versión ISSN 1727-8120
PEREZ ONES, Isarelis y NUNEZ JOVER, Jorge. Educación Superior y desarrollo económico y social en Cuba: a propósito de la "Tercera MisiónHigher Education and socio-economic development in Cuba: high rewards of a risky high-tech strategy. Rev Hum Med [online]. 2009, vol.9, n.1, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1727-8120.
This paper presents case studies on how Cuban universities have increasingly become directly involved with the economic and social development of the country. The paper shows how Cuban universities, from the late 1980s and early 1990s, started reorientation and organization of their scientific research, becoming more directly and intensely involved in the economic and social development of the country. In this connection, special reference is made to the case of a research group at the University of Havana: the Laboratory of Synthetic Antigens. This group developed the first synthetic vaccine for human use approved in the world. In the article, public policies involved in this success as well as different obstacles are discussed. These obstacles demonstrate the difficulties and challenges that universities face when carrying out research and innovation activities related to economic and social development.
Palabras llave : Science, technology and society; university; nacional science, technology and policy.