Cuban Revolution has to continue alive, because it´s hope for the world and it´s the safe option for the Cuban people, and to fulfill such a purpose the responsible contribution of the Cuban Higher Education is necessary, said the First Vice-President of the Councils of State and Ministers Miguel Díaz-Canel during
the annual assessment of the work carried out in Higher Education (MES) held last Thursday at the Havana Congress Center.
«So has to be the working spirit that will distinguish us, in front of the motivation that the 90th birthday of the leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro has for us because of all his contribution to the Cuban University.
Díaz-Canel, also a Politburo member of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), highlighted that it´s necessary to forge a critical awareness against the fantasy which has been trying to be sold to us in middle of globalization. «It´s not only to take into account material goods; but the spiritual, the feelings, the knowledge and the culture, which will distinguish us. The education of professionals must be in values that express solidarity, altruism, cooperation and alien from ambition and elite feelings. »
During the presentation of the report of the work carried out in 2015 by the Ministry of Higher Education, its Minister Rodolfo Alarcón Ortiz explained that some encouraging results were reached in respect to the fulfillment of the objectives. However, they are not enough yet, according to the potential of Cuban universities.
Alarcón Ortiz highlighted that a discrete and sustainable increase was achieved in academic efficiency —promotion over the initial enrollment—, having a favorable tendency in the global indicators of the regular daytime courses, with higher results in net and total promotion in the Encounter Course.
Regarding inadequacies, he noted the dissatisfaction of professors with the methodological work, the dissatisfaction of students with the quality of the Marxism-Leninism classes, as well as the difficulties in the working practice, where the commitment and participation of the Bodies for the Central State Management is not achieved as it´s required.
With regard to the MES university staff, the report states that there was an increase of 5,266 professors and 22 researchers, because the integration of the Pedagogical Science Universities and the Schools for Physical Education. In addition, 656 professionals from the production and services were recruited and 614 retired professors were reincorporated.
The minister noted that for the first time, the plan for doctorate education was over fulfilled, since 315 professors and researchers defend successfully their university dissertations. Likewise, he praised that 132,802 professionals carried out some postgraduate activity and the MES universities achieved more than 300 significant impact results at the sectorial, territorial and business level.
A wide number of speeches formed the report. The president of the University Student Federation (FEU) explained that the student participation in tasks that have a social or economic impact is very important because this contributes to their humanist education and prepares them as future professionals.
The young deputy and member of the Council of State said that the results of the tasks carried out by the students in the current academic year will be analyzed in April, and her disposition to participate in those meetings that require her presence in each territory, will be made known.
The Rector of the Enrique José Varona Pedagogical Science University in Havana, Deisy Fraga Cedré talked about the responsibility of training well those who will later assume the teaching and she highlighted that the recruitment of young people for studying pedagogical studies have to continue being the main work.
The Director for the Professional Education at MES Manuel Valle Fasco highlighted that though the methodological meetings are fulfilled in the teaching staff, it´s necessary to review what´s debated and how to do so for contributing really to the personal training.
The meeting was attended by the Secretariat member of the Central Committee of the PCC Olga Lidia Tapia; the Minister of Education Ena Elsa Velázquez; the Chairman of the Cuban Science Academy Ismael Clark, and rectors from the centers of Higher Education.
Translated by ESTI