San Juan, Puerto Rico - Dr. Daniel Martínez Ortiz, interim Provost at Albizu University´s San Juan Campus, confirmed today the signing of a letter of intent with the University of Havana and the University of Santa Clara, Cuba, a few weeks after establishing an alliance with the University of the Sciences of Physical Culture and Sports, located in Havana.
These important academic developments place Albizu University within the Caribbean academic realm through the exchange of knowledge, students, researchers and psychologists.
"This is significant because it means that we are connecting with the world in a matter that concerns us directly: the teaching of psychology. The Cuban academic world is very eager to connect with our academia, and we are very excited with the possibility of learning prevention and treatment models that are having very good results in this neighboring nation," said Dr. Martínez Ortiz, who is an international lecturer on psychological matters pertaining to families and sports.
The letter of intent with the Universities of Havana and Santa Clara was signed by Dr. Julio Santana Marino, Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at Albizu University. He recently led a delegation of 19 mental health professionals from Puerto Rico who traveled to Cuba in order to develop academic and professional ties with Cuban colleagues. The trip was coordinated by the Puerto Rican Psychology Association (APPR by its Spanish acronym), which is presided over by Dr. Santana Marino, and the Association of School Psychology of Puerto Rico (APEP by its Spanish acronym.) The letters of intent are the result of this trip.
The alliance with the University of the Sciences of Physical Culture and Sport "Manuel Fajardo", located in Havana, was achieved thanks to the intervention of Dr. Martínez Ortiz, who traveled to Cuba in early August with a group of students. The alliance will foster scientific, professional and student exchanges as well as the possibility of planning and coordinating events.
"This means that very soon we will have Cuban professors teaching at Albizu University while our colleagues do the same at the University of Havana. Also, our students will travel to study there. In short, this is a development that was just waiting to happen at the right historical moment for the good of the communities we serve," said Dr. Martínez Ortiz.
Dr. Santana Marino, on the other hand, has already pointed out that ¨the scope of this trip goes much further than to examine the psychology programs of the Universities of Havana and Santa Clara in order to compare them with ours. These agreements will strengthen the ties between Cuban and Puerto Rican colleagues. As a result, there will be more opportunities for the scientific study of psychology, the exchange of information and the use of service models for the good of our communities.¨
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