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5.3 Student body

5.3.1

Total # students

7728

5.3.2

% female students

65%

5.3.3

Trend



5.3.4

Remarks (distance education etc.)

Part time education


5.4 Strategic plan

5.4.1

Strategic plan

Yes

5.4.2

Time coverage

The current plan covers the period 2011-2015


5.5 Education offered







Social Sciences

Exact Sciences

Biomedical sciences

5.5.1

Bachelor (# programmes and # students)

Programs: 8 Students 3500

Programs: 9 Students 4228



5.5.2

Master (# programmes and # students)

4 Programmes

6 Programmes



5.5.3

Ph.D. (# programmes and # students)

2 Programmes

2 Programmes



5.5.4

Remarks (part time, distance etc.)









6. VLIR-UOS contact persons (meeting and/or for future communication)


6.1 Contact person 1

6.1.1

Family name + First name

Dr. Juan B. Cogollos

6.1.2

Contact details

Postal address: Cuatro Caminos, Cienfuegos, CP 59430, Cuba

Phone number: (53 - 43) 521521

Website: www.ucf.edu.cu

Email: rector@ucf.edu.cu

6.1.3

Academic position

Rector

6.1.4

Title/Gender

PhD, Full Professor, Male

6.1.5

Prior contacts with Belgium/Belgian actors



6.1.6

VLIR-UOS history



6.1.7

Remarks, agreement future communication




6.2 Contact person 2

6.2.1

Family name + First name

Dr. Alejandro R. Socorro Castro

6.2.2

Contact details

Postal address: Cuatro Caminos, Cienfuegos, CP 59430, Cuba

Phone number: (53 - 43) 521521

Website: www.ucf.edu.cu

Email: asocorro@ucf.edu.cu

6.2.3

Academic position

Vice-rector

6.2.4

Title/Gender

PhD, Full Professor, Male

6.2.5

Prior contacts with Belgium/Belgian actors



6.2.6

VLIR-UOS history



6.2.7

Remarks, agreement future communication




6.3 Contact person 3

6.3.1

Family name + First name

Dr. Juan J. Cabellos Eras

6.3.2

Contact details

Postal address: Cuatro Caminos, Cienfuegos, CP 59430, Cuba

Phone number: (53 - 43) 521521

Website: www.ucf.edu.cu

Email: jcabello@ucf.edu.cu

6.3.3

Academic position

Project Coordinator

6.3.4

Title/Gender

MSc, Full Professor, Male

6.3.5

Prior contacts with Belgium/Belgian actors

Project “A centre for cleaner productions to contribute to the socio-environmental development of Cienfuegos Province” financed by VLIR-UOS

6.3.6

VLIR-UOS history

Project “A centre for cleaner productions to contribute to the socio-environmental development of Cienfuegos Province” financed by VLIR-UOS

6.3.7

Remarks, agreement future communication





7. International Cooperation

7.1

Main international donors/projects/budgetary importance (%)

CIDA (Canada), CYTED-AECID (Spain)

7.2

Available audit and/or evaluation reports

Yes

7.3

Institutional handling of projects

Satisfactory. UCF had experience in handling international projects since 1990´s

7.4

Main South-South networks

ALBA educational network in the context of Latin America

7.5

Major challenges with regard to international cooperation

Cuba is not priority for many international donors or cooperation agencies.

7.6

Remarks






8. Expressed needs, opportunities and modalities


8.1 Institutional Policy (Education, Research, Governance/policies, Service delivery or institutional support services, Infrastructure)

8.1.1

Strategic Institutional Needs

  • Raising the quality of the academic process including the courses developed in the facilities of the university located in the municipalities. Special emphasis should be made in the training of the government officials and enterprises professionals of the territory on management and administration.

  • Increasing the integral training of the academic staff, emphasizing on educational and scientific components.

  • Increasing the impact of the research and innovation in correspondence with the guidelines of the economic and social policy of the country.

  • Improving university management with the use of ICT and considering trends in higher education.

8.1.2

Strategic priorities that can be addressed through academic cooperation (with justification)

  • Raising the quality of the academic process including the courses developed in the facilities of the university located in the municipalities. Special emphasis should be made in the training of the government officials and enterprises professionals of the territory on management and administration.

  • Increasing the integral training of the academic staff, emphasizing on educational and scientific components.

  • Increasing the impact of the research and innovation in correspondence with the guidelines of the economic and social policy of the country.

  • Improving university management with the use of ICT and considering trends in higher education.

8.1.3

Strategic priorities that are linked with national priorities in Higher Education

Raising the quality of the academic process including the courses developed in the facilities of the university located in the municipalities. Special emphasis should be made in the training of the government officials and enterprises professionals of the territory on management and administration.

8.1.4

Strategic priorities that are linked with national priorities in development/ poverty reduction

  • Increasing the impact of the research and innovation in correspondence with the guidelines of the economic and social policy of the country.

  • Improving university management with the use of ICT and considering trends in higher education.


8.2 Thematic and disciplinary needs/interest

8.2.1

Disciplinary (theme) based strategic priorities

  • Environment: climate change, soil, water, forests, biodiversity, environmental education and integrated management of ecosystems such as mountains, coasts, watersheds and bays.

  • Agri-business: crops (rice and grains), livestock, urban and suburban agriculture, sugar cane and derivatives, biotechnology, agricultural health, seeds, logistics and supply chains

  • Energy: electric generation and electro-energetic power system, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources

  • Tourism: management, quality, efficiency, diversification

  • Social Sciences: priority issues of the Cuban economy and society (economic management model)

  • Scientific and technological services and high value-added professional

  • Chemical and Petrochemical

8.2.2

Disciplinary (theme) based strategic priorities in view of developmental change, opportunities and impact

  • Environment: climate change, soil, water, forests, biodiversity, environmental education and integrated management of ecosystems such as mountains, coasts, watersheds and bays.

  • Agri-business: crops (rice and grains), livestock, urban and suburban agriculture, sugar cane and derivatives, biotechnology, agricultural health, seeds, logistics and supply chains

  • Energy: electric generation and electro-energetic power system, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources

  • Tourism: management, quality, efficiency, diversification

  • Social Sciences: priority issues of the Cuban economy and society (economic management model)

  • Scientific and technological services and high value-added professional

  • Chemical and Petrochemical

8.2.3

Appreciation of relative institutional and societal importance of expressed Flemish interest in cooperation with your institution

Cleaner Productions, Biomass use, waste revalorization, Sustainable Development

8.2.4

Appreciation of institutional importance/interest of expressed Flemish interest in cooperation with 'country'.

Cleaner Productions, Biomass use, waste revalorization, Sustainable Development


8.3 Opportunities

8.3.1

Appeal factors for academic cooperation (Unique Selling Proposition) (co-funding etc.)

Our contribution will be only in kind.

8.3.2

Opportunities for development relevant research and societal impact

Government priorities for socio economic local development initiatives

8.3.3

Generic needs of Higher Education that should be addressed at supra- and inter-institutional level

Improving access to ICT and quality of the laboratory infrastructure


8.4 Modalities

8.4.1

Preferred intervention level (institutional programme, departmental project, scholarships, mobility, student exchanges etc)

Institutional programme or Own Initiative to reinforce mobility

8.4.2

Views on academic partnership (values, transparency etc.)

The UCF ensure the transparency in the use of all the funding allocated, as well as a professional behaviour of all the academics involved in the cooperation actions.

8.4.3

Network or multi stakeholder strategy and opportunities

The UCF is an active member of different thematic networks within the MES, mainly in the field of Energy. Excellent links of cooperation with all the Cuban universities.




9. Overall assessment with particular focus on IUC potential

9.1

Vision, leadership, governance and management capacity and stability

  • Indications of strong leadership and management

9.2

Institutional policies and practices with regard to local, regional and national development policies and multi stakeholder orientation

  • In line with national development priorities and local priorities

9.3

Capacity (systems, infrastructure, academic level) to accommodate academic cooperation and manage related funding and mobility




9.4

Thematic congruence with VLIR-UOS interest at academic and country level




9.5

Likelihood of effects and spin offs beyond campus (community, commercial, academic networks)

  • High

9.6

Relative suitability of VLIR-UOS intervention types in view of institution status and interest with particular focus on IUC potential.

  • Not IUC potential.



1. Basic institutional data

1.1

Name university

Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas

1.2

Institutional contact details (Postal, tel/fax, website, e-mail..)

Postal address: Carretera a San Antonio de los Baños, Km 2 1/2. Torrens. Municipio Boyeros. Habana. Cuba

Phone number: (53 7) 835 8200 / (53 7) 835 8205

Fax: (53 7) 835 8196

Website: www.uci.cu

1.3

Foundation year

2002

1.4

Status (private, public)

Public




2. VLIR-UOS/Flemish/Belgian linkages

2.1

Submitting association

VLIR-UOS

2.2

VLIR-UOS projects (past and current)



2.3

Other links with Belgian actors



2.4

Other VLIR-UOS linkages (scholars, Flemish students etc.)






3. Flemish interest in cooperation (country, region, institution)

3.1

Flemish interest (names and groups)

Prof. Ann Nowé, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Computer Science Department and other Flemish universities Prof. Nowé has contacted about collaboration with the institution if financing is obtained.

3.2

Flemish interest (themes, disciplines, content, context)

Applied Computer Science, Business Information Systems, applications for E-government, Bioinformatics, Image Processing, Virtual Reality, High Performance Computing, Business Intelligence, Database Technologies, Computational Physics and Mathematics, Software Engineering, and Geographic information systems (GIS).



4. University: Summary qualitative appraisal

4.1

Foundation, developmental milestones, management structure

2002: Creation of the university: 2200 students, 6 faculties.

2004: 10 faculties, 6000 students. First export software project in Venezuela (23.8 million dollars) and first national computerization project. Beginning of software development projects.

2005: 8000 students. Creation of ALBET (Commercializing Company). Participation in the organization of “Informática 2005” International Conference with the workshops on Software Quality and Open Source Systems, as well as participation in other workshops.

2006: 10000 students. Creation of the software production poles (groupings of projects according to specialization area or customer). Implementation of a Master’s Degree Programme on Project Management.

2007: First graduation (1500 graduates). Creation of the Direction for Quality Control. Implementation of the second Master‘s Programme on Project Management. Publication of the Cuban journal of Informatics sciences, centered at the UCI.

2008: Creation of 4 development centres (Health Management, Identification, ERP Systems and Software Advisory Centres). Establishment of commercial links with the German Company Gemalto.

2009: The university was authorized to develop PhD Programmes. Launching of Nova Operating System, developed by the university. Application of first phase of a new training model based on student’s learning from the software development process.

2010: - Organizational transformation started: Two of the faculties underwent a merger. Creation of development centres for the software development process. Centres are mainly distributed in the faculties and have a degree of specialization in software production and form a collaborative centre network. In September two more faculties merged.

4.2

National position, leadership areas, most proud achievement

The university was specially founded for fulfilling a strategic goal of the country: the development of Cuban software industry, both for national and international projects.

4.3

Relationship with stakeholders (authorities, civil society, industry etc.)

The UCI has the task of training the professionals in the field of informatics that Cuba needs in order to develop the Cuban software industry. The university is also in charge of computerizing all the sectors of Cuban society (healthcare, education, agriculture, government, industry, businesses, etc) in order to facilitate the updating of the Cuban economic model that is taking place. There is also an enterprise (ALBET) that functions as a commercial face of the university: it provides integral solutions to several national and international entities.

4.4

Self assessment of research and publication ability and output

The UCI aims at training informatics professionals, as well as developing research and production of software solutions in different fields such as Applied Computer Science, Business Information Systems, applications for E-government, Bioinformatics, Image Processing, Virtual Reality, High Performance Computing, Business Intelligence, Database Technologies, Computational Physics and Mathematics, Software Engineering, and Geographic information systems (GIS).

4.5

Institutional strengths

The university enrols students from any province or municipality in the country. That is why all the students are boarding students, and all services and enrolment are free. The working force is used in different roles during the software development process carried out in the campus and commercialized by ALBET. As the University has a national scope, a call can be made to ask for experts to work on solving problems and working on the production process.

4.6

Institutional weaknesses

A very young university and having such a massive enrolment, it has had to recruit a very large number of young teachers with relatively low professional training. In its need to upgrade its faculty, it has been establishing collaboration relations with different countries and trying to find partners for scientific collaboration. In the current academic year, only 45 teachers are enrolled in PhD programmes and 120 master’s programmes graduates are estimated.




5. University: Summary qualitative appraisal


5.1 Budget

% Government funded

EUR/student

VLIR budget as %

VLIR EUR

Trend, quality of funding

100%










Likely to reduce as UCI moves from Ministry of Communications to MES


5.2 Staffing situation

5.2.1

Total # staff

6669

5.2.2

Total # academic staff

1798

5.2.3

% female academic staff



5.2.4

% open vacancies



5.2.5

# Ph.D. Holders on staff

35

5.2.6

Staff-student ratio



5.2.7

Teaching load



5.2.8

Staff turn-over



5.2.9

Remarks staffing

A very young staff that include a lot of former students of the university. The university is focused on the upgrading of its professionals; more than 250 already hold a master degree.


5.3 Student body

5.3.1

Total # students

7110

5.3.2

% female students

37.6 %

5.3.3

Trend



5.3.4

Remarks (distance education etc.)




5.4 Strategic plan

5.4.1

Strategic plan

Yes

5.4.2

Time coverage

2011-2015


5.5 Education offered







Social Sciences

Exact Sciences

Biomedical sciences

5.5.1

Bachelor (# programmes and # students)







5.5.2

Master (# programmes and # students)







5.5.3

Ph.D. (# programmes and # students)







5.5.4

Remarks (part time, distance etc.)










6. VLIR-UOS contact persons (meeting and/or for future communication)


6.1 Contact person 1

6.1.1

Family name + First name

Dr. Angel Vega García

6.1.2

Contact details

Postal address: Carretera a San Antonio de los Baños, Km 2 1/2. Torrens. Municipio Boyeros. Habana. Cuba

Phone number: (53 7) 835 8202 / (53 7) 835 8221

Fax: (53 7) 835 8196

Website: www.uci.cu

Email: vega@uci.cu

6.1.3

Academic position

Vice-Rector Research and Postgraduate Studies

6.1.4

Title/Gender

PhD. Full Professor/Male

6.1.5

Prior contacts with Belgium/Belgian actors



6.1.6

VLIR-UOS history



6.1.7

Remarks, agreement future communication




6.2 Contact person 2

6.2.1

Family name + First name

MSc. Beatriz Aragón

6.2.2

Contact details

Postal address: Carretera a San Antonio de los Baños, Km 2 1/2. Torrens. Municipio Boyeros. Habana. Cuba

Phone number: (53 7) 835 8202 / (53 7) 835 8221

Fax: (53 7) 835 8196

Website: www.uci.cu

Email: beatriz@uci.cu

6.2.3

Academic position

Director of International Relations

6.2.4

Title/Gender

MSc, Full Professor/Female

6.2.5

Prior contacts with Belgium/Belgian actors

Dr. Francoise Cupere. Meeting with Mrs. Cupere at the Cuban Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, in 2009.

6.2.6

VLIR-UOS history



6.2.7

Remarks, agreement future communication




6.3 Contact person 3

6.3.1

Family name + First name

MSc. Yvonne Caridad Collada

6.3.2

Contact details

Postal address: Carretera a San Antonio de los Baños, Km 2 1/2. Torrens. Municipio Boyeros. Habana. Cuba

Phone number: (53 7) 835 8202 / (53 7) 835 8221

Fax: (53 7) 835 8196

Website: www.uci.cu

Email: yvonne@uci.cu

6.3.3

Academic position

Dean of Faculty 3

6.3.4

Title/Gender

MSc. Full Professor/Female

6.3.5

Prior contacts with Belgium/Belgian actors

Mrs. Lisbeth Francoise, International Relations Office, Ghent University (2002) and Prof. Ann Nowé, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Computer Science Department.

6.3.6

VLIR-UOS history

Prof. Yvonne Collada submitted a project proposal (own initiative) at VLIR call for proposals 2010 and it was not approved. Nonetheless, VLIR recommended to the promoters to work in the improvement of the proposal in order to be submitted again in 2011.

6.3.7

Remarks, agreement future communication


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