The conclusion of the CXIII Session of the Central American University Confederation (CSUCA) hosted by the University of Belize


The CXIII Ordinary Session of the Consejo Superior Universitario Centro Americano (CSUCA – Central American Higher Education Council), hosted by the University of Belize (UB), concluded yesterday April 11th, 2019.

During the two-day session, the Central American Council for Higher Education received the Secretary General’s Report on his activities for 2018 and approved the Auditor’s Report on the Council’s finances for 2018. The appointment of an Assistant Secretary General for Student Affairs was also approved. The Council engaged in critical yet ambitious priorities for strengthened cooperation and deeper integration amongst and between member universities. Discussions proved ultimately fruitful and as a group, the council agreed on a direction for the coming academic year, 2019-2020.

Given the current global context, the key topics discussed at this year’s session were:
1. The harmonization of the cost of tuition between the universities to allow for easier access to higher education for nationals of CSUCA members within CSUCA Universities
2. The internationalization of CSUCA Universities; and
3. The need for the CSUCA Universities to expand its reach and role within the region for deeper integration to not only ensure access to tertiary education, but also to ensure CSUCA Universities offer programs that are relevant, innovative and applicable to the needs and priorities of the various societies in an effort to drive the development of our region.

Also discussed were programs of out-reach that make Universities of Central America more socially responsible to our rural populace.

Another significant outcome of the meeting was the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Belize and the University of Nicaragua – Managua (UNAN-M), which will allow for further collaboration on mutual interest, particularly the development of a Medical program for the University of Belize.

Equally of importance was the implementation of a Master’s Program in Disaster Risk Management, whereby all CSUCA nationals would be able to access this training starting September 2019.

There was also a rich discussion on matters pertaining to Universities and University students in Nicaragua and CSUCA agreed to allow the process of reconciliation to take its course. CSUCA also accepted an invitation for the next meeting to be hosted by UNAN-M.

The President of the University of Belize and in his capacity as President of CSUCA for the 2018-2019 year, Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat, thanks the Secretary General Dr. Carlos Alvarado Cerezo and his team as well as the Presidents and Rectors of CSUCA Universities and CSUCA’s Secretariat for a successful, spirited and productive session. The contributions of our students through FEUCA were exceptional. President Sankat also thanks his team from the University of Belize for the exceptional work in hosting this historic meeting in Belize.

CSUCA is devoted to the deepening of our multilateral relations and to improving the quality of higher education in Central America in order to achieve the common good of Central America and the Caribbean to fully participate in the solution of national, regional and global problems.

The University of Belize hosts the CXIII Session of the Central American University Confederation (CSUCA)


The University of Belize (UB) is hosting the CXIII Session of the Consejo Superior Universitario Centro Americano (CSUCA – Central American Higher Education Council). This is the first time this annual session is being held in Belize and is being hosted by the University of Belize

The CSUCA is one of the oldest regional organization of higher education systems in the world, where its members consist of public universities from the countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA) – Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic. CSUCA aims to promote Central American integration, and particularly the integration and strengthening of higher education in Central American societies.

The objective of this two-day session is to report on the activities of CSUCA for the 2018-2019 year and to engage in information sharing of the work of CSUCA’s seven (7) sub-committees:

1. Sistema de Evaluación y Armonización de la Educación Superior (SICEVAES – Committee for Evaluation and Harmonization of Higher Education)
2. Sistema de Centroamericano y del Caribe de Investigación y Posgrado (SIRCIP – Central American and the Caribbean Commission for Research and Graduate Studies)
3. Sistema de Vida Estudiantil (SIREVE –Commission for Student Life)
4. Sistema de Internacionalización de la Educación Superior Centroamericana (SIESCA – Commission for the Internationalization of Higher Education Systems of Central America)
5. Sistema de Centroamericano de Relación Universidad-Sociedad (SICAUS – Committee for University and Society Relationship)
6. Sistema Integrado de Información Documental Centroamericano (SIIDCA – Integrated Committee for Documentary Information)
7. Sistema Editorial Universitario Centroamericano (SEDUCA –Central American University Editorial Committee)

Discussion for this session will focus primarily on policies relating to the internationalization of CSUCA Universities, graduate studies, student mobility between the Universities and standards for institutional accreditation for member universities.

One of the most significant outcome of this meeting for UB will be the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that is to be signed with the University of Nicaragua – Managua (UNAN-M). UB has partnered with UNAN-M to develop UB’s Medical Program and to aid in developing its Faculty of Health Science.

This two-day session, being held on April 10th – 11th, 2019, will be chaired by the President of CUSCA, Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat – UB’s President and will be co-chaired by CUSCA’s Secretary General, Dr. Carlos Alvarado Cerezo.

CSUCA is to improve the quality of higher education in Central America through the creation and transmitting of knowledge and the dissemination of shared experiences in an effort to guide actions to achieve the common good of Central America in order to fully participate in the solution of global problems.

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.

From the President’s Desk – Central Farm Campus Successfully Micro propagates Banana Plantlets for Local Industry


Central Farm Campus Successfully Micro propagates Banana Plantlets for Local Industry

The President wishes to bring to your attention this very good report on the field performance of banana plants produced at the UB Central Farm Campus (UBCF) Micro-propagation Lab, under a project funded by the European Union through Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).

The University fully supports and expresses its confidence in and by the growers. It is expected that the developed Micro-Propagation Lab will produce banana plants commercially to support the national industry.

The President thanks the management and staff of the UBCF for their efforts to date and as you will recall at our End of Year Social 2018, Mr. Marco Cordova, Ms. Kenny Balan and Mr. Selvin Vidal were recognised for their sterling efforts in the project as seen below.

Kindly see below the media report as presented by Channel 5 News.

From the President’s Desk – March 22, 2019


UB Launches Master’s in Educational Leadership in Orange Walk

The University of Belize (UB) officially launched its new Master’s in Education Leadership at the Gala Lounge in Orange Walk Town on Friday, March 8th, 2019. This program was developed jointly with the Vancouver, Canada based Commonwealth of Learning (COL), the intergovernmental organization created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to promote the development and sharing of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies.

The Master’s of Education Leadership aims to advance Belize’s existing framework in education, with a focus to incorporate broad contemporary concepts of leadership, which can be applied to the educational sector, especially our schools and colleges. Therefore, the program will develop the capacity of Belize’s existing and future teachers and administrators into competent and effective leaders who will guide our schools and educational institutions for national development. The addition of the Master’s program complements UB’s Education programs at the Associate and Bachelor level.

The launch saw the participation of UB’s many stakeholders, including the program’s first cohort of thirty-eight students, the Ministry of Education, and various government and quasi-government agencies. Informational and insightful presentations were made from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ministry of Education, the Mayor of Orange Walk, the focal point officer for the Commonwealth of Learning in Belize, the President and the Dean of Faculty of Education and Arts of the University of Belize.

UB Hosts ICJ Youth Forum

The issue of the ICJ is one of national importance and one which will impact every Belizean, present and future. As such, the University of Belize (UB), as the national university, recognizes the importance of ensuring all Belizeans are informed on this matter, particularly our young people.

Within this context, UB hosted an ICJ Youth Forum, where it made presentations to delegations of 300 students from junior colleges, the ITVETs and several youth- rehabilitation centers. The forum aimed to allow students of this voting age to become knowledgeable of the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute and to discuss the merits/demerits of submitting the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute to the ICJ.

Students were also able to vote in a mock referendum, where they were asked to vote in favor of or against, taking the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute to the ICJ.

Of an audience of 300 participants, a total of 120 voted. The votes were are as follows:

64 – YES
56 – NO.

The University of Belize is pleased to see students provide thought and direction on Belize’s path forward and would like to thank its partners in education for a successful forum as well as our sponsors, who saw the importance of ensuring our leaders of tomorrow have a space to voice their opinions.

As Belize’s national university, the University of Belize is committed to the principle of representative democracy and will continue to champion spaces such as today’s youth forum that will strengthen and provide a space to reflect the voices of Belize’s young people.

Indian High Commissioner Tours the IBCE

The Indian High Commissioner, Ambassador Muktesh Pardeshi, who is based in Mexico City, made a visit to UB’s Belmopan Campus to inspect the progress being made on the India-Belize Center for Engineering’s buildings and the receipt of the engineering equipment from India. The Ambassador was pleased with the progress made by UB to date to get the Engineering Centre developed. A work in progress.

UB President Participates in Prime Minister’s Forum

The President was invited to participate in the Prime Minister’s Forum held on February 21, 2019 at the Belize City Civic Center. The President was asked to speak on “The Digital Ecosystem Framework: The National University of Belize’s Commitment to Human Development”. The President noted that to propel innovation, “The prerequisite for creating an innovative society is education of its citizens. Investing in education, and tertiary education in particular will drive the innovativeness and competitiveness of a nation through training of high level professionals. Knowledge in their disciplines but ingrained with a culture of critical and creative thinking, with a spirit of inquiry and problem solving and who are empowered to implement change – to execute.

The ecosystem that supports higher education and innovation should encompass the public sector – the Government of Belize, the private sector – business, industries and the training, research and development institutions – with the national University of Belize being a critical element. This must be a partnership, as individually none can succeed alone for Belize’s advancement.”

UB receives BZ$ 900 from three Canadian Student Interns to Plant Trees on the Belmopan Campus

Canadian student interns Joe Renton, Paige Crowell and Joanna Dicks donated Canadian $200 each to purchase trees. This is part of a Canadian government initiative to purchase and plant trees in the University where the students intern. They were in Belize for a semester at the Environmental Research Institute, UB as part of the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP), funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The UB Campus Beautification Committee and the University’s President thank the interns for their generous and thoughtful donation.

UB’s History Students Participate on ICJ Panels

Our History Department had four (4) students representing the University of Belize in two ICJ discussions February 27th, 2019– one was held at the Bliss Institute in Belize City (broadcasted by Love FM) and organized by the Rotary Club and one at the Welcome Center in San Ignacio (broadcasted by KREM Radio). We had three student representatives in Belize City, one for the yes vote (Ian Young), one for the no vote (Christian Cansino) and one alternate (Kevin Berganza) if in case one student was unable to be a panelist. We had one student representative (Abbie Godoy) in San Ignacio; she was there as a University student and to be the voice for her generation.

Ms. April Martinez who coached the students attended the one at the Bliss Institute and twelve (12) History students accompanied her to support our panelists. These panelists were there to be the voice of the students, educate the audience and present their views on the ICJ. The interaction from the audience was a positive one and our students were well prepared for this discussion based on their statements and answers to the audience.

Students and lecturers from the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences (FMSS) and the Faculty of Education and Arts from the Belize City Campuses were in the audience accompanied by the Dean, FMSS and Chair (FEA) Belize and the Dean of Student Affairs. The University of Belize congratulates our History Department students on a job well-done.

UB Meets with CEO Dr. Percival Cho

Dr. Percival Cho, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development and Immigration, visited our campus and met with Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat, Vice President Dr. Mariot Simon and Mr. Arnulfo Knatun of the Institutional Advancement Office. The meeting focused on how the Ministry and the University can collaborate on Research and Development projects that can impact on sustainable development and preservation of our environment. A suitable Memorandum of Agreement is being developed to foster this work and relevant Faculty will be informed more on this development.

UB Early Childhood Stimulation Center Celebrates Childhood Stimulation Month

“Hug Me, Listen to Me, Read with Me, Help Me Grow!” is the theme for this year’s Child Stimulation Month and the UB Early Childhood Stimulation Center is celebrating with fun activities for the young children.

Bird banding and Birding activity at UB Belmopan Campus

Bachelor Biology students in the Natural History of Vertebrates class were treated to the bird diversity of Belmopan campus on Saturday February 2nd. Ms. Abidas Ash from ERI, along with Mr. Eduardo Barrientos, Field Technician, Science Dept., Mr. Alson Ovando, NRM student and Dr. Latha Thomas, FST lecturer assisted in the activities. Birds were trapped using mist nets and after careful observation of their features such as sex, age, health; they were banded and released. A walk through the campus revealed around 25 species of birds including to the excitement of everyone, a group of early migrant visitors from USA, the Cedar Waxwings.

Students Celebrate International Mother Language Day

The Inno’on La Oh Student Club celebrated International Mother Language Day on February 27, 2019 at the Belmopan Campus. The event included stories in the Mopan Maya, Que’ Chi and Yucatec languages and also harp music. The attendants also had the opportunity to enjoy the traditional sweet tortilla.

HR Department Trainings – Supervisor and Customer Service

The session for supervisors was to assist them in recognizing and understanding their roles as Human Resource agents as a part of their regular functions. The session covered the basics of Human Resource Management and allowed for supervisors to take a deeper look into the University’s Faculty and Staff Handbook specifically as it relates to discipline and performance appraisals. The session targeted senior and middle managers and was conducted by our HR Director Ms. Hertha Gentle.

As it relates to customer service, the session was geared towards improving the customer service skills of our front-line personnel, including but not limited to secretaries, accounts personnel, Records personnel and general admin staff. The staff were exposed to topics like telephone etiquette, dressing for the office, handling difficult customer etc. The session was very interactive and saw staff involved in roles plays. The session was conducted by Ms. Sharett Yearwood – Lecturer and Chair from the Faculty of Management and Social Science -Belize City.

Meeting with Police Regarding Campus Security

The President and the Acting Chief Public Safety Officer, Mr. John Salam, have been following up on the matter of increased security in and around the Campus. The President, Mr. John Salam and Mr. Francis Burns have been touring the Belmopan Campus and evaluating potential areas of vulnerability. Increased lighting and traffic control through the Campus were identified as areas to be worked upon. The Department of Public Safety also had a meeting with Inspector Santiago Pott of the Belmopan Police Department and the President also met with him.

Semester Kick Off 2019

Semester “Kick Off” was held on Wednesday February 20, 2019 at the Gazebo commencing at 1:30 p.m. and culminating at 5:00 p.m.

The purpose of Semester Kick off is to contribute to the improvement of Student Life on Campus. Promoting Students Participation/Involvement in order to enjoy a memorable Student life on campus.

This event is held for the participation and the benefit of all students, faculty and staff of the University of Belize. This year we had the participation of 16 Booths displaying student organizations that students can join on Campus. The booths highlighted student clubs, services and opportunities at the University of Belize.

The “Kick off” was closed with an ice-cream eating contest sponsored by Christians on Campus along with hot dogs sponsored by Student Government.

UB Students Participate in Youth Mainstreaming Conference

On February 27 – March 1, the University of Belize was offered the opportunity to send youth representatives for the three day “Youth Mainstreaming in Development Planning” conference held at the Biltmore Hotel in Belize City. UB was represented by Tivi Ramos, Tara Scarborough, Danay Chavarria and Elaida Coc. Each participant acted as a consultant in the achievement of the overall objectives of the conference which were:
1. To arrive at an increased understanding and consensus on the principles, approaches and outcomes of youth-centric national planning.
2. To enhance participant capacities in the use of tools and techniques of analyses, planning and implementation and monitoring and evaluation for youth mainstreaming.
3. To arrive at a discussed and agreed strategic framework for youth mainstreaming in Belize, for initial directions for the Commonwealth Caribbean.
4. To identify key stakeholders and first steps for an accountability mechanism for Belize.

UBFSA holds ICJ Presentation

The presentation on the Belize-Guatemala dispute that occurred on February 20, 2019 was a collaborative effort between The University of Belize Faculty and Staff Association(UBFSA) and the History Department. On April 10, 2019, Belizeans will be asked to vote on whether or not they want to go to the International Court of Justice to resolve the Belize-Guatemala Dispute. Consequently, the UBSFA felt that it was part of their obligation to ensure that faculty and staff were well informed on Guatemala’s claim to Belize and the proposed settlement of submitting the issue to the International Court of Justice. The presenters for the session were Mr. Cesar Ross, lecturer of the History & Anthropology Department at the University of Belize and Ambassador Alexis Rosado, Belize’s Ambassador to the Republic of Guatemala. Following the opening ceremony, Ms. Erica Aguilar, director of ceremony, asked everyone for a moment of silence in memory of Mr. Joseph Sampson (UB’s history lecturer), Masaki Yanai and Dwayne Cummings (UB’s students).

As part of the informative session, Ambassador Rosado presented facts about Belize Guatemala dispute and Mr. Cesar Ross shared the historical context. Among others, the question and answer session included questions about the treaties, the legitimacy of Belize’s borders, the trustworthiness of the members of the International Court of Justice, and the risks and benefits about submitting the dispute to the ICJ. Overall, the session was very informative and interactive.

Creative Mural Painted at RLC Building

The National Student Union of Belize (NSUB), in conjunction with artist Everett Reynolds from Waukegan Illinois, decided to paint a mural depicting Belize’s Mayan and African Heritage. The artist has been living in Chicago for the past 11 years but grew up in Belize prior to. Everett is a self-taught artist who has gained international recognition for his talent and passion for art. He was visiting his home country for a period of two weeks when he painted this mural at the University of Belize Central Campus. The Student Union heard of his visit by word of mouth and thereupon made contact. Nonetheless, the mural serves as a prelude to a series of other murals that will highlight other aspects of Belize’s multicultural heritage and will be painted across other campuses in Belize. The Union hopes to collaborate with other Belizean artists that reside both in the country and abroad and to encourage students to express their artistic talents being a part of this activity. The NSUB believes it important to promote Belize’s national identity in an ever changing society. The union would like to thank the ISCR (The Institute for Social and Cultural Research) for financial support, the staff at the University of Belize’s Physical Plant Management and to all the students who participated in making this mural a reality.

UB students also displayed their creativity by painting the flags of the different countries that are represented at UB. The President congratulates all who made their creative displays on our campus possible.

President with Department of Youth Services and Commonwealth to Discuss Education and Crime

A team representing the Government of Belize and Commonwealth visited the University of Belize on February 25, 2019 to get the University’s perspectives on priorities for Youth Services in Belize. There was a strong focus on education and training for young people, especially those young males in our urban centres and who may fall prey to criminal activities. Education and skills training, employment opportunities, new housing opportunities for neglected communities were also discussed, from a Caribbean perspective also.

UB Meets with UT Tyler

A team from the University of Texas at Tyler led by Dr. Thomas Guderjan visited the University of Belize including the Department of Engineering in Freetown Road. The UB and University of Tyler have developed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that is focused on partnering in key new developmental areas of Archaeology and Anthropology in the History Department and possibly Engineering, from Faculty of Science and Technology. It is expected that this MOU will be signed by the Presidents of Tyler and UB in May/June of 2019.

Recruitment Meeting to Review Strategies

The President summoned a meeting of UB’s team on recruitment led by Admissions Coordinator Mrs. Camilla Barker and Registrar Mrs. Rose Pineda on February 26, 2019. Recruitment strategies for all of our programs were reviewed. The President noted that all at UB are Ambassadors of our University and hence promoting our University.

Meeting with NICH to Follow Up on MOU

Having signed a MOU with National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) in 2018, there was a follow up meeting on February 26, 2019 with representatives of NICH to treat with pressing areas of collaboration in the Creative Arts and in History. Dr. John Morris, Director of the Institute of Archaeology, and Mr. Gregory Vernon, Director of Institute of Creative Arts represented NICH, with a representative from the Ministry of Education (Culture) also present. President Sankat, Mr. Arnulfo Kantun and Chair in the Faculty of Education and Arts represented UB.

President Meets with Representatives from University of Edinburgh Napier

Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat and Vice President Dr. Mariot Simon met with Mr. Grant Mackerron, Academic Director of The Business School of Edinburgh Napier, and Mr. Andrew Cawley, CEO of Southpoint Education International on March 7, 2019. This meeting explored areas for potential collaboration with the Scottish University.

President Visits Agricultural Schools in the North

The President along with Mr. Arnulfo Kantun and lecturer Mr. Francisco Tzul paid a visit to the Belize High School of Agriculture (BHSA) in San Lazaro, Orange Walk and met with its Principal Ms. Lisbeth Delgado. The President also had the opportunity to speak to the Fourth form students and some Faculty members. He explained the importance of food and agriculture and encouraged some to continue their studies at the University of Belize, with opportunity from Certificate through Associate Degree to a Bachelor’s Degree. President also toured the faculties with the Principal, herself an UB alumna.

President, Mr. Kantun and Mr. Tzul also made a similar tour to the ITVET in Corozal, and met with its Principal, Mr. Elbert Worrell and some Faculty, at least one of whom was a graduate of the UB Central Farm Campus.

UB Meets with the Resident Representative of JICA in Belize

The purpose of the meeting was to follow up on the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) supported programme at the Regional Language Center, in Spanish Language Education. This facilitates the training of Japanese students who come to Belize. The President thanked JICA for its support of our RLC Language Program.

Taiwanese Ambassador Visits UB

The new Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize, H.E. Remus Chen, brought a delegation from the Taiwanese Hospital Group, including Li-Chen Liu – Director, Chi Mei Medical Center International Affair Department; Yu-Feng Tian, MD – Medical Deputy Superintendent and Ying-Chieh Su so as to give them an appreciation of the University of Belize and its current and future work as a Faculty of Health Sciences. The Group heard from the Dean of the Faculty, Ms. Leolin Castillo and Dr. George Gough, President of the Belize Medical Council. Dr. Fred Shyu, member of the UB Board of Trustees facilitated the visit, and for this the University of Belize is very appreciative.

Ambassador of Cuba Pays Courtesy Visit to UB President

H.E. Lissette Perez Perez and Director of NICH Ms. Sapna Budrani at screening of “Forbidden Flights”.

The Cuban Ambassador H.E. Lissette Perez Perez along with Counselor Orestes Hernandez made a courtesy call on the President of UB on March 12, 2019. Future areas of collaboration between UB and the Cuban Embassy were discussed, beginning with the Cuban movie entitled, “Forbidden Flights” which was screened at UB at the Jaguar Auditorium on March 14, 2019 as part of the NICH’s “VIII Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase”.

From the President’s Desk – February 21, 2019


UB Holds Candle Light Vigils in Honor of Masaki and Dwayne

Masaki Yanai and Dwayne Cummings both promising students of the University of Belize were recently murdered. This was devastating for many UB students, faculty and staff who had in one way or the other interacted with Masaki and/or Dwayne. The students got together and held a vigil in Belize City and another in Belmopan in honor of their friends.

The President thanks the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Jean Perriott and her staff for their efforts of organizing this event at the Belmopan Campus and Chair of the Engineering Department and his colleagues for their efforts in Belize City.

Students Hold Rally Against Violence

Students of the University of Belize held a peace rally against the crime situation. The murders of Masaki and Dwayne along with others who have suffered because of crime motivated the students to take action and start finding solutions. They invited speakers Mr. Louis Wade Jr. and Ms. Audrey Matura to speak. A recorded speech from Mayor of Orange Walk Town (Dwayne’s community) was also played. They spoke on the importance of realizing how real crime is and how it can affect anyone if action is not taken. The speakers also spoke on the importance of being educated and identifying the root causes of the crime problem in Belize.

Ms. Aleesi Chun, the UB student who came up with the idea of the rally, also spoke to the students, encouraging them to join the efforts not being silent to crime.

The students then proceeded to march to the National Assembly building where they also held a brief ceremony.

On a recent issue, the Marketing and Communications department sent out a Security Alert on Friday, February 15, 2019 with tips on how to treat with personal security in these challenging times. Please review at https://www.ub.edu.bz/security-alert-crime-and-safety/.

Student’s Music, Chat, and Talent Hour

The first Student’s Music, Chat, and Talent Hour was held on February 13, 2019 at the bookstore veranda during student’s hour (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.).

The event was well attended with approximately 40 students excluding the guest artists and program coordinators.
Attendees found the event enjoyable and expressed their desire to return to the next edition.

Future plan for the Student’s Music, Chat, and Talent Hour if the program continues to be a success is to have the event streamed live across all campuses to have full students’ participation.

The University students extend their sincere appreciation to Student Affairs Department for supporting the launch of this event.

Human Resource Department Trains Staff in Records Management

A Records Management Training was held for all Secretaries in the University on February 1, 2019. The purpose of the training was to provide our Secretarial staff with the guidance needed to implement and support a University-wide Records Management System. This will allow for the efficient and systematic control of the creation, receipt and disposition of records, including processes for capturing and 
maintaining evidence of and information about the University.

This session was attended by 26 Secretaries, three Chairs and one Dean.

UB President Meets with CARICOM Youth Ambassador H.E. Kris Miller

H.E. Kris Miller was recently appointed as CARICOM Youth Ambassador for Belize. He met with President Sankat and Dean of Student Affairs to express a desire to work closely with UB students and the student government. The President congratulated Mr. Miller on his appointment and assured him of the University’s support – one area that the President indicated that needed more communication was on the opportunities for Belizean students/graduates presented by the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).
H.E. Miller is a UB student and has also been part of the student government.

UB-Texas A&M Study Abroad 2019

At the opening of 2019, the University of Belize hosted student groups from Texas A&M International University and Texas A&M University in Kingsville who visited Belize to engage in a culturally immersive experience while working with the students, teachers and principals of various Belizean primary schools. Their objective was to study communication disorders exchange knowledge of tools and techniques for speech therapy and teaching practices.

Texas A&M students & professors visited various schools throughout the country as far as Santa Anna Government School, in the Toledo district. Students also spent two days at the Belmopan pre-school on the University of Belize´s Central Campus, and a total of two weeks at the Stella Maris Primary School in Belize City.

While on the trip, the group also visited some of Belize’s most popular destination towns such as San Ignacio, Caye Caulker and Placencia. Groups from Texas A&M have been visiting Belize for the past six years.

NRM Students Visit Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve to have an on the ground experience about Coastal Zone Management

As part of the Bachelor Natural Resources Management (NRM) program at the University of Belize, the students and lecturer of the Coastal Zone Management and Policy course visited the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve on February 4th 2019. This field component was funded by the Turneffe Atoll Trust’s (TAT) awareness campaign program of their recent document entitled, “Risking the Atoll”. The lecturer of the course, Ms. Cecy Castillo took this opportunity to illustrate to students the “on the ground activities” occurring in ecologically sensitive coastal areas in Belize thereby giving students an opportunity to assess the current coastal zone management plan guidelines with current practices. Mr. Eden Garcia, Marine Biologist also accompanied the group and brought a rich experience to students as he highlighted the impacts of development on Permit fish, one of our valuable fish species in the sport fishing industry.

UB Board of Trustees Welcomes Ambassador of Republic of China (Taiwan) H.E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen

Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mr. Harrison Pilgrim and a few members of the Board of Trustees of UB, together with Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat welcomed the new Taiwanese Ambassador H.E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen. Both Ambassador and members of the Board of Trustees expressed a great desire for steady collaboration between the Government and people of Taiwan and the University of Belize.

The Ambassador reminded that the Regional Language Center (RLC) was financially supported in its building by the Government of Taiwan and he hopes that the Institution is delivering on its mandate. He wanted to know more about UB and the President shared a lot on our Transformational Plan. He also expressed the desire to work closely with UB in the immediate future. President Sankat also invited him to visit our Belmopan Campus so that he can gain insight into our challenges and opportunities. Chairman, Mr. Pilgrim subsequently thanked the Ambassador for his kind hospitality.

UB President Meets with Student Governments

The President met with Student Government leaders on February 15, 2019 at the Belmopan Campus. In attendance was Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Jean Perriott; Director of Physical Plant, Projects and Facilities, Mr. Francis Burns; and Vice President, Dr. Mariot Simon. The Student Governments presented their projects which they hoped to have completed before demitting office at the end of the Academic Year.
At the Belmopan Campus the students were keen to have a “palapa” constructed by the bus stop to facilitate students. They also expressed a desire to have a water fountain on campus. The President gave the green light for Mr. Burns to begin work on the palapa.

Belize City students wanted classrooms ABC at the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences (FMSS) renovated with new dividers and air conditioning. Again, the President gave Mr. Burns the green light to proceed. Students also wanted the parking lot at the Faculty of Education and Arts paved with the support of the Mayor of Belize City, Mr. Bernard Wagner. A meeting will be convened by the Belize City Student Government with the Mayor to discuss this matter. The President reminded the students on the need to cover the Basketball court of FMSS. In Punta Gorda, the need for a Café was raised and Dr. Perriott and Mr. Burns are to follow up.

Finally, the students raised the matter of Adjunct Lecturers not delivering on their duties, especially in Belize City. The Vice President was asked to follow up with Deans as a matter of urgency.

UB President Presents on Opportunities for Collaboration at COBEC Conference

Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat made a presentation at the 31st Conference of the Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation (COBEC) held at a San Pedro Junior College (SPJC) on February 7, 2019. The presentation was entitled “UB and Opportunities for Collaboration” and can be accessed at https://www.ub.edu.bz/download/cobec-presentation-ub-and-opportunities-for-collaboration/.

In attendance was also the Vice President of UB, Dr. Mariot Simon who also attended the subsequent business meetings. Bernard Watler, Dean of the Faculty of Management of Sciences (FMSS) and Ms. Ethel Arzu, Quality Assurance Officer were also present. On the first day of the conference a workshop on Entrepreneurship was attended by some faculty members of FMSS.

The University of Belize will be the hosts to the next Winter Meeting of COBEC.

UB Meets with the US Embassy Belize, Military Liaison Office

Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat along with Business Development Officer Mr. Anulfo Kantun; Director of Physical Plant, Projects and Facilities Mr. Francis Burns; and Technical Assistant Mr. Xavier Novelo met with CPO Alison Fabrao, Operations Coordinator and Ms. Cruzita Cadle, Budget Analyst, from the Military Liaison Office (MLO) of the US Embassy in Belize. The meeting discussed how the MLO can assist the University in its infrastructural projects. Guidance was given to UB on how to apply for such funding and what the priorities are. In the immediate time, UB will be applying for support to build some infrastructure on the PG Campus. The President thanked the MLO for their interest in supporting UB and he looks forward to working with the USMLO in the immediate future.

Agro Processing Stakeholders’ Forum at the Ministry of Agriculture and Belize Marketing and Development Corporation – Developing and Enhancing Small Scale Agri-processing Capacity in Belize

A team from the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) were in Belize to facilitate these meetings and they also visited UB’s Central Farm Campus.

The President attended both the opening and closing sessions of the Agro-Processing Stakeholders’ forum in Belize City and in Belmopan. The objective of the workshop is essentially to prepare a roadmap to invigorate the processing of agricultural commodities into new value added products in Belize. Training in Food Science and Technology as well as Research and Innovation are key drivers for this and there is a role and opportunity for UB here as stated by the President.

Students Have Started their Classes in Educational Leadership

Students enrolled in the Master in Education Leadership attended an orientation session on Saturday January 26, 2019 to discuss plans for the new semester and to become oriented with the first two core courses in their program of study. This informative session also provided an overview of the Student Handbook, Navigating Moodle, Payments and payment plan and an introduction to the use of Ebsco host.
Classes for the M.Ed cohort of thirty eight students commenced on February 2, 2019. A review of students’ perception of the two core courses: EDLD 5022 “Trends and Issues in Education” and ELD 5021 “Foundations of Educational Leadership” revealed that students are of the view that both courses will provide the rigor and skills to create meaningful changes and hone their leadership skills.

President Tours the University Lands in Belmopan

The President along with the Director of Physical Plant, Projects and Facilities Mr. Francis Burns and Director of Public Safety Mr. John Salam, as well as Mr. Arnulfo Kantun, toured the University’s lands on the Belmopan Campus. The President noted the extensive road works being undertaken, as per the approved land use plan, by the Belmopan City Council.

The President through the Office of Institutional Advancement is looking at how some of these lands can be brought into productive use, so as to raise income for the current and future use of the University of Belize. He reiterated that UB’s lands are a prime asset of the University and must be maintained indefinitely for its sustainable use and for generations to come.

The University of Belize Thanks CEO Felix Enriquez for BDF’s Assistance

Mr. Roy Polonio, Punta Gorda Campus Administrator, presented on behalf of the University of Belize a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Felix Enriquez, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of National Security. The certificate was in recognition of his tremendous assistance through the Belize Defense Force – Light Engineering Company Support & Service Battalion in the demolishing of the old metal barrack at the PG Campus.

Painting of Basketball Court/Discounted Tickets for Bandits’ Games

The Belmopan Bandits along with the Basketball league recently paint UB’s Basketball court at the Gym. The games have started and Bandits has also agreed to have discounted tickets for UB students.

From the President’s Desk – January 25, 2019


UB Welcomes Back Students, Faculty and Staff to Second Semester (2018-2)

Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat, UB President, took the opportunity to welcome returning and new students, faculty and staff to the University of Belize.

In his welcome statement sent to all he said, “I am confident that in this new year 2019, as one UB Family, we will continue to put UB in the pantheon of teaching, research and public service for national development.”

UB welcomes as of today welcomes 4, 579 students (4, 393 returning and 186 new students). We also welcome the new faculty members who have joined the University.

UB Holds its First Capping and Striping Ceremony for Third Year Nursing Students

The University of Belize held a historic welcome back to the third year nursing students at its First Capping and Striping Ceremony on January 18, 2019. The students are ready to start clinical practice and the Faculty saw it as the opportune moment to start a new tradition at UB. Nursing Lecturer, Mrs. Cynthia Guild, welcomed everyone to the grand event by speaking on the importance of striping and capping the students.

UB President Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat reminded the students to always keep in mind why they chose this noble profession and not see it as a mere paycheck. He noted, in his keynote address, “As nurses, you interact with people at their most vulnerable of times… This is a sacred place… the most important… [as] you will have to be able to listen to your patient’s fears and concerns; you will have to be able to communicate with them and for them when they cannot.”

The Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, Allied and Health Mrs. Leolin Swift-Castillo also took the opportunity to share words of encouragement and advice to the students.

Dr. Marjorie Parks, former Deputy Director of Health Services and the first nurse in Belize to earn a Doctorate was the Guest Speaker. She took everyone down memory lane as she presented photos of former nursing students including some who are now nursing lecturers at UB. She also reminded the students that their hearts need to be in the service and caring of others.

The nursing faculty members also took part in the ceremony by reciting the Florence Nightingale Pledge and the Nurse’s prayer.

The highlight of the ceremony was the capping and striping of the proud students. The six males were “coated” and striped by the two male nursing lecturers. Mrs. Ann Matute, Deputy Director of Health Services, capped the 41 female students while the female faculty members took turns in striping them.

Ms. Ashli Swift was the student with the highest cumulative grade point average and had the opportunity to deliver the honor student remarks.

Dr. Somanadevi Thiagarajan Publishes Research Paper on Performance of Commercial Banks in Belize

Dr. Somanadevi Thiagarajan, Assistant Professor and Chair in the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences recently published a research paper in the Journal of Finance and Bank Management. The research paper is entitled “An Analysis of Performance of Commercial Banks in Belize during Post Global Recession Period”.

Professor Sankat congratulates Dr. Thiagajaran on this publication.

The research paper can be accessed at http://jfbmnet.com/journals/jfbm/Vol_6_No_2_December_2018/3.pdf.

UB Welcomes Delegation from Bridgewater State University

The University of Belize held a meeting with a delegation from Bridgewater State University (BSU). The purpose of the meeting was to review the Memorandum of Understanding between BSU and UB. What was interrogated in detail was the student exchange program between the Universities and the challenges that have been faced in this program.

New areas of collaboration that go beyond the Faculty of Education and Arts were also discussed.

The delegation from BSU was led by Dr. Lisa Battaglino, Dean of the College of Education and Allied Studies. She was accompanied by Dr. Wing-kai To, Founding Assistant Provost for Global Engagement, and Ms. Jennifer Currie who is the Associate Director of Institute for Global Engagement. Chief Education Officer Dr. Carol Babb along with Mr. Marvin Kellyman, General Manager of Government Primary Schools represented the Ministry of Education.

This is work in progress.

UB Team Meets with Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business from the UWI, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago

Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat, UB President; Dr. Mariot Simon, Vice President; Dr. Bernard Watler, Dean of Faculty of Management of Sciences (FMSS); Dr. Somanadevi Thiagarajan, Chair in FMSS and Ms. Sharrett Yearword, Chair in FMSS met with Dr. Kamla Mungal who is Director of the Leadership Institute at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, University of West Indies, in Trinidad and Tobago. They were also joined via video conference by Mrs. Nirmala Maharaj, Director, Internationalisation and Institutional Relations of Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business.

The meeting explored opportunities for collaboration between ALJGSB and UB in the areas of business, management and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Watler and Dr. Simon will be following up on this.

UB President Meets with Dr. Thomas Guderjan from the University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler)

Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat along with Business Development Officer Mr. Arnulfo Kantun met with Dr. Thomas Guderjan on January 8, 2019. A Memorandum of Understanding has already been approved for the Presidents of both universities to sign. It is expected that this will happen when the President of UT Tyler visits UB, very soon.

UT Tyler is already collaborating with UB’s History department on the proposed programs in Archaeology and Anthropology. The programs are expected to be ready for the next academic year once they have been approved by the Board of Trustees.

UB President Presents Transformational Plan to ATLIB Members

President Sankat at the invitation of the Association of Tertiary Level Institutions in Belize (ATLIB) presented to the gathering of ATLIB members UB’s Transformational Plan. The presentation was made at Muffles Junior College in Orange Walk on January 22, 2019. The President of the ATLIB, Dr. Sharmayne Saunders who is also a member of the UB Board of Trustees, was thanked for ATLIB’s kind invitation.

President Sankat Visits ITVET in Orange Walk

Professor Sankat at the invitation of Mr. Armando Gomez, Manager of the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET) in Orange Walk, was delighted to visit the Institute. He congratulated the manager and staff on the work they are doing. He was given a tour of the library, workshops and computer lab where he also had the opportunity of informally engage with students.

President Sankat looks forward to collaborate with ITVET in the area of Technical Education. He was accompanied by Vice President Dr. Mariot Simon and Business Development Officer Mr. Arnulfo Kantun.

President Sankat Gives Update on UB’s Transformation at Open Your Eyes Show

Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat appeared on Channel Five’s Open Your Eyes morning show on January 24, 2019 to provide an update on UB’s Transformational Plan. He also spoke on the financial challenge that UB faces.

The show was co-hosted by Marleni Cuellar and Kevin Arthurs and the President was very appreciative of the invitation to appear.

UB Receives Equipment for the India-Belize Center of Engineering (IBCE)

Over the holidays work continued on the IBCE. The buildings are now about ninety percent completed. The University has also received the first shipment of equipment from India for the IBCE on January 16, 2019.

More equipment is to arrive very soon to be followed by experts from India who will install them.

Meeting New Infrastructural Needs – The Board of Trustees Visit

In treating with the infrastructural needs of UB and specially in the Belmopan Campus the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT) Mr. Harrison Pilgrim along with Board members Mr. Lynn Young, Mrs. Michelle Longsworth and Dr. Fred Shyu visited the dorms and were also given a tour of the IBCE on January 17, 2019.

The BOT is actively considering funding for increased space required for the new Faculty of Health Sciences – Medical School and the Engineering School that will be relocated to the Belmopan Campus once the facilities are in place, as well as enhanced infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing student/faculty/staff population and that of a modern University. The President has described the matter as urgent.

UB Acquires 100 New Chairs for Students in Belmopan and Belize City

The numbers of students at UB has increased; there is the need to accommodate the new students. Therefore, the University saw fit to acquire 100 new chairs to accommodate students in Belmopan and Belize City.

President Sankat thanks Mr. Francis Burns and his team for the steady support and vigilance in these matters.

Old Barracks in Punta Gorda Campus is Demolished

On the recommendation of the President, the old metal barrack at the Punta Gorda Campus has been demolished and cleared. It was previously described as a “sore eye”.

President Sankat commends Campus Administrator Mr. Roy Polonio for the work done. He also expresses gratitude to the Belize Defence Force and Mr. Bismark Ranguy for their assistance in demolishing and clearing the debris.

A new building will be erected on the existing floor slab once the funding becomes available.

UB President Meets with IDB to Discuss Capital Assistance

Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat met with Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Belize City and through video conference with the IDB representative in Washington DC (Ms. Christina Simon from IDB Invest) on January 24, 2019. The meeting was to explore opportunities for capital assistance from the IDB, which is led in Belize by Dr. Cassandra Rogers, a former Engineering Colleague ¬of the President at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad.

UB Student Kris Miller is the New CARICOM Youth Ambassador for Belize

The Department of Youth Services under the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture announced the appointment of Mr. Kris Miller as the second of two CARICOM Youth Ambassadors to represent Belize.

Mr. Miller is a 22-year-old youth leader and advocate from the City of Belmopan and is pursuing his Bachelors of Science in Social Work from the University of Belize. He was also one of Belize’s representatives at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Commonwealth Youth Forum held in London, United Kingdom. Mr. Miller is the most recent recipient of the Youth Minister’s Award for Leadership and Advocacy.

His Excellency Kris Miller will serve a two-year term from January 2019-January 2021.

A Tribute to UB Lecturer – Mr. Joseph Sampson

The President and the Students, Faculty and Staff of the University of Belize extend sympathies to the family, friends and History Department on the passing of Mr. Joseph Sampson.

The Faculty of Education and Arts held a tribute for Mr. Sampson on January 8, 2019. At his funeral the following day, Chair of the History Department, Ms. Francine Sabal paid a tribute to him.

Below is an extract from Ms. Sabal’s personal reflection on Mr. Sampson. It sums up, in essence, who Mr. Sampson is and was to UB.

“He has helped the university tremendously, not only though his teaching and media appearances but also by giving of himself emotionally and financially to students, staff and lecturers. He was an advocate for young people… He believed in empowering them, showing them the possibilities, and giving them opportunities. One of his favourite songs was by Whitney Houston, the Greatest love all. The first couple lines was the reason he loved the song: “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way, show them all the beauty they possess inside.” Mr. Joseph Sampson truly lived by these words. Even though he is no longer here with us, the wisdom he shared will live on in our hearts.

For Ms. Sabal’s full reflection on Mr. Sampson, kindly visit https://www.ub.edu.bz/download/reflection-on-mr-joseph-sampson-by-francine-sabal/

 

Welcome Back from UB President


Happy New Year and welcome back to the University of Belize! I trust that you and your loved ones had a safe and joyous holiday season. I always find the beginning of each new year and new semester to be exciting and filled with much promise. 2019 is no exception. As we embark on a new year and new semester, I pray that you return with renewed energy and enthusiasm, ready to engage anew.

If you are one of our new students this January – Welcome to UB! We wish you every success and hope you will enjoy your time at UB. We are delighted that you have chosen UB as the institution to advance your education.

Every year brings new challenges and opportunities for us as individuals, as an institution and as one UB community. And as we embrace 2019, I want to thank every member of our UB community for continuing to distinguish the University of Belize as a place where individual passions fuel a collective purpose. 2018 was marked by some noteworthy achievements and changes. Your continued investment in the University and your commitment to creativity and innovation ensured this. I am confident that in this new year 2019, as one UB Family, we will continue to put UB in the pantheon of teaching, research and public service for national development.

Great opportunities await UB, and I look forward in collaborating with each one of you closely as we recommit ourselves to transforming this University. Let us stay focused on our Vision 2022 Transformation Plan, despite the challeges we face. More importantly, we are ready for a semester that brings even more student, faculty and staff achievements and opportunities.

So to my colleagues and my dear students, welcome back and I offer you my best wishes for a rewarding year and semester at UB. Our individual successes at UB will facilitate the collective transformation of this University.

Let us build UB together!

From the President’s Desk – December 20, 2018


UB Black Jaguars Lead in the Basketball Court

The Lady Black Jaguars competed in the ATLIB nationals on December 8th, 2018 in Dangriga. The team entered the nationals with high expectations after finishing second last year. Their first game was against the Lady Stallions of Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College (CEMJC). The game proved to be too much for CEMJC as UB won very easily 50-2. The championship game was warm-up for the Lady Black Jaguars who crushed the Lady Wildcats of Saint John’s College Junior College 36-0 to once again become champions. Delta Flores was awarded the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

The Black Jaguars had a tougher day at the nationals. Their first game was against Muffles Junior College. The game was a back and forth affair until the lads asserted themselves in the fourth quarter. UB eventually pulled away to earn a hard fought victory 61-50 to move on to the finals. In the finals, Wesley Junior College led by six NEBL players easily defeated the Black Jaguars 79-65. Our boys played well but after two game ending ankle injuries the team could not recover.

The season for both teams was deemed a success as the Lady Black Jaguars are once again National Champions and the Black Jaguars returned to the national scene after a five-year absence.

Indian Executive Visits UB for Final Plans on the India Belize Centre for Engineering

Last year, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of India for the establishment of India Belize Centre of Engineering (IBCE) at the University of Belize. The construction of the IBCE is on its final stages and was financed by the Government of India. The Government of India signed an agreement with HMT (International) Limited who would be the direct overseers of setting up the IBCE.

Mr. J. Naresh Kumar Deputy Manager, of the Marketing division at HMT(I) visited Belize during December 3-7, 2018. Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat welcomed him to the University of Belize.

Mr. Naresh visited the project site in the Belmopan Campus and reviewed the infrastructure facilities under construction. They met with the Ministry of Education regarding the final steps of implementation of the project including the shipment of supplies.

The University of Belize and the Government of Belize thanked the Government of India and High Comission of India to Belize for their support.

UB hosted its 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at its Belmopan Campus

The “turning on” of the University’s Christmas lights has now become an annual event on the University’s social calendar that everyone anticipates, especially at the Belmopan campus.

This year’s event, hosted by the University’s Environmental Club on November 28th, 2018, featured a 10 feet Christmas tree made out of 1,852 recycled plastic bottles. UB’s President, Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat, who spoke at the ceremony, remarked that “the tree stands as a symbol of peace and goodwill; and one that should always remind us of the meaning and importance of Christmas as a universal festival.”

President Sankat, on behalf of the University of Belize (UB), would like to commend the Environmental Club for not only demonstrating to the UB community but also to Belize, the tremendous leadership that our young people are showing for the care of our environment and the importance of recycling. Their efforts in erecting this special Christmas tree, he noted, demonstrated “innovation and creativity and the importance of team work in achieving change that benefits all.”

This initiative was done in partnership with Bowen and Bowen Limited, who has aided UB’s Environmental Club with the creation of a recycling center on Campus for plastic bottles and also with the donation of recycling bins, which are to be placed strategically on the campus.

UB Student Publishes Research Paper on Antibiotic Resistance Patterns

Viola Tuyud, a student of the University of Belize, recently published a research paper entitled “Antibiotic Resistance Patterns of Pathogens Isolated from Surgical Site Infections at Public Health Facilities in Belize”. The research paper was published in Volume 2 Issue 2 of the Journal of Antibiotics Research. Ms. Tuyud was guided by Professor Thippi Thiagarajan who has experience in research and publication.

The research was a collaborative effort with the Ministry of Health, Mr. Diomar Salazar from the Faculty of Nursing, Allied Health and Social Work.

Abstract
Surgical site infections are amongst the leading cause of morbidity, mortality and cost due to increased hospital stay by patients. A study was conducted to understand antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of major pathogens isolated from surgical site infections in Belize.
A study was conducted utilizing existing data for a nine-year period collected through the Belize Health Information System, Ministry of Health. Raw data from 2009 to 2017 was compiled and arranged in an orderly manner and a detailed statistical analysis was carrying out using SPSS and Microsoft-Excel. Descriptive analysis was conducted to extrapolate sensitivity patterns of isolates. From the 630 samples that were cultured only 50% (315) had pathogen growth. A single pathogen was isolated from 93.3% of the samples while multiple pathogens were isolated from 6.7% of samples. The most common pathogen was Staphylococcus aureus (31.1%), followed by Escherichia coli (17.6%), Klebsiella spp (13.5%), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (9.7%) and Enterobacter spp. (6.45%). Aerobic Gram negative bacteria accounted for 58.1%, while aerobic Gram positive bacteria accounted for 38.4%. Cesarean procedures accounted for the highest number of infections with 28.3% while the age group most affected was between 20 – 29 years of age. Sixty-two percent of Staphylococcus aureus isolates were resistant to Erythromycin whereas all of Escherichia coli isolates (100%) were resistant to Erythromycin. The antimicrobial resistant patterns of the pathogens showed that more than 20% of all isolates were resistant to most antibiotics in all the years of the study with some isolates were seen multidrug resistant. More than 50% of all isolates during the study period showed resistance to erythromycin. Continuous surveillance of SSIs and compliance to regulations is essential and a reduction in antibiotic usage must be targeted as this will help to reduce the development of antibiotic resistance in pathogens.

IFSA Students Plant Mahogany and Pine Trees at Belmopan Campus

Students from the International Forestry Students’ Association-UB held their first monthly replant session on December 10th 2018 along with some of its members. They planted 20 trees (5 pine and 15 mahogany) to jumpstart this wonderful venture. They collaborated with the Forest Department who donated the trees and a member from REDD+ who documented the momentous occasion. The goal of this project is not only to provide a basis for a more sustainable future, but to also get students more involved in their environment. Look out for more replant sessions with IFSA-UB!

UB President Discusses Health Education with KHMH CEO

Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat along with Mr. Arnulfo Kantun, Business Development Officer, recently met with Mrs. Michelle J. Cox Hoare who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). They discussed medicine education possibilities and partnering with the hospital.

Education Students Create Literacy Centres at UB Early Childhood Stimulation Centre

The literacy centres were developed by the 35 students enrolled in the course EENG2151 – Language Arts Methods for Primary Teachers 1, Belmopan Campus. This final assignment is in lieu of an examination. Each student is expected to create two games targeting an assigned Language skill. The purpose of the literacy centre is to nurture the Language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and thinking) through play.

UB and Colombia Meet on Development of New Programs and Research

On Tuesday, December 4th, the University of Belize met with Honorary Consul of Colombia Gonzalez and Dr. Jose Orlando Gomez of Universidad Pontificia Bolivarian de Colombia.

Among the key priority areas discussed during the session are the following:
• development of new programs to be delivered at the University of Belize, within the scope of language, art and culture
• mutual educational and cultural exchange opportunities,
• utilization of technology as a means for added collaboration
• opportunities for research and publishing

Intercultural awareness and immersion in the spirit of mutual collaboration and partnership. All parties will continue to work together with the aim for formalizing a partnership between the University of Belize and Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana de Colombia.

UB and the University of Nicaragua meet on Development of UB’s Medical School

The University of Belize hosted Dr. Charles Wallace of the University of Nicaragua’s Faculty of Health Science. Dr. Wallace along with Dr. George Gough from the Belize Medical Council are providing technical support to assist UB with developing program specification documents for its proposed Medical program.

This visit builds on a collaboration that was established between the Ministry of Health, Belize Medical Council, the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) and UB.

UB Partners with UNCHR to Teach English as a Second Language

Help for Progress through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and UB have partnered to pilot an ESL certificate program catering for young refugee status new migrants to Belize. The students selected for the pilot program had started their secondary or tertiary level studies in their mother country but were forced to discontinue their studies due to migration to Belize. They have been given the opportunity to complete an ESL certificate through UB/RLC to facilitate their transition into local secondary and tertiary level educational institutions or into the work environment, thus into the productive sector.

The first cohort of students has now completed their ESL training at a beginner level and will now transition into an Intermediate intense ESL course. UB has approved the continuity of the program with the primary objective to improve the student’s competence in the English Language to an intermediate to advanced level. The RLC will receive two new groups of students for our January entry and welcome further cooperation with our partners at UNHCR.

Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat commended the students for their courage and determination.

UB-ERI recognized as a US Public Charity

The University of Belize (UB), through its Environmental Research Institute (ERI), obtained its Equivalency Determination (ED) Certification from NGOsource, who certified that the UB-ERI is organized, operated, and funded like a U.S. public charity.

NGOsource is a recognized body in the United States, who assists U.S. grant-makers with making grants to non- U.S. Charitable Organizations outside of the United States. This equivalency status is important for the ERI, which relies primarily on grants and charitable contributions to support its work. This status will also assist the University to meet its academic objectives and financial sustainability goals through additional options for funding as US-based grant-makers will now be able to directly contribute to UB.

UB President Mets with DFC to Discuss Supporting Students with Financial Need

UB President met with Mrs. Claudia Elena from the Development Finance Corporation on December 3, 2018. The meeting was to discuss how the two organizations can work together to better support UB students who are experiencing financially difficulties. A second meeting will be held in January 2019, where a Memorandum of Understanding is to be agreed to and signed.

UB joins another Interregional IAEA Project and participates in Project Coordination Meeting in Cuba

Mr. Joaquin Magaña of the faculty of Science and Technology has joined the project “INT0093 – Applying Nuclear Science and Technology in Small Island Developing States in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals and the SAMOA Pathway”. The project is a three-year interregional project funded through the Technical Cooperation Program (TCP) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The project aims to strengthen human resource capacities in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the application of nuclear science and technology for effective management of coastal zones and marine environment.

UB’s Mr. Jair Valladarez receives Ocean Acidification Training in Kuwait

Mr. Jair Valladarez of the FST participated in a two-weeks training course on the application of nuclear and isotopic techniques in ocean acidification research at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research from 18-29 November 2018 in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

The participation of Mr. Valladarez in this meeting will strengthen UB’s capacity to perform ocean acidification (OA) research and monitoring and will complement work under project BZE7002. During the training, Mr. Valladarez acquired knowledge in experimental design applied to ocean acidification research, as well as nuclear and non-nuclear techniques used in ocean acidification laboratory experiments.

UB Collaborates with the National Oceanography Center of the UK in studying the Impacts of Land Use Change on the Aquatic Environment

The University of Belize and the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI) of Belize have established collaboration with the National Oceanography Center (NOC) of the UK to execute multidisciplinary program of fieldwork in Belize that aims to help characterize the impacts of changes in land-use management on the fresh water and marine environment. This is a collaborative research program through the UK Government funded Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Program.

Faculty and students from the FST as well as technical personnel from the CZMAI joined scientists from the NOC and from the Center of Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) of the UK for one week of field work to collect water samples from the Belize River Watershed (BRW) and from coastal waters of central Belize. These samples were preserved and then shipped to the NOC for analysis of DOC/DIC/POC, organic matter composition, oxygen consumption, and suspended sediments. Other water quality parameters were measured in situ.

Additionally, as part of the collaboration, Dr. Abel Carrias from the FST and Mr. Samir Rosado from the CZMAI visited the National Oceanography Center of the UK in Southampton England from October 1st to the 12th to attend an aquatic biogeochemistry workshop.

UB’s Cecy Castillo Attends IAEA Workshop in Jamaica

UB’s Mrs. Cecy Castillo of the faculty of Science and Technology (FST) attended a regional workshop on project design based on the Logical Framework Approach and Best Practices under the technical cooperation project RLA0061 “Supporting Human Resource Development and Implementation of Strategic Activities for Nuclear Technology and its Applications in the Caribbean Region”. The event took place in Kingston, Jamaica from 12-16 November 2018. The purpose of the workshop was to share practical information and discuss the designs of the national projects presented to the Technical Cooperation Program (TCP) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for funding consideration for the 2020-2021funding cycle.

From the President’s Desk – November 27, 2018


The University of Belize holds its Second Open Day

On November 21, 2018 it was a fun-filled day at University’s central campus in Belmopan. UB’s Second Open Day was held under the theme “Empowering Inquiring Minds for Higher Education at UB”. High school students came to learn about the opportunities they have at UB and also experience what the students are learning. The day was filled with activities including:
• Marketing Expo
• FST Expo
• Central Farm Sales
• Health Fair

Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat encouraged the students to enjoy the day and learn from the different activities about the University of Belize and the opportunities it provides for high school students who wish to pursue a University education. He also told them he looked forward to welcoming them as UB students in the near future, as a university education was an investment to secure their future well-being.

Professor Sankat commended Mrs. Camilla Barker, Admissions Coordinator, and her team as well as Physical Plant and Public Safety Office for supporting this effort.

UB Students Demonstrate their Entrepreneurial Skills at Marketing Expos

Marketing students from the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences held their annual Marketing Expo in Belize City, Toledo and Belmopan Campus.

In Belize City the Expo was held on November 15 at the Belize City Civic Center. The Keynote Address was delivered by Mrs. Kim Aikman from the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The students from Small Business also participated in the Belize City Expo.

The following day the students from Toledo Campus held their Marketing Expo.

In Belmopan the expo was held in conjunction with Open Day. Students had the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired at the University.

In Belize City and Belmopan, the students were judged by experts in the field and the most creative projects were recognized. The awards were as follows:

Category Belize City Belmopan

Most Creative Product/Service

First Place Bam Bottle JAMazing (Golden Plum Jam)
Second Place Body Blessings Tapa Tapa (Fruit Pepper Sauce)
Third Place Disc Go Tropical Body Bloom

Most Attractive Booth

First Place Bombalicious Bubble Blast JAMazing
Second Place Shower Power Dream Cream
Third Place Xstrawdinary Tapa Tapa

In Belmopan students were also awarded in an overall category where JAMazing placed first, followed by Tapa Tapa Pepper Sauce and Crapine Beer earned third place.

Professor Sankat commended all the students for their creative and entrepreneurial efforts. He also acknowledged the lecturers who guided the students. He commended the Dean, Dr. Bernard Watler, Chair Ms. Sharret Yearwood, Ms. Audrey Pascascio, Ms. Eda Arzu, Mr. Glen Enriquez, Ms. Shaunna Sanchez for their sterling efforts.

UB Holds its Annual Entrepreneurship Symposium

The University’s Faculty of Management and Social Sciences (FMSS) in partnership with BELTRAIDE held its 6th Annual Entrepreneurship Symposium on Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts. The symposium, which highlighted several young Belizean Entrepreneurs discussed the role the University of Belize plays or could play in the development of business for Belize’s economic development. It brought together key stakeholders, who promoted and encouraged youth entrepreneurship among University students.

The symposium began with a stirring welcome from the UB’s President, Professor Emeritus, Clement Sankat, who noted the importance of entrepreneurship by stating, “given how the economy has changed and the uncertainty of the job market, entrepreneurship is something we should be teaching at an early age.” A copy of President’s Sankat remarks can be downloaded at https://www.ub.edu.bz/download/presidents-remarks-at-entrepreneurship-symposium-2018/

Participants included Dr. Leroy Almendarez – the Executive Director of Beltraide, Mrs. Monique Usher – Acting Manager of Small Business Development Center, Mr. Jaime Williams of Development Finance Cooperation and Mr. Ramon Salgado – Business Banking Manager of Scotia Bank; as well as several Belizean Entrepreneurs, who all provided guidance and mentorship to UB students on small business development and who discussed the importance of engaging youth in entrepreneurship for the country’s development.

The key messages emerging from this seminar can be summed up in four points:
1. The collective promotion of youth entrepreneurship
2. The increase in collaboration and shared information between UB and the business community
3. The enhancement of support for young entrepreneurs
4. The increase of entrepreneurship programs within the University
The symposium concluded with closing remarks and vote of thanks by the Dean of FMSS, Dr. Bernard Watler.

UB is an Integral Part of the ICJ Referendum Education Campaign


On April 10, 2019, Belizeans will head to their respective polling stations to vote on whether to refer the Guatemala claim to Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) or not. The University of Belize, as the national university, is pivotal is helping the citizens make an informed decision. The Consortium of the University of Belize and the Social Sector Senators are hosting a lecture series aimed at bringing awareness on Guatemala’s claim to Belize and the proposed settlement of submitting the issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a final and peaceful settlement.

Each lecture in the series features three presentations, including Ambassador Alexis Rosado from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs/International Boundaries Unit, who’s presentation is entitled, “The Facts of the Claim”; Assad Shoman, Author of “Guatemala’s Claim to Belize: the Definitive History”; and the Belize Peace Movement and other stakeholders presenting the “No to ICJ” position.

The series began on November 20th at 7:30 pm in Belmopan at the University of Belize’s Jaguar Auditorium and will proceed to all the municipalities across the country over a three-week period.
Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat in his welcome address said that the University, “is embarking on a continuing conversation, started long ago but now one that will be intensified so that it can facilitate the decision that will be made at the national referendum to be held on 10th April, 2019. We invite you to listen keenly, ask your questions and that whatever decision you make will be done with all the information available to you. The University of Belize as the national University, is committed to providing knowledge and information for Belize’s advancement.”

Professor Sankat thanked the Chair of the History Department, Ms. Francine Sabal, for being instrumental in the organization of the lecture series. The general public and students are invited to attend these meetings, and to listen to the lectures that will together present a balanced viewpoint in this most important matter.

UB also hosted an “ICJ Be Informed” Youth Forum on November 12, 2018.

UB Hosts Historian Assad Shoman at the Belmopan Campus


Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat along with Vice President Dr. Mariot Simon and Chair Ms. Francine Sabal, Chair of History Department, welcomed Belizean historian Assad Shoman to the University. They spoke briefly on the importance of the ICJ referendum educational awareness program.

This was followed by; history students, many from the History Club, who took advantage of the opportunity to have a “sit-down” with Mr. Shoman where he shared some perspectives on the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute and answered questions on the merits/demerits of the ICJ referendum.

UB Officially Launches its Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Certificate in Geographic Information Systems Programs


The University of Belize (UB), once again, demonstrated its ability to shape higher education in Belize and to foster the development of Human Resources that are relevant to addresses the needs of Belize. On November 8th, 2018, UB, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), launched its Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

As noted by the Dean of Faculty of Science and Technology, Mrs. Julianne Pasos, in her presentation, “both programs were developed to build the existing capacity of the NSS agencies as well as generate a well-trained pool of future employees for the public and private sectors.” As well, SIB’s General Director, Dr. Leopold Perriott, IADB’s Country Representative, Dr. Cassandra Rogers, and UB’s Vice President, Dr. Mariot Simon, each spoke to the importance of these two programs for Belize’s development and the importance of partnerships for development.

The launch, which was held at the Radission Hotel, was well attended by the representatives from Belize’s various development partners, including non-governmental, civil society and governmental agencies; and informative presentations on both programs, the admissions procedures for the University and the application process for the three IDB-funded scholarships were made.

Engineering Students Make UB Proud at Macaroni Competition in Mexico


After winning the internal Macaroni Structural Competition at UB, the top three teams went to represent the University of Belize at the Macaroni Competition held in Instituto Tecnologico de Chetumal, Mexico during November 14-16, 2018. One of the teams placed second and was recognized for an excellent job. The three teams made it in the top ten of 36 teams that participated.

Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat congratulates the students and the Engineering Department chaired by Mr. Leonard Mortis for their outstanding performance.

UB Black Jaguars Win in ATLIB Basketball Tournament

The University of Belize Black Jaguars are now competing in the ATLIB Basketball Tournament. The UB Lady Black Jaguars opened up their campaign on Thursday November 15 against the Eagles of Galen University. The Lady Black Jaguars crushed the Eagles by a score of 43-14. They next played against the Scorpions of Sacred Heart Junior College on Friday November 16. The UB females had their best game in this early season winning 46-4 and holding the Lady Scorpions to 0 points in the second half.

On November 21, they continued to dominate in the Western region by defeating the Lady Scorpions of Sacred Heart by the score 38-11.

The Black Jaguars also had their season openers the same days. They lost their first Wednesday night game 56-66 to the Galen Eagles. The team rebounded against the Scorpions in the Friday night thriller that saw the Black Jaguars trailing at halftime but fought furiously to triumph 56-52.

The Black Jaguars also won their second game of the tournament in another exhilarating fashion. Despite playing in a partisan environment the team jumped out with the lead from the get go to hold a halftime lead 47-34 over the Scorpions of Sacred Heart. The fourth quarter was pivotal for the Black Jaguars as they were able to hold off a furious charge from their opponent to win 75-71.

UB IT Student Team Places First in Belizean Apps for Development Competition 2018 hosted by Directorate General for Foreign Trade

On November 14th, 2018, University of Belize Information Technology student team (Technocrats) comprised of Tara Thomas, Kendesha Armstrong and UB graduate Niam Villanueva participated in the Belizean Apps for Development Competition 2018, organized by Directorate General for Foreign Trade and Belize Coalition of Service Providers and the Belize Association of I.C.T. The event took place at the Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza, and team Technocrats placed first in the “Application to Facilitate the Birth Certificate Application Process” category. The team created a web-based/ mobile application that provides updates on the application process and its related costs; documentation scanning and submission; and appointments/ pick up dates for birth certificates for Belizeans nationwide. The application also included a feature to apply for marriage and death certificates.

The President congratulates the winning UB team. Well done!

University of Belize’s Bachelor of Social Work Accepted in US

Former and current graduates of the University of Belize’s Social Work Program can now seek advanced degrees in the United States. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the recognized body by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for accrediting social work education in the United States, approved and acknowledged the University of Belize’s Bachelor of Social Work’s academic credentials as comparable to accredited baccalaureate degrees in social work in the United States. This international recognition is necessary to provide pathways for the attainment of advanced degrees in the US for social work graduates of the University of Belize (UB).

It is important to note that according to CSWE, ‘recognition is based on the general comparability of the program objectives (as stated in the program catalog or program’s official memorandum) and the level of the applicant’s social work education to social work education in the United States.’

Students at the Belmopan Campus Learn about Technology in Accounting and Entrepreneurship from Experienced Entrepreneurs


The Faculty of Management and Social Sciences organized a lecture series on the November 7th, 2018 at Jaguar Auditorium to enhance the students’ exposure to real world experiences from business partners. There were two presentations: The use of Information Technology (IT) in accounting, presented by Mrs. Irene Tuyud-Garcia, proprietor, Innovative Accounting Services, Belmopan; and Entrepreneurship and Challenges by Mr. Terrence Punjabi, Proprietor, Marenco’s Fast Food, Belmopan. The presenters brought a wealth of experience in their respective areas and shared their knowledge and challenges with the students.

Mrs. Garcia explained that companies develop and use computerized system to track and record financial transactions. IT networks and computer systems have shortened the time necessary by the accountants to prepare and present financial reports to the management. She explained that when you are honest and hardworking, customers will seek your service. To be successful you must also be able to work hard in the face of obstacles, boredom, fatigue, stress, and the desire to do other things. These are the attributes of a true entrepreneur.

Mr. Punjabi narrated his struggle to establish and successfully run the fast food restaurant. He also presented the characteristics of an entrepreneur, experiences and challenges faced by the entrepreneur and pros and cons of being an entrepreneur. He emphasized that taking care of employees, listening to customers concerns, quality of service and products offered were the reason behind his success. He highlighted the hard work and dedication that is needed to be a successful entrepreneur.

Both presentations were well received by the students and faculty members. They had the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the presenters.

Lecturers Jose Hernandez, David Garcia, and Farshad Rabbani Publish Their Work on Generalization for Data De-identification in Top Russian University Research Journal


On November 7, 2018, Jose Hernandez, David Garcia, and Farshad Rabbani, Information Technology lecturers of the Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Information Technology, research article entitled “Tree Traversal to Achieve Generalization for Data De-identification”, was published in the Theoretical Informatics and Computer Science section of the International Journal of Open Information Technologies (ISSN 2307-8162, Vol 6, No 11 (2018)). The International Journal of Open Information Technologies (INJOIT) is an all-electronic journal that publishes the most recent and unpublished research and development results in the area of information technologies to the scientific and technical societies, and is published by the OIT Lab (Open Information Technologies Lab, Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics, Lomonosov Moscow State University). Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) is the highest-ranked coeducational and public research university in Russia, founded on 23 January 1755.

Abstract
Every day data is published of different types and from various sources. Data de-identification protects the privacy of most of this data before its publication. Over the recent years, a technique proposed by Dr. Sweeney, known as k-anonymization as a means for privacy protection has gained great popularity. There has been intensive research involving this method and many alterations, in the hope to find an optimal solution in real-time to the generalization problem. To achieve either generalization or suppression, researchers have used different types of heuristics, most of them being tree-based. Although this is a heavily investigated area, there is no simple method to prepare data for generalization; in theory, there are infinite methods for data preparation and partitioning. In this research, we first propose the use of commonly known algorithms to prepare data and achieve generalization. We then introduce the use of tree-based algorithms and tree traversal as the mechanism to achieve data generalization. We further investigate them, by comparing the quality of generalization sets obtained in each traversal method, in the hope to determine which method is best.

Students in Belmopan Continue with Beautification of Campus


Students take pride in beautifying the Belmopan campus! They worked hard throughout the semester weeding, planting, fertilizing, pruning plants and keeping the campus beautiful. President along with the Beautification Committee applauds the hard work of the students.

Let this be an inspiration also for students, faculty and staff in Belize City and Punta Gorda Campuses. Let the transformation continue!

IFSA Student Introduces “Forest Education”

The International Forestry Students’ Association – UB held a mini seminar on November 15, 2018 entitled “Forest Education”. The presenters were Denver Cayetano, Brian Lopez, Liborio Santos, and Daril Avila who spoke on the Herbarium, Nursery, Wildlife, and Composting projects respectively.

The Application of GIS Technology in Belize


The Faculty of Science and Technology held its annual GIS Symposium on November 16, 2018 at the Belmopan Campus. It was held under the theme “The Application of GIS Technology in Belize”. The presentations were made by persons who work with GIS on a daily basis. They demonstrated with evidence the advantages GIS has in data collection which in turn aids in better planning and development.

Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat spoke on the advantages of GIS and encouraged those present to pursue their Certificate in Geographical Information System (GIS) at the University of Belize.

Environmental Club Partners with Bowen and Bowen to Recycle


The Environmental Club has stepped up its recycling initiative by partnering with Bowen and Bowen in order to recycle more plastic bottles. Professor Sankat attended the program ceremony on November 13, 2018 and commended the students on the creation of a recycling center on Campus for plastic bottlers, with recycling bins to be placed strategically on the campus. He commended both the students and Bowen and Bowen for the partnership that will also generate some income to the club. He also thanked Mr. Francis Burns and his team for facilitating the work of the students.

The club is advised by Assistant Professor, Dr. Saqui and UB Field Technician, Ms. Justine Myvett.

UB Donates Hair for Cancer Patients


In light of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the University of Belize held it is Second Annual Hair-a-ton on November 7, 2018 at the Gazebo in the Belmopan Campus. Students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to donate part of their hair to the Belize Cancer Society.

REDD+ Talk at UB

The Faculty of Science and Technology and Environmental Research Institute, in partnership with the Government of Belize and its associated Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Program, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust, the Forest Department and the National Climate Change Office held a special talk on REDD+ by Ms. Federica Bietta of Coalition for Rainforest Nations on Thursday, November 15th. Ms. Bietta is the co-inventor of REDD+ and is currently working on an initiative called the REDD+ Catalytic Fund.

In addition to defining deforestation and forest degradation and its implications for development, the main thrust of Ms. Bietta’s presentation was to discuss the importance of forest conservation, sustainable management of forest and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks in an effort to enhance Belize’s land-use sector’s readiness for addressing climate change.

FST Holds Presentation on the Influence of Land Use on Coastal Water Quality


The Faculty of Science and Technology held a presentation delivered by Dr. Claire Evans of the National Oceanography Center of the UK on Thursday November 8th, 2018 at the UB Gym. Dr. Evans’s presentation was titled, “Land-ocean coupling in the Belize river catchment; the influence of land use on coastal water quality”. This presentation presented an overview of a project led by the National Oceanography Center of the UK in collaboration with the University of Belize and the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute of Belize to look at land use changes within the Belize River Watershed and how it impacts water quality and coastal processes.

UB Staff Members Participate in ERASMUS Plus Staff Exchange in Spain

Mrs. Rose Pineda, Registrar, along with Ms. Sheena Zuniga, Production Assistant, and Mr. Griffith Gabourel, Senior Information Technology (IT) Technician recent returned from a visit to the University of Valladolid, Spain which was funded by the Erasmus + European Project.

Staff Receives Training on Fire Preparedness and Use of Fire Extinguisher

On Friday, November 16, Mr. John Salam from the Public Safety Office along with Ms. Eldora Rubio, Officer in Charge, from the Belmopan Fire Station held a quick training on Fire Preparedness and how to use a fire extinguisher. The staff members present were able to learn on the importance of quick evacuation in case of an emergency, fire classification and practice extinguishing a fire with a fire extinguisher.

Professor Sankat Joins Parliamentarians in Paying Tribute to late Cuban President Fidel Castro

The House of Representatives at its meeting on November 23, 2018 paid tribute to former President of Cuba, Comandante Fidel Castro, on the second anniversary of his death. Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat at the invitation of Honourable Laura Tucker Longsworth, Speaker of the House of Representatives, attended the tribute.

Photo: President Sankat (center) met Hon. Tracey Taegar-Panton (left), Minister of State in the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, and H.E. Lou-Anne Burns (right), Ambassador of Belize to Cuba.