Purdue University professors visit Cuba for planned study-abroad program

A group of Purdue University agricultural professors are visiting Cuba to set the stage for a planned student study-abroad program on the Island nation.

The three professors who left Saturday for Cuba will meet with potential partners at Cuban agricultural institutions during their week-long visit.

The group will conduct a walk-through of a student study-abroad trip they are organizing for March 2016.

Gerald Shively of Purdue's Department of Agricultural Economics says the trip follows the United States' recent opening of diplomatic ties with Cuba. He says the improved relations between the two nations "unlocks many potential research, education and outreach opportunities."

Shively says the trip will lay the foundation for Purdue's future activities in Cuba, but he stresses that forging collaborations and identifying those opportunities may take time.

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