The new Faculty of Culture, Creative and Performing Arts was high on the list of discussion points when Cuban Ambassador, Sergio de Jesus Jorge Pastrana, paid a courtesy visit to Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
Barriteau laid out the advanced plans on the new Faculty – the latest addition to the Cave Hill Campus in over 50 years – and its important role in acknowledging the significance of Caribbean culture on the world stage.
“I cannot wait for us to have the input of Cuban expertise in shaping that Faculty in terms of theatre, performing arts and dance,” she added. “I am very, very keen on having Cuba’s input in helping the Faculty grow stronger, and to feed the arts and culture in Barbados and the eastern Caribbean.”
Pastrana revealed that he had toured the facilities at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, and was impressed by what he saw. He agreed that collaboration in culture and performing arts would be mutually beneficial to the campus and Cuba.
They also discussed the efforts to upgrade the Faculty of Science and Technology, and the possibilities for partnership in future programmes in science and biosecurity, based on Pastrana’s long career at the Academy of Sciences of Cuba.
The UWI Cave Hill has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Cuban institutions, formalized with two Memoranda of Understanding with the Ministry of Public Health, Cuba and the University of Havana, respectively. Both were signed on November 24, 2017.