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Cuba and UNESCO strengthen ties in higher education in Paris

Paris, Jul 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are strengthening ties in higher education, focusing on promoting international cooperation and education quality, University of Havana Rector Miriam Nicado said on Thursday.

The professor and Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences, who is on a three-day visit to Paris, told Prensa Latina about her busy agenda at the headquarters of the multilateral organization, where, accompanied by Cuban Ambassador to UNESCO Yahima Esquivel, she met with the Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations, Firmin Matoko, among other officials.

Nicado also met with Paz Portales, a specialist in the Higher Education Section Program, and Inga Nichanian, a coordinator of the UNESCO Chairs and Unitwin (University Twinning and Networking) Program.

The professor stated that those fruitful meetings aim to expand academic relations and joint work with actors from the African continent and Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe.

According to Nicado, who is also a lawmaker and a member of Cuba’s Council of State, the meetings focused on improving the functioning of the UNESCO Chairs to contribute to regional educational development.

I consider this visit an essential step to work together in training professors in new scientific projects, cooperating among countries, and establishing indicators to measure the quality of our academic institutions, the first woman rector of the University of Havana in its almost 300 years of history said.

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