Higher education professionals are set to receive some 170,000 students for the 2015-2016 academic year, beginning September 1, determined to continue upgrading the quality of instruction and learning.
Olga Lidia Tapia, from the Party Central Committee Secretariat; Rodolfo Alarcón Ortiz, minister of Higher Education; deputy ministers; and university rectors held a meeting Thursday, August 27, where the enrollment of 33,000 first year students and the incorporation of 15,000 professors was announced.
Although required bibliographic materials and supplies are ready, officials reported that problems persist in transportation, infrastructure, furniture, connectivity and printing supplies.
Alarcón Ortiz noted that, although building and equipment conditions remain inadequate in some instances, progress is being made since the December 2013 Council of Ministers decision to provide funds and personnel to address these problems in higher education facilities.
Deputy Minister Miriam Alpízar explained that 20 million pesos have been spent this year on maintenance and repairs, with a major impact at universities in Holguín, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba, Camagüey, Ciego de Ávila, Villa Clara and Havana, as well as the José Antonio Echeverría Polytechnical Institute and the University of Computer Sciences.
She additionally reported that equipment for language and science labs is being imported, as are much needed means of transportation.
Olga Lidia Tapia addressed the ongoing process begun in 2012 of consolidating universities, to offer several areas of study within one center. She commented, “The main process is in our own minds, in our way of thinking and acting. What must distinguish our efforts is a seal of quality, doing things well.”