CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -
Students from the University of Virginia will travel to Cuba at a time when the United States is restarting its relationship with the isolated island nation.
Twenty-six Darden Business School students will arrive in Cuba next Monday to begin a week-long visit. The school planned the trip earlier this fall before President Obama announced the U.S. would resume diplomatic ties with Cuba.
The students will study the Socialist country's transitioning economy through business and healthcare.
“My hope is this will be the opportunity to see the beginning of something rather than something that's already been achieved,” said Gregory Fairchild, a Darden School associate professor of business administration. “My biggest hope would be some of them will think this might be a place where they would consider possibly now engaging economically. “
This is Darden's first student trip to Cuba. The school hopes to make it an annual experience as relations develop between the U.S. and Cuba.