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Since its founding in 1999, ICCAS has served as the center of academic work, research and discussion on Cuban and Cuban-American topics.

From the Interim Director

The University of Miami’s ties to Cuba go back to the very beginnings of the academic institution. In 1926, UM’s fledgling football team played home and away games against the University of Havana football team. The Hurricanes won in both instances, helping cap an undefeated inaugural season.

But the relationship was not limited to athletics.

From its inception, UM professors were invited to teach at the University of Havana and vice versa. UM President Bowman Foster Ashe attended the bicentennial celebration of the University of Havana in 1928 and six years later, a group of Cuban students received scholarships to UM. (more)

Dr. Andy S. Gomez
Dr. Andy S. Gomez
Interim Director, UM Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies