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The University for International Cooperation (UCI) is a global institution with headquarters in Costa Rica. It was founded in 1994, after the Earth Summit in Rio, to educate leaders on the implementation of sustainable development in an interdisciplinary manner. In 2016, UCI reoriented its mission and vision statements to actively implement regenerative development, making it the first university in the world to focus primarily on this emerging field. It is legally approved by the government of Costa Rica and functions as a non-profit.
UCI is recognized for innovation in education. All academic programs have been pioneer programs in Latin America and the Caribbean and some even worldwide. We have developed a non-traditional university model. Our academic programs have been conceptualized with a transdisciplinary approach to prepare professionals to address complex socio-ecological and economic issues using holistic approaches.
In order to offer academic programs to students in remote areas with limited access to high-quality education UCI pioneered virtual education in 1996. Today it is a leader in web-based and online education and training with graduates and students from over 60 countries.
In 2018, UCI launched Costa Rica Regenerativa (Regenerate Costa Rica initiative), to demonstrate that large-scale regeneration is not only possible but also economically viable, serving as a living example for other countries to follow.

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