Florida International University (FIU) and Shanghai University (SHU) have agreed to establish close communication to explore the current and emergent educational needs of their students in the fields of Cuban, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies. FIU and SHU will explore the possibility of hosting faculty members and graduate students from both institutions interested in conducting research, presenting papers, and participating in other academic activities such as seminars and conferences. In particular, both parties have expressed an interest in exchanging information on the Chinese diaspora in Cuba and the Caribbean, as well as the triangular relationship among China, the U.S.A., and Latin America.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Dr. Meredith Newman, Vice Provost for Faculty and Global Affairs, and Dr. John F. Stack, Jr., Founding Dean of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, on behalf of FIU; and Dr. Guo Chang-gang, Director of the Center for Global Studies, on behalf of SHU.
Dr. Jorge Duany, Director of the Cuban Research Institute at FIU, and Dr. Kun Zhang, Assistant Profesor of History at SHU, will oversee the implementation of the collaborative agreement.