A commitment to science, and conscience, has been the standard upheld by the University of Oriente, which has promoted the development of a culture of excellence in the education of its students, scientific research and the continuing professional development of its staff, committed to society and Cuba’s patriotic history.
This deep commitment to humanism has allowed the university to graduate some 54,000 students, including close to 1,000 from abroad, in more than 30 professional majors, in addition to 220 Ph. D’s and some 500 who have earned Masters’ degrees, while undertaking dozens of research projects to support the country’s social and economic goals.
Some 14,900 students are currently enrolled on its three main campuses and eight municipal branches, in 11 departments and 11 scientific and technological centers.
These accomplishments, according to Dr. Martha del Carmen Mesa Valenciano, are the product of many years of revolutionary work and represent the university’s modest contribution to the updating of Cuba’s economic model.
Hipólito Carvajal Fals, deputy rector of research and post-graduate studies, commented, "To make a greater contribution, this past year, 14 networks of comprehensive thematic study were established, including 112 lines of research and 192 projects in the fields of engineering, social science and the humanities."
The university’s National Applied Electro-magnetism Center has played an important role, nationally and internationally, in the study and application of this technology in industry, medicine, agriculture and environmental protection.
Its contributions have led to improvements in steam generating in the sugar and medical industries; productivity in agriculture; conservation of energy resources and the treatment of ailments including skin disease and pelvic inflammation. It is now focusing on clinical trials related to cancerous tumors.
Similarly, the Medical Biophysics Center has made important contributions in the areas of vascular and neurological diagnosis, medical imaging and the treatment of sickle-cell anemia with the production of Angiodín PD-3000 photoplethysmography (PPG) machines and GIROMAG nuclear magnetic resonance equipment.
The Neuroscience, Image and Signal Processing Studies Center has made significant progress in bioengineering and neuroscience, investigating voice processing, the cries of newborns, auditory signal processing for cochlear implants and other issues related to the study of ataxic patients.
According to Dr. Liliana Gómez Luna, director of Science and Technology, in these and the university’s other research institutions linked to the biotechnology industry and the integral development of Cuban culture, a commitment to helping solve local and national problems is evident.
The Center for Multidisciplinary Study of Coastal Areas has prioritized projects which contribute to the protection of these sensitive regions, such as a study addressing comprehensive risk management of Cuba’s vulnerable southeastern coastline, which includes community participation.
Evidence of the importance and impact of its research – above all in food production, sociology and energy conservation – are the 25 projects which were awarded prizes by the Cuban Academy of Science.
Currently the university has 11 projects underway in several provinces and during the period 2012-2015 priorities include development efforts in agriculture, hi-tech medical equipment, the updating of Cuba’s economic model and the training of administrators.
Every year, the institution of higher learning sponsors five international events and many national gatherings addressing Applied Electro-magnetism, Comprehensive Management of Coastal Regions, Earthquakes, Chemistry, Psychology, and Imaging, as well as publishing dozens of books and academic papers.
The university celebrating its 65th anniversary is proud to have among its alumni Vilma Espín Guillois, Frank and Josué País García, the Marinello brothers, Francisco Prat Puig, José Antonio Portuondo, José Soler Puig and Ricardo Repilado.
In the spirit of its illustrious history, the University of Oriente awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa to Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez, one of the Cuban Five unjustly imprisoned in the United States, during the commemorative anniversary event.