US research institute Georgia Tech has signed an agreement with Costa Rican investment promotion agency, CINDE, to train the country’s young people in high demand technology areas such as analytics, cybersecurity, and data science.
English language skills will also be taught, said the agency, adding that its goal is to generate skilled talent that employers in Costa Rica are looking for.
As is the case with many countries, large firms in the Central American country are finding it hard to hire the right candidate for the job they are offering.
CINDE says it designed the curricula after consulting the multinational companies operating in the country. The training program will not only increase the volume of skilled talent, but it will also open up a slew of new jobs for Costa Ricans.
This will contribute to social progress and the continuous improvement of human talent, said Jorge Sequeira, Managing Director of Cinde, adding that the multinational firms the agency helped set up operations in the country created more than 10,000 jobs last year alone.
The training program is not free, but the American university will deploy what Cinde describes as “high profile” professors for teaching.
“Georgia Tech Professional Education provides courses, certificate programs, and master’s degrees in STEM and business fields in a variety of formats to suit the diverse needs of learners worldwide,” said Nelson C. Baker, Dean at Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE).
The American university has long been present in Costa Rica. In 2009, it launched the Trade-chain Innovation and Productivity (TIP) Center with the aim of helping the country bolster cross-border trade.