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UB launch First Masters Program in Biodiversity Conservation & Sustainable Development by Office of Public Information
09.06.2011

UB launch First Masters Program in Biodiversity Conservation & Sustainable Development

The University of Belize (UB) today launched the University’s first Masters degree in Biodiversity Conservation & Sustainable Development at Central Campus, Belmopan.

Guest Speaker Minister of Education and Youth, Hon. Patrick Faber congratulated the management, faculty and staff of the national tertiary institution for its historical achievement in developing a graduate program that is relevant to meet the needs of Belize and the region.

President Emeritus and Acting President, Dr. Corinth Morter-Lewis in her remarks explained the process used to develop this Master’s degree in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development.

“Students will be exposed to highly qualified UB and Belizean Professors and experts in the field, it will provide them with experiences and mutual learning that will foster creativity, progress and cultural diversity, said Dr. Morter-Lewis. “It will allow for the internationalization of higher education, and will allow us to become frontrunners in contributing to and in charting new knowledge frontiers as it will strengthen our Research Agenda, one of our key strategic directions going forward.”

The Acting President also emphasized that UB through this Master’s Program, will create a critical pool of highly qualified graduates who will complement the Government’s efforts to accelerate the development of human resources, specifically in the area of Natural Resource Management, in Belize.

The University of Belize in partnership with the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, the University of Guyana and Anton de Kom Universiteit van Suriname will offer the mixed-mode program in September. It is geared towards building and strengthening capacity in environmental management, biodiversity and sustainable development issues in the region.

The Masters Program is designed to target professionals and technical staff employed in land, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, freshwater or marine resource management activities from public agencies, NGOs, the private sector and other stakeholders; as well as persons who wish to pursue careers in land and natural resource management, forestry, agriculture and marine resource management and sustainable development.

Courses for the program will be offered via online distance learning (ODL) however students from the Caribbean region will have the opportunity to meet and participate in a field course of their choice in either Suriname or Belize. Students will also be able to benefit from fact-to-face supervision for their research project if they apply and register at the University of Belize.

The intensive M.Sc. curriculum which will be taught by highly regarded professors/lecturers has been tailored to meet the needs of professionals and emerging professionals in Belize and the region.

Other speakers at the event included Mr. Deryck Satchwell, a member of UB Board of Trustees who represented the Chair of UB Board, Mrs. Imani Fairweather-Morrison, the Provost, Dr. Ismael Hoare who introduced UB Graduate Faculty, Administrative Director & Terrestrial Science Director of the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) of the University, Dr. Elma Kay presented a power point overview of the Masters degree, and the Executive Director of Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT), Ms. Sharon Ramclam who announced PACT’s Environmental Fellowship Award.

The deadline for submission of application for admissions to the Masters degree is 8 July 2011.



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