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For 78 years, Serving the Americas and the rest of the World

With more than 1,200 students from 21 countries; and 8,945 graduates from 30 nationalities, this October Zamorano is celebrating 78 years training development leaders.

For 78 years, Zamorano has delivered a unique program of excellence in food safety, natural resource conservation and value-added food transformation. As part of a changing world of technological and social requirements, Zamorano will continue to contribute to the development of Latin American countries through applied research conducted by students, technicians and high-level professional faculty.

The vision of its founders was to create an educational center which would transform economically disadvantaged  youth  into  leaders who would contribute back to their countries. From the beginning the institution has distinguished itself by its unique educational system, the Learning by Doing approach,which allows students to apply their knowledge in real working scenarios giving them a holistic experience.

Zamorano as an academic institution contributes to the development of countries by training professionals with excellence, strong values and character traits, and who are aware of real-world challenges and are committed to being change agents. All generations of Zamorano graduates have learned to work with dedication and enthusiasm.  They learn modern theoretical-scientific knowledge in classrooms and laboratories. Wilson Popenoe claimed that acquiring practical competencies would be the principal objective of a Zamorano education. These competencies are what today set Zamorano graduates apart and this is a source of  great pride for the institution.  Our graduates are distinguished leaders who represent Zamorano´s name and are living proof of the fulfillment of the school’s mission and motto “Work Conquers All (Labor Omnia Vincit)”.

The educational advancements of the institution have allowed Zamorano to graduate this year its first generation of graduate students. In an historic ceremony, eleven students obtained their diploma of Master in Science (M.Sc.) in Sustainable Tropical Agriculture. Equipped with the scientific knowledge that allows them to answer new challenges facing agriculture and the environment, Zamorano’s graduate students are trained in holistic, sustainable and regenerative approaches to analysis and production system design.

As part of its evolution and adaptation to new challenges under current pandemic circumstances, this year faculty members and instructors were trained in on line teaching.  They have received training and become certified to offer classes using various technological tools and effective teaching practices to adapt classroom courses to on line education.

Timeline

1941

It is agreed to support the foundation of an agricultural school in Central America

1942

Dr. Wilson Popenoe hired as Director of the Panamerican Agricultural School. Beginning of construction of main buildings on campus

1943

72 students arrive in June to begin their training at Zamorano

1946

First student graduation ceremony

1950

First publication of Ceiba Magazine

1955

USA Vice President Richard M. Nixon gives commencement address

1957

Dr. Wilson Popenoe retires. William Paddock named new Zamorano Director

1961

The School adopts a trimester calendar of 15 weeks. Academic year starts in January

1964-1968

Dr. Albert S. Muller named Zamorano´s Director

1965

Constitution of the Graduate Association of the Panamerican Agriculture School (AGEAP)

1969

On the recommendation of Zamorano, the Honduran government chooses the brassabola digbyana orchid as the Honduran national flower

1969-1972

Dr. Robert P. Armour named Zamorano´s Director

1973-1974

Dr. Kermit H. Adams named Zamorano´s Director

1975-1978

Dr. Joseph S. Courand named Zamorano´s Director

1979

Dr. Simon Malo named Director, being the first Latin American Director and Zamorano´s first graduate Director

1981

Admission of women to Zamorano

1983

Graduation of the first four women at Zamorano

1987

Zamorano includes an optional fourth year to acquire the engineering title offered to students once they end their third year, as well as for other graduates

1988

Beginning of the Bean Research Program (PIF). To the date it has been the source of more than 65 bean varieties in several countries in Latin America

1993-2002

Dr. Keith L. Andrews named Zamorano´s Director

1998

Zamorano launches a four year program

2003-2010

Dr. Kenneth L. Hoadley named Zamorano´s President

2004-2007

Launch of the four centers of Research and Innovation: Biodiversity, e-Learning, Entrepreneurship and Renewable Energy

2011-2014

Dr. Roberto Cuevas García, from Guatemala, is named Zamorano´s second Latin American President

2013

The first Grain and Seed Production Chain is created

2014

El Dr. Jeffrey Lansdale, de nacionalidad estadounidense, inicia su gestión como Rector.

2016

Solar park begins operatation

2018

Launching of the Sustainable Tropical Agriculture Masters Progam (MATS)

2020

Graduation of the first MATS students who received their title of Master in Science (M.Sc.)

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