Cuban Universities, Victims of U.S. Blockade

Guantanamo, Cuba, Oct 30 (Prensa Latina) More than four million dollars will be lost as a result of the U.S. blockade on Guantanamo University (UG), announced on Tuesday the Rector of that institution, Alberto Turro.

In statements to Prensa Latina, the director explained that the university in the easternmost Cuban province currently has to go to more distant international markets to purchase spare parts, raw materials and supplies, laboratory reagents and sports equipment.

For example, he stressed, the computer lab of the University Center of the municipality of Caimanera has five Chinese machines whose cost amounted to more than 2,000 dollars, while having acquired in the U.S. market would have reduced its cost and transportation time by 40 percent.

The consequences of the blockade include investment and maintenance, accounting, finance, planning, logistics, transportation and food, expressed in the difficulties in acquiring resources related to the base material of study and life to ensure the processes developed in the institution, he said.

Currently, the rector pointed out, this and other Higher Education institutions cannot access first level technologies for the development of research, our academicians are not allowed to opt for certain scholarships abroad or they are not granted visas for their business trips.

Turro indicated that often the professors of the institution do not even have the possibility of making publications in journals with high recognition and scientific impact of the Web-Science.

Hundreds are the examples from the sector that show that the economic blockade imposed by Washington causes innumerable material and human losses, because higher education does not escape its effects either, said the academic.

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