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Tech breaks ground on Costa Rican campus

Published: Oct. 26, 2016 at 5:55 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2016 at 8:49 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech University President Lawrence Schovanec returned to campus Tuesday from breaking ground on the university's newest location in San Jose, Costa Rica. University officials and administrators, as well as Costa Rican officials, had gathered in San Jose for the groundbreaking to show support and deliver messages about the new campus.

Schovanec, who has been involved in the project since his time serving as Tech's provost, believes the university is "making dreams come true."

"Through opportunities provided to our students and faculty with the establishment of Texas Tech University Costa Rica, the access to those opportunities will be expanded and the impact of Texas Tech will continue to grow. We are appreciative and proud of the relationships we have developed within Costa Rica to extend these opportunities globally."

In a released statement, Costa Rican president Luis Guillermo Solis expressed excitement about Tech's selection of Costa Rica as the site for the new campus, stating it "... represents a recognition of the political and economic stability, and a reputation in the field of education, with prestigious academic centers with national recognition."

San Jose, Costa Rica's capital city, will host the 10,000-square foot facility, the first of three development phases. The first phase will consist of a library, a media center, administrative offices, laboratories, classrooms, student services and an amphitheater.

Promerica Group, a multinational conglomerate of Central and Latin American-based companies, is playing a large part in financing the endeavor. John Keith, the group's director, has high hopes for the new university's potential impact.

"The Texas Tech campus in Costa Rica will be a catalyst for progress, development and innovation. U.S.higher education engaging in Latin America can have a significant impact on the future growth of our emerging economies. We see Texas Tech as a leader in this regard and we are proud to be their partner."

Construction is expected to start in December, with the first class of students set to enroll in spring of 2018.

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