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Gallaudet University is pleased to announce it has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with The Republic of Panama Instituto para la Formación y Aprovechamiento de Recursos Humanos (IFARHU) in Panama City to facilitate the opportunity for Panamanian professionals to pursue graduate studies at Gallaudet.

IFARHU offers programs for development in technical training and the rational use of human resources in the Republic of Panama, as a means to increase economic and social development.

Established in 1864, Gallaudet University is the world’s only liberal arts university in which all programs and services are designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students.

A ceremony was held on March 21 at the Miramar Intercontinental Hotel in Panama City and was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Panama Jonathan Farrar, National Secretary for Disabilities in Panama Ramon Aleman, as well as other dignitaries. The idea for the establishment of the agreement resulted from a 2009 visit by Director Luzcando to Gallaudet, Washington, D.C. campus.

The collaboration between IFARHU and Gallaudet allows for four scholarships to be given annually to Panamanian citizens for admission into the university graduate school. In addition, IFARHU will promote the current graduate degree programs offered at Gallaudet on its webpage, educational fairs, and other cultural and academic

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