Cuban-German School for Interdisciplinary Development Studies (CG-SIDS)


Bilateral graduate school, Cuba, ZEF, DAAD, SDGs


Cuba, Nicaragua, Germany


Creating Innovative Universities for development was topic of the 10th International Congress on Higher Education in Havana, Cuba in February 2016. International cooperation was identified as an important strategy to create centres of investigation and integration for more sustainability. The so called ‘territorial turn’ aims at integrating the various dimensions of sustainable development, increasing stakeholder participation, and linking up theory with practice. This transdisciplinary approach takes a central position in the process of developing the Cuban economic and social model. However, there are still fundamental obstacles in the way to achieve the SDGs, e.g., a centralized administration, lack of municipal autonomy and consultation, little participation in decision making, insufficient skills at local level, limitations in the access to information (data availability) and technology, research needs.

In order to address the mentioned limitations, the establishment of a graduate school based on a strong partnership between UCLV and ZEF is proposed. We aim at establishing a high quality, sustainable, competitive and locally connected institution of higher education in an outward oriented, excellent and multi-disciplinary University that can highly benefit from leading think tank in development research. We want to establish a graduate school at doctoral level in order to comprehend the numerous disciplinary master and doctoral programs in the UCLV. This facilitates research activities, increases sustainability in NRM, food security and human development and links up science with practice. We do so by incorporating German and international partners (GIGA, UNSSC, WHH, UDS, UNAN-Managua) which are essential in finding solutions for development oriented problems and stimulate scientific analysis and comparison.

Main objectives are

  1. Teaching interdisciplinary, integrative and innovative approaches, concepts and methods
  2. Developing a research agenda addressing the SDG’s
  3. Internationalizing science and research with transatlantic and regional partnership
  • Development of an Interdisciplinary doctoral program addressing the SDGs
  • Creation of a research agenda addressing the SDGs
Main Cooperation Partners
  • Universidad Central Marta Abreu de las Villas
  • Center for Development Research
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua-Managua
  • Welthungerhilfe
  • German Institute for Global Area Studies
  • UN-System Staff College (Knowledge Center for Sustainable Development)
Main Funding Partners


Duration of the Project

until December 2020


at ZEF:

in Kuba:

  • Inocencio Raúl Sánchez Machado (FCE)
  • Gilberto Hernández Pérez (FIMI)
  • Héctor Cruz Enríquez (DIC/UCLV)
  • Dagmara Quintero Silverio (FCE)


Eva Youkhana

Prof. Dr. Eva Youkhana