Universities to Increase Exchanges U.S.
By Redaction AHORA / firstname.lastname@example.org / Monday, 11 July 2011 09:28
The Camilo Cienfuegos University of Matanzas (UMCC), located 100 kilometers east of
, concluded the first academic exchanges with the U.S. Northern Michigan University. Havana
The initiative, carried out by way of an agreement signed between the two educational centers, allowed students Natasha Gallagher and Michael Wiese-Gomez to carry out history and socio-political theory studies in
and to improve their Spanish. Cuba
Jorge Alpizar, director for International Relations of the UMCC, described the initial stage of the programs as successful, and highlighted the achievement of the teaching objectives planned and the intention of
to maintain and expand educational exchanges. Cuba
Matanzas University has plans to publish scientific materials prepared by specialists of the two academies, and to create a joint bibliography to enrich the teaching-learning process”, explained Miguel Sarraf, rector of the university in . Matanzas
Alpizar told the press that the
Northern Michigan University is among the first authorized by the U.S. government to have bilateral relations, amid a hostile policy promoted by , which thwarts reciprocity of scientific knowledge. Washington
“It’s necessary that U.S. students know the truth about Cuba first hand, by way of open debates with youngsters, beyond the stereotypes spread by the mainstream media to distort the image of the island’s reality,” said Michael Wiese-Gomez.
The strategy of cooperation initiated between the universities of
Matanzas and Northern Michigan will make it possible for U.S. students to receive in lessons of social sciences, Cuba
agriculture, chemistry, economics and Spanish language, according to the student’s choice.
The Web site of the
Northern Michigan University offers its students the chance of complementing studies on the Caribbean island, by way of optional curriculum. / RHC