From its beginnings as an immigrant society in which Dutch, Jewish, African, Chinese, Hindustani and Javanese groups melded to form a racially diverse and mixed nation, Suriname is a unique and relatively undeveloped South American/Caribbean country with ample opportunities for research. After achieving independence from the Dutch in 1975 and joining the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which is a Caribbean political and economic organization designed to bolster the Caribbean's vitality and leverage, Dutch-speaking Suriname is poised, after years of isolation, for development in fields such as tourism, entrepreneurship and business development, research on environmental and sociocultural issues, health care and journalism.
Ninety percent of the country is covered with dense tropical rainforest and coastal mangroves form the shoreline. The interior is home to many indigenous and Maroon tribes, while the more populated areas and major farmland are found close to the coast. Suriname's largest educational institution, Anton de Kom University, as well as other private higher education institutes for teaching, journalism and business, have highly qualified academics who are eager to collaborate with international partners on research and teaching. The university itself is in the midst of an accreditation process and would welcome expertise from U.S. scholars on curriculum development in fields as varied as psychology, mining, engineering and social sciences.
Please note the academic calendar in Suriname begins in October. Applicants to Suriname will find themselves in high demand for their expertise, welcomed by Suriname's legendary friendly hospitality, in a country that abounds with natural wonders and features a capital city, Paramaribo, which offers most of the amenities to which Westerners are accustomed.
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