SA signs Higher Education agreement with Cuba

W Nelson

The ANC welcomes the South African Higher Education and Training Department`s signing of an agreement with Cuba. The agreement builds on the long-standing cooperation which exists between the two countries.

The cooperation will include visits by academics, students and experts, as well as collaborations and mutual learning in the areas of teacher education, models of university delivery and agricultural studies.

In addition, the cooperation will entail promoting the studying of the Spanish language in a number of South African institutions of higher education and encourage South African citizens to study Spanish in Cuban institutions of higher education.

Cuba will encourage the strengthening of African studies in its higher education institutions and also facilitate the mutual recognition of higher education qualifications of both countries.

The agreement is in line with the department`s Strategic Priority 4, which talks to creating a culture of achievement and improving learner outcomes by partly contributing to the economic and social wellbeing of both the country and the wider global community, and transforming knowledge into practical applications by contributing to international, national, regional and local policy formulation.