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WT pioneers exchange program with Cuba

WT pioneers exchange program with Cuba
Posted: Aug 18, 2015 4:53 AM

Canyon, TX – West Texas A&M faculty are preparing for a historic trip
to Cuba that will mark the beginning of a new opportunity for the
and their students.

The Institute of International asked WTAMU and eleven other
universities to help make a country once off limits to students, now
available. Together, the universities will create an exchange program
that will put their students at the forefront of a new educational
experience and give other universities across the nation an example to
follow.

Students at WTAMU have studied in more than 50 countries across the
globe, but Cuba is not one of them.

That is something professor Paul Clark hopes to change. “If we get a
reciprocal exchange going, our students and our faculty will be able to
go down, their students and their faculty will be able to come up here
and we’ll be able to learn a great deal more about each other and maybe
break down some of the barriers we’ve been encountering over the years,”
explained Clark.

A team of faculty is visiting Cuba in October, which will be the first
step in expanding educational horizons between Cuba and the Panhandle.
“So we’ll go down and make contacts,” said Clark. “We’ll be visiting
with seven or eight different universities in Cuba, not just the
University of Havana, but seven or eight other universities. Many have
never been able to study abroad and they’ve never been able to leave the
country.”

The team will spend the next six months studying the pros and cons of a
possible exchange program and how it would work.

Clark believes an exchange would benefit WTAMU. “It will allow our
students to learn different kinds of Caribbean Spanish, which we are
really in no position to learn right now. We’ll be able to learn about
some of their farming techniques and of course the reciprocal will be
the same. They will be able to learn from us and we will be able to
learn from them. It’s really a terrific opportunity.”

It’s an opportunity that has not been available for more than 50 years.
“This is very much a historical moment for us at WT and to be in on the
ground floor is quite an honor,” said Clark.

If all goes well with the planning process, Clark said WTAMU students
could be studying in Cuba within 12 to 18 months.

Madison Alewel – NewsChannel 10

Source: WT pioneers exchange program with Cuba – KFDA – NewsChannel 10 /
Amarillo News, Weather, Sports –
http://www.newschannel10.com/story/29808294/wt-pioneers-exchange-program-with-cuba

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