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Cuban Official extols argentinean Forum
Cuba's Minister of Higher Education, Juan Vela Valdes, described as relevant the two-day Latin American, Caribbean meeting in Buenos Aires.

In remarks to Prensa Latina, he highlighted the approach of challenges to be faced by universities in a globalized world and the role they must play at this stage of society of the 21th Century.

We are all aware that no country can reach a higher phase if it has no access to knowledge and sciences, as well as to the means to reach them through universities.

We are going through a phase in which neoliberal policies have left higher education short of money, in which this is no longer a State responsibility and every individual has to take care of his her own training.

At the forum, Vela briefed his peers from Uruguay and Argentina, as well as high ranking education authorities from Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico and UNESCO, about Cuba's reality in the field, currently boasting 65 higher education facilities, 658,000 students and 800,000 graduates, expected to reach one million by 2009.

A country which fails to plead for education and science for all the people, rather than elites, cannot reach a sustainable development, he stressed.

Source: Prensa Latina

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