Uncertainty on Cuba
Inside Higher Ed - 11/30/2016
Northeastern University is also moving ahead with its plans in Cuba. It is sending its first two students to do their required “co-op” — a work-related experience — with an environmentally focused nongovernmental organization in Cuba this spring and is in the process of developing a yearlong program that will include a six-month co-op component and a six-month study abroad component. Northeastern faculty are also collaborating with Cuban counterparts in the areas of marine science and coastal sustainability. A university delegation led by Northeastern’s president is scheduled to visit Cuba in February.
“All our efforts on the ground are going to be accelerating regardless of what happens with U.S. relations on an official level,” said José Buscaglia, a Northeastern professor and chair of the Cultures, Societies and Global Studies Department.
“I have 20 years of experience dealing with the Cuban authorities, and eight of those years were during the difficult years of the George Bush administration in the early part of the 21st century,” said Buscaglia, who in his previous position at the State University of New York at Buffalo directed a joint graduate program with the University of Havana from 2002 to 2014. “Even at that moment, the possibility of taking students to study in Havana was not fully curtailed.”