March 28, 2017, by Liz Cass

Vice-Minister visit to discuss research links with Cuba

Nottingham’s research links with Cuba were showcased at a visit from the country’s Vice-Minister for Higher Education.

The Vice-Minister, Dr Aurora Fernández, the Rector of the Agrarian University of Havana and the Head of International Relations of the Ministry of Higher Education visited The University of Nottingham on March 20. They were there to find out about the work of the University’s Centre for Research on Cuba as well as research taking place across the university and linked to Cuban society and economy.

Nottingham’s Centre for Research on Cuba is the only one of its kind outside the United States; it heads up an international network of over 200 Cuba researchers – the Cuba Research Forum – who cover subjects as diverse as history, politics, culture, medicine, health sciences and built environment.

Professor Antoni Kapcia, Director of CRC, said: ‘The fact that such a high-powered delegation chose to come to visit us is a clear and valued recognition of our prestige outside the UK, and during the visit we were able to further impress them by the breadth and quality of the university’s research profile. We very much hope that this will lead to a deepening and a broadening of our institutional links with higher education and research institutions in Cuba’.

The visitors were also informed of Nottingham’s research in plant and food sciences, and heard about the projects carried out by researchers in the medical school on the prevalence of asthma among Cuban teenagers.

The visit was part of a calendar of seminars, conferences, workshops and lectures regularly organised by the Centre for Research on Cuba.

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