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7. International Cooperation


Main international donors/projects/budgetary importance (%)



Available audit and/or evaluation reports



Institutional handling of projects

The University is currently involved in five international research projects with entities from Spain, Italy and some Latin American countries.


Main South-South networks

The University is a member of CLEI (Centro Latinoamericano de Estudios en Informática); it has a cooperation agreement with SELA.


Major challenges with regard to international cooperation

  • Get access to international research community and increase the actions in this regard, which, in the future, will lead to a higher amount of PhD professionals for our institution.

  • Participate in joint research projects that will contribute to improve the quality of our products, as well as the capacities of our personnel.

  • Get access to possible partners in business and international/cooperation projects.

  • Get funding for joint research projects to develop ICT areas in Cuba and other developing countries.

  • Promote exchange among professionals from Europe and other parts of the world to improve our current activities in education, research and production.



8. Expressed needs, opportunities and modalities

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


Strategic Institutional Needs

To upgrade its faculty. To increase the level of R+D process.


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

Taking advantage of the infrastructure of the university and considering the main weakness of the institution, the UCI would like to promote a collaborative network between Flanders and Cuba for the implementation of joint PhD Programmes on Computer Science applied to Business Information Systems. In this context, the UCI can function as a host of a National Postgraduate Training Centre.


Strategic priorities that are linked with national priorities in Higher Education

Improvement the quality of the teaching staff and the institutional capacity to participate in research activities of great impact.


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

The development of Cuban software industry as a way to contribute to the improvement of the economical management of the country.

8.2 Thematic and disciplinary needs/interest


Disciplinary (theme) based strategic priorities

Research in the thematic areas of: Bioinformatics, Image Processing, Virtual Reality, High Performance Computing, Business Intelligence, Database Technologies, Computational Physics and Mathematics, Software Engineering, E-government and Geographic information systems (GIS).


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

Research in the thematic areas of: Bioinformatics, Image Processing, Virtual Reality, High Performance Computing, Business Intelligence, Database Technologies, Computational Physics and Mathematics, Software Engineering, E-government and Geographic information systems (GIS).


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

Cooperation with UCI would have a great impact in the UCI and in Cuban society. A direct influence in capacity building would contribute to enhance the scientific and academic level of UCI professionals and so contribute to the quality of software developed for the country at the university and for strengthening Cuban software industry as a source of income for development. It would have a national impact for the capacity of UCI to computerize Cuban society, export software and contribute to nationwide capacity building in computer science and its applications.


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

Cooperation with Cuba would have importance for Flanders for it would have a serious cooperation partner (making sure resources are used efficiently and in an auditable way). Besides, Flemish researchers would have a great deal of opportunities to develop interesting and valuable research, due to the amount of talent and great creativity in Cuban researchers.

8.3 Opportunities


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


Opportunities for development relevant research and societal impact


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

8.4 Modalities


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

Own initiative, scholarships, mobility.


Views on academic partnership (values, transparency etc.)


Network or multi stakeholder strategy and opportunities

9. Overall assessment with particular focus on IUC potential


Vision, leadership, governance and management capacity and stability

-Some reservations about leadership and vision; the imminent transfer of the UCI from Ministry of Communications to Ministry of Higher Education (MES) will have implications for governance and management.


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

See above


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

Good – better infrastructure than other MES HEIs


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



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

Will be increasingly prioritised under MES governance


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


Name university

Universidad de La Habana


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

Postal address: Colina Universitaria, calles L y San Lázaro, Vedado, La Habana, Cuba 10400.

Phone number: (53 7) 878 62 00 / (53 7) 879 8450




Foundation year



Status (private, public)


2. VLIR-UOS/Flemish/Belgian linkages


Submitting association



VLIR-UOS projects (past and current)

1. Production and evaluation of antigen from Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Dengue Virus as tools in diagnostics and for vaccine development with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. 2. Establishment of animal models of cerebrovascular diseases as tools for development of neuroprotective strategies, with Vrije Universiteit Brussels (In evaluation) 3. Food Security, commercialization and regional development network: an analysis of territorial dynamics associated with changes of use and land tenure, and their effects on production and commercialization of agricultural products / Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In managements process. 4. in Biostatistics Master´ s Programme with Hasselt University. Concluded in 2011.


Other links with Belgian actors

Past and current projects 1. Support to improvement of cocoa quality production in Cuba´s Eastern region: agronomic and environmental aspects. Dr Mayra Heydrich Pérez (Faculty of Biology), with the participation of Biology Faculty UH, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and Vrije Universiteit Brussels. 2. Production and applications of a bio product from Cuban autoctunous vines in the coffee and cocoa plantation Dr. Mayra Heydrich (Faculty of Biology) and the participation of Vrije Universiteit Brussels. 3. Creation in the University of Havana of a competence pole in the study of aquatic means in the degree of contamination of Almendares river. Dr. Mayra Heydrich (Faculty of Biology) with the participation of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Vrije Universiteit Brussels. / Characterization, development and assessment of encouraging the growth of isolated biologic pestice of a rizobacteria in Cuba Dr. Mayra Heydrich (Faculty of Biology), with the participation of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Vrije Universiteit Brussels.


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

Scholars, Flemish students and academic exchange from Pharmacy and Food Institute, Biology Faculty, Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty, Marine Research Centre, Central Library of the University

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


Flemish interest (names and groups)

1. Wilfrida Decraemer, Department Biology, Nematology and Marine Biology research unit, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. KUL Faculty of Veterinary Science, Faculty of Biology, University of Hasselt.

2. Jozef Anné, Rega Institute for Medical Research, Laboratory of Bacteriology.

3. G Molenberghs, Ziv Shkedy Interuniversity Institute for Biostatistics and Statistical Bioinformatics.

4. Marten Loopmans, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven.

5. Miguel Ubarri , Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University of Antwerp.


Flemish interest (themes, disciplines, content, context)

1. Nematology: marine nematodes; plant-parasitic nematodes/ Nematology and Marine. Biology

2. Infectious diseases. New antibiotics/ Microbiology.

3. Medical biostatistics, life sciences statistics, Modelling infectious diseases, epidemiology/ Biostatistics and Statistical Bioinformatics

4. Rural/urban development, land reform and agricultural production, agroeconomics /Earth and Environmental Sciences.

5. Cultural identity in the humanities and social sciences (development)/Philosophy and Letters.

Thematic areas identified: Biodiversity, Public Health, Computer Sciences, Culture and Development. Transversal themes: ICT systems and administration, Language and communication

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