Ministers from 16 Nations Participate in Havana’s University 2010 Intl. Congress

2010.02.11 - 9:42:35 /

HAVANA, CUBA.-  Ministers from 16 nations are participating in the University 2010 International Congress, which will run until February 12 at Havana’s Convention Center in this capital, and that is attended by over 2,500 delegates.


Mario Oliva, head of the Department for International Relations of the Higher Education Ministry, said in Havana that ministers from Venezuela, Spain, Serbia, Russia, Angola, Saudi Arabia, the Dominican Republic, India and Sudan, among other countries, are participating in the event.


Venezuelan Higher Education Minister Luis Acuña thanked Cuba for its support in the development of universities in his country and for the training of health professionals.


Today, he pointed out, there are more than two million students at Venezuelan universities, a figure that has been reached thanks to the governmental support of President Hugo Chavez.


Serbia’s Education Minister, Dr. Zharco Obradovic, said on Wednesday that it’s an honor for him to be in Cuba, a country he has admired since the times in which his country was part of former Yugoslavia and maintained close bonds with the archipelago.


Our delegation, he said, will take advantage of these days to strengthen cooperation with Cuban universities and to promote exchanges between equivalent ministries, as part of a cooperation program.


Obradovic added that universities in his country offer 100 scholarships for nations that are members of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, Cuba among them, an exchange that includes pre and postgraduate courses.


For his part, Spanish Education Minister Angel Gabilondo expressed his appreciation for the opportunity given by this event for reflection and debate on the new challenges and perspectives higher education should face, in the struggle for a better world.   


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