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Cuban universities have 700,000 students this year

Posted August 30, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Culture.
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Registration in Cuban universities for 2007-2008 has gone up to more than 700,000 students, slightly higher than last year, according to Higher Education Minister Juan Vela.

Speaking to the press, the official affirmed that there are better conditions for the new academic year in terms of teaching and guaranteeing the material base for studies and life in university residencies.

Vela visited the installations of the Marta Abreu Central University in Santa Clara, 270 kilometers east of the capital, where he confirmed the level of its teaching staff and readiness for the start of the semester.

Omar Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba in Villa Clara, praised the conditions at the university, one of the most important in the country in terms of teaching quality and results.

In Cuba there is in addition a plan to provide university education at municipal level, via which any citizen who so wishes has access to higher education in university institutions in their local area.


Photo: Roberto Suarez

AND THIS FROM JUVENTUD REBELDE

The delivery of 500 new computers will mean a total of 2,800 machines connected to higher education center’s network.

At a meeting with the Management Council of the Marta Abreu Central University, the minister congratulated the Villa Clara institution, their management, the student body, teachers and other workers, recognizing their first place ranking among centers evaluated in their category.

Member Comments

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On August 31, 2007, MiamiCuban wrote:

True, education in Cuba is promoted in many ways.  They even have now something referred to as “university by television” where any citizen can take classes out of their own home.

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On August 31, 2007, publisher wrote:

and after they get their degree they can drive a taxi or become a jinetero/a.

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On August 31, 2007, alonsorm wrote:

To bad everything they learn and are taught has a communist doctrine behind it. But i mean really how good is going to the University when after all, you still have to hustle day by day just to make ends meet.

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On August 31, 2007, MiamiCuban wrote:

Yes, there are people in Cuba who drive a taxi for extra money.  So Cuba is the only place in the world where someone has a second job?  You’re saying that doesn’t happen in the U.S?  I know plenty of people who work 2 and even 3 jobs to make ends meet, and this is the most prosperous nation in the world! 

As for women selling themselves for extra money, this has been happening since the beginning of time…nothing new here, and Cuba is no exception.  Although it doesn’t happen in the large numbers you might think, or that the exiles might want you to believe.  Prostition is alive and well even here in the U.S…..across college campuses where women sell their bodies for tuition money.

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On August 31, 2007, publisher wrote:

“extra money”???

Wow. Have you ever been to Cuba?

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On August 31, 2007, MiamiCuban wrote:

Yes, I have.  Twice. 
The “extra money” isn’t so they can buy a car.  Naturally, it’s for essentials….I’m not denying that Cubans need many things that we take for granted here.  But the money isn’t needed because they’ll starve to death without it.  And they certainly won’t end up homeless without the side job, either.  While a second job in Cuba means extra cash for soap and shampoo, a second job in the U.S. often goes to pay the rent.

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On September 04, 2007, alonsorm wrote:

Usually in the U.S people who graduate from Univetsities dont have to work two job,period.  And although prostitition is as old as dirt i agree, i dont beleive the exile depict it any worse then it really is! And as far as comparing the U.S to Cuba, well i mean that just doesn’t make much sense to me.

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On September 05, 2007, MiamiCuban wrote:

I know plenty of people in the U.S. with college degrees who work two jobs.  Does anyone remember what Bush told the woman who proudly claimed she worked THREE jobs to support her children?  He congratulated her and said it was “very American.!”

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On September 05, 2007, publisher wrote:

Yes but she probably did not have a college education and she probably did not have to be a prostitute.

Honestly MiamiCuban, you are sounding more and more like the Castro plants that we have seen come through here lately.

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On September 05, 2007, abh wrote:

From time to time we’ve all got to laugh since we’re basically having an unending debate in every post about the same thing.

Some day I’ll write a book about being a college graduate who’s accumulating massive debt while working two jobs and trying to send money to Cuba.  It will be autobiographical and totally true, I assure you. 

I have to admit, I’m always surprised at the Publisher’s shock that there will always be people willing to play devil’s advocate to the anti-Cuban government stance often articulated here.  You have to expect educated people to question the right of the U.S. govt to dominate the entire world.  I won’t take up much more space here, but I hope that most of us have been in similar situations as myself; that is, arguing with right-wing types against the embargo and trying to get Cuban apologists to admit that some mistakes have been made and change is needed.  Sometimes I think if we keep this in mind we can work together to push our favorite island nation to the future.

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On September 06, 2007, MiamiCuban wrote:

Publisher:
First of all, there are many attorneys who have bartending jobs in the evenings.  Trust me, I knew several just from the law firm I worked at.  Basically, they had no choice.  Because of the over-supply of attorneys, wages were low….and since they had thousands of dollars in student loans to be paid…well, you do the math.  Also, when I worked at a department store at a mall a few years ago, there were many teachers who had to resort to part-time evening work for supplemental income.  If you don’t believe this, you’re just being naive, but these are the facts. 

ABH:  You’re absolutely right.  No one can deny that Cuba has made mistakes over the years.  And there is certainly room for improvement in the way things are done.  But to take the stance of the exile extremists where they deny one iota of good that’s come from the revolution…..that’s just plain ignorant and counterproductive.  Until both sides can meet halfway and acknowledge the good and the bad in an open, honest, and constructive manner, nothing will change, and, unfortunately, it’s the Cuban people who suffer.  Of course, all this antagonism between the two countries puts a lot of $$$ into the pockets of key people in Miami…..and that’s probably what it’s really all about.