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6.1 Contact person 1

6.1.1

Family name + First name

Dr. Maria Irene Balbín Arias

6.1.2

Contact details

Postal address: Autopista Nacional, Km 231/2 y Carretera de Tapaste, San José de las Lajas, A.P. 32700, Provincia Mayabeque, Cuba

Phone number: (53 47) 862908/863395

Website: www.isch.edu.cu

Email: irene@isch.edu.cu

6.1.3

Academic position

Rector

6.1.4

Title/Gender

PhD, Full Professor/Female

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. Adianez Taboada Zamora

6.2.2

Contact details

Postal address: Autopista Nacional, Km 231/2 y Carretera de Tapaste, San José de las Lajas, A.P. 32700, Provincia Mayabeque, Cuba

Phone number: (53 47) 862917/860112

Website: www.isch.edu.cu

Email: taboada@isch.edu.cu

6.2.3

Academic position

Vice-rector of Research, Postgraduate Courses and International Relations

6.2.4

Title/Gender

PhD, Full Professor/Female

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. Maria Elena Ruiz Perez

6.3.2

Contact details

Postal address: Autopista Nacional, Km 231/2 y Carretera de Tapaste, San José de las Lajas, A.P. 32700, Provincia Mayabeque, Cuba

Phone number: (53 47) 860313

Website: www.isch.edu.cu

Email: mruiz@isch.edu.cu

6.3.3

Academic position

Director of the Agro-physics Research Unit (GIAF) and Project Coordinator

6.3.4

Title/Gender

PhD, Full Professor/Female

6.3.5

Prior contacts with Belgium/Belgian actors

Own initiative project “Improvement soil salinity management under sugar cane using Geo-informatics”

Own initiative project Capacity building of UNAH and CENHICA in view of a soil and water conservation programme in the Rio Cuyaguateje watershed in Western Cuba

6.3.6

VLIR-UOS history

12 years of cooperation under VLIR projects between GIAF – UGENT (Department of Soil Management and Soil Care)

6.3.7

Remarks, agreement future communication






7. International Cooperation

7.1

Main international donors/projects/budgetary importance (%)

AECID, ALFA Programme (UE), HIVOS, VLIR

7.2

Available audit and/or evaluation reports

Yes

7.3

Institutional handling of projects

Every audit made by each project during their implementation has been evaluated satisfactorily.

7.4

Main South-South networks

The UNAH is an active member of cooperation networks in Latin America.

7.5

Major challenges with regard to international cooperation

Increasing the involvement of the UNAH in international projects and associations in order to diversify and foster institutional links with other universities and research centres, contributing to the achievements of the main academic and scientific objectives of the institution.

7.6

Remarks

The Complex has fruitful collaboration with agricultural research centres in Spain, France, Germany, Sweden, and Canada as well as in some Latin American countries. The cooperation with International Organisations such as FAO and UNDP is also remarkable.




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

  • Design, exploitation and technical service of engineering systems for the agricultural and livestock production

  • Economical effectiveness of agrarian units

  • Agro-physics and geo-informatics related to agrarian processes

  • Modelling and simulation of processes

  • Management of local development

  • Efficient use of energy

8.1.2

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

Studies on the quality of products, processes and technologies that belong to the agricultural and engineering systems.

8.1.3

Strategic priorities that are linked with national priorities in Higher Education

Improvements on Higher Education.

8.1.4

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

  • Reduction of agrarian disasters.

  • Protection of the environment. Soil, water and genetic resources preservation.

  • Production of food from plant and animal origin


8.2 Thematic and disciplinary needs/interest

8.2.1

Disciplinary (theme) based strategic priorities

  • Raising food production by controlling the degradation processes of soils and the efficient application of irrigation in the study regions in Cuba.

  • Quality of agricultural products. Postharvest.

  • Small industries for preservation of fruits and vegetables.

  • Animal health and production of medicines.

  • Projects to support communities and farm buildings.

  • Generalization and extension of social results into practice.

  • Adaptation of farming systems to Global Changes to increase production efficiency.

  • Improvements in the Agrarian Higher Education.

  • Systems and Information Management Knowledge for decision making by governments.

  • Interconnectivity between governments and universities with direct impact on the agricultural branch.

  • Strengthening Management for fostering the Internationalization strategy of the complex, promoting the implementation of research and academic actions through networking and joint doctoral programmes in dual degree.

8.2.2

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

The same themes mentioned in 8.2.1

8.2.3

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

There is a correspondence between the Flemish interests and the research and educational lines of the Complex.

8.2.4

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

The UNAH and the research centres of the complex have been focusing their scientific activity on food security, food production and rural development. These thematic areas are in correspondence which the main research interests of the universities in Flanders and the cooperation priorities of the Flemish Community in Cuba.


8.3 Opportunities

8.3.1

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

Good relationship with universities in Flanders and a large range of partnership in Cuba and abroad will allow the implementation of fruitful academic and scientific actions. Taking into consideration the national priorities and Flemish interest, there is a huge potential on the creation of a multilateral network on food production/security for fostering postgraduate courses, MSc, PhDs and joint research activities in different disciplines within agricultural sciences.

8.3.2

Opportunities for development relevant research and societal impact

The institutions that formed the Complex have a staff of excellence. Taking into account the quality and dimension of their research activities they are recognised as national leaders on Agricultural Sciences. The UNAH cooperates with national governmental institutions such as the Ministry of Agriculture and has excellent cooperation with cooperatives and the rural private sector among other key stakeholders in Cuba. Those interactions are expressed in a wide range of activities such as courses, seminars, workshops, advisory actions and scientific research.

8.3.3

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

The improvement of the quality of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, research and the institutional strengthening in order to contribute to the development of the country.



8.4 Modalities

8.4.1

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

Institutional programme, departmental project, scholarships, mobility, student exchanges

8.4.2

Views on academic partnership (values, transparency etc.)

All the institutions of the Complex have a vast experience in the implementation of international cooperation actions. The institutional bonds established by the UNAH with Flemish universities during several years of cooperation are the best prove of the responsibility and professionalism of the university, its academics and scientist.

8.4.3

Network or multi stakeholder strategy and opportunities

  • The university gained an international recognition and also a CITMA award due to the organisation of the Latin American Network (CYTED), on monitoring and management of natural disasters in agriculture.

  • Active member of the ALFA Project "International Network for Intellectual Property" (PILA, according to its initials in Spanish): 18 universities from Latin America and 3 from Europe are involved.

  • UNAH together with OCPI (Cuban Office for Intellectual Property) are the coordinators of this network in Cuba in which participate other institutions such as UCLV, CENSA, INCA, UH, CIGB,

  • International Network for Sustainable Development Data.




9. Overall assessment with particular focus on IUC potential

9.1

Vision, leadership, governance and management capacity and stability

The UNAH sets a high standard of quality in the implementation of its academic, scientific and cultural activities.

9.2

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

The complex is intended to impact on food security and rural development of at national level, through the promoting of educational, research and extension activities. For the achievement of this goal, the 4 institutions work intensively on their integration as the most important and solid scientific and academic pole of the country on agricultural sciences.

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

Soil Physics, Land degradation processes (erosion, salinity, contamination, compaction), Soil Conservation, Geo-informatics (simulation models Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing), water use efficiency and conservation.

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.

The implementation of cooperation projects financed by the VLIR-UOS for fostering a food production culture or the improvement of the rural development in Cuba will be of great impact. UNAH, CENSA, ICA and INCA as well as other institutions in Cuba (UCLV, UDG, UO, UH, UC) have the required capacity for assuring a suitable and sustainable project with great social, economical and scientific impact. However UNAH does not fit the regional priority of Eastern Cuba for an IUC.




1. Basic institutional data

1.1

Name university

Universidad de Oriente

1.2

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

Postal Address: Ave. Patricio Lumumba s/n Altos de Quintero. Santiago de Cuba. CP 90500

Phone: 53 22 631860

Website: www.uo.edu.cu

Email: comunicacion@consejo.uo.edu.cu

1.3

Foundation year

1947

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

Some collaborations contacts have been developed in the past, which resulted in more than 25 scientific articles. The main contacts were developed with the University of Gent. In 2003, Prof. Richard Delanghe was awarded with the Honorary Doctorate. Prof. Andreas DeLeenheer, Rector of the University of Gent visited the UO as well.

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)



3.2

Flemish interest (themes, disciplines, content, context)






4. University: Summary qualitative appraisal

4.1

Foundation, developmental milestones, management structure

Universidad de Oriente was founded, through a ceremony carried out by the Provincial Government of Santiago de Cuba, on October 10th, 1947. The precedents of this institution take us back to the seminary of San Basilio el Magno, created in Santiago de Cuba in 1722. Several generations of people from Santiago tried unsuccessfully to turn this seminary into a university. Indeed, the foundation of Universidad de Oriente rewarded the efforts and cultural aspirations of the Eastern region held for more than a century. The university was temporarily recognized by the Council of Ministers on April 27th, 1948. From that moment on a new stage of fight- that of its legalization- began in order to guarantee its development. The struggle for an official, autonomous, public university turned into a demand of the province through governmental, social and civic institutions and trade unions and the people in general. Under the Law 16, passed on March 22nd, 1949, the university became an official institution and was included in the national budget. In its early years, the institution based its curriculum on scientific and humanistic disciplines, some of which are still kept as a legacy of the founders and other personalities whose contributions mark the spirit of the university. From 1976 on, different teaching facilities-that eventually became independent Higher Education Centres- were built in the eastern region of Cuba. In 2002, with the creation of the University Municipal Facilities within the province, the university strengthened its foundation principle to offer public and free education to all sectors of society.

To accomplish the mission assigned to the university, the institution relies on a Central Structure composed of a Rector, five Vice-Presidents, a General Secretary, sixteen managements, six independent departments, two integrated Centres of Studies, eleven Faculties, eight Municipal University Centres and eight Municipal Facilities.

4.2

National position, leadership areas, most proud achievement

Universidad de Oriente is a leading institution when it comes to teaching, research and postgraduate activities. In cooperation with other Centres of Higher Education, the institution holds the greatest percent in the formation of Masters and Doctors of the eastern region. In the past five years the university graduated 220 PhD students of sciences- 98 of them from the university staff- which represents an estimate of 44 Doctors every year. Since 1959, more than 1000 international students have graduated through Government Agreements. The institution is part of 10 international networks and an active member of the Union of Latin American Universities (UDUAL), the Inter American University Organization (OUI) and the Latin American Postgraduate University Association (AUIP). The institution keeps a leading role in areas like Biophysics and advanced medical equipment, applied electromagnetism, sociological studies of culture, environment and coastal zones integrated management.

4.3

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

The university has strengthened the links with the institutions and entities of the region, especially with the industrial, health, hydraulic, construction, agricultural, telecommunications, administrative, cultural, legal and services sectors. The bonds between the local governments and the university facilities increase considerably, thereby carrying out projects of local and community interest. The managers express their satisfaction concerning their formation in postgraduate programs and the significant contributions of such formation in their research and professional performance. We have experienced an increase in the management and consultancy of the planning and implementation processes of training strategies of the Municipal and Provincial Administrative Councils and other prioritized institutions of the territory.

4.4

Self assessment of research and publication ability and output

The university has reached an average of 900 publications in general every year. 219 of them in relevant journals, 46 in journals of the Web of Science, 66 books and 52 monographs. There is a strategy to increase the levels of visibility and relevance of the scientific journals. Revista Santiago, Revista Cubana de Química and Tecnología Química are included in the Academic Google since 2007, and are currently submitted to an assessment to be included in the data base Redalyc and SciELO from 2011 on.

4.5

Institutional strengths

The visibility of the centre at regional, national and international level. Planning and execution of a strategy to internationalize the university, which makes the institution more visible in other countries in many ways. Implementation of international projects that have contributed, with relevant results, to increase the quality of teaching, research, postgraduate and extension activities. The university academic staff has prestige, highlighting many professors that are positively acknowledged nationally and internationally.

There is a clear definition of the prioritized research areas, in accordance to the mission of the institution and the priorities of the Ministry of Higher Education of the territory and the country in general. Universidad de Oriente manages the Network of Centres of the Eastern Region, which meet every year through cooperation workshops whose agreements and decisions have positive impacts on scientific and postgraduate activities.

4.6

Institutional weaknesses

The resources for maintenance and renovation of the infrastructure are not enough. There has been a deterioration of the infrastructure in the last years and there are limited resources to develop the scientific, technical and postgraduate activities, including the limitations on speed while surfing the internet. There are problems on the visibility of the scientific production related to the limitations on internet access and non-free journals, due to the American embargo.




5. University: Summary qualitative appraisal


5.1 Budget

% Government funded

EUR/student

VLIR budget as %

VLIR EUR

Trend, quality of funding

100%










Financial constraints


5.2 Staffing situation

5.2.1

Total # staff



5.2.2

Total # academic staff

2352 (1194 Full Time)

5.2.3

% female academic staff

51,72%

5.2.4

% open vacancies



5.2.5

# Ph.D. Holders on staff

256

5.2.6

Staff-student ratio

8,67 students/1 member of the academic staff

5.2.7

Teaching load

53% of the time dedicated to teaching activities and 47% to researching activities

5.2.8

Staff turn-over

The academic staff has a high level of stability

5.2.9

Remarks staffing

One of the priorities of the university is to reinforce the quality of the academic staff, especially the youngest members through the implementation of PhD training programmes. 345 members of the academic staff hold a master degree.



5.3 Student body

5.3.1

Total # students

20414

5.3.2

% female students

30,12%

5.3.3

Trend

Improvement of the Higher Education Processes seeking higher standards of quality, prioritising national accreditation and international recognition. Academic programmes will focus on local development, offering solutions for the main economical and social problems of the country/region/province.

5.3.4

Remarks (distance education etc.)

Introduction of TICs in the university processes in a gradual form.


5.4 Strategic plan

5.4.1

Strategic plan

Yes

5.4.2

Time coverage

Every 5 years with a yearly own assessment.


5.5 Education offered







Social Sciences

Exact Sciences

Biomedical sciences

5.5.1

Bachelor (# programmes and # students)

14 programmes

8 Programmes in Natural and Exact Sciences + 12 in Technical Sciences

1 Programme

5.5.2

Master (# programmes and # students)

14 programmes

2 Programmes in Natural and Exact Sciences + 12 in Technical Sciences

1 Programme

5.5.3

Ph.D. (# programmes and # students)

27 Tutorial PhDs

10 Tutorial PhDs in Natural and Exact Sciences + 29 Tutorial PhDs in Technical Sciences

1 Tutorial PhD

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. Martha del Carmen Mesa Valenciano

6.1.2

Contact details

Postal Address: Ave. Patricio Lumumba s/n Altos de Quintero. Santiago de Cuba. CP 90500

Phone: 53 22 631860 Fax: 53 22 632689

Website: www.uo.edu.cu

Email: rectororiente@consejo.uo.edu.cu

6.1.3

Academic position

Rector

6.1.4

Title/Gender

PhD, Full time Professor/Female

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. Hipólito Domingo Carvajal Fals

6.2.2

Contact details

Postal Address: Ave. Patricio Lumumba s/n Altos de Quintero. Santiago de Cuba. CP 90500

Phone: 53 22 631860 Fax: 53 22 632689

Website: www.uo.edu.cu

Email: vrip@consejo.uo.edu.cu

6.2.3

Academic position

Vice-rector for Science and Technology

6.2.4

Title/Gender

PhD, Full time 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

MSc. Luisa Villafruela Loperena

6.3.2

Contact details

Postal Address: Universidad de Oriente, Sede Mella. Avenida Las Américas S/N, Santiago de Cuba 90900

Phone: 53 22 641701 Fax: 53 22 632689

Website: www.uo.edu.cu

Email: dri@ri.uo.edu.cu

6.3.3

Academic position

Director of International Relations

6.3.4

Title/Gender

MSc, Full time Professor/Female

6.3.5

Prior contacts with Belgium/Belgian actors



6.3.6

VLIR-UOS history



6.3.7

Remarks, agreement future communication






7. International Cooperation

7.1

Main international donors/projects/budgetary importance (%)

The UO is an active member of UDUAL, OUI, UNICA and AUIP. In the last few years its major donors have been: CAPES (Brazil), AECID (Spain), COSUDE (Switzerland) and CIDA (Canada).

7.2

Available audit and/or evaluation reports

Yes

7.3

Institutional handling of projects

The coordination of the international projects is responsibility of the International Relation Office. This central office maintains a permanent coordination with the area of Science and Technology, the faculties and research centres for supplying information as well as for technically supporting in the preparation and implementation of projects in which these areas are involved.

7.4

Main South-South networks

In the context of the south-south cooperation the UO is very active in Latin America and the Caribbean Region, developing various projects with universities in Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil and many of the Caribbean Islands, among other countries.

7.5

Major challenges with regard to international cooperation

Diversify the cooperation bonds of the university with other higher education institutions, especially in Europe, participating in a dynamic way in networks or multilateral projects such as 7 Framework Programme of the UE for Science and Technology.

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

Access to updated information from different fields of science. Improvement of the existing infrastructure to accomplish the mission of the institution.

8.1.2

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

Formation of a competent professional: the university sets its priorities, the increasing quality of higher education in all kinds of courses and teaching scenarios. To be efficient in this endeavour, it is necessary to conjugate many factors-administrative, financial, and informative- that are essential to the formation of professionals that could meet the needs of the society. The international cooperation would allow the improvement of the elements that could guarantee the functioning of the processes, and would extend the most successful experiences of the Cuban Higher Education-acknowledged worldwide- to other institutions and countries.

Staff of excellence: this priority implies the creation and renovation of spaces-physical and of exchange-that allow the introduction of technology, knowledge and practices to improve the staff quality and its teaching, research and development capacity. In the same way, the university has professors and departments of international visibility in many areas in which the institution plays a leading role.

Social and economical impact: Universidad de Oriente has a leading position when it comes to scientific and academic development in the Eastern region and the country. However, the current demands of the Cuban society need to have the institution increase its influence on the solution of social needs through pre-graduate and postgraduate programs. In this sense, the relevance of the university for the society is guaranteed. Through academic cooperation, the all the institutions involved could achieve a greatest social impact in their respective communities.

8.1.3

Strategic priorities that are linked with national priorities in Higher Education

All the priorities of the institution are in accordance with those of the Ministry of Higher Education in the country. The university always sets its goals following this pattern.

8.1.4

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

The national priorities for the development of the country are based on the education sector and more particularly the higher education as the scenario where knowledge and practice combine. This bond between academic institutions and social needs goes stronger nowadays given the capacity of the universities to be found in multiple spaces-national, provincial and municipal.

8.2 Thematic and disciplinary needs/interest

8.2.1

Disciplinary (theme) based strategic priorities

Energy, Food production and development of agricultural and livestock sciences, Environment and development of environmental sciences, Local development, Improvement of higher education, Infrastructure management and institutional development projects, Development of basic sciences, Biotechnology, Advanced technology and nanotechnology, Development of medical equipment and support to health services and biomedical applications, Society computerization, Development of education-related ICT, Socio cultural studies and development of social sciences, Studies on integration processes from the Eastern region of Cuba and the Caribbean, Business and industrial improvement and development of cleaner Technologies, Ecotoxicology, Risk integrated management, Heritage, housing, planning and vulnerability studies..


8.2.2

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

Energy, bio-fuels and cleaner Technologies

Advanced medical equipment

Agriculture and environment for local development

Strengthening of basic and natural sciences

Strengthening of social and humanistic sciences

Strengthening of scientific information and library management

Strengthening of networks infrastructure, computerization and telecommunications

Strengthening of the university infrastructure for undergraduate and postgraduate formation

Strengthening of university management

Strengthening of communication skills in English for Science and Technology


8.2.3

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



8.2.4

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

In terms of content, the strategic framework of VLIR-UOS expertise in Cuba on the basis of current findings consider a variety of broad overarching multidisciplinary themes in the Flemish cooperation with Cuba, but it is clear that Flanders could offer expertise that would seem to match the developmental needs of Eastern Cuba. A number of themes were put forward during the discussions, which match our interest with VLIR interest; there are: food security and agriculture (including rural development, plant & animal sciences and biotechnology), environment (incl. environmental management, drugs discovery/medicinal plants, bio-fuels & clean and efficient technologies, energy) cultural and human development (cultural heritage, language and culture, city conservation and planning, human settlements), health (collaborations with ITG; bio-medics and statistics), and computer sciences and ICT in education.




8.3 Opportunities

8.3.1

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

Leading role in the eastern region that allows the implementation of academic cooperation projects for the development of the institution in areas with scientific, technological, teaching, economical and social impact.

8.3.2

Opportunities for development relevant research and societal impact

The presence of a university with three campuses that integrate technical, agricultural and livestock, basic, natural, social, humanistic and exact sciences, and the will for integration guarantee the capacity for the problematic approach of solutions, rather than for the disciplinary one. The leadership of the university in the region. The growing demands at local level and the development plans for the region.

8.3.3

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

Quality management, efficiency and rationality in the university processes. Management of the scientific and technological activities in the networks, meeting the priorities of the country. Management of science impact, innovation and postgraduate programs in the institution. Infrastructure improvement and management. Management of the relevance of the professional formation. University management of ways to meet the needs at local and territorial level. Management of academic collaboration, cooperation and exchange at regional, national and international level.


8.4 Modalities

8.4.1

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

Institutional Programme

8.4.2

Views on academic partnership (values, transparency etc.)

The members of the UO staff are known by their professional ethic, moral values and institutional commitment. The UO applies a rigorous control of all the funds especially of those received as a consequence of its participation in international actions. The institution can guarantee a high quality of academic and scientific partnership as well as transparency and adequate use of all the financial means allocated through international cooperation.

8.4.3

Network or multi stakeholder strategy and opportunities

Experiences shown while working within the networks. The obtaining of results through the cooperation with other institutions at regional, national and international level. Problem solving integrated approach. Experiences while working with interdisciplinary teams in the teaching and research processes. Experiences in the implementation of inter and trans-disciplinary projects.




9. Overall assessment with particular focus on IUC potential

9.1

Vision, leadership, governance and management capacity and stability

Founded 64 years ago, the institution has developed progressively, which proves its administrative and stability capacity.

The University shows evident strengths in leadership and management

9.2

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

There is a strategy that favours local development through verification experiences, in which the consolidation of the network of people and organizations involved is considered a priority. The policy of the university gives priority to impact management, cooperative research and the work within research networks on prioritised fields.

9.3

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

The current infrastructure and the academic level of the university contribute to an adequate cooperation, financial and mobility management. The structure of the institution can handle any cooperation management initiative and has capacity for the implementation of cooperation projects for development.

9.4

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

There is coherence with the interests with the VLIR-UOS links at the academic level within the university and the country. The strategy of the institution goes in accordance with the priorities established by the country.

9.5

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

The university has a great impact on the society and the network of institutions it cooperates with at regional, national and international level.

9.6

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

The University is a good candidate for an IUC partnership. Implementation of an IUC Programme in the UO will contribute to a significant social and economical development of the 6 provinces included in the eastern region. The UO as the leading higher education institution in the region will increase its academic and scientific potential as well as its institutional capacity. This improvement will allow the UO to foster and diversify new initiatives of cooperation with other stakeholders of the country, especially universities, research centres and public or private enterprises of the territories from Camaguey to Guantanamo.

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