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Florida International: Universidad de Córdoba Representatives Visit and Sign Partnership Agreement

Representatives from the Universidad de Córdoba in Colombia recently visited Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work as the two institutions embark on a new research project together.

“These relationships that we are forging with the Universidad de Córdoba and other universities in Colombia will advance our research and educational agenda in Latin America, which is directly linked to Stempel’s college excellence and mission,” said Stempel Dean Tomás R. Guilarte.

Dr. Jairo Torres-Oviedo, president of the Universidad de Córdoba; Dr. José Luis Marrugo-Negrete, professor; Roberth Paternina-Uribe, professor; and Ivan Urango, professor; met with Dean Tomás R. Guilarte and director of the Global Health Consortium Dr. Carlos Espinal to sign a partnership agreement that will give both institutions the opportunity to share research as well as laying the ground work future educational collaborations.

“Our hope is that the Atrata River project will just be the first of many that our institutions formally work on together – and that this leads to educational exchange and opportunities that can improve global health,” said Dr. Espinal.

The partnership between Stempel College and the Universidad de Córdoba comes after a recent grant that the two institutions received – along with Universidad Tecnologica del Choco Diego Luis Cordoba – to study the Atrato River in Colombia. The $3 million grant from COLCIENCIAS – Colombia’s administrative department of science, technology and innovation – will give the three institutions the opportunity to better understand how gold mining have affected the health outcomes of the local population and what the necessary steps will be to clean the river.

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