Each International Year Of... country is selected based on several critera:
- Depth and breadth of faculty expertise
- Academic diversity
- Predicted and proposed outcomes
- Strength and number of regional/local connections
- Tradition of WKU study or engagement in target country
- Existing or emerging partnerships
- International student population
- Significant world events
Cuba was selected in part because its mystery, rich and diverse culture, and storied history of sites like Old Havana will provide ample opportunities for academic exploration, especially as Cuba and the U.S. navigate changes in their relationship. Additionally, a long list of faculty with diverse experiences and connections in-country will be invaluable in developing and implementing the spotlight on Cuba.
Dr. William Mkanta (Public Health) assisted with reviewing the country proposal and noted that the IYO Cuba will "provide WKU with a great opportunity to build a global learning agenda involving Cuba, enriching WKU's international programs with a new and wider scope of academic strength that is consistent with the university mission."
For more information on the country selection process, click here.