SAU, Cuban University Sign Historic Agreement | Arkansas Business News – Arkansas News

SAU, Cuban University Sign Historic Agreement | Arkansas Business News – Arkansas News

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 
on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 1:27 pm  
2 min read

University of Artemisa Proctor/President Carlos Eduardo Suarez Ponciano speaks Wednesday during the agreement signing event. On the left is SAU President Trey Berry. (Sarah Campbell-Miller)

Southern Arkansas University and the University of Artemisa in Cuba signed an agreement Wednesday in the rotunda of the State Capitol, formalizing an academic exchange between the two universities.

SAU President Trey Berry called the agreement a first-of-its-kind partnership. The universities plan to exchange three students at a time. He also said the university hoped to send faculty members and its jazz band to Cuba, and to collaborate with the University of Artemisa on research projects. 

“We hope the opportunities will be limitless,” Berry said. 

Berry said the process that led to the agreement, which took more than two years, went smoothly, despite the “usual” restrictions on Visas and communications.  

SAU also hosted a delegation from the University of Artemisa this week, including President Carlos Eduardo Suarez Ponciano, artist Abel Alfonso Castro and art student Yoan Perez Nunez. The delegation’s plans were to visit the Clinton Library, Heifer International and the Arkansas Arts Center after the signing.

Castro and Nunez are working on a concrete friendship mural project that will be “a twin,” Berry said, of one painted in November by an SAU delegation to Artemisa. SAU Honors College Director Ed Kardas and art professor Steven Ochs led that delegation, and Ochs will be assisting the visiting Cubans with their mural.

At the signing, Kardas…

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