Escuela Agricola Panamericana, whose motto has been "learning by doing" since it was founded 71 years ago, started its 2013 term with 1,290 students, the majority of them Latin Americans, from 15 countries.

The school, which has an annual price tag of $15,000 per student, offers engineering degrees in agriculture, agro-industry and food, agribusiness management and environmental studies and development, president Roberto Cuevas said.

The institution is also known as the Universidad Agricola Zamorano, Cuevas said.

Women account for about 34 percent of the student body at the prestigious institution, which first admitted female students in 1981.

The non-profit institution operates off donations and contributions from governments and international organizations, Cuevas said before taking reporters on a tour of the campus.

The Escuela Agricola Panamericana is considered one of the best institutions of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

The agriculture school, which was founded in 1942, has awarded degrees to 6,704 students from 29 countries in the Americas and Europe. EFE