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US: ISU partners with University of Havana

The scope in the Havana partnership makes it the first of its kind in Indiana, stakeholders said. Photo: Pexels

Representative staff and faculty from ISU visited the Havana campus

This opportunity will allow ISU’s students to study abroad in Cuba, as well as allow for further access to instruction and research.

The partnership will add to ISU’s roster of over 350 programs across 60 countries – some of these include Edge Hill University in Ormskirk in the UK, and the University of Zagreb in Croatia.

“We look forward to providing our students and faculty with expanded opportunities to gain a greater worldview on public policy, political science, social and natural sciences, humanities, and healthcare through study abroad and classroom instruction,” said Christopher Olsen, Indiana State University provost and vice president for academic affairs.

He also expressed his eagerness to move forward on research collaboration “with University of Havana faculty”.

Starting in Fall 2023, research is projected to be conducted between the College of Health and Human Services at ISU and Cuba’s highest ranking university.

For the University of Havana, it marks another partnership amongst around 80 international institutions, including Harvard.

In addition, according to Indiana State University’s LinkedIn post, the exchange includes collaboration with “the University of Havana’s Center for Hemispheric and United States Studies and its Latin American School of Social Sciences”.

As a result of the collaboration that will occur in these different disciplines at the University of Havana, the partnership, according to those involved, is the “first educational exchange agreement of this scope in Indiana”.

“We look forward to providing our students and faculty with expanded opportunities”

Representative staff and faculty from ISU visited the Havana campus in late March and early April to meet with respective university leadership.

Jill Moore, School of Nursing Executive Director, shared she is excited at the prospect of the partnership, particularly “in the areas of nursing, social work and human development and family sciences”.

Through the partnership, ISU aims to contribute to “ongoing efforts to further internationalise our campus and provide a global perspective to our students’ academic experiences”.

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