From January 22nd to January 27th, international experts will evaluate the impact of the VLIR IUC Program at the Universidad de Oriente in Santiago de Cuba in an integral way.
On Monday morning, Dr. Roberto Escarre Urueña, an academic from the University of Alicante and Dr. José Manuel Febles González, a professor at the University of Havana, were received by Dr. Diana Sedal Yanes, Rector of the Universidad de Oriente, Vice Chancellors and other members of the Director Board.
Dr. Diana Sedal said that the results of this evaluation will outline the arguments for the implementation of a second phase of the VLIR-IUC East Program and will take experiences for work in other Higher Education Centers in Cuba.
According to Dr. Escarre Urueña, this external evaluation seeks to find evidence of the impact in the different areas involving the project in the UO. "We have identified three fundamental areas, for example: the institutional area, where we will review the impact of projects at the institutional level, implementation, policies, etc. We are also interested in the impact of the program at the individual level. In this case, we will distribute an online questionnaire to the participants so they can tell us how this training has been beneficial to them, their stays in Belgium and so on. This is very important because the individual impact offers a series of results that will further contribute to the institutional impact. Finally, we will also evaluate the impact at the development and society level. For instance, any activity organized along with other actors is something that we will examine from the evidences. In accordance with the aforementioned, we will report".
On the other hand, Dr. José Manuel Febles Gonzáles added that "the evaluation will also be supported quantitatively because the statistical data is very important. I feel very comfortable to be in this University again after almost 20 years of my last visit".
During these workdays, the academics will meet with scientific leaders, doctoral students, representatives of the different faculties and areas of the Universidad de Oriente. They will also visit centers of economic and social importance in the region, such as primary schools, the Provincial Historical Archive, the Juan Bruno Zayas Alfonso General Hospital, the Toxicology Laboratory, Joven Clubs de Computacion and others.
Translator: Lilia Sanz Gámez
Last Monday, Dr. Diana Sedal Yanes, Rector of the UO and other members of the Director Board, received Dr. Roberto Escarre Urueña, an academic from the University of Alicante and Dr. José Manuel Febles González, professor at the University of Havana, who will undertake the process of evaluation.
Dr. José Manuel Febles Gonzáles said that the evaluation will also be supported statistically after a rigorous evaluation of the documentation and impact of the projects in the different areas.