Over 50 Chinese Students Graduate from Cuba’s Medical School

Source: Cuban News Agency
July 14 2016

chinese medical students graduate in cuba.jpgA total of 52 students from the People’s Republic of China, 51 in medicine and one in nursing, received on Wednesday at the Main Lecture Hall of the University of Havana their certificates as graduates from the capital’s University of Medical Sciences.

Fang Jun, deputy director general of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges of the Higher Education Ministry of the People’s Republic of China, confessed he was happy to be part of this training course of new health professionals, “for which, he said, the Cuban government has used a lot of material resources and some of its best professors.


He also congratulated graduates, thanked Cuban universities and its education system, its officials, and the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, for this cooperation, and highlighted the good reception given by China to previous graduates.

The scholarship program began in 2006 following a decision by the leaders of both nations. It has great scientific, political and social value for contributing to the formation of 3,417 young people from the People’s Republic of China and was created on the initiative of Fidel Castro, aimed at training and preparing students.

1 thought on “Over 50 Chinese Students Graduate from Cuba’s Medical School

  1. My thinking is that one day long after the bones of my generation are white in cemeteries around the world, the true history of the world will be written and the role of revolutionary Cuba and its people in that history will be a highly distinguished one on the side of human progress.

    Above all else, the role of Cuba will be recorded as a distinguished one primarily because of the huge sacrifices that the Cuban people have made for nearly 60 years now to assist the progress of humanity in all fields, since its revolutionary victory against US imperialism and the tyrannies that it unleashed against the Cuban people.

    In this regard, to really grasp the enormity of the sacrifices of the Cuban people in humanity’s progress, it must never be forgotten that in terms of natural wealth Cuba is a poor country with comparatively few resources which include its land, nickel and above all else its ingenious people.

    Consequently as the Chinese official asserts at the graduation of its 60 medical practioners, the revolution has invested vast “material resources” in their training.

    However, to better understand Cuba’s enormous sacrifices in keeping with the cited claim of the Chinese official, it is helpful to think not only of the hundreds of Chinese students but more broadly of the tens of thousands of students from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean that Cuba has trained in medicine, engineering, agricultural sciences, economics, mathematics and other disciplines.

    To begin to grasp the real impact of the sacrifices of the Cuban revolution and its people in nearly 60 years, it would probably be helpful to ask the following questions:

    •What is the monetary value of all the material and human resources that the revolution has invested to train all the doctors, nurses, radiologists and other medical practitioners during its nearly 60 years of life?

    •What is the monetary value of all the resources that the revolution has invested in training all the foreign engineers and technicians during its nearly 60 years of life?

    •What is the monetary value of the human and material resources that Cuba has invested to train the thousands of other foreign professionals in Mathematics, agronomy, economics, accounting and a myriad of other fields?

    Furthermore, as Cuba is a country being punished by the American imperialists for its revolution, any honest assessment of the sacrifices of the Cuban people must necessarily account for the additional costs of the US economic blockade on Cuba not only to train these thousands of professionals over five decades but also the costs on Cuba in terms of its growth and development during this period.

    For example, how often do we think about the additional thousands of dollars that the Cuban government and its state entities must pay to acquire tractors, computers, steel, medicines, spare parts, foods and a multitude of other goods and services that are required from Japan, China, Europe and other far away countries in the world to keep the Cuban economy going because of the US blockade?

    Likewise, though the global media which is predominantly capitalist owned and controlled, the frequent talk about the shortages of consumer goods, the difficulties of ordinary Cubans to access them and generally the low standard of living in Cuba, they consciously omit to contextualize these conditions in terms of the US blockade and the multitude of other acts of sabotage against the revolution which require significant use of resources to combat these acts.

    The fact is that the use of these resources create more difficulties for Cuba to improve the material standard of living for its people as well as to train more professionals from developing countries.
    The latter is not an apology for any failure of the revolution in these areas ,on the contrary it is a reality imposed by imperialism against the revolution.

    Thus, to measure the sacrifices of the Cuban Revolution and its people over the life of the revolution, two equally pertinent questions to pose and answer are:

    *What would the material standard of living of the Cuban people be like today had the aggregate monetary value of the resources used by Cuba to train tens of thousands of professionals from all across the globe including China been invested in Cuba?

    *Likewise, what would be the state of Cuba’s technology and infrastructure today if potentially hundreds of millions of dollars of material wealth that Cuba has invested in military, health, educational, housing, hurricane and earthquake missions to assist millions of people around the globe been invested to improve its physical infrastructure and its technological and productive capacities?

    in other words, the opportunist costs of Cuba’s internationalist solidarity with the world’s peoples particularly those in developing countries to help them uproot the consequences of imperialist underdevelopment such as hunger, poverty, illiteracy, diseases and others are enormous by themselves. However, these already innumerable sacrifices are significantly compounded by the onerous US blockade and multiple acts of sabotage by the US government.

    So, when the honest history of the world and revolutionary Cuba’s role in it is written, assuming that humanity survives the emerging climate catastrophe and nuclear threat, generations of people 100 or 200 years into the future will hopefully understand not only the enormous sacrifices of revolutionary Cuba for the progress of humanity but also its struggles to preserve civilization itself.

    Likewise, had the US imperialists not imposed the criminal economic blockade against the revolution with the vicious additional costs of transactions with other countries, Cuba’s economy could have invested such resources to manufacture a range of consumer goods as well as to improve their quality, expand and improve the quality of health care, education, food production and distribution among others.

    The world will hopefully learn about Cuba’s revolutionary selflessness not only to survive against US imperialism’s efforts to isolate the revolution but also its efforts against poverty and other consequences of imperialist underdevelopment throughout the developing world.

    Finally, it appears that Cuba’s revolutionary philosophy of internationalism is rooted in the lyrical line of Bob Marley’s song “So much Things to Say” “When the rain falls, it does not fall on one man’s housetop.”

    Peace and Love!!

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