Haitian Universities Struggle to Rebound

Keep rebuilding! Schools and homes should have been up.

Repeating Islands

University campuses across Port-au-Prince were rendered unusable by the earthquake two years ago. With the second anniversary of the earthquake approaching, Andrew Downie looks at the state of the local universities in this article for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Faculty of Applied Linguistics at the State University of Haiti hardly looks like an institute of higher learning. Hidden away on a quiet downtown cross street, the grimy one-story building contains just three classrooms, along with a library, the dean’s office, and a teachers’ lounge, each no larger than a bedroom. Two years ago, the accommodations were slightly better, in a larger building with a language lab.

Then, at 4:53 p.m. on January 12, 2010, an earthquake rocked Haiti, taking hundreds of thousands of lives and destroying thousands of buildings, including many schools and universities. The linguistics building was among the hardest hit: Its top two floors crashed…

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