The institution was created on May 9, 1972 as a provincial campus of the Universidad de La Habana in order to implement undergraduate courses and specific professional training in line with the main economical development sectors of the province.
Relationship with stakeholders (authorities, civil society, industry etc.)
The main economical sectors of the province are the chemical and oil industry, the agricultural production (especially the sugar industry, potatoes, rice, citrus and fruits), and tourism (Touristic pole of Varadero). The UMCC has a fruitful cooperation with the provincial government and the administrations of all these sectors. The educational and scientific services supplied by the UMCC have a great social, economical and technological impact in the provincial development.
Self assessment of research and publication ability and output
The UMCC has more than 150 scientific publications in journals with high visibility in the Science Citations Index. Nonetheless, the results achieved until now are lower than the academic and scientific potential of its professionals.
Prestige of the university within the Cuban Higher Education System and good international recognition, especially within Latin America, where the UMCC has a large number of international contacts and partnerships.
High level of cooperation within the Higher Education System as well as with the organisations of the province.
Experience and institutional commitment of its teaching staff.
Due to financial constraints, some buildings and facilities in the campus are not in very good conditions, but the main problem of the university is computer infrastructure and laboratory equipments.
Fostering and diversifying the cooperation academic and scientific links with European higher education institutions, as well as increasing the participation of the university in international projects as an alternative for raising funds for the development of the university.
Improvement of the quality in all the university services, especially in the research domain.
Strategic priorities that are linked with national priorities in development/ poverty reduction
Implementation of multilateral projects with the participation of various Cuban stakeholders to promote the involvement of the universities and research centres in key sectors for the economical development of the country, such as agriculture, energy and tourism.
Food production and Rural Development (EEPFIH, a science entity for technological innovation that has national reach in sustainable development and exploitation of the ecosystems of agricultural production). It’s also remarkable the national leadership of the UMCC on Enzymatic Technology and Bio-prepared products for nutrition and animal health. Other strategic priority areas are Energy, Business Administration, City Conservation or Tourism Development.
Disciplinary (theme) based strategic priorities in view of developmental change, opportunities and impact
Idem to 8.2.1
Appreciation of relative institutional and societal importance of expressed Flemish interest in cooperation with your institution
Appreciation of institutional importance/interest of expressed Flemish interest in cooperation with 'country'.
The university has the institutional capacity for participating actively in national networks that can be implemented in cooperation with Flanders in key sectors, such as Food Production, Rural Development, Energy, Business Administration or Tourism Development.