3 May 2024

Visita de la Universidad Sancti Spíritus de Cuba

  • During their visit, they learned about the research projects that the institute is carrying out in the field of Vocational Education and Training and the transition towards environmentally sustainable competitiveness.

On April 26th two lecturers from the University of Sancti Spíritus "José Martí Pérez" in Cuba met with the Orkestra team during a study visit to the Basque Country within the framework of the EU-Cuba Experience Exchange Project for the promotion of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency managed by the International and Latin American Foundation for Public Administration and Policies (FIIAPP) and financed by the EU.

The aim of their visit was to learn first-hand about the internationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) model of the Basque Country, in order to contribute to the design of a Degree in Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency that will be implemented in three Cuban universities next academic year.

Professors Adilen Carpio and María del Carmen Echevarria from the University of Sancti Spíritus met with Orkestra researchers Juan Gamboa and Macarena Larrea. Developing the necessary skills and training to meet the challenge of talent is one of Orkestra's main lines of research. According to Gamboa, the institute has been working for several years in the field of skills and developing projects that delve into the evolution and potential of Vocational Education and Training, so the meeting was "a good opportunity to exchange experiences and to share some of the success factors of the Basque VET model".

The research of the Energy and Environment Lab, which among other things studies the transition towards an environmentally sustainable economy, was also discussed in the meeting. Macarena Larrea shared with the professors Orkestra's recent report on Green jobs and skills in the Basque Country as well as the analysis carried out in the 2024 Basque Country Competitiveness Report on the connection between occupations with high green potential and the training system.

During their stay in the Basque Country, the Cuban professors also visited several vocational training centres, the Basque Institute for Future Learning (IVAF) and the Applied Research Centre for Vocational Training (Tknika).