Capacity Building for the Knowledge Economy: The Cuban Experience (1959-2009)
Pérez Ones, Isarelis
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This paper describes and analyzes the foundation of Cuban commitment to enhancing human resource capacity building since the outset of the Revolution in 1959. It gives an overview of the achievements in the education sector, especially the expansion of higher education. The higher education system has facilitated the link between higher education research and development by emphasizing the importance of social relevance in the strategic planning of the institutions, as well as in evaluation and accreditation processes. The paper highlights the expansion of medical services and, finally, the paper reviews some success stories, where university research has been linked to meeting social needs, especially in the health sector.