FMSS Belize City Campus Closure Today, August 25, 2021


August 25, 2021

From the Human Resources Department

FMSS Belize City Campus Closure Today, August 25, 2021

The Human Resources Department would like to advise Students, Staff, Faculty and the general public that the offices at the FMSS Campus  in Belize City will be closed for business today, August 25, 2021.

All offices will reopen tomorrow, Thursday, August 26, 2021.

The University apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you.

Join Our Team! Vacancies Exist for Deans + Finance Director + HR Director


DEANS

Faculty of Management & Social Sciences (FMSS)
Faculty of Education & Arts (FEA)
Faculty of Science & Technology (FST)

Summary of Responsibilities

The Dean is a senior manager of the University of Belize who reports to the Vice President and is the Executive Head of the Faculty concerned. As the academic leader, is responsible for the strategic positioning and pursuit of the strategic goals of the Faculty as derived from the Transformational Plan 2017-2022. The successful accomplishment of these aims requires the appropriate engagement with the relevant offices of the University such as Finance, Human Resources, Information and Communication Technologies, Open Distance and Learning, Quality Assurance, Facilities, Security, etc.

The exercise of leadership and managerial responsibility includes:

  • Positioning the Faculty within the national educational policy framework;
    Positioning the Faculty within the core business of the University with regard to teaching, research, and outreach/community interaction;
  • Curriculum review and development to meet national needs, developing and driving the research agenda of the Faculty, seeking external funding opportunities, promoting the Faculty’s work through effective outreach;
  • Quality management in the Faculty: students, curriculum, examinations, quality review, progress on accreditation, etc.;
    Ensuring the well being of staff and students within the Faculty environment;
  • Semester and annual reporting as a minimum, of the Faculty’s performance to the President and Vice President;
  • Participating and contributing to the senior management deliberations of the University on a regular basis and at the Academic Council;
  • Achieving the enrollment, graduation and financial management targets of the Faculty;
  • Marketing the Faculty nationally, regionally and internationally.

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Ph.D. Degree in a field directly related to the Faculty;
    Research and development experience;
  • Experience in teaching in the relevant areas of the disciplines of the Faculty;
  • Experience in academic, professional administration and academic advising and mentoring;
  • At least 10 years in a senior teaching or academic administration, research, or leadership position.

Director of Finance

Summary of Responsibilities
The Director of Finance reports to the President of the University and engages with all the offices of the University including Deans and Directors. The Director of Finance has the responsibility for the development and execution of the University’s annual budgets; managing income from varied sources such as tuition and fees, Government subventions, in addition to managing all areas of expenditure over the course of its operating cycle. The Director would also manage endowment and other benefaction funds, capital grants and project related income and expenditure. The Director of Finance also engages with key external stakeholders in the public sector such as the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology, Ministry of Finance, Banking institutions and the private sector, as well as with the University’s external auditor. The Director of Finance is also responsible for the timely completion of quarterly and annual financial reports and external audit reports.

SCOPE of Responsibilities

  • Manages the budget including income, expenditure, cash flow, payroll, purchasing and receivables etc. in accordance with the plans established in the Operational Plan and the University’s strategy for achieving a balanced budget.
  • Is responsible for Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and the Treasury function and asset management.
  • Production of timely, accurate, financial statements and analyses including annual, audited financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.
  • Oversees the implementation of a fully computerized financial management system that interfaces with other systems in the institution (in particular, the Human Resources management, payroll, and student affairs management systems).
  • Reporting to the President of the University and engaging with Senior Managers, Directors, Deans, the GOB, Student Governments, financial institutions etc. so as to ensure the good financial management of the University.

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Finance, Accounting and/or equivalent
  • Professional certification in accounting would be a distinct asset.
  • Highly motivated, self-driven, resourceful individual, interested primarily in the development of the University of Belize and willing to work in a challenging environment with over 5,000 students.
  • Experienced professional with wide-ranging work-performance backgrounds of management and leadership in the financial area.
  • A good track record in institutional development and management in a diverse institution, together with an appreciation of the peculiar requirements of a tertiary-level teaching and research institution committed to the development of Belize through teaching, research and service;
  • Familiarity with the processes and procedures of bilateral and multilateral funding agencies and with the preparation/evaluation of research/consultancy/ project proposals would be desirable.
  • Performance-focused, output- and outcome-oriented, people-friendly, and willing and capable of encouraging high level performance from subordinates;
  • Emphasis in candidate-selection would be placed on demonstrated track-records of high level financial leadership;
    Student centered;
  • Manage the people, the budget as well as other assets of the Department of Budget and Financial Management.
  • Develops appropriate work plans and accountabilities.

COMPENSATION
Commensurate with the level of qualification and experience.

Director of Human Resources

Summary of Responsibilities

The Director of Human Resources reports to the President of the University and engages with the Offices of the Vice President, the Deans, Directors and Chairs of the University. The Director is also the point person for liaising and engaging with the recognized Union in the University on all IR matters. The key role of the Director is to provide overall strategic human resource leadership and Industrial Relations functions of the University of Belize and to also demonstrate exemplary management of these functions.

Job Responsibilities Major responsibilities include the following:

  • Strategic leadership and direction for the University, so as to ensure that the Human resources of the University are aligned with the needs of the various functionary Offices and consistent with the University’s Transformational Plan.
    Planning, administering and managing a full-scope HR program including staffing, recruitment, classification and employee compensation, employee contracts, performance evaluations, merit promotions, including developing strategic planning goals for the University.
  • Providing expert advice and input to the University’s leadership, faculty and staff including developing options and recommendations to resolve difficult HR matters and complex employee and industrial relations problems.
    Leading negotiations, monitoring execution, grievance procedures and appeals, contract administration, employee discipline and related matters.
  • Monitoring and evaluating HR programs to ensure they comply with the applicable laws, rules or regulations of Belize and are compatible with the University’s mission and strategic planning goals and its HR policies and programs.
  • Embracing and leading change in a proactive manner, with the sensitivity to the interrelationships between and among different organizational stakeholders and to the management relationships within the University. Ensuring a good and healthy industrial relations climate within the University, driven by best practices in HR and IR.
  • Leading and managing the HR Office including its staff, assigning duties and measuring performance, planning and executing the approved budget, delivering training functions, managing the health insurance scheme, gratuities and pensions, loans, recognition and awards together with overall staff engagement programs.

Job Qualifications
Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management, Labour Relations or Industrial Relations, together with proven experience as an HR Director/Manager for an organization with large numbers of employees.

Skills/Competencies

  • Knowledge of the Labour Laws of Belize and good industrial relations practices
  • Contract management, compensation and administration
  • Records maintenance
  • Performance measurement and monitoring
  • Health Insurance and Pension schemes
  • Conflict resolution and mediation
  • Knowledge of compensations schemes, rewards and recognition
  • Experience in collective bargaining agreements
  • Ability to supervise and train employees to support the work of their Departments, including organizing, prioritizing and scheduling work assignments
  • Negotiation skills
  • Multitasking skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community

COMPENSATION
Commensurate with the level of qualification and experience.

 

Interested Persons are Invited to Apply And View Full Job Descriptions:

Online: https://www.ub.edu.bz/work-at-ub/

Or by Mail, Email or Courier:
Office of the President
P.O. Box 340
University of Belize
Humming Bird Avenue
Belmopan City, Cayo District, Belize

Queries may be addressed to:

[email protected] OR +(501) 822-3680

Deadline to Apply
21st May, 2021
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

 

Notice to Students on Program Change Requests


November 9, 2020

From the Admissions Department

Notice to Students Who Applied for Program Change

Please be aware that once you are currently enrolled into a program, your application for Program Change cannot be activated before the Semester ends. With that said, applications for program change are processed after exam grades are published.

We regret that students who applied for program change will not be able conduct an Early Registration for their new program.

Thanks for your understanding.

For Queries, kindly contact the Admissions Department at
[email protected]

Download/View Notice Here

Notice from the Department of Finance with Regards to the Reinstatement Process for Students


Students who were de-registered, please note the following steps for re-instatement:

  1. Students are required to complete a reinstatement form and pay at least 25% of their invoice total along with the $50 late fee and submit to [email protected]
  2. Reinstatement form and payments are then verified by the Accounts Receivable Office and forward to the Records Office for the reinstatement of courses.
  3. Records Office re-enters the courses.
  4. Moodle Accounts are re-activated within 24 working hours after courses have been entered by the Records Office.

The deadline for completion is September 18, 2020

For more information kindly email [email protected]

Thank you.

Notice can be viewed/downloaded HERE

NOTICE: UB Closure Due to Tropical Storm Nana


The University of Belize hereby informs that our offices will be closed to the public on Wednesday September 2, 2020.

Non-essential administrative support and administrative staff are not expected to report to work. However, essential staff from the following departments will be guided by their individual supervisors:

  1. Public Safety
  2. ICT
  3. ODL
  4. Physical Plant (Maintenance Personnel)
  5. UB Central Farm

The University’s online teaching continues unless impacted by the weather.
Employees are advised to listen to the NEMO advisories. When NEMO issues an all clear, we are expected to return to work.

Please stay safe and keep your families secure.

View/Download the Document HERE

UB’s 20th Anniversary Speeches


A Message from Chairman of the Board of Trustees at UB:

As we stand in this  moment, the joy of birth and the memories of the years of growth and struggle fill us with pride and a true sense of accomplishment. The University of Belize, Belize’s national flagship of higher learning, stands tall with its magnificent record of delivering quality multi-disciplinary educational programs designed to empower this nation.

As Chairman of the Board of Trustees of this great national institution I am proud to salute leadership, faculty and staff on this the occasion of UB’s 20th Anniversary.  The road to this happy moment has not been without its bumps and bogs.  In fact, as we celebrate we are mindful of the heavy cloud of uncertainty enveloping the University, the nation and indeed, the World as we all struggle to chart a manageable course in spite of the harsh setbacks brought on by the worse global pandemic the World has seen in a hundred years. African wisdom dictates that “Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors”. We are, therefore, strengthened in the belief that the University of Belize has been fortified by rough waters in the past and will overcome all turbulence it faces today and in the future. “However long the night. The dawn will break”.

This University celebrates the thousands of proud graduates who have contributed to Belize’s national well-being in the Public Service, in Private Enterprise, as educators, engineers, scientists, attorneys, doctors, nurses, agriculturists; in politics, religion, business.  Our graduates have made us proud within the region and across the diaspora, in local as well as in world-class institutions.

In celebration we are mindful of our sponsors and stakeholders and extend a hearty handshake of gratitude to the Government of Belize, to the parents and students who have steadfastly supported us, to benefactors all (small and large) and to the dedicated faculty and staff who have stood firmly with us in creating this fountain of teaching and learning – The University of Belize!

Happy 20th Birthday UB!  Together we will move mountains tomorrow by continuing to lift stones today.

By GA Harrison Pilgrim, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, UB

A Message from the Chief Executive Officer at the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture:

I take great pleasure in extending warm congratulations to the University of Belize on the twentieth anniversary of the University’s founding, this first day of August 2020.

There is great significance of this August 1st  celebration.  This anniversary date, is historical. On this day, we also celebrate the anniversary of our beloved capital, Belmopan, home of the University of Belize’s main campus. We also mark in Belize and the Caribbean, Emancipation Day, the end of slavery. This alignment of celebrations is testament to our resolve as a people, for freedom of person and thought and of our efforts at nation building. The University of Belize plays a crucial role in all these.   Congratulations to the management, faculty, staff and students of UB.  Happy 20th anniversary.

By Deborah Domingo, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture

A Message from the President of the Student Government Association 2019-20:

I am beyond grateful for having been selected by my peers to represent the university’s student body in its entirety as a member on the Board of Trustees for the past year. It has also brought me much pleasure to accept your invitation in sharing celebratory words to commemorate the 20th anniversary of this national institution. The University of Belize is home to many students all over the country which fosters learning in an enabling environment. There are a number of
available opportunities that allows each individual to stimulate some form of developmental growth both in and outside of the classroom. My two-year experience has been one filled with unimaginable milestones being crossed in the face of undeniable adversities. In a similar light, the university too has had its achievements as breakthroughs from previous hardships.

The infamous “Transformational Plan” took off in 2017 with a full head of steam from the very day of its introduction and is continuing its course. Guided by the fours R’s of Reach, Relevance, Responsiveness and Responsibility, the university is well aware of necessary areas for improvements in its plan and steers in a direction of excellence. I am proud to say that I’ve been a witness to the contract signing for the medical building, that I hope proves to evolve into a
program sought after by many students regionally and internationally. Time and time again, we are reminded of how much the students are at the core of the university’s interest and that their
power to push forward the future plans is critical. As students, we are indeed the leaders of tomorrow whom will lay foundations for better leaders in the subsequent years to come. After 20 consecutive years of standing tall on Belizean soil, the University of Belize has sowed good seeds and had fruitful harvests as their reward. I believe that without a doubt there will be no setbacks so great that the students, faculty and administrating bodies of this institution are unable to overcome. We are all forever equipped with our own unique set of tools to build UB together.

By Jalen Good, President (2019-2020), Association of Student Governments, University of Belize

From the President’s Desk – UB and Junior Colleges Convene to Advance Tertiary Education in Belize


UB and Junior Colleges Convene to Advance Tertiary Education in Belize

The University of Belize convened a historic meeting with Presidents, Deans, Principals and representatives of Junior Colleges of Belize and a couple of technical/vocational schools. This meeting held under the theme “Working Together to Advance the Education of our Nation,” was held on April 5, 2019 at the Belmopan Campus. Junior Colleges were represented from across the country and the Institute of Technical Vocational and Educational Training-Orange Walk and Cayo Center for Employment and Training. The representatives from UB included all of our Deans and representative Chairs from our four faculties, the Registrar, Senior Management, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Harrison Pilgrim.

The Chairman opened the meeting and expressed the strong desire for the University of Belize, Junior Colleges and technical schools to work in harmony to build tertiary education in Belize. Mr. Deryck Satchwell, Deputy Director, Tertiary and Post-Secondary Education Services in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, our guest speaker, spoke at length on contemporary issues affecting the tertiary education sector globally. He focused much of his though on access, quality, accreditation and certification and emphasized that meeting the output standards for a particular discipline is dominant in current thinking. Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat, UB’s President, emphasized the importance of access of Belizean students to the National University of Belize so as to significantly enhance the number of students who graduate with tertiary qualifications and can contribute meaningfully to the advancement of Belize’s development.

The Junior Colleges all expressed a desire for a more seamless entry of their graduates into UB’s various programs and that the articulation framework developed through ATLIB (Association of Tertiary Level Institutions in Belize) needs to be constantly updated with programmatic changes that are occurring both at UB and within the Junior Colleges. The matter of general courses at UB that proved to be challenging for some graduates of Junior Colleges, and access to high level ITVET graduates to Engineering for example will be a matters in particular that will be addressed by UB and the Colleges.

The meeting concluded that this approach must be pursued, but in addition, the Junior Colleges will approach our various Deans and Chairs to ameliorate any difficult challenges with respect to student access and the President of UB endorsed this direct approach. All agreed that with dialogue and steady communication we can build a very responsive tertiary sector for Belize. The President thanked all who made this meeting such a success, including our Deans and rapporteurs from the UB.

Security Alert: Crime and Safety


Safety Tips

1. Travel in groups at night and walk on main roads that are preferably lit and frequently trafficked – The walkway that leads to the George Price Center and George Price Street is the property of the George Price Center, not the University of Belize.
2. Never have a set driving or walking pattern – Always know your route and the quickest way to seek assistance
3. Be very alert of your surroundings at all times– especially while walking at nights
4. Pay attention and be aware of your environment – Never put yourself in a compromising position by being inebriated or distracted on your phone or listening to music (or all three!). Victims of attack often look confused, lost, distracted, or in need of help.
5. Report suspicious individuals or raise alert for suspicious activities and/or suspicious vehicles
6. Ensure that someone knows where you are at all-times – for example, when you are leaving classes in the night and especially if you are walking home
7. Ensure you know, by memory, all the relevant emergency phone numbers and UB’s emergency phone numbers (602-5558 or 822-3680 ext 148)
8. Do not keep excess cash or valuables on your person.
9. Carry a whistle or alarm, and pepper spray (especially females). A whistle or phone app that acts as an alarm is a fast and loud way to signal help in case of emergency. Additionally, pepper spray can be purchased in discreet, portable containers – some that will even fit on your keychain – and can be used for personal self-defense.