Over 50% Computer Science professionals in the country graduated from the UCI. Photo: Juventud Rebelde

The idea for the University of Computer Sciences (UCI) was originally conceived by Comandante en Jefe, Fidel Castro Ruz, who proposed a different kind of university, with a new approach to teaching, dedicated to research and development of telecommunication technologies.

Today, all the UCI’s academic programs are accredited while staff and students prepare to celebrate the institution’s 15th anniversary, proud to be representing an innovative institution which has managed to successfully combine both teaching and software production.

Unity, commitment to the Revolution, and dedication are foundation of the work of the University of Computer Sciences. Photo: Periodico Trabajadores

The UCI’s contribution to the computerization of Cuban society

-          The UCI provides computing services and applications for over 130 national institutions

-          Developed the Nova Operating System, an important achievement which has made a marked contribution to the country’s efforts to achieve technological independence

-          Developed software to facilitate data analysis of clinical trials

-          Computerization of hospital information and management systems

-          Designed the model for distance learning courses such as the Agro-industrial processes degree offered by Havana’s University of Agriculture. The UCI’s Distance Learning Center played a key role in the development of this tool.

Students, professors & graduates

-          559 professors.

-          1,020 software developers distributed across 14 production centers

-          3,400 students

-          14,458 Computer Sciences graduates (52% of whom have completed their degree in Cuba)


-          Degrees: Computer Science Engineering, Bioinformatics Engineering

-          Short course (two and a half years): Network management and Computer security

-          Specialties: Postgraduate specialization in Computer Security (beginning 2018)

-          Distance learning Masters: Project Management (the first of its kind in the country, being launched in February 2018)
Quality accreditation

-          2012: The university’s productive processes are certified for the first time

2014: Masters degree course in Software Project Management receives certificate of excellence

-          2016: Computer Science Engineering degree certified by the National Accreditation Board

-          2017: Software Quality Masters degree and Computer Science PhD receive certificate of excellence


-          107 collaboration agreements with universities and companies abroad

-          More research and strategic alliances with different institutions from across the world

International distinctions

-          The number one university in Latin America to have undertaken the most collaboration projects with international and national entities related to free software (2016)

-          Third most committed university in Latin America to the development of free software (2016)


-          CISCO Academy: trains professors to use infrastructure developed by CISCO one of the leading technology entities, dedicated to developing both software and hardware for telecommunications devices

-          Technological and “smart” classrooms to boost learning among students and professors

-          Computer Mathematics Center: facilitates research on high-performance computers