Can Universities Develop Advanced Technology and Solve Social Problems?

  • Isarelis Pérez OnesEmail author
  • Jorge Núñez Jover
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 304)


This paper presents case studies on how Cuban universities have increasingly become directly involved with the economic and social development of the country. The paper shows how Cuban universities, from the early 1980s and early 1990s, started reorientation and organization of their scientific research, becoming more directly and intensely involved in the economic and social development of the country. In this way, special reference is made to the case of a research group at the University of Havana: the Laboratory of Synthetic Antigens. This group developed the first synthetic vaccine for human use approved in the world. In the article, public policies involved in this success as well as different obstacles are discussed. These obstacles demonstrate the difficulties and challenges that universities face when carrying out research and innovation activities related to economic and social development.


Social Development Capsular Polysaccharide World Intellectual Property Organization Pentavalent Vaccine Synthetic Vaccine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of HavanaHavanaCuba

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