In spite of being an exporting country of agricultural products, the need to diversify the labor force in order to achieve a self-sustaining development, has made many Dominicans to become educated in fields that are the engine of industrialization, such as business administration, industrial engineering, programming and computer science, civil engineering and architecture, medicine, among others.
Being aware that competitiveness in a globalized world depends to a large extent on the skill level of the so-called business language, the Dominican Republic is making sure to be at the forefront and now it ranks second in English proficiency in the Latin American region, according EF EPI English Proficiency Index.
In that manner, complementing their technical training with the English language, Dominican professionals and technicians have been able to acquire the tools that are essential to exhibit a good performance in sectors such as call centers, tourism, free zones, and business relations with international agents in general.
In addition, the Dominican government manages a program of international scholarships for talented Dominican students who wish to obtain an education from recognized universities abroad, including from countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain, France, Germany, Russia, as well as prestigious universities located in Latin America. Dominican students not only benefit from a high quality training, but also acquire a more complete and multicultural mindset that also becomes part of their human capital.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics of the Dominican Republic, the Dominican population with university studies is distributed according to the following chart:
The Dominican Republic has a diverse group of universities that meets the demand for higher education in the various careers and specializations required by the labor market, both nationally and internationally. The most frequented universities are:
Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) www.uasd.edu.do
Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) www.pucmm.edu.do
Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) www.intec.edu.do
Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) www.unibe.edu.do
Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU) www.unphu.edu.do
Universidad Acción Pro Educación y Cultura (APEC) www.unapec.edu.do
Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago (UTESA) www.utesa.edu
Universidad Dominicana (O&M) www.udoym.edu.do
Universidad Central del Este (UCE) www.sp.uce.edu.do
While the most well-known technical-vocational training institutes are:
Instituto Tecnológico de Las Américas (ITLA) www.itla.edu.do
Instituto de Formación Tecnico Profesional (INFOTEP) www.infotep.gov.do
A culture known for its multiculturalism and a rainbow of races that resulted from its interesting history, in which past interactions between Taino, Africans and Europeans, mostly from Spain and France, gave way to a mixture of values and customs that later would become the basis of Dominican culture.
Dominicans are characterized by their joy and spontaneity, qualities that when added to the beautiful beaches of the Dominican Republic, have helped the country to attract approximately 6 million tourists annually, who bear witness of the warm and sincere welcome given to them by the Dominican people. Being a land visited by numerous foreigners, the Dominican culture provides the ideal scenario for interaction and exploration by exhibiting a modern and open-minded environment of inclusion and respect for other cultures and customs. More than just tolerance towards others, it could be said that the Dominicans enjoy themselves in the plurality of ideas and in the diversity of beliefs and traditions, always welcoming people with a huge smile and a pleasant curiosity.
Building on the values of democracy, rule of law, social development and equal opportunities for everyone, whether through affordable education for all, incentives for small businesses, or programs to promote gender parity and women empowerment, The Dominican Republic seek to foster an inclusive environment that encourages local well-being, while at the same time promoting good relations with other countries under a framework of world peace and mutual cooperation that serve as engines for the sustainable development of nations.
To the rhythm of merengue and bachata
Our joyful and tasteful music is an example of the mixture of cultures; the merengue and the bachata, both native to the Dominican Republic, since they were taken to foreign shores by talented Dominican musicians, have spread to all Latin America, the United States, Europe and sometimes even to Asian countries, which let themselves to be conquered by the flavor of the rhythm. Both merengue and bachata have become the preferred genres for dancing in most Latino nightclubs from the major cities around the world.
Land of baseball and volleyball
Well-known by its talented major league players, the Dominican Republic has always been home to a deeply rooted and dynamic baseball culture, with numerous clubs throughout its territory and a professional baseball league that is capable of paralyzing the country in its most exciting moments. The country also participates in the Caribbean Series and the World Baseball Classic, for which it became the world champion in the year 2013. The country has come to be recognized as a factory of baseball players, which is the reason why every year its clubs are visited by world-class coaches and agents hoping to discover the next David Ortiz.
Dominicans also take pride in their women's volleyball teams, which in the different categories of the sport are among the best in the world. The national senior team is ranked number six in the world, while the U-23, U-20 and U-18 teams are always among the top 10 teams in the world.
In the literary world, the Dominican writer of greatest influence at the international level was the novelist, short story writer, essayist and politician Juan Bosch, being especially recognized in the circles of Latin American literary studies for his collection of short stories titled "Stories written in exile", as well as for his novel "La Mañosa".
Other talented national writers that have been prominent in other literary genres are: Salome Ureña and Pedro Mir in poetry; Pedro Henríquez Ureña as an essayist, and recently Junot Díaz in fiction, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his novel "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao".