President Aoun Visits Co-op Students in Cuba

President Aoun signed an agreement with the University of Havana—the most comprehensive academic initiative by an American institution in Cuba—last week during a visit to Cuba, where he led a delegation of Northeastern faculty and staff and members of Congress. This story is the second in a five-part series covering the visit.

Northeastern’s global leadership in experiential education reached a new milestone this semester when Caroline Bynum and Madeline Drake became the first two students in the world to do co-op in Cuba. During President Joseph E. Aoun’s trip to Cuba last week, where he signed far-reaching academic and research partnership agreements, he met with Bynum and Drake, who are thriving in their roles.

The students are working at the Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez, or FANJ, an environmental research non-governmental organization that primarily engages in studying the impacts of climate change on Cuba and promoting the environmental-consciousness of the Cuban people.

The foundation is named in honor of the late Cuban archaeologist and geographer, and as part of their co-ops Bynum and Drake are working on a cultural preservation project in celebration of the 30-year anniversary of Jimenez’ famous canoeing expedition through 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries.

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