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Cuban university and European Union to expand cooperation agenda

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 27 (ACN) The Marta Abreu Central University of Las Villas (UCLV), and the European Union (EU), advocated on Thursday to expand the cooperation agenda for 2021-2027, focused on the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDO).

During a meeting at the institution, PhD Juan Garay Amores, head of Cooperation of the EU delegation in Cuba, said that the cooperation has tripled in three years, a phenomenon that does not occur in all countries and that has happened thanks to very good proposals from the Caribbean nation, which have been able to attract complementary funds, the official website of the UCLV published.

For his part, PhD Luis Antonio Barranco Olivera, first vice rector of the academic institution located in the city of Santa Clara, Villa Clara province (central Cuba), explained the relationship between the lines of research currently promoted at the university, the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030 and its impact on strategic sectors for the development of the country.

At another time, Garay Amores also explained that Europe's priorities towards the world in the coming years are focused on the ecological and digital transition.

During the meeting, participants presented a project for the improvement of computer infrastructure in the network of higher education centers and a model project for the construction of an intelligent agricultural park, the results of which could be generalized at the local level with a direct impact on territorial agricultural production.

After presenting the proposals, Maria del Carmen Velasco, provincial delegate of the ministry of science, technology and environment, explained that both initiatives respond to four priority policies for the development of the country included in the National Economic and Social Development Plan until 2030: Historical memory, food production, computerization and territorial development.

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