Cuba’s internationalism : participant narratives and the role of Cuban universities in supporting educational aid

Hickling-Hudson, Anne (2014) Cuba’s internationalism : participant narratives and the role of Cuban universities in supporting educational aid. In Universidad 2014 : 9th International Congress of Higher Education, 10-14 February 2014, Havana Convention Centre, Havana, Cuba. (Unpublished)


In this paper, I discuss Cuba’s educational aid to partner countries of the Global South. The paper draws on narratives of participant experiences to show how this aid is implemented, and following this, analyses what these narratives imply about Cuba’s philosophy of internationalist solidarity, and its organisation of aid. On one hand, accounts from Cuban educators give insight into the challenges of teaching overseas. On the other hand, accounts of professionals from developing countries in the Global South allow us to reflect on the lasting impact on their careers and mindsets of having studied in Cuban universities on scholarships from Cuba. I discuss how these narratives reveal the underlying role of the socially responsible university in Cuba, pointing to how universities support Cuban internationalism in its contribution to key development goals.

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ID Code: 79652
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This conference paper was refereed and selected for presentation at the 'Universidad 2014' International Conference of Higher Education, held in Havana in February 2014. It was part of a panel with the theme: 'Current challenges, perspectives and trends in Higher Education'. The paper is a pre-print version of a paper that I am preparing for publication.
Keywords: Cuban higher education, internationalism, South-south aid, participant narratives, university contribution to social responsibility
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 23 Dec 2014 23:09
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2014 23:09

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