iSQI continues the initiative for qualification in Cuba and participated in the 3rd Conference of International Science UCIENCIA in Havana. This is considered one of the most important platforms in Cuba for the exchange of domestic scientists with the international market. The conference takes place every two years in September in Havana. It is organized by the University of informatic Science of Cuba (UCI).
iSQI takes this opportunity to present not only its own company but also to conduct talks with science and business, authorities and ministries.
Since 2016, Suzanna Salem, project manager at iSQI, has been engaged to develop an international network for the Cuban market.
“Cuba has incredible potential. The country is increasingly investing in technological research and development – 30 times more than India, for example,” says Suzanna Salem. Cuba’s young IT professionals have been facing many obstacles for years due to the lack of infrastructure. While there are tentative approaches to exporting software abroad, a modern internet connection and reasonable bandwidths are still missing.
Nevertheless, in recent years there has been a great deal of effort across the country to catch up on the international market. In the past year alone, 180 internet cafes have opened all over the island, and 150 more are planned. In 2017 the telecommunications company ETECSA established more than 35 public Wi-Fi zones in parks in Havana and some other cities.
“The expansion of the Internet is very important for Cuban technology experts. Otherwise, it will have little chance of finding its way into the global market, “says Suzanna Salem.
In fact, the literacy rate is 100 percent and the number of Cuban IT professionals is growing steadily. There are many scientists and engineers working at 47 universities and in over 200 research and development centres. Cuba is fighting for worldwide recognition. iSQI sees many opportunities, supports the professionals and tries to consolidate the framework conditions for training and certification.
“Cubans have a very good and a high level of education. They have the best conditions, but they cannot prove them. That’s why they have little to no chance on the international market. ”
Certifications give Cuban professionals international recognition among companies around the world. Conversely, certifications make it possible for international companies to open branch offices in Cuba and work with Cuban professionals.