23 June 2017, Rodrigo Carazo Campus, Costa RicaDuring its 28th Session, held in San Jose, Costa Rica on 23 June, the Council of the University for Peace renewed Rector Francisco Rojas' term as Rector for an additional period of 5 years, until 2023.

Dr. Francisco Rojas-Aravena, former Secretary-General of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), was elected as the 8th Rector of the University for Peace (UPEACE) for the period of 2013-2018. The decision was made on 27 June 2013, during the twenty-third meeting of the UPEACE Council. Since then, Dr. Rojas-Aravena has been working on strengthening the University’s relationship with the United Nations system and its agencies in Costa Rica, as well as fostering a close relationship between teaching and research, generating innovative ideas on “new threats to peace”, and reinforcing existing connections with institutions in The Hague and Geneva.

Dr. Rojas-Aravena has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) and a M.S. in Political Science from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) and he specializes in international relations, human security, integration, Latin American political systems, negotiations – theory and practice – and international security and defence. He served as the Secretary-General of FLACSO (2004-2012) and Director of FLACSO Chile (1996-2004). Dr. Rojas-Aravena was also Professor at the School of International Relations of the National University (UNA) of Costa Rica (1980-1990) and a Fulbright Professor at the Latin American and Caribbean Centre (LACC) at Florida International University (Miami, FL). He is currently a board member of the Spanish edition of Foreign Affairs Magazine (Mexico), an Advisory Member of Pensamiento Iberoamericano magazine (Spain), and is a member of the Editorial Committee of Ciencia Política magazine (National University of Colombia). Dr. Rojas-Aravena has also conducted advisory and consulting work for various international agencies and governments in the region.