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Universidad de La Habana
Habana, Cuba


University description (as per official university website)

"To be a space for reflection, creation of scientific and technological knowledge and development of values, to contribute to the historical continuity of the Cuban Revolution and the cultural enrichment of society, which play a major role in the development, dissemination and application social sciences, natural, inexpensive, accurate and comprehensive and continuous training of professionals with leadership skills and political scientist, identified with the Revolution and Socialism "

Strategic Objectives
Getting a college unified, coherent, flexible, dynamic, participative and committed to its Mission, where discipline, efficiency, self-control, cooperation and multidisciplinary approach are characteristic of everyday work.

Strengthen the commitment of the UH with its best traditions and values of patriotism, and their participation in policy-making, economic, social, cultural and defending the country.

Strengthen the University as a place of national and international call for reflection and debate issues of contemporary society.

Integrate educational and instructional activities in the formation of highly qualified and faithful to the homeland by strengthening the capacity of Autocreativity, and humanistic and cultural dimension of the university.

Identify and strengthen our leadership in those areas where UH can make significant contributions to economic, social, scientific and cultural development.

Strengthen the connections between graduate research and strengthening its role in the care of social needs and demands, international relations and development of the Senate.

Achieving a better alignment of the structure and dimension of human resources tasks to be accomplished to make progress on working conditions and living, encouragement and social recognition of university workers.

Increasing the uptake of material and financial resources, increase efficiency in their production, use and control and enhance the contributions from products genuinely university.

Preserving heritage, improving existing infrastructure and fully integrate information technology and communications to university life.

Strengthen ties and international dimension of the UH, as a means of strategic support to the university substantive activities and the defense of the principles of the Revolution.

On January 5, 1728 born in the convent of St. John Lateran the first university in Cuba, the Royal and Pontifical University of San Geronimo de La Habana. In the opening ceremony appointing Fr Thomas Linares del Castillo as its first rector, who from that time governed the first faculties: Arts and Philosophy, Theology, Canon Law, Law and Medicine.

THE January 2, 1733 presents the first statutes of the University, but not until August 1735 to take effect. They stated that the government of the University should be formed by a Rector, a Vice President, four conciliate, a Master of Ceremonies and a Secretary, each year the Faculty Staff would conduct the elections for these positions. This first phase highlighted a major professor: Tomás Romay, author of transcendental research in the field of medicine and biology.

Following a process of reforms, the San Geronimo University in Havana becomes a secular institution, and in 1850 changed its name to Royal and Literary University of Havana. In this second phase deepens the scientific development at the university. With this objective underlying the natural history museum and botanical garden becomes national governed by the institution. By then the school had the powers of Law, Medicine, Surgery and Pharmacy.

Figures such as Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Antonio Bachiller y Morales, Felipe Poey, Francisco de Arango y Parreno, passed through its halls in these early stages. They helped forge a national indigenous thought that became revolutionary commitment to future generations. A significant event was the murder of eight medical students in 1871, charged with false evidence and testimony. Currently college students pay tribute to those martyrs. During the study period other core facts of history as a college graduation of the first woman, Mercedes Riba, September 23, 1885.

On January 3, 1899 Brooke delegated broad powers to the president to solve all the problems the Spanish government had left the University. Expressed in the letter to the Rector: "... I formally declare that I defer to your own powers enjoyed by Spanish supreme authority of this island. " Thus began the third stage of the University, now a "University of Havana."

Under the plan Varona ideas in this period leading to university teaching modern ideas of the time. However, the structural conditions of the building of St. John Lateran were not the best, was becoming uncomfortable and inadequate.

On May 1, 1902 begins the transfer of the University Aróstegui Hill, also known as the "Hill of pyrotechnics" and located in the Vedado. At this time also begins an important stage in its history, events like the founding of the University Student Federation, the delivery of the speeches of José Antonio Echeverría, falling for its broad and wide steps leading to the generation of the centenary of its historic march torches and the courage shown by their students, are some of the events that may be mentioned.

The University of Havana, in addition to occupying a place of honor in history for his contribution to the patriotic struggle has been the center of large Cuban educators such as Enrique José Varona, Luis de Soto, Vincentian Antunes, Mirta Aguirre, Hortensia Pichardo and a group of Cuban teachers along the 280-year life of the University have offered their expertise to the benefit of future generations.

Following the revolutionary victory in 1959, reopened the doors of the University of Havana, which were closed for 3 years. From that moment gives you access to all the people and the university reform of 1962 is purified to students and faculty supporter of the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. It also puts science at the center of the university.

The new university is from the time the protagonist and important arm of the Revolution to create a new Cuba.

Thanks to Alma Mater born Havana Polytechnic Institute "José Antonio Echeverría" the Medical Sciences, the Higher Pedagogical the Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Sciences of Pinar del Rio and Matanzas. More than 50 doctoral programs and a generation of college students who have given a seat in history. Another of the greatness of this institution is to have trained 1560 young people in third world countries, representing 65 nations.

Currently, the University of Havana has an enrollment of 60 000 students distributed in 17 schools and 15 municipal seats. In the current study educational teaching period 32 races.

Thus, with the growing green laurels that populate the ancient corner of the hill, and the stately buildings that house a multitude students, has its own profile body and our University of Havana, preserved for history and tradition in its more than 280 years of existence.

To attempt a rapprochement with its squares, monuments and other places of interest we need to take road map from the San Lazaro Street, climbing the 88 steps of the monumental staircase, start your journey.

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