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  • 06 / 13 / 2007

The seventh Meeting of Cuban and Spanish Rectors began June 10, after 15 years of joint work which has substantially influenced the development of research and postgraduate studies of the universities of both countries.

First vice minister of the Cuban Higher Education Ministry, Rodolfo Alarcon PhD, said that the relations between schools are good and profound, and constitute a milestone in this type of exchange.

Alarcon noted that up to this moment, 300 Cubans have obtained the PhDs in Spanish universities. «This highly qualified staff allows us to give a better training to our professionals and upgrade our teachers, » he said.

He recalled that during the last three years, after previous meeting held in Barcelona, more than 900 Cuban professors have traveled to Spain, and more than 500 Spanish have been come to the island.

President of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities, Juan Vazquez PhD, said that there is a special harmony between the two countries. «The relations with Cuba are essential and strategic. We have not met so many times with any other country, nor obtained such good results, » he said.

«It is our will to maintain and foster this relation. After 15 years of joint work, we must enjoy the successes and foster everything that still is to be done. »

The themes analyzed in the plenary session included postgraduate education, implementation of joint programs at the fourth educational level, computer and bibliographic data, promotion of joint research and papers, and prospect of productive research.

The need to consolidate Latin American higher education and research was also stated. This includes academic recognition, mobility of students, professors and researchers, as well as network development.

On June 12 and 13, the 16 Spanish rectors, accompanied by Cubans rectors, will visit the University of San Geronimo of Havana, the Cuban Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, and will hold meetings between universities and research centers.

Source: Juventud Rebelde

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