30th September 2004

 

CUBAN MAYOR TO VISIT UNIVERSITY

 

The Mayor of Camaguey in Cuba is to visit the University of Lincoln tomorrow (Friday).

 

Pablos Nicolas Alejo Rodriguez, who is also General Secretary of the Cuban services union STNAP, will be visiting the university as part of a week-long tour of the East Midlands.

 

The purpose of Mr Rodriguez’ visit is to forge links between the East Midlands region of UNISON and the Camaguey region of STNAP by the signing of a twinning agreement.

 

Staff and students will demonstrate the university’s new facilities, which include the £10 million Architecture building and the £5 million Great Central Warehouse Library which opened last week.

 

Mr Rodriguez is expected to talk to both library workers and students during his visit, and to exchange views on comparisons between education in Cuba and the UK with academics.

 

“We in the public services have a lot to learn from Cuba,“ said John Sharman, branch secretary of Lincolnshire UNISON.

 

“Their education system has been recognised as a model for developing countries with literacy rates higher than those in the USA.”

 

He will arrive at the Lincolnshire UNISON office in Orchard Road, Lincoln at approximately 1.00pm.

 

He will be attending the university between 5.00pm and 6.00pm.

 

 

For more information contact:

Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886625                                   mcross@lincoln.ac.uk

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