Harvard University Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Cuban Ministry of Higher Education
Representatives from Harvard University traveled to Havana, Cuba this weekend to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education. The agreement signals renewed commitment between the twelve schools of Harvard and the Cuban Ministry to facilitate faculty and student research and study in Cuba. The memorandum enables expanded opportunities for potential collaborative research and cooperation between Harvard and Cuban universities, such as short courses, internships, research visits, publications of research articles, and academic workshops and conferences. The agreement also encourages Cuban students to apply for admission to Harvard schools and programs through normal channels.
The academic partnership was signed on December 16, 2017 by Mark C. Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs at Harvard University, and Aurora Fernández, Vice Minister of Higher Education in Cuba. Additional Harvard faculty and staff responsible for organizing and preparing for these activities and present at the ceremony at the historic Hotel Nacional were Alejandro de la Fuente, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin-American History and Economics and Professor of African and African American Studies and of History; Jorge I. Domínguez, Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico in the Department of Government; and Erin E. Goodman, Associate Director of Academic Programs at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS).
The agreement designates DRCLAS as the coordinating body for joint activities. The Cuba Studies Program at DRCLAS, co-chaired by professors de la Fuente and Domínguez, has supported Cuba-related research and study since its creation in 1999. The Cuba Studies Program regularly hosts Visiting Scholars from Cuba at Harvard, and runs a regular seminar series in Cambridge. Since 2007, DRCLAS has run a semester-length study abroad program in Cuba in the fall semester in collaboration with the Universidad de la Habana.
Read more about the activities of the Cuba Studies Program here.