The University of the District of Columbia, a historically Black educational institution in the nation’s capital, has announced that is has entered into a partnership with the University of Havana in Cuba. The agreement calls for both institutions to “establish collaborative relations to promote friendship and to cooperate in a mutually beneficial association.”
The initial collaborations will be between the law schools at the two universities. Shelley Broderick, dean of the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia reports that they hope to lend expertise “in helping them to develop new laws to protect a rapidly growing elderly population, including those related to end-of-life directives, living wills, kinship care and other statutes to ensure that seniors and people faced with terminal illness will have their wishes carried out.”
Eventually, the two universities plan to cooperate on research and to implement exchange programs for administrative staff, faculty, and undergraduate and graduate students.
The university of Havana was founded in 1728. It is one of the oldest academic institutions in the Western Hemisphere.