The University of the Netherlands Antilles (UNA) has recently formed a partnership with two universities in Cuba, namely Universidad de La Habana, one of the three largest universities in Cuba, and Instituto Superior Politecnico Jose Antonio Echeverría (CUJAE), the largest technical university of Cuba.
To sign these agreements, the Rector of the UNA, Dr. Francis de Lanoy, and the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the UNA, Mr. Wilfred Flocker, traveled to Havana. The agreements were signed on Monday, May 13, 2013. At the signing of the cooperation agreement with the Universidad de La Habana the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr Norbert Braakhuis, was present.
In Havana there were in depth discussions conducted between the rectors and professors n order to come to concrete implementation of the cooperation on short term. The agreement allows for the exchange of students and teachers, professors for supervising PhD students and research, joint research and exchange of study. In the framework of activating its Faculty of Medicine, the UNA delegation also held exploratory talks with Cuban authorities for Cuban technical and scientific support for this faculty. The UNA wants with the activation of its faculty, support the medical education in Curaçao and where possible, diversify.
The new building of the Embassy of Netherlands in Cuba was also inaugurated on Monday, May 13, 2013. To the Rector of the UNA was the honor, in connection with the signing of cooperation agreements, to hold a speech and cut the ribbon together with the Director-General for Political Affairs, Dr. Charles J. G. van Oosterom.
The working visit to Cuba can be called a success for sure. The UNA is confident that there will be a strong collaboration with local universities actually bear fruit.