UB’s Live Virtual Forum


Are you thinking about jump-starting your education and career at UB?

We are hosting free online information recruitment sessions. Make a date with us EVERY WEEK ON MONDAYS AT 5PM!

*STARTING THIS MONDAY!*
Online recruitment sessions are scheduled for: 
Jun 15, 2020 | Jun 22, 2020 | Jun 29, 2020 | Jul 6, 2020 | Jul 13, 2020
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Save to your calendar: https://bit.ly/RegForumJune2020
Topic: A virtual forum to recruit and welcome new students
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Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://bit.ly/ZoomForumJune2020
Password: 932063
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Send us your questions with subject line: “For Forum”* at communications@ub.edu.bz. Your questions will be replied on the live webinar. 

We look forward to meeting you! 

2019-3 Summer Courses for NEW & Returning Students


Pre-University Courses

In an effort to give students access to the University of Belize beginning August 1, 2020, we will once more be offering our Pre-University courses online starting, June 29, 2020. Students who are desirous of registering for these courses, please go to https://bit.ly/2020-1PreUCoursesForm

Pre-University Course listing:

Course Code Course Name
BIOL0016 Developmental Biology
CHEM0016 Development Chemistry
CMPS0014 Microsoft Office Specialist
GSTU0014 Study Skills
ENGL0090 Pre-College English I
ENGL0095 Pre-College English II
MATH0014 Development Math

Deadline to Sign up is June 19, 2020


General University Courses

To support a number of students to meet the requirements for graduation at the end of academic year, UB will also be offering a number of online General University coursesAll students who wish to register for these courses so as to facilitate their progression or graduation, please go to https://bit.ly/UBStudentPortal

General University Course Listing:

Course Code Course Title
CMPS1014 Introduction to Computer
PHIL1014 Ethics
PSYC1014 Introduction to Psychology
SOCL1014 Introduction to Sociology
MGMT1014 Foundations of Management
ENGL1035 Composing Process
HIST1014 Introduction to Belizean History
SPAN1025 Level 2 Spanish
SPAN2015 Intermediate Spanish
RSCH2014 Research Methods

Registration for the General University Courses Starts on June 8, 2020 and Ends on June 19, 2020.

VACANCIES: Deans & University Registrar


Join Our Team as a Dean of One of our 4 Faculties OR as Our University Registrar!

Vacancies Exist for:
University Registrar

Dean of
Faculty of Management and Social Sciences
Faculty of Education and Arts
Faculty of Science and Technology

TO APPLY
Email Your Applications to
Denise Robinson | drobinson@ub.edu.bz
Professor Clement Sankat, President | president@ub.edu.bz

To view the job descriptions: www.ub.edu.bz/Work-At-UB/

Hard Copies May Be Sent to
Office of the President
P.O. Box 340
University of Belize
Humming Bird Avenue
Belmopan City, Cayo District
Belize, Central America

Deadline to Apply is May 4, 2020

From the President’s Desk – February 5 – March 20, 2020


UB Closure March 20, 2020 – April 20, 2020

The University of Belize closes on March 20, 2020 and reopens on April 20, 2020 because of the threatening COVID-19 Pandemic. Please see the statement from the President on this matter at:

          Video                                         |                            Written Speech

http://bit.ly/COVID-19UBClosureMarch                    http://bit.ly/COVID-19UBClosureMarch

UB’s Newest Appointments

The following is the University’s Newest Appointments listing as of March 20, 2020:

Last Name

First Name

Job Type

Title Sub Division

Sub Division

Evans

Alexander Faculty Music Lecturer

Faculty of Education and Arts

Fernandez – Hernandez

Gretchin Faculty Lecturer – FEA

Faculty of Education and Arts

Hall

Denise Faculty Clinical Instructor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Johnson Lisa Faculty Dean – FHS

Faculty of Health Sciences

Ayala

Ariel Staff Driver/Maintenance Personnel

Physical Plant Department

Bernardez Devon Staff Public Safety Officer

Public Safety Department

Hamilton

Angeneal Staff Human Resource Clerk (HRIS)

Human Resource Office

Jor

Mateo Staff Maintenance Personnel (Building Maintenance)

Physical Plant Department

Petillo

Raven Staff Maintenance Personnel (Housekeeping)

Physical Plant Department

Wade

Carrie Staff Counselor – Students

Student Services and Affairs

Ack

Samuel Staff Public Safety Officer

Public Safety Department

Henry

Desiree Staff Maintenance Personnel (Housekeeping)

Physical Plant Department

Parham Trevor Staff Public Safety Officer

Public Safety Department

Vasquez

Juan Staff Public Safety Officer

Public Safety Department

Young Cristel Staff Public Safety Officer

Public Safety Department

Ramirez Yeltsin Staff Maintenance Personnel (Building Maintenance)

Physical Plant Department

UB Hosts COBEC 2020 Conference

On Thursday, February 6th and Friday, February 7th, the University hosted the COBEC Winter Conference at its Belmopan campus under the theme, “Quality in Higher Education.”  During the two-day session, key topics discussed at this year’s session specifically focused and engaged member universities on:

  1. Sharing and exchanging of information and experiences on critical issues such as standards, practices, mechanisms, and procedures that benchmark quality assurance in higher education among academics, university administrators and government agencies
  2. Exploring and identifying trends and best practices on quality assurance in higher education; and
  3. Promoting strengthened cooperation between COBEC’s member universities in improving quality assurance

Two significant presentations were made by UB’s President, Professor Clement Sankat, whose presentation was entitled “Building Quality in Higher Education – Best Practices from The University of the West Indies Experience,” and by Dr. Carly Wynne of the University of North Georgia, Dr. Marie Young of Independence Junior College and Dr. Karen Martinez of Ecumenical Junior College, who presented on “Best Practices in Data Collection, Organization, Presentation and Storage for Quality Assurance.”  Notable presenters also included Mrs. Deborah Domingo, the CEO in the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, who welcomed the participants of the conference, and Mr. Deryck Sachwell, Director of the Tertiary and Post-Secondary Education Services in the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, who was the conference’s Keynote Speaker.

UB Meets with the Commonwealth of Learning

The University of Belize’s Vice President, Dr Mariot Simon, together with the Dean of the Faculty of Education and Arts, Dr Nestor Chan, and Coordinator of the Masters in Educational Leadership, Dr Priscilla Lopez, met with Commonwealth of Learning Education Specialist, Dr Mairette Newman, on February 10, 2020, to review progress on the programme. To date, the degree which is offered as a blended programme, has enrolled 37 students who will graduate in 2021. The meeting also discussed plans for continuing the partnership through a capacity building component designed to strengthen the Faculty’s competencies to serve as research supervisors. Dr Simon thanked COL for its continued support of the University as it strives to increase its graduate programmes and build a culture of research, both of which are major priorities for the University’s Transformation Leap as outlined in the 2017-22 Strategic Plan.

In commenting on the partnership, Dr. Newman said, “I see a bright light for this programme. As the nation’s premier degree granting institution, UB’s decision to offer Educational Leadership courses online allows the nation’s educators who wish to lead at the system or school levels to access the programme wherever they reside”.

During her visit, Dr Newman also facilitated workshops with staff and students in which they explored the skills required for supervisors and graduate students working remotely to successfully complete their theses.  

UB Meets on the SAGE Project with representatives of the CICan Consortium – Vancouver Island University, Parkland College, Marine Institute – Memorial University

Meetings with our Canadian partner institutions, the UBCF, with the ITVETs in Toledo/Stann Creek, with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MOA), Forestry Department, Environmental Research Institute (ERI), Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT), Pine Lumber Co. Ltd, etc. were held over the period of January to March. These were done so as to continue to develop a planning framework so as to execute the project on assessing the skills needed for Agriculture, Agro forestry and fisheries. The project will develop curricula for short, preparatory (ITVETs) and Associate Degree Programs at the UB and will also strengthen themes to gender, student counselling and indigenous inclusivity in our programs.

  Good News Mission and the International Youth Fellowship meet with UB President

On February 25, 2020, Mr. Jermaine Garvey and Jacob Lim, both from the Good News Mission and the International Youth Fellowship in Jamaica, visited the University to discuss the possibility of providing fellowship to students on campus.

The Good News Mission, out of South Korea, preaches the Gospel through Bible seminars, winter and summer retreats, and student camps in various countries. In addition to missionary activities, NGOs are located in over 30 countries to develop youth and young leaders through youth mind education, cultural exchange programs, educational academies, and social service activities.

The Good News Mission has also actively set about missionary work in Africa, Central America, and South America through medical volunteering, building schools, and establishing broadcasting networks.

International Youth Fellowship (IYF) is a Christian-based global youth initiative. With over 90 branches worldwide, the IYF is dedicated to the spiritual, intellectual, and emotional growth of young people around the world.  

La Ruta Maya – Donation from Koop Sheet Metal for UB’s Black Jaguars Team

On February 26th, 2020, Koop Sheet Metal made a generous donation to the University of Belize’s Black Jaguars Canoe Team. This donation enabled the canoe team to once again participate in this year’s 2020 La Ruta Maya River Challenge commencing March 6th.

The University of Belize would like to thank Koop Sheet Metal for their generous support. The Canoe Team and the University deeply appreciate the willingness of Koop Sheet Metal through which they have continued to champion our student athletes’ efforts in this competitive event.

UB Meets with Professor Dina Borozekwoski – University of Maryland

On February 27, 2020, Dean of the Faculty of Health Science, Dr. Lisa Johnson, along with faculty member Mr Danaldi Husaini met with Professor Dina Borozekwoski, University of Maryland Global Health Initiative, School of Public Health.  The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the terms of an agreement between the two Universities to collaborate on a project addressing public health needs of the Elderly.  This multiple year partnership looks at collecting baseline data to study and organize interventions supporting seniors to promote public health in Belize.

UB on Krem TV, Wave TV and Love TV

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) and UBCF along with the President and Vice President appeared on Krem TV, Wave TV, and Love TV promoting the work of the University.

Representatives from the ERI along with the Vice President appeared on Krem and Love TV to promote the ERI for its 10th Anniversary. Discussions were focused on the Institute’s work over the past 10 years to increase local capacity for the effective management, sustainable use and conservation of Belize’s natural resources – land, wildlife and marine.

Mrs. Zoe Zetina – UBCF Director, President Sankat and Dr. Darrell Harvey of Vancouver Island University (VIU) appeared on Wave TV to discuss the various initiatives happening at UB under the Skills to Access the Green Economy (SAGE) project, particularly as it related to the University’s Agricultural initiatives, training and curriculum.

A New Publication by a Faculty of Science and Technology Lecturer – Mr. Jair Valladarez

UB’s Mr. Jair G. Valladarez, along with a group of authors, Mr. Luis M. Mejía-Ortíz, Jesús E. Cupul-Pool, Marilú López-Mejía, Alfredo G. Baez-Meléndres, Juan C. Tejeda Mazariegos, Keith A. Crandall, Marcos Pérez-Losada and Oscar Frausto-Martínez, published a new paper on “The Habitat Types of Freshwater Prawns (Palaemonidae: Macrobrachium) with Abbreviated Larval Development in Mesoamerica (Mexico, Guatemala and Belize)”.

The chapter is downloadable at: https://www.intechopen.com/books/crustacea/the-habitat-types-of-freshwater-prawns-palaemonidae-em-macrobrachium-em-with-abbreviated-larval-deve

UB Senior Managers Meet with Representatives from Student Governments

Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat –President, Dr. Mariot Simon – Vice President, Dr. Martin Cuellar – Dean of Student Affairs and Mrs. Rose Pineda – University Registrar hosted one of its regular meetings with the executive members of the UB Student Governments – Belmopan, Belize City & Punta Gorda on February 28th, 2020. Discussions were focused on the successes of projects by each government as well as the concerns by the student bodies of each campus. Key issues discussed were:

  1. The Parking lot at the FEA campus Belize City
  2. The Quality of Teaching & Evaluation – Senior Administration implored students to be more vigilant and to complete their Faculty & Class Evaluations so as to give the University the necessary feedback on the quality of instruction in the classroom
  3. A way forward as it relates to students’ social responsibility – An agreement was made to put forth a joint communique regarding the University’s support of students to develop and express their social responsibility and social justice.
  4. UB ERI Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

The UB Environmental Research Institute celebrated its tenth year on March 4th, 2020 with a short ceremony on the Belmopan main campus, to highlight its outputs and achievements and to recognize its partners over the last ten years. In attendance were University leaders, members of the UB Board of Trustees staff, NGO community and its government and private sector partners.

As the Institute moves into its second decade, its focus is to build upon their successes and work to expand graduate research within the national university and by extension, Belize. These graduate programs will harness the existing and future research capacity of the UB ERI, as well as its current access to long term data sets in wildlife, fisheries management and marine ecology. Through these expanded graduate programs and research, UB will be elevated as the leading academic institution in the area of research on the environment, which will inform policy but additionally will leverage private sector contributions to sound natural resources management, all in keeping with our Transformational Plan 2020.

  Preparing for COVID-19: An Educational Forum on COVID-19 and Influenza Virus with the Ministry of Health

On March 4th, 2020, the University of Belize in partnership with the Ministry of Health and The National Channel (TNC) hosted a Public Health Forum on the Coronavirus and the Flu. The event was an opportunity for the MOH to inform and to share with the UB community helpful and relevant information on the Coronavirus and the Flu, especially as it relates to the day to day measures students, faculty and staff can implement to protect themselves, their families and each other while at the University and at home.

TNC streamed the event live on Facebook, to the other 3 UB campuses and aired the forum live on its television station.

The President of the University would like to thank the Ministry of Health, The National Channel and all those who attended the event, shared and watched the forum on social media and participated in the forum via asking questions or giving positive feedback.

 The Work of Our UBCF – NEW PINEAPPLE PRODUCTION PEST IN BELIZE Amblyomia bifasciata Stal

Entomologist Adriano Vasquez, Crops Lecturer at the University of Belize identified the new pineapple Coreidae pest Amblyomia bifasciata Stal at the Entomology Laboratory, at the Belize Agricultural Heath Authority (BAHA), in Central Farm, Cayo District.

On 9th March 2020, a site visit was conducted at a Farm in Trio Village, Toledo District to collect specimens of the chinch bug damaging the pineapple fruits. The pest population of adults and immature stages were concentrated at the heart of the pineapple plants. The chinch bug feeds on the sap of the fruits, causing the fruit to turn very soft causing it to falls on the ground.  Mr. Vasquez, Lecturer, is the research advisor to Mr. Solomon Sanchez, a Bachelor student in the Department of Agriculture at the University of Belize. They are conducting this research on the new pineapple pest Hemiptera: Coreidae: Coreinae: Coreini: Amblyomia bifasciata Stal.  This pest is new to pineapple production in Belize. This research is directed to find at least one botanical pesticide to control the pest.

Public Health Department Vaccinations at UB Belmopan Campus

On March 10, 2020, the Public Health Department of the Western Regional Hospital provided vaccinations for Flu, Hepatitis B and Tetanus for the UB Community at the Campus Wellness Center. Arrangements were also made for the Public Health Department to visit the Faculty of Education and Arts Campus in Belize City on March 19, 2020, to provide vaccinations for Pharmacy, Med Lab and Social Work students, and staff who are in the field.

The President thanks the Ministry of Health for their support of the University of Belize in the pressing matter and Nurse Sharon Alamilla for facilitating this.

From the President’s Desk – Special Edition: President’s Message on Closure of Our University March 20th – April 20th, 2020


President of the University of Belize

COVID-19 Pandemic

Closure of our University: March 20th – April 20th, 2020

My Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, Colleagues, All,

Yesterday, the Prime Minister of Belize, the Right Honorable Dean Barrow, and the Leader of the Opposition, Honorable John Briceño, held a joint press conference to address decisions made with regards to the COVID-19 Pandemic. One of the major announcements made was the decision to close all schools for a period of two weeks, effective Friday, March 20 of 2020, as part of the efforts to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19.

 Today, with the support from the University Administration and the approval of the UB Board of Trustees, led by Mr. GA Harrison Pilgrim, we announce as follows:  

    1. The University of Belize is closed from the end of Friday, 20th of March, 2020 to resume on Monday, April 20, 2020 after our Easter break.
    2. The schedule for the Second Semester is also approved, including key dates such as,
      • Examination: 25th May to 1st June, 2020
      • Publication of exam results: 17th June, 2020

                               Subsequently, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees will advise on date for a special Board Meeting to approve the list of students for the 2020 Graduation

      • Graduation: 
        • 18th July, 2020 (Belize City)
        • 19th July, 2020 (Punta Gorda)

 I wish to also bring the following to your attention:

  • At this time, our normal summer semester is disrupted. However, there is a possibility that is being explored that there may be a 5-week intensive summer semester that can be facilitated to support students who may need to complete their degree, all things being equal.
  • Our University’s most essential services will be maintained by skeleton staff, for example our farm at the Central Farm, our Security on our campuses, and the general maintenance of our campuses.
  • The Calabash Caye Field Station will be closed. The University of Belize Residence facilities like at the UB Central Farm, and the 96 Apartments in Belmopan that are used by student athletes will also be closed. Students are therefore asked to prepare to return to their places of residence this weekend. The Dean of Student Affairs will facilitate this.
  • Unfortunately, and regrettably, all sporting and other extracurricular activities are put on hold because of the potential risks to our University Community, e.g. The Relathon and our Faculty, Staff and Students’ Sports Day. We will advise on the resumption of these activities after we reopen.
  • On the matter of tuition and fees, please be assured that new deadlines will be given after we return to work, so that students, parents, and loved ones, focus on the immediate threat of COVID-19. Let your hearts not be troubled by this.
  • Our Director of the ICT has assured that our email system will not be disrupted. Further, he assured that “Google Hangouts” has been enabled for both Faculty, Staff and Students. This allows an additional form of communication. I wish to point out that once we resume our normal face-to-face and online classes on April 20, 2020, we will be moving towards exams beginning May 25, 2020.
  • All classes are suspended, whether online or normal face-to-face so as not to disadvantage any of our students academically. I am cognizant that many students to not have access to the internet or a reliable service, may not have laptops or computers and may not even have a smart phone. Informal communication between lecturers and students may occur as possible.
  • With respect to Faculty and Staff, our Directors of Finance and Human Resources are making the arrangements for normal salaries to be paid as usual and matters of sickness/insurance benefits, etc. that may arise will be addressed online. They will both be sending out further guidance on these matters in the next few days, as I may also have to do.

 Look my dear students and colleagues, we are all in a very challenging environment, that many of us have never experience in our lifetime. As I said earlier in one of my communications and in our flyers, we also have to be our “brother’s and sister’s keepers”. Hence, these best practices of hygiene, staying away from crowds and public events, maintaining social distance and following the recommended protocols if you are sick are once more emphasized. If you are sick, please visit a doctor!

As we heard from our Political Leaders of Belize, this is not a holiday but a time to stay safe and out of harm’s way for yourself, your family and your communities.

My advice, “hunker down” and make best use of this time students, including studies, revisions and assignments so that we can attain normalcy as quickly as possible when we return on April 20.

My best wishes to you and your loved ones at this very challenging time in Belize, the Caribbean and globally.

 

Professor Sankat

March 17, 2020

 

From the President’s Desk – Special Edition: The La Ruta Maya River Challenge 2020


UB Black Jaguars Places 1st in the Intramural Category

2020 La Ruta Maya River Challenge

The Annual La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge is the longest canoe race in Central America. Following the very same trading and commerce route as the ancient Mayas, the race begins at the Hawkesworth Bridge in San Igancio and ends at the river mouth of the Belize City harbour, with stops at Banana Bank, Double Head Cabbage and Burrell Boom.

This year, the race, which has evolved into an international event and has excited Belizeans alike since its inception in 1998, was held between March 6th – 9th. As customary, the University of Belize’s Black Jaguar Paddlers participated in this year’s race, where Anselmo Rash, Jeans Ba, and Pablo Manzanero, along with their coach, Mr. Claude Jones, placed FIRST in their category and 14th overall. Last year, our paddlers placed second. The entire journey spans approximately 180 miles, demanding superb physical aptitude, team work, tireless effort, resilience and determination.

The Office of Students Affair also championed our paddlers as they took a bus filled with students. These students camped out at the various stops as they followed the race from San Ignacio to Belize City and cheered and encouraged and supported the team.

The President of UB – Professor Clement Sankat, the Vice President of UB – Dr. Mariot Simon join UB’s Senior Management, the Faculty and Staff, students and the entire UB community in congratulating Anselmo, Jeans and Pablo on their merited triumph at this year’s 2020 La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge.

The President would also like to especially acknowledge Anselmo as this is his final year as a UB student and his last year representing the University in the race. “Anselmo, yours and your team’s accomplishment is as always impressive. You have represented the University exceedingly well and have made us all very proud. We wish you all the best and may today’s success be the foundation of tomorrow’s achievements.”

The University of Belize would also like to thanks Koop Sheet Metal and all our sponsors. Our participation would not have been successful without your generous support. Our Black Jaguar Paddlers deeply appreciate the willingness with which you have and continue to champion their efforts in not only participating in this competitive event, but also in allowing in the opportunity to be a part of a river tournament that contributes to Belize’s uniqueness in the world of sport.

 

THE RACE

San Ignacio’s Hawksworth Bridge

Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on March 6th, 2020, our three paddlers, Anselmo, Jeans and Pablo, who after months of grueling training and muscle cramps, were ready to face a four-day river challenge. The President of UB, faculty & staff and UB fans were present to cheer and encourage.

Banana Bank

Our Black Jaguars arrived at the Banana Bank’s finish line with a total time of 5hrs 53min and 14seconds.

Henderson Bank in Burrell Boom

On their arrival, the UB fan bus was already present chanting and cheering for the UB Black Jaguars. However, it was still positive news as we were still leading the intramural category and doing tremendously well overall. The UB Black Jaguars’ total paddling time spent for the leg was 6hrs 12min and 40seconds.

Bermudian Landing

As known, La Ruta Maya River Challenge is one of the world’s toughest and most historic river races. The fun and excitement keep attracting both local and foreign paddlers to participate in the 170-mile race. UB students came together from the three campuses countrywide to show their support to the paddlers representing the institution. Students who signed up for the trip had the chance to follow the race, watch it live, cheer for the UB Black Jaguars as a way of encouragement at each river bank and experience student life as a university student. The students and staff camped at Nature resort, Bermudian Landing.

Nature Resort is located in the Community Baboon Sanctuary along the historical Belize River Valley. At this resort, students were visited by nature – the black howler monkeys as well as many birds as parrots, seed eaters, jays, and kiskadees. The students also had the opportunity to form new friendships and learn more about Belize’s culture and wildlife preservation.

Belize City

Finally, the race that started three days prior was about to end and the paddlers were ready to give their all and remain on top. The UB Fan crew cheered the Black Jaguars till the very end as they followed the race by road. With excitement and joy, the UB Black Jaguars crossed the finish line with a total race time of 2hrs 48minutes for this final leg and an overall total race time of 20hrs 5min 11secs which placed them 14th overall and still 1st in their category. The UB Black Jaguars defeated the Maya Mopan Indian Chiefs who had a total race time of 22hrs 9 min 36 secs and Galen Eagles, 23hrs 31min 40 Seconds.

The UB Black Jaguar Paddlers, Anselmo Rash, Jeans Ba, and Pablo Manzanero received three laptops as prizes for school purposes as their winning price. They also won other cash prizes for being the first to arrive at the river banks in their category.

The UB Family congratulates our Black Jaguars for their exceptional performance, their prior training, endurance and determination in the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge this past weekend. We are indeed proud of our Team and its coach, Mr. Claude Jones and all of his supporting crew. Well done!

 

UB Marketing & Communications Team

Mr. Oladipupo Ogunjobi, Ms. Santree Sandiford, and Mrs. Zayri Cocom

From the President’s Desk – January 6, 2020 – February 5, 2020


Bringing the Curtains Down on 2019

The President of the University of Belize, Professor Sankat, thanks all who attended the very festive celebratory party to end the year 2019, and thanks everyone for their tremendous support in making the event a success, especially the staff of the Office of the President for organizing the event, along with the Physical Plant and the Marketing & Communications teams.

President Sankat would once again like to congratulate all members of Faculty and Staff who received awards for their tremendous services to UB and noted the following special awards:

  1. Abbie Godoy, UB final year student, for being the first female recipient and the second in Belize of the prestigious Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholarship;
  2. Francis Burns & the Physical Plant Department for their steady commitment to the maintenance and upgrading of the physical infrastructure at all our campuses;
  3. George Gough, Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Health and Chairman of the Belize Medical Council, for his steadfast support for the development of the Medical program (MBBS) at the University of Belize;
  4. Leolin Swift-Castillo, Former Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, Allied Health and Social Work over the period of 6 years and for her stellar contributions to the Faculty and the University; and
  5. Nectaly Vela, for his creative efforts and steady support of the Marketing & Communications function at the University (2009 – 2019) and for going beyond the call of duty

 

Happy New Year UB

Professor Sankat would like to welcome everyone to a new year and a new semester. Each New Year is an exciting time as it is filled with new goals, new hopes and much optimism. New students and faculty, new relationships, new scholarship and exciting new conversations illuminate our thinking and engage our community as renewed energy, enthusiasm and bold curiosity are unleashed.

This year is particularly special in that it will mark UB’s 20th Anniversary. Since the University opened its doors on August 1st, 2000, the goal has been to offer Belizeans an education and an

experience designed to be meaningful and memorable, scholarly and inclusive and reflective of our nation’s diverse community, our developmental and human resource needs and most importantly, to be true to our mission as a University in the service of our people.

President Sankat is extremely pleased to say that the University is well on its way to achieving its goal, and on behalf of the University’s Senior Management Team, he offers best wishes for a rewarding 2020.

 

New Students Orientation 2019-2

On January 7th, the University held its customary orientation session at its Belmopan Campus and welcomed new first year and transfer students along with their families to the National University. The day-long session was filled with exciting and information packed activities, which prepared students for their academic pursuits and initiated their integration into the University’s intellectual, cultural, and social climate. By the end of the day, students were familiarized with the campus, met with academic deans and faculty members, who shared detailed information about the various program of studies and was introduced to the co-curricular life of the institution, as well as the resources available for their success.

As noted by the Dean of Student Affairs, “Orientation is designed to assist incoming students in making the transition to the University of Belize and to help students feel like #UBelong at UB!”

 

UB announces the Promotion of Two Faculty Members

The University announced the promotion of two faculty members, Dr. Dion Daniels and Mr. Danladi Husaini. Dr. Daniels is a member of the Faculty of Science and Technology and has been promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor and Mr. Husaini of the Faculty of Health Science has been promoted from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer.

They both went through a rigorous review process, and the UB congratulates them on their success. The President of UB, Professor Sankat, wishes both members of Faculty continued progress in the advancement of their careers and that of Research and Teaching at the UB.

An Afternoon of Music with Performances from Austria

On January 15th, UB was visited by renowned Austrian musical director Peter Illavsky and his friends: composer Akos Banlaky and violinist Jacqueline Kopacinski. The visit included a consultative session moderated by the Faculty of Education & Arts Lecturer, Dr Christopher De Shield, who engaged students, visitors, members of the Faculty and UB community.

The ensemble also gave an hour long performance and was joined by Belizeans, singer Kanie Herrera (a recent music program graduate), Loreto Pelayo (guitar), Belizean composer and musician Alex Evans, and Trinidadian singer Cherysh La Touche to perform original compositions of European and Caribbean character, showcasing unique possibilities for professional musicians and alliances between musical traditions. The UB community enjoyed this midweek musical interlude as a special student-hour entertainment treat.

UB Hosts its 2nd Annual Striping and Capping Ceremony for Nursing Students

On January 17th, the University hosted its Second Annual Striping Ceremony for our nursing students. This ceremony, which is seen as a symbolic rite of passage to the nursing practice, is held for nursing students before their first clinical experience. The event was held at the Jaguar Auditorium and was attended by Ms. Ann Matute, Deputy Director of Health Services and Mrs. Catherine Godinez, Registrar at the Nurses and Midwives Council of Belize, the President and the Vice President of UB.

This ceremony is of great significance to the student nurses as they do the Florence Nightingale Pledge, which instils selflessness to all who have chosen this path. The capping and striping ceremony means the students are now recognized by other members of the health fraternity and are ready to assume their responsibility to patients without failure or compromise.

Professors of Music from Scripps College & Chaffey College, California Visit UB as the University Plans to Begin a Program in Music

On January 17th and 18th, the University of Belize hosted a delegation of three distinguished research and teaching professors from Scripps and Chaffey Colleges in California, USA. The delegation was led by Dr Hao Huang, a world-renowned, Juilliard-trained concert pianist. He was joined by the choral and orchestral conductor Dr David Rentz, a Yale-trained conductor, as well as a composer-arranger and Dr Rachel Vetter Huang, a violinist, chamber musician and Harvard and SUNY-trained professor.

These professors conducted workshops in music and held a public concert dubbed “Life with Music: A Performance Event” at the George Price Centre for Peace and Development on the evening of Saturday 18th. The professors’ concert featured a lecture/masterclass portion detailing profuse evidence of the intellectual and social benefits music practice has that leads to personal and professional success, and a performance portion, featuring a fascinating repertoire of European Classical, American Romantic, and early 20th Century Jazz music.

 

UNICEF Country Representative visits UB

Ms. Susan Kassede, United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF) representative in Belize, visited the University of Belize to explore means and ways in which the University could collaborate in addressing issues of child violence.

The University with the support of UNICEF may provide training programs to alleviate societal issues facing young people and disadvantaged communities. This is an important area of work for our Faculties.

 

UB’s Central Farm Helps the Sheep Industry

The University of Belize’s Central Farm (UBCF) Campus recently partnered with the National Sheep and Goat Breeding Center to develop Belize’s sheep industry and to improve the centre’s farmer outreach programme. Daniel Juan, livestock lecturer at UBCF, is assisting the Centre in identifying and interviewing sheep farmers to determine how best both institutions can improve productivity and profitability for Belize’s sheep industry. At the end of this process, twelve small scale sheep farmers will be selected and improvement packages will be distributed. These packages will be tailored to meet specific needs such as nutrition, genetics, pasture management, internal parasite management and housing. Thus far, farmers have been very receptive of the outreach programme.

The President congratulates UBCF and encourages such outreach support to our production enterprises.

UB visits ECOSUR, Chetumal

The President of UB took a delegation of representatives from the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) and the Environment Research Institute (ERI) to El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Chetumal, Mexico. The visit was meant to develop collaborative relationships between ECOSUR and the University of Belize. There is a common mandate to develop knowledge and information through research on protecting our natural marine and terrestrial environments – the Riviera Maya – a marine environment of commonality shared with Belize and the Frontera Sur – the terrestrial environment.

Presentations were given by ECOSUR’s Director General Dr. María del Carmen Pozo de la Tijera, and other researchers. UB FST and ERI made presentations on their work. At the conclusion of the full-day meeting some areas of teaching, especially at the graduate level, were considered as well as common areas of research collaborations involving faculty and students of both institutions. These areas will be further developed by teams of both institutions. The next step forward will be the signing of a memorandum of understanding by both institutions.

President thanks the Mexican Embassy in Belmopan, especially Ambassador Agustin Maciel Padilla for the Embassy’s support in arranging this meeting.

The President also took the opportunity to pay a courtesy call on the new Secretary General at UQROO, Dra. Karina Amador Soriano. He was accompanied by Ambassador Agustin Maciel Padilla of the Mexican Embassy in Belmopan.

Belize Bank donates $50,000 to UB to Purchase Instruments for its Steel band – “UB Steel”

The University of Belize (UB) has been engaging with Belize Bank with respect to their support for a steel band orchestra for the University. UB is committed to develop the creative arts at our university and to give our young people the opportunity for building their knowledge and skills in music and its practice. The Belize Bank has generously made a grant of $50,000 BZ for the University to acquire outfits for a steel band orchestra. UB is in the process of purchasing pans for the band and you will hear more of this as we get our faculty, staff, students and alumni to become members of this band “UB Steel”.

The University also hired its first Music Lecturer, Mr. Alexander Evans, who will join UB at its Belmopan campus.

Interested players may contact the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr Martin Cuellar and/or Mr. Evans on this matter.

UB Makes Progress with the Medical School Building

President, Dr. George Gough, Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Francis Burns, Director of Physical Plant, Projects and Facilities, and Mr. Arnulfo Kantun, Business Development Officer, toured the facilities under construction and met with the contractor. The team is very pleased with the progress to date and expect the building will be ready by the end of February this year.

The next big challenge for UB is to outfit this building with the laboratories and equipment required, not to mention the furniture, for faculty, staff and students.

 

UB continues to see progress with the India-Belize Centre for Engineering (IBCE) Project on the Belmopan Campus

After a hiatus of a few months, due to lack of a high voltage electrical supply to the IBCE Engineering buildings, and one that has now been corrected with the support of the Belize Electricity Limited, progress on the installation and commissioning of the equipment to support such knowledge and skills in welding, machining, carpentry, materials testing, and electrical power machines continues in full force.

The internal electrical wiring is now progressing and we expect all of these machines to be installed by the end of February. A team of experts from India (THMI) is facilitating this effort, led by CEO, Mr. Vaish. The President and the Honorary Consul of India to Belize, Mr. Arun Hotchandani welcomed Mr. Vaish and Mr. J.M. Kumar.

Progress at the Punta Gorda Campus

The University has hired a highly recognized contractor of Punta Gorda Town, Mr. Joaquin Aldana, who is in charge of the completion of this construction project.

Upon completion, this fit-for-purpose building will serve both as a space for two classrooms and as a meeting place for public forums, workshops etc., as we continue to improve the teaching and learning conditions at UB – Toledo.

A Visit from Professor in Surgery, UWI

President Sankat welcomed Professor Paul Ramphal, Professor in Surgery at the University of the West Indies, based in Bahamas. Professor Ramphal, a very distinguished clinician, gave a very

brief and informative presentation to the Vice President, Dr. Mariot Simon, Dean of Medicine, Dr. Lisa Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Ministry of Health, Dr. George Gough, and Dr. Adrian Coye of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, on reflections of “Medical Education for the 21st Century” so as to help guide UB as we establish the Bachelor in Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program.

Meeting with the UB Faculty and Staff Association Union

President and Senior Managers of UB welcomed the UB Faculty and Staff Association Union to a meeting on February 4, 2020. The short meeting touched on a number of ongoing matters pertaining to the establishment of the union as the collective bargaining entity for UB Faculty and Staff. The meeting also focused on the draft protocol to treat on future engagement.

 

UB meets with the Football Federation of Belize

UB’s Office of Institutional Advancement along with Coach Joseph Waight, had a working meeting with The Football Federation of Belize (FFB), led by its Secretary General, Mr Earl Jones and Ms Yasmin Quan, Mr Erwin Contreras and Mr Philip Marin.  The meeting focused on identifying areas for partnership and collaboration between UB and FFB. The aim of this collaboration is the overall development of sports to ensure sustainability and the expansion of a high performance program at the UB. The University is currently pursuing opportunities that will support an environment that will increase participation among students, infrastructure and human resource development and a drive for excellence, coupled with a coordinated sport program that promotes student development and progression to a higher level of performance and competition.

 

UB meets with University Management Limited at Central Information Technology Office

A team led by UB’s Chairman, GA Harrison Pilgrim, the President, Professor Sankat and the ICT Director, Mr. Abdulaziz Sanderson met with the members of University Management Limited, a private commercial registry established to manage Belize’s ccTLD “dot.BZ”. The meeting was chaired by the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Mrs. Deborah Domingo and was attended by officials of Central Information Technology Office (CITO), including the Chief Information Officer, Mr. Ian Smith and Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Mike Singh.

The meeting was meant to give a better understanding of the history and UB’s involvement, investment and returns from this Company that manages the Dot Belize domain. The discussions will continue.

Visit from EU-LAC Foundation

President Sankat met with Ms Paola Amadei, Executive Director of the European Union – Latin America and Caribbean Foundation (EU-LAC) on February 7, 2020.

The EU-LAC, established in Hamburg, Germany in 2011, was created by the Heads of State and Government of the European Union, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and recently transformed into an International Organization. The countries of both regions and the EU constitute its 62 members. The Foundation’s mission is to strengthen and promote the bi-regional strategic partnership, improving its visibility and encouraging the active participation of the respective civil societies.

The meeting explored ways in which UB can benefit from the EU-LAC Foundation and Ms. Amadei promised to link the UB to a few European partnerships that can support our efforts for teaching and research. She also presented the President with a book published by EU-LAC entitled “The Caribbean in the European Union-Community of Latin American and Caribbean States Partnership” by Annita Montoute, Andy Knight, Jacqueline Laguardia Martinez, Debbie Mohammed and Dave Seerattan, all from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.

UB Hosts the Belize TOO Education Expo 2020

On Wednesday February 5th, 2020 the University of Belize came to life when the Belize Tertiary Options and Opportunities (BTOO) Expo brought well over 3,000 high school students to the campus. The various faculties and departments collaborated and executed in full force. Commendations to the Faculties of: Management & Social Sciences, Science & Technology, Health Sciences, Education & Arts and Offices of: Records & Admissions, Student Affairs, Accounts and Library which adeptly managed and engaged potential students. Students had the opportunity to have individual engagement with faculty and staff; submit admissions packages; talk scholarship and campus life; meet and greet current students including our Student Athletes. The publicity garnered was tremendous and our prospects left well informed and equipped to make smart decisions to start their higher education at UB.

Thanks to all our UB faculty and staff and especially our students who contributed to the success of this massive event.

From the President’s Desk – December 19, 2019


Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2020

Let me, on this last working day of Semester I, wish you all a happy and blessed holidays and my sincere best wishes for the New Year 2020 – one that is special as it will be UB’s 20th Anniversary.
I look forward to seeing all of you refreshed on January 6, 2020 – our first day back to work in the New Year.
I thank all of you for your commitment to UB in 2019.

-President

For Your Tremendous Support – Thank You!

I send this newsletter out today (volume 26) with a sense of considerable sadness as Mr Nectaly Vela of the Marketing & Communications office is leaving UB at the end of today.

Nectaly has been supporting the University for a decade and since being on board as President, has been of tremendous support to me and has greatly lifted the University through his work in the Office. He has been instrumental to the various works of the office, including “From the President’s Desk”, the “UB Imprint” and the Annual Report (2017-18) amongst many other things.

I wish to thank him for his commitment, often beyond the call of duty, in supporting all our efforts to transform our National University. I am sure we will all miss his quiet presence at all our events, with his camera slung around his neck!

We wish Nectaly the best in his future endeavours, including his personal well-being. And though this is not a farewell but an “until we see you again,” it is also a best wishes for his new beginning and the many wonderful discoveries that awaits him on his new journey. We do wish to see him back at UB one day soon.

Thanks, Nectaly.
-President!

UNAN-Managua and UB Partner to Establish Belize’s First National Medical School

The University of Belize (UB) signed a first-of-its-kind cooperation agreement with the Autonomous University of Nicaragua – Managua (UNAN-Managua) with the mutual goal of developing Belize’s First National Medical School.

A collaborative effort between the two Universities, the Cooperation Agreement was signed Monday, December 2nd at the UB’s Belmopan Campus Conference Center by the President of the University of Belize, Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat and the Dean of the UNAN-Managua’s Faculty of Medical Science, Dr Freddy Meynard Mejia.

The Medical School at UB, under the Faculty of Health Sciences, which was approved by the Board of Trustees in August 2019, aims to meet the growing need for developing and training of local professionals and prospective students in the medical field, particularly Belizean trained doctors. This development will also seek to bolster health innovations, open new research pathways, and greatly enhance the exposure and involvement of our Faculty/Staff and Students in the positions of health care for Belizeans.

UB Student – Abbie Godoy – Named 2020 Rhodes Scholarship Winner

On Tuesday, November 27th, 2019 at the Barbados Governor’s House, the Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholarship Committee announced Abbie Godoy as the 2020 Recipient of the Prestigious Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholarship.

The first UB student to be chosen for this award and the first female winner, Abbie serves as the Program Director on the University’s Belmopan Student Government and is a final-year Bachelor of Art’s English major in the Faculty of Arts and Education (FEA), where she is expected to graduate in June 2020.

As a Rhodes Scholar, she will join an international cohort of outstanding scholars from more than 60 countries around the world and will pursue a graduate degree in Developmental Economics, which focuses on colonialism and the economy, specific to the developing world at the University of Oxford in England, commencing October 2020.

UB Staff on National Cricket Team Who Won Gold for Belize

Ms Lin Smith, a member of the Administration of the Belize National Cricket Team, went to Costa Rica and brought back gold. The team won 4 out of 5 games to clinched the first spot winning Gold.

The President congratulated Ms Lin Smith and the National Team on their triumph.

UB Releases its Annual Report 2017-18

The Annual Report 2017-18 has been released. It can be read https://www.ub.edu.bz/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/AR-2017-2018.pdf

It was published by an in-house by University’s Marketing & Communications Team.

 UB Students Learn about the Credit Union Movement in the Caribbean and Belize

The Faculty of Management and Social Sciences organized a lecture on the November 21, 2019 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at Jaguar Auditorium to enhance the students’ exposure to the financial sector as it relates to Credit Unions. The presenter, Mr Leopoldo Romero, is the General Manager of the Toledo Teachers Credit Union and President of the Belize Credit Union League (BCUL). He is also a Director on the Board of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU). The topic of the presentation was “The Credit Union Movement in Belize and the Caribbean”.

During his presentation, he explained about the local, regional, national and international credit union movement. He discussed various credit unions in Belize, highlighted the economic growth of credit unions and their financial performance. He also differentiated the ownership and benefits between commercial banks and credit unions.

UB Welcomes Dr Lisa Johnson as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Lisa Johnson, MBBS, DM (Surg) was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), effective January 6th, 2020. She will also be an Assistant Professor in the Faculty.

As Dean, she will lead the development and implementation of the University’s ambitious plan for the future direction of its FHS – especially our National School of Medicine. She will provide leadership and oversight to grow and strengthen the Faculty’s healthcare programs in Nursing, Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory, Midwifery, Social Work and other Allied Health areas and is expected to deepen our partnerships with Belize’s Health Care Industry.

UB Celebrates Garifuna Explosion

The Department of Student Services hosted its Garifuna Explosion under the gazebo at the Belmopan Central Campus on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, to celebrate Garifuna Settlement Day. The event included the sale of Garifuna cuisine, displays on different Garifuna cultural wear, musical instruments, etc. Booths from various local institutions such as the Institute for Social and Cultural Research and the Belize Archives and Record Services were also present to provide information on the history of the Garifuna. The highlight of the evening was the musical performance by “Lil Jun” as well as the drumming group.

The President congratulated the organizers of this event for showcasing the history, art, culture and cuisine of the Garifuna Community.

UB Students Learn about Customer Service

FMSS lecturer, Ms Audrey Pascascio, hosted a free four-week training on Customer Service, “Delivering Customer Service with Excellence”, which took place at the Belmopan Campus on November 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2019. A total of 32 students, from across faculties, successfully completed and received a certificate of participation upon completion.

The main objective of the program is to provide students with a more concentrated learning approach on specific topics that are directly relevant and can be applied to their professional lives after graduating. Training topics included Customer Service with Excellence, writing resume & cover letter, preparing for job interviews, key marketing techniques, interpersonal skills, goal setting and professional etiquette.

President Sankat congratulates Ms. Pascascio for the training of our students.

UB Hosts 2019 Hour of Code

The University of Belize Association for Computing Machinery Student Chapter hosted an Hour of Code event on December 13, 2019. Primary and secondary students participated in the event and learned that coding can be fun. The students were shown videos of celebrities like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg speaking on the importance of computing; the ACM students also presented on the everyday use of computer science. The highlight of the event was when students were given tutorials at the “beginner” and “intermediate” levels. Each student was given a certificate after completing their tutorial.

UB Celebrates Diabetes Day 2019

On November 14th, the University celebrated World Diabetes Day to increase diabetes awareness among students, faculty and staff and to promote early diagnosis and a better adherence to lifestyle modifications and medications.

The event included posters depicting the causes, signs and symptoms, and treatment options available for diabetes patients. Students also distributed sugar free foods stuffs, natural fruit juices safer in diabetic patients and exhibited few vegetables and traditional diabetic dietary options proven to be effective. As part of health screening activity, students promoted self-monitoring of blood glucose using glucometer and calculated their body mass indices.

The day was also enriched with presentations by some of our partners – Ministry of Health, Belize Diabetes Association – Belmopan Branch, Pathlight, Ministry of Agriculture and also the Belize Marketing and Development Cooperation. Some demonstrations included a few simple physical examination skills that could help pharmacist students to assess diabetes complications such as diabetic retinopathy and diabetic neuropathy and educating and encouraging the UB community on how to garden for healthier eating habits.

PAHO Donates Medical Books to UB

On November 20, 2019, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) signed an agreement with the University of Belize for the donation of medical books for the University.

The agreement was signed by President Sankat and PAHO/WHO representative in Belize, Dr Noreen Jack.

The textbook name is Medical-Surgical Nursing 13th Edition, which was written by Janice L. Hinkle and Kerry H. Cheever.

UB Lecturer, Dr. Romaldo Lewis, Publishes Book

Dr Romaldo Lewis, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Management and Social Science recently published a book entitled “Enterprise classification. A Financial perspective.”

His book discusses the need for statistical census for enterprises, including the need for financial indicators that can be used to classify firms for statistical validation from an analytical perspective, with an aim to identify the major constraints, determine the nature as well as the constraint levels that limit the creation, promotion, and growth of the Enterprises in Belize.

UB Central Farm Meets with World Bank to Discuss Climate Smart Agriculture Training

A team from the World Bank has been engaging the University of Belize and in particular the University of Belize’s Central Farm (UBCF) on possibilities for the University’s involvement in a project related to training in Climate and Agriculture. They made two visits on October 2, 2019 and on November 13, 2019, accompanied by others of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development. The UBCF also received officers from the Resilient Rural Belize Office, led by Soulemane Fofana, who provided guidance on a possible project also designed to assist with Climate Smart Agriculture for Belize.

Annual Senior Management Meeting with Deans, Senior Managers and Student Government Leaders

The President met with Deans and other administrative managers at the Annual Senior Management Meeting held at the beginning of the semester. Some student government leaders were also invited.

The meeting also focused on the challenges our students were facing with tuition, infrastructure matters and adequacy of teaching services, as well as new program developments, new sites for delivery and opportunities. The President urged Deans and Chairs to monitor and ensure that our students receive the assistance necessary for quality education.

UB Hosts First Annual GIS Symposium

On November 15th, the Faculty of Science and Technology, along with its partners, held its First Annual GIS symposium, demonstrated the exciting and innovative ways that geographic information science and its technologies are contributing towards to Belize’s development in areas such as public health, telecommunications, agriculture and natural resource management. The symposium promoted the deliberate integration of GIS and its technologies in research, education, and application activities at UB and with our non-academic partners and how same can be used to address societal issues. The day was filled with presentations of individual projects and lines of scholarly activity being undertaken by Faculty and students that model the specialty’s convergent practices and included presentations by some of our partners – Ministry of Health, Belize Telemedia Limited, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and the Environment, Belize Electricity Limited and Coastal Zone Management.

The President congratulates Dr. Santos Chicas for his steadfast commitment to the GIS and its applications in Belize and for all his efforts in training in this area.

UB President Attends CICan Meeting in Winnipeg, Canada

The President represented UB at the meeting of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) that was convened to further advance the Skills to Access the Green Economy (SAGE) Project. There were representations from other Caribbean Institutions like Jamaica, Guyana, Dominica, and St Lucia.

At this meeting, the President, together with Dr Margarita Gomez of the Ministry of Education (representing ITVETs) interviewed three Canadian Groups of Institutes, so as to select a Canada partner for the UB/ITVETs Project.

From these three, the CICan contracted Vancouver Island University of Nanaimo, Parkland College of Saskatchewan and Marine Institute – Memorial University of St. John’s as our partners for the 3-year project to support training in Climate Smart Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries from the ITVETs to the UB (Associate Degree level). The project moves now into a more detailed planning phase with all the partners.

UB Black Jaguars Basketball Team Wins 2019 ATLIB Championships

The University of Belize’s Black Jaguars won the national female basketball championship for the second year in a row. The competition, which was organized by the Association of Tertiary Level Institutions of Belize (ATLIB), was hosted by Independence Junior College on November 23rd.

UB dominated the Southern Regional Champions, Ecumenical Junior College, 44-2 and the Central Zone champions, St. John’s Junior College, 50-4 in the finals.

UB’s No.7 Delta Flores won the Most Valuable Player award for the second year in a row! The team was presented with a team trophy and individual medals.

The President congratulated our female basketball team on their stellar achievement, and also thanks the coach and the Dean of Student Affairs for their support of this successful effort.

UB Engineering Students Participate in Macaroni Competition in Chetumal

For the 9th year in a row, UB’s Engineering students participated in the the “XXI Concurso De Diseno Y Construccion De Modelos Estructurales, VII Su Fase Internacional”, hosted by the Instituto Tecnologico De Chetumal (ITCH) in Quintana Roo Mexico. The objective is to challenge student teams to design framed structures given limitations in time, size and type of materials and according to precise specifications. Models were rated according to efficiency in loading and best design. This year, students had 12 hours to build a first floor platform (slab) from round flag sticks, popsicle sticks, tooth picks, string and wood glue.

UB President meets with UB’s Student Government in Punta Gorda

The President, Vice President and the Director of Physical Plant, travelled to Punta Gorda and met with students of the Student Government Association. At the very fruitful meeting, the SGA outlined the work they were doing in PG to support student activities outside of the classroom. They also indicated what some of their developmental plans were for the immediate future to enhance the campus. The President and the Vice President thanked this group of very dedicated students on their work and pledged the support for their efforts.

The President and Vice President also met with the Campus Administrator and some faculty and staff.

UB President meets with Belmopan and Belize City Student Governments

Similarly, the President and the Dean of Student Affairs met with Student Government leaders from Belize City and Belmopan and reviewed concerns of our students – teaching effectiveness, quality, infrastructure and finances.

All these matters are being addressed.

Presentation of the Book “Chronology of the Americas” XIX-XX Centuries

The President was invited by the Ambassador of Mexico to Belize, Ambassador Carlos Quesnel Melendez, to a book launch. The book “Cronología de América” was published by Siglo XIX. The University of Belize, under former President Alan Slusher, had agreed to support this publication, where Ms Francine Sabal and the late Mr. Joseph Sampson were contributing authors.

President Sankat congratulated them and the Ambassador on this fine output. A set of such books were presented to the President, which are lodged in the UB Library.

UB Hosts Annual Science Open Day

On November 22nd, under the theme “Using Scientific Approach to Improve Stewardship of our Water Resources,” the Faculty of Science and Technology held its Annual Open Day. The purpose of the open day was to display the different, interesting and interactive applications in science to sustainably manage our water resources. Popular stops for many of the day’s visitors included the wine distillery and the yogurt factory. Visitors were also drawn to the electricity and magnetic experiments. An important addition to the open day was the robotics obstacle experiment, which had visitors amazed and entertained as IT students engaged in programming instructions in real time.

Different organizations such as Association of Protected Areas Management (APAMO), Oceana and Belize Natural Energy were also present and aided in demonstrating how the theoretical knowledge and concepts learned in science education translated into application and real world scenarios.

UB’s Lecturers Article Published by the American Research Institute for Policy Development  

UB’s Ms Karen Bautista, Ms Angela Reyes and Dr Thippichetti Thiagarajan produced an article, “Study on the Microbial Quality of Edible Green Vegetables and Methods to Eliminate the Microorganisms by Using Domestic Antiseptic Products,” which was then published in December 2019 by the American Research Institute for Policy Development.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of the microbial populations in select vegetable and to find an effective and affordable method to eliminate the microbial contaminants without affecting the taste or quality of the product by using household products.

The full document can be read at: http://jaesnet.com/vol-8-no-2-december-2019-abstract-8-jaes

The President congratulates the authors on their fine effort.

UB meets with Texas Chamber of Commerce 

UB’s Department of Institutional Advancement met with the Texas Chamber of Commerce on December 4, 2019 to discuss possible collaborations for the building of student houses and a University Hotel.

UB meets with Nova Southeastern University

On Wednesday, 4th December, UB’s FEA Administrators and Vice President convened a meeting with Dr. Armando Rodriguez, Executive Director for the Latin American Educational Programs of Nova Southeastern University.

The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the possibility of UB supporting Nova Southeastern University with the delivery of a Master’s of Science in Education and Doctor of Education programs.

Dr. Rodrigruez shared his proposal for this initiative, which outlined a number of areas of specialization for both programs. He emphasized that all proposed programs are accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Universities (SACS) and by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Estimated costs and duration for the programs were discussed as well as the extent to which Nova Southeastern University is willing to contribute, in order for these programs to materialized. The major benefit to UB is that our lecturers will be afforded the opportunity to teach in these programs, thus building capacity in the delivery of graduate programs. The meeting concluded with our University team agreeing to review the proposal for further discussion in the future.


From the Marketing & Communications Department
Happy Holidays!