Letter from the Director
Rogel Omar Castillo Ramírez, M.A.E., Mtr.
Welcome to Zamorano’s Agricultural Science and Production Department. Thank you for visiting us. We hope to offer as much information as possible in order to provide a complete overview of our wide range of teaching, research, outreach, and social responsibility activities and, at the same time, extend an invitation to become part of our excellent academic program.
The Agricultural Science and Production Department brings together the areas of plant and animal sciences —the cornerstones of the Zamorano education since the founding of our institution. Our mission is to train professionals in production, research, and outreach activities based on knowledge, technology, and skills to contribute to the socio-economic development and sustainability of the production systems of Latin America.
Our department consists of top-level, internationally renowned professors, most of them with masters and Ph.D. degrees with specializations in their areas of focus.
Infrastructure: At the Service of Education
Our production and research facilities for students and local producers include production units specialized in dairy and meat production, aquaculture, pig farming, agricultural machinery, ornamental plants, extensive and intensive olericulture, fruit farming, grains and seeds, organic agriculture, and a poultry educational and research center unique in Latin America. Additionally, we have highly specialized laboratories for soils, tissue culture, molecular diagnostics, plant protection, pathology, entomology (with one of the largest collections of insects in Central America), biological control (leader in Central America in the production of pest control agents for various plants, a globally recognized laboratory for the genetic improvement of beans (which has developed several bean varieties resistant to pests, diseases, and environmental conditions), and the animal breeding laboratory (which focuses on state-of-the-art biotechnologies).
Curriculum is Synonymous with Excellence
Our curriculum provides the tools to develop competent professional leaders, instilling values and ethical principles, who are able to face the global challenges that agriculture presents today —such as food production for an ever-growing population and the increasingly evident limitation of natural resources. We have a strong and well-structured internship program with 19 countries (United States, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Israel, Mexico, Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras, Brazil, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Dominican Republic, Belize, Canada, Italy, Jamaica, and Paraguay) and with universities such as Cornell, Kansas State, Louisiana State, North Carolina State, Penn State, Texas Tech, Florida State, and the University of Nebraska.
Our Department has more than 2000 graduates; 71% of them successfully work in the private sector and 13% are linked to the governments of different countries (where several have reached influential positions ranging from Ministers of Agriculture to presidential appointees). Nineteen percent of our graduates have Ph.D. and masters degrees and twenty-four percent are currently coursing postgraduate studies.
We are leaders in developing and implementing agricultural projects that contribute to global food security at national and international levels. Our projects include topics such as agricultural training, improvement of production indicators, rational and sustainable management of natural resources, and innovation and development of new alternatives for crop and livestock production under unfavorable conditions.
Our cooperation programs with the local and international private sector have enabled us to develop strong ties in research, outreach, and social responsibility areas, as well as to provide employment opportunities for our graduates.
We are constantly focused on improving and innovating agriculture and livestock production processes. On a daily basis, our scientists work hand in hand with our students in researching areas such as the genetic improvement of beans, assisted animal reproduction, molecular diagnostics, and tissue cultures among others, ensuring academic excellence. We are currently in the process of expanding our academic offer of both plant science and animal husbandry areas.
We encourage you to be part of excellence… to be part of our Agricultural Science and Production Department family!