Cuba, the UK Work to Strengthen University Cooperation

London, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and the United Kingdom will increase cooperation in academic matters through the signing of new agreements between their universities, the Cuban Minister of Higher Education, Jose Ramon Saborio, said here Saturday.

We are in a good moment of collaboration and with very good prospects, the official told Prensa Latina.

Saborio, who participated in the recently held World Education Forum in the British capital, said he took advantage of his stay here to meet with local academic authorities and discuss issues of bilateral cooperation.

Several doors have been opened, and in February 2020 we will have the first meeting of rectors of Cuban and British universities, he said.

According to the Cuban Minister of Higher Education, there are possibilities of financing for research projects, postgraduate studies scholarships and student academic mobility between both countries.

Although he acknowledged that cooperation between Cuban and British universities dates back several years and there are bilateral agreements, Saborio stressed that ‘now is another time.’ 

On Friday, during the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, the ambassador of Cuba to the United Kingdom, Teresita Vicente Sotolongo, and the deputy director of Protocol of the British Foreign Ministry, Francesca Flessati, highlighted the good state of bilateral ties.

In their respective speeches before around one hundred guests, both delegations agreed that the scale that Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel made in London on his return from a tour of Europe and Asia last November, gave a strong impulse to the links between both nations.

During his three-day stay, the Cuban leader met with parliamentarians, businesspersons and other local politicians, and was even received by the Prince of Wales, heir to the British Crown.

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