Cuba, France Increase Ties in Higher Education

Paris, May 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s Higher Education Minister, Jose Ramon Saborido, met here today with his French peer, Frederique Vidal, occasion in which they highlighted the potentialities to strengthen ties in that sphere.

According to diplomatic sources, both sides assessed as positive the state of French-Cuban cooperation in higher education, university exchange and joint investigations.

The meeting took place at the Bologna Ministerial Conference of the European Education Area and the Bologna Policy Forum.

The two officials agreed to continue making progress in exchanging experiences regarding the professional insertion of university graduates, the recognition of degrees and periods of study, the policy of doctoral training and students’ mobility cross countries.

They also signed a Cooperation Agreement in the field of Short-Cycle Higher Education. This will allow Cuba implement this modality in the national higher education system, taking advantage of the French experience and practices, mainly in the university technological institutes.

Cuban ambassador to France, Elio Rodriguez,; the director of International Relations at the Ministry of Higher Education, Maria Victoria Villavicencio; and other officials of the Cuban embassy, participated in the meeting.

Stephane Lauwick, vice president of the Association of Directors of University Institutes of Technology and president of the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education; as well as Yedidia Levy Zauberman, Chief of Cabinet and Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister, participated on the French side.

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