According to Dr. Miriam Nicado García, rector of the University of Computer Sciences (UCI), the recently approved policy on the computerization of Cuban society should be understood “as the conceptualization of the fundamental pillars to computerize processes and ensure that is has an impact on the economic, political, and social spheres.”
Given the rapid development of information and communications technologies, the computerization of Cuban society is a priority for the country’s authorities. Beyond the benefits it offers the population, it also constitutes a tool with which to strengthen national identity. To achieve, this concrete and well-planned actions are needed.
“In order to do so, Cuba must make progress in electronic trade and governance; must provide the population with more and better quality services; supply society with useful applications for citizens’ well-being; we must make headway toward positioning our true history, customs, and the daily life of the country in the top spots on the internet; and continually modernize our technological infrastructure,” stated the rector of the UCI.
The approved policy was presented by the Ministry of Communications in the recent National Assembly session, and is closely linked to important research results to which the University is contributing.
The Cuban electronics industry – to name just one example of the contribution being made by higher education institutions to the computerization of the country – now produces tablets and benefits from an operating system developed by the UCI. Likewise, professionals from academic institutions are making progress toward perfecting digital television.
“The International Telecommunications Union deemed Cuba the country that made the most progress in regards to internet penetration worldwide in 2016. We have consolidated our knowledge networks. Today, we have CubaEduca, Infomed, with content platforms, and a Cuban search engine developed by the University. We can build a more computerized society. This is the job of our university.”
CLASS OF 2017
At a time when technology is used to facilitate communication and automate work processes - as well as wage non-conventional wars and cyber attacks - the UCI held its 11th graduation ceremony, in honor of Fidel, the 95th anniversary of the Federation of University Students, and the institution’s 15th.
As early as the mid 1960s, Fidel understood the potential of computer sciences to contribute to the well-being of the Cuban people and development of the country. From that moment on, related research and study centers began to be created in various provinces, degrees in cybernetics, mathematics, automation, and electronics were established, while specialists traveled to former Soviet states to receive training courses.
In the 1990s, despite economic difficulties affecting the entire island, the computer sciences degree was launched, and in 2002, on the proposal of Comandante en Jefe of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, the University of Computer Sciences was created, responsible for training thousands of computer engineers.
The 362 students who graduated with a degree in this subject during the 2016–2017 academic year will now go on to teach, undertake research, and work on innovation and development in universities across different provinces; in provincial government entities; the National Assembly of People’s Power; Ministry of Computer Sciences and Communications; the banking sector; in addition to entities affiliated with the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industry Group (BioCubaFarma), the AzCuba sugarcane industry enterprise, as well as other key ministries, institutions, sectors and entities.
To date, a total of 14,458 computer engineers from across the entire country have received their degrees in 11 graduation ceremonies at the University of Computer Sciences.