent:

Fraunhofer Institute

Fraunhofer Institute

GERMANY

Project with Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation

University of Zaragoza

University of Zaragoza

SPAIN

Modular training program in Plastics TEC from the University of Zaragoza

University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota

United States

Master´s program in Medical Devices - TEC with support from the University of Minnesota.

(In development 2014)

Costa Ricans are eager


for more challenges

They have a constant desire to improve

Thinking in our people, the engine that powers innovation in the country, CINDE has developed a series of initiatives that help boost their skills and talent and provides tools to enhance their development:

The Talent Place

The Talent Place

Launched: November 2013

Innovative web platform that works as a link between interns from technical high schools, universities and other technical institutions, and the companies looking for the best talent.

More than 60 companies, and 1,500 students registered, 115 internships.

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CINDE Job Fair

CINDE Job Fair

Launched: 2003

The most successful Bilingual Job Fair in Costa Rica oriented to high tech multinational companies.

In the X edition in February 2014: 57 companies, 8 academic institutes, more than 11 thousand people.

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Tools for Success Plus

Tools for Success Plus

Launched: JULY 2007

Tools for Success is a scholarship fund that benefits students from Technical High Schools in Costa Rica with a 100% scholarship for an English or Portuguese course for 16 months.

At the end of the training process, each student certifies their English or Portuguese level with an international test (TOEIC Bridge for English, and CELPE-BRAS for Portuguese ).

To become a sponsor, contact fcardona@cinde.org