EDWARDSVILLE, IL. (KPLR) - S-I-U Edwardsville is reaching out to a country that has been at odds with the United States for years.
A delegation from the University of Havana in Cuba spent today talking at S-I-U-E about future business opportunities in Cuba if the embargo is ever lifted.
The talk today is part of a bigger S-I-U-E vision about interacting with Cuba. The university plans to establish a formal relationship with the University of Havana this fall. There will eventually be student and faculty exchange programs.
'I think we need to know each other much better to dispel all the myths and misconceptions about that. I mean the united states have normal relationships with Vietnam which is a former enemy of the United States so why not with Cuba...,' said Aldemaro Romero, the Dean of the S-I-U Edwardsville School of Arts and Sciences.
S-I-U-E will be the second U.S. University behind Harvard to have relations with the University of Havana.