Sixteen SUNY Potsdam faculty members visited the University of Cienfuegos, looking to start a long-term relationship with the Cuban campus.
The partnership will be the only general study abroad program offered outside of Havana in the SUNY system.
“By necessity of economic isolation, Cuba has built a unique and deeply applied educational system, focused on leveraging hands-on learning and experimenting with new approaches to classroom education,” said Dorf Endowed Director of Applied Learning Jenica Rogers. “This partnership is an opportunity for SUNY Potsdam’s community to explore the diversity of approaches developed by Cuban higher education, and to learn about their disciplines as Cubans do.”
Two short-term study abroad courses in Cuba were proposed by the University for the winter. Other future courses and programs in the partnership were also discussed.
“The relationship that we have forged with our excellent Cuban partner, the University of Cienfuegos, affords our students and faculty a unique opportunity to share knowledge with and learn from a culture that, because of the United States embargo, has had to become self-sufficient,” said School of Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Steven Marqusee.