UB and the UBFSU Sign Agreement


PRESS RELEASE
September 15, 2020

For Immediate Release

University of Belize and the University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union Sign Agreement

The Management of the University of Belize and the University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union (UBFSU) agreed on Friday, 11th September, 2020 to a number of measures to address the University’s financial shortfall in these challenging times. The agreement that was signed on Friday had the blessings of the Board of Trustees of the University of Belize.

The discussions, engagements and negotiations occurred over a period of three months including a meeting with the Ministry of Labour, chaired by the Hon. Minister of Labour. The agreement signed covers several areas that affect both the University and its employees including a tiered cut in salaries from 22% to 5%, an increment freeze for the financial year, a Voluntary Separation Program, restructuring of certain areas of the University’s operations, especially those that have been closed through the pandemic or significantly contracted because of our mainly online teaching and reduced student numbers this academic year.  Other subsidiary areas agreed to included for example, the ability to work from home with a technology grant and an interest-free loan to eligible employees for the procurement of internet access and a computer/laptop respectively to facilitate this.

The University and the UBFSU agreed that in six months’ time the state of the University’s finances will be reviewed with a view to examining the feasibility of returning salaries to or near to their previous levels. The parties also agreed to continue to communicate and to work collaboratively to ensure that the University of Belize and all of its constituents can weather this difficult period brought about by the pandemic and the cut in the University’s subvention and income from students. The parties also thank the Ministry of Labour for facilitating our initial discussion and the University’s employees for their understanding of our situation.

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


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

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

The deadline for completion is September 18, 2020

For more information kindly email ar@ub.edu.bz

Thank you.

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NOTICE: UB Closure Due to Tropical Storm Nana


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

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

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

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

Please stay safe and keep your families secure.

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2020-1 Class Schedule


The 2020-1 UB Class Schedule

Classes commence on Monday, August 17, 2020.

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UB’s Registration Commenced Today for Classes to Begin on 17th August, 2020


PRESS RELEASE

August 10, 2020

For Immediate Release

UB’s Registration Commenced Today for Classes to Begin on 17th August, 2020

The University of Belize takes this opportunity to prevent any confusion in the minds of its students, and the wider university community, that may be caused by unfortunate comments with respect to a delay in the normal opening of classes of the University this semester.   Such comments are particularly harmful to students and their sponsors as well as the University at a time when the University is facing a financial crisis.  

The University wishes to remind all its stakeholders that the original timeline for the opening of the semester remains unchanged and the Academic Calendar of the University is approved by the Board of Trustees.  The schedule for the opening of classes continues to roll out as has been planned and shared with the public and students since the middle of the summer.  Last week, new students entering the University experienced the first ever virtual university orientation.  They also met their academic advisors and received academic advising in preparation for registration.  Registration for classes started this morning (2,020 students registered at this time) and continues until Friday of this week, during which time all new and returning students are expected to select their courses and pay the appropriate tuition and fees.  Next week Monday, the 17 of August, classes will commence online as has been announced, except for some laboratory courses that require face to face engagement, for which students will be so informed by their respective Faculty.

The University has alerted all its stakeholders on the requirements for health and safety, social distancing, etc. and it will continue to observe these best practices while being ready to treat with any unfolding circumstances which this COVID pandemic still threatens.  The University assures its community and the public it serves, that it will continue to work closely with its internal constituents, the Faculty and Staff, for meeting the expectations of our students and parents to deliver tertiary education as Belize’s flagship national institution.

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UB Graduates 600 Students this Semester from all Parts of Belize


PRESS RELEASE

July 30, 2020

For Immediate Release

UB Graduates 600 Students this Semester from all Parts of Belize 

The University of Belize is very pleased to announce that 600 students from our Semester II Cohort have been approved for graduation by the Board of Trustees of UB at their meeting on 29th July, 2020.

The Board expressed its pleasure, that despite the challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic and the near physical lock down of the University, that the University responded though online teaching and learning modality to ensure that this large number of students met their requirements as hoped for.  The Board congratulated the students, faculty, staff and administrators of UB for their support of these students through their creative work in difficult times.  Also noteworthy is that for the very first time, the University has produced more graduates at the Bachelors level (281) compared to graduates at the Associates level (241).  This is a major directional change as the University advances on its Transformation Plan.  Our graduates have come from all parts of Belize; 341 from our Belmopan Campus, 167 from our Belize City Campus, 53 from our Punta Gorda Campus, 26 from our Central Farm Campus and 12 from our outreach location in Corozal Town.  Again, like previously years, the vast majority of graduates are females and 18% of our graduates completed their requirements with honors.  Our highest overall achievers were:

HUNG, ANDRES                              Associates in Biology and Chemistry

WU, CHEN-YI                                   Bachelors in Pharmacy

CHOC, ALMIRA DELICIA              Bachelors in Medical Laboratory Science

The University is actively planning for its graduation ceremonies in Punta Gorda and in Belize City scheduled for the month of October 2020 and our graduates and their parents would be informed as soon as our arrangements have been confirmed in this challenging time of maintaining hygiene etiquette.  The Board of Trustees, the Management, Faculty and Staff of the University extend its sincere congratulations to our successful graduating students.

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2020-1 Payment Deadlines


All students are encouraged to pay their tuition and fees in full to the University  as soon as possible. However the following quarterly payments as a minimum will be applied for the 2020-1 August Semester