NOTICE – Teaching Modality for the New Academic Year


June 3, 2021

Teaching Modality for the New Academic Year


The University of Belize wishes to inform both new and returning students about the teaching and learning modalities for the new academic year, beginning Semester I, August 1, 2021.


  • Programs in the Faculty of Education and Arts (FEA) will continue to be delivered online. Internships will be by mixed modality (face-to-face and online).
  • Programs in the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences (FMSS) will be mostly online with some supportive face-to-face interactions. All internships will be face-to-face.
  • Programs in the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) will be by mixed modality. All FST laboratory courses will be face-to-face.
  • Programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) will be face-to-face – laboratory courses, clinical clerkships and practica while theory courses will be mostly online, with some blended.

The University Registrar has advised that the first semester schedule will be open for viewing on 2nd July, 2021 and hence students will be able to see courses and modality of delivery at that time.


Students who would like to know more on a particular course can call the relevant Faculty Office.

FEA –  822-1000 ext 350

FMSS – 822-1000 ext 144

FST –  822-1000 ext 414

FHS – 822-1000 ext 320


The University of Belize looks forward to receiving both new and returning students for the new academic year and we thank all our students, parents and our Faculty and Staff for working together with us to manage within this pandemic era so as to ensure our mutual success. We will engage you face-to-face or in an online modality or in a blended way, striving to engage you wherever you may be in Belize. As we try to manage with the COVID-19 pandemic and its uncertainties, let’s continue to work together to make your future at UB a success.


Thank you for your attention.

 

Office of the President

June 3, 2021

 

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


DEANS

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

Summary of Responsibilities

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

The exercise of leadership and managerial responsibility includes:

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

Job Qualifications

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

Director of Finance

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

SCOPE of Responsibilities

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

Job Qualifications

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

COMPENSATION
Commensurate with the level of qualification and experience.

Director of Human Resources

Summary of Responsibilities

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

Job Responsibilities Major responsibilities include the following:

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

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

Skills/Competencies

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

COMPENSATION
Commensurate with the level of qualification and experience.

 

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

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

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

Queries may be addressed to:

[email protected] OR +(501) 822-3680

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

 

Join in on the discussion this Friday, March 19, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.!


1st JICA Program Japanese Studies (JICA Chair) 2021

Lecture By: Dr. Nobuko KAYASHIMA, Senior Vice President of JICA

“Educational Development in Modernization in Japan And Ideas on the Future Cooperation with Belize”

March 19, 2021 | 8:30 a.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

http://bit.ly/JICA_UB_March_2021

Meeting ID: 992 4099 6786 | Passcode: 247130

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What to Expect:

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For Any Questions Please Contact
Mrs. Marvia Alcoser-Dubon, Administrative Assistant
Japan International Cooperation Agency – JICA Belize
Office: +(501) 223-4404/223-2263 | Mobile: +(501) 600-3672

Be Part of the 1st Gian Gandhi Memorial Lecture on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.!


The University of Belize
Presents

The 1st Gian Gandhi Memorial Lecture 2021

Delivered by Dr DeLisle Worrell
Former Governor of Central Bank, Barbados

“Economic Policies for Prosperity and Stability; Thoughts on the Future for Belize”

Join Us on Zoom
https://bit.ly/1stGGandhi2021
Meeting ID: 948 3579 7540 | Passcode: 413807

February 25, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Watch Live on TV and Facebook at
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University of Belize

Don’t miss it!

For more information please email [email protected]

From the President’s Desk – Volume 33 – January – February 2021


My dear colleagues, I am pleased to report to you on a number of important matters pertaining to the operations of our University and these are shared below. I am very heartened with the smooth start of this Semester with respect to online teaching and learning using the Moodle platform and this comes from all the reports that I have received. I want to commend Faculty and our students, together with our Administrators and my hope is that we will see this semester and the academic year to a successful end despite all the challenges that have arisen from COVID-19. I will continue to stay in touch with you on important matters that are occurring or impacting on our University.

Professor Clement Sankat, President

February 6, 2021

 

Our New and Returning Board Members

Further to my communication on February 2, 2021, I am pleased to share with you a fuller description of all our Board of Trustees, both new and returning members. Once more, I congratulate them on their appointment and to thank the Hon. Minister of Education, Culture, Science & Technology, Hon. Francis Fonseca, for naming Board Members that bring a wealth of professional, business and governmental experiences to provide direction and leadership to the University of Belize. Of course, I am heartened that there is a blend of new and returning Board members to serve us. The full listing of our Board is given below.

The Board met for the first time on January 22, 2021, where Mr Sylvestre was elected as Chairman and Major Jones was elected as Vice Chairman.

 

President Sankat Speaks at the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago’s (ACTT’s) Forum, and at the 32nd COBEC Winter Conference

The President engaged on a panel discussion mounted by the ACTT on January 8, 2021, and addressed the issue of “Leading Tertiary Education Institutional Capacity Building through a Time of Crisis”. In a similar vein, the President also spoke at the 32nd COBEC Winter Conference on February 4, 2021 on the subject “Navigating the Crisis of the Pandemic, University of Belize – Lessons learned and projecting the immediate future.” The text of this presentation will be uploaded shortly to our UB website. Both conferences were held virtually.

 

 

The India Belize Center for Engineering

Our Belmopan Campus (UB) received a very short visit from the High Commissioner of India to Belize, based in Mexico City, Ambassador Manpreet Vohra. He was accompanied by the Honorary Council for India to Belize, Mr Arun Hotchandani. Mr Francis Burns, our Director of Physical Plant, Projects and Facilities and our Director of Institutional Advancement, Mr Arnulfo Kantun, gave them a brief tour of the facilities and all the work that we have done to bring this engineering laboratory/workshop to a near completion. The final phase of the project involves training the trainers in Belize, from our Engineering Faculty and other institutions. However, this will only be achieved when the pandemic eases so that the facilitators can travel from India.

 

Congratulations to Mr Danladi Husaini on Completing the Requirements for his Ph.D.

We have just been informed that Mr Danladi Chiroma Husaini, Senior Lecturer of the Pharmacy program, from the Faculty of Health Sciences, has completed the requirements for his Ph.D. degree in Public Health from the University of South Africa (UNISA), which is to be awarded. The title of his thesis was “Guidelines on the Use of Indigenous-Western Anti-hypertensive Therapies in Belize”. This was accepted on the 25th of January, 2021. All of us join in congratulating Mr Husaini on this fine achievement and we expect that his degree will be formally conferred shortly. Sincere congratulations.

 

 

UB Welcomes New Quality Assurance Director, Dr Marcia Commissiong

I am very pleased to advise that Dr Marcia Commisiong, who was appointed as the Director of Quality Assurance some time ago, was finally able to travel from Jamaica and has arrived safely in Belmopan. Dr Commisiong is currently in self-quarantine but has already begun to engage with relevant leaders to familiarize herself with the state of Quality Assurance at our University. I look to your welcome and support of our Director as we continue on this important task of building quality in our academic environment at UB such that we can move to seeking accreditation within the next couple of years. Dr Commisiong brings to UB considerable Caribbean experiences in the areas of Quality Assurance and Accreditation, as can be seen in her profile below.

Dr Marcia Commissiong has had a very diverse working experience in the public sector spanning more than 30 years and over 18 years as a quality assurance professional in higher education. In addition to quality assurance, Marcia’s areas of expertise include institutional and programme accreditation, systems and process management, teaching of adult learners, and the physical sciences (Chemistry).

Marcia’s passion for quality assurance and accreditation has been evident in her former positions of Accreditation Officer at the University Council of Jamaica, and Manager, Quality Assurance at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT). At the University Council of Jamaica, Marcia provided technical support towards the improvement of institutional management and programme offerings at higher education institutions through a registration and accreditation process. At the UTT, Marcia was responsible for monitoring and evaluating quality assurance processes against standards for registration and accreditation and assisted with the preparation of the institution’s self-study document. Marcia was also responsible for ensuring that the quality management system (QMS) was responsive to the needs of stakeholders and developed methods that measured the performance of the QMS.

Marcia holds a PhD in Education specializing in Learning, Instruction, and Innovation from Walden University and her research explored student engagement, self-regulation, satisfaction, and success in online learning environments. She also taught Organic Chemistry for six years as an adjunct faculty member at the college level. Marcia has delivered two webinars for members of the Caribbean Area Network for Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education entitled “Enhancing Quality and Accountability through Quality Audits and Facilities Reviews” and “Lessons Learned: Teaching in Blended and Online Learning Environments”. Recently, she facilitated two cohorts of the Commonwealth of Learning’s course on Quality Assurance in Blended Learning for the Caribbean Higher Education Context.

Marcia’s hobbies include playing the piano and listening to classical and contemporary music, reading, mentoring young persons, and watching sporting activities particularly track and field events.

Dr Commisiong will report directly to the Vice President and her office is located on the ground floor of the main Administration building. She can be reached at 822-1000 ext. 211/214.

 

The President and Senior Managers Congratulate the New UBFSU Executive

We were very pleased to be informed that the UBFSU has elected a new Executive, as shown below:

The Administration looks forward to working with our colleagues on this new executive and we wish them success in their term in office. At the same time, as President, I wish to thank the former executive, led by Dr Pio Saqui, for their work and achievements during their term in office, and especially in having the UBFSU officially recognized as a union and the Agreement forged with the University to treat with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Meeting with Student Leaders

The President and Senior Managers, including our Director of Open Distance and Learning – Dr. Freida Palma, ICT Director – Mr. Abdulaziz Sanderson, Registrar – Mrs. Rose Pineda, and Dean of Student Affairs – Dr. Martin Cuellar, met with the Student Government leaders, Mr. Steve Good and Kimberly Young from the Belize City Campus; Indira Coleman, Cindy Salam and Macklovio Ack from the Punta Gorda Campus; and Kelsey Coc and Jocelyne Chun from the Belmopan Campus on February 2, 2021. The meeting received a report from each of the student leaders on their experiences since the beginning of this semester. It was heartening to hear from our student leaders that our teaching and learning “online” has gotten off to a much improved start compared to the challenges of last semester. And once more, I thank all our Faculty and Administrative support for ensuring this and look forward to its strengthening as the semester progresses. If there was one concern expressed from our student leaders then this had to do with more responsive and timely feedback to any queries that they may have posed. The student leaders were happy with the start and especially with the performance of the Moodle LMS (Learning Management System) platform. The President applauded the students for their special initiative of making scholarships available to deserving students of UB.

PR – Newly Reconstituted Board of Trustees for the University of Belize


PRESS RELEASE
February 2, 2021
For Immediate Release
Newly Reconstituted Board of Trustees for the University of Belize

The University of Belize is pleased to announce the names and designations of its recently reconstituted Board of Trustees. On the 1st of December, 2020, the University received information from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology naming seven (7) new members to the Board of Trustees. A meeting of this newly reconstituted Board, new and continuing (8) members, was convened by the Secretary of the Board and President of UB, Professor Clement Sankat, on the 22nd of January, 2021 and in accordance with the UB Act of 2000. At that meeting, a new Chairman, Mr. Anthony Sylvestre Jr. was elected while Major Lloyd A. Jones was elected as Vice Chairman.
The University of Belize congratulates the Chairman and the Vice Chairman and all the new members of the Board, and also thanks the returning members for their continued support.
At the meeting, the Board expressed its great desire to further the development of the University as the National Institution and echoed the sentiments that this can bring tremendous opportunities for Belize’s young people and Belize’s own advancement. The new Board also thanked the former Board of Trustees for its work in advancing the cause of UB.
Below are the names and designations of the full Board of Trustees.

New Appointments

Returning Members

Professor Clement Sankat, Ph.D.
President

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From the President’s Desk – January 2021 – Special Edition


From the President’s Desk – Special Edition

Volume 32

WELCOME BACK – A NEW YEAR 2021 DAWNS

My Dear Colleagues – Faculty, Staff and Students:

I wish to warmly welcome all of you back as we continue the Academic Year 2020-2021, Semester II.  I hope you had a restful and happy but safe holiday.  I am aware that a few of our colleagues were afflicted with the COVID-19 virus but I am happy to share that they have all recovered and are ready to get back to work.  This is a timely reminder that this pandemic is far from over, we have to remain extremely vigilant as we witness several countries being very severely challenged at this time.  It is clear therefore, that we have to continue from where we left off at the end of 2020 with online teaching and learning being our mode of delivery.  Once more, I thank all our teachers and our students for engaging this way; your patience and tolerance with the technology and the pedagogy are very much appreciated. I am confident with time, dedication and experience we will all get better with this. In this pandemic environment our choices as a university are limited – most universities are faced with this. I therefore urge our faculty and our students to avail themselves of the training that is being delivered by the ODL and to remind all that the Academic Council decided that the Moodle teaching and learning platform was the one to be adopted by the University of Belize. There is an imperative for us to ensure the quality of our teaching, learning and assessments/examinations and I am guided that a single university platform, as most universities practice, will facilitate this assurance of the quality of our teaching online. So please once more avail yourselves of the training that is and has been offered for quite a number of years at UB, but one which has necessarily intensified at this time. I seek your understanding and support of this direction.

We also have to continue to be mindful of the COVID-19 health and safety measures as enunciated by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.  Let us commit to adhering to these measures to protect not only ourselves but those whom we are going to interact with. Once again, we will work remotely using the technology wherever possible. There will be rotation of essential employees for some of our key services except for areas like Security, IT, Maintenance, UB Central Farm, etc., areas that have to be kept functional at all times.  I must thank our essential staff who managed these functions during the holiday period. Your immediate supervisor will guide you on these specific working arrangements as they relate to your office.

To our faculty and to our students who wish to use the IT facilities of the University on any of our campuses, please note that these are available for your use but will be managed with the necessary health and safety protocols in place. Of course, the same will apply to those programs where laboratory training or other experimental/experiential forms of training are required. The observance of health and safety protocols must be a priority.

As we look to the immediate future, we hope and pray that this pandemic will recede and that with the intervention of a COVID vaccine we may return to some level of normalcy. It is difficult to anticipate when this will become a reality but my hope is that for the new Academic Year 2021-2022 we may be able to bring some level of relief to our university and our situations.  Let us therefore be very hopeful.

To our returning students, let me wish you a successful semester and fruitful engagements with your lecturers. I know these are also difficult financial times for many but I ask you to do your part to ensure that the University can deliver on its mandate. At this time our students are owing, for the immediate past three semesters, over $400,000 to UB in tuition and fees. For those of you who need additional assistance with your tuition and fees, please contact our Finance Department so they can guide you with the appropriate payment plans, scholarships and/or loan schemes. I have been detecting falling levels of student enrolment as anticipated. I do hope in the new Academic Year this can be arrested through our Admissions Department/Registrar.

We begin the New Year with a couple of major changes in place.

I announce the departure of our long standing Director of Human Resources, Ms. Hertha Gentle, who has served us since May 3, 2010. We thank her for all she has contributed to UB and many of us individually, and we wish her well in her future endeavors. As her direct report, let me thank Ms. Gentle for her dedication and responsiveness.

I also wish to announce that our recently appointed Dean of the Faculty of

Management & Social Sciences (FMSS), Dr. Gilroy Middleton Jr., has been called to national service and is therefore leaving UB. Once more we offer our congratulations and best wishes to him in his new appointment as CEO of Immigration in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade & Immigration.

The Senior Management is announcing the following arrangements to maintain continuity in our services:

Ms. Tieola Requena, Human Resource Officer, will

assume the responsibility of Interim Director of HR and Dr. Vincent Palacio, a former Dean of FMSS,

is to be the Interim Dean of that Faculty.  These two appointments become effective from Monday, 18th January, 2021 and I do look to your cooperation

with and support of our two leaders.  These positions would be formally advertised during the course of this semester.

Finally, I wish to advise that a newly reconstituted Board of Trustees is in place and we expect to convene very soon.  I will of course continue to keep you informed on developments at our University.   Once more, best wishes to all for 2021 and let’s hope that this New Year relieves us of the stresses and strains we faced in 2020 as an institution and as individuals.

President Clement Sankat

January 14, 2021