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2 Expanding Economic Opportunities-Access and Affordability President of the University of Belize, Dr. Cary Fraser and Chairperson of San Pedro Junior Col lege (SPJC) Ms. Martha Guerrero, signed a Memo randum of Understanding (MOU) on February 17 for the delivery of UBs Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management in San Pedro Town. The agreement between the institutions is in recognition of the common interest in the continu ous development of the human resources within the tourism sector. In its quest to provide the best quality program, UB will establish an advisory committee comprising of representatives of the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and members of the private sector on the island to provide stewardship of the Belize Tourism Management Program (BTOM) on San Pedro. It is envisioned that the ceremony to be held by mid-year in San Pedro. Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management at SPJC Campus in San Pedro Town; monitor the delivery of the sonnel to deliver the program; and be responsible for all applications, registration, and graduation activities. SPJC by the accord will provide the necessary prerequisites for students to successfully complete the full pro gramme; and will also be responsible for the recruitment of students, a maximum of 30 per course. To date over 100 students who have earned UBs Bachelor Degree in Tourism Management are employed in all areas of Belize tourism sector, including the Radisson Fort George Hotel, Belize Tourism Board (BTB), Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), Protected Areas Conservation Trust Management and Policy Development. Present at the MOU signing included Minister of Tourism, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr, SPJCs president, Mr. Angel Nuez, the Dean, Mr. Gustavo Ellis, and Board member of UB, Mr. Steve Social Sciences (FMSS). The MoU represents the universitys commitment in developing the countrys human resource capacity that will be empowered with skills to contribute to the continued development of the tourism sector as well as the economic, social, cultural and political transformation of Belize, said the president of the national tertiary institute Dr. Fraser. UB is ensuring that future leaders have access to educational programs that are rel evant to national development needs and priorities of Belize. Accessible and affordable tertiary education SPJC students and President Fraser
3 ub-contact point for taiwan academy The Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) H.E. David Wu and President of the University of Belize, Dr. Cary Fraser last month signed a Letter of Intent on the Designation of Taiwan Academy Contact Point and Bilateral Cooperation. Faber witnessed the signing on behalf of the Government of Belize. in the areas of culture, education and academia, in particular those topics related to Taiwan, and Mainland China. As the Contact Point the University of Belize will disseminate information to its students, faculty, and and Fellowships (TAFS) program. UB will also supply information for applicants under the scholarships and fellowships program; provide exclusive access to relevant websites for research; and facilitate the exchange of relevant information and publications. The TAFS program has provided approximately 1,250 grants annually to undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers worldwide to study/conduct advanced research in Taiwan. It is a platform for Taiwans long-term intellectual collaboration. The University of Belize as the Contact Point will be the avenue for opportunities to engage in cooperation with Taiwan Academy; open related courses and programs; and to set up relevant units or departments. The Contact Points for the Taiwan Academy will include sister-universities of universities in Taiwan and other research institutes which promote Asian studies. By partnering with internationally recognised universities, the The Taiwan Scholarships and Fellowships program (is comprised of nine awards in three categories: the Fellowships, the Huayu (Mandarin) Enrichment Scholarships, and the Scholarships for Degree. For more information please visit www.ub.edu.bz University of Belize is seeking to build its international relationship and the collaboration with Taiwan Universities will no doubt foster and enhance our institutional capacity to build our human capital that will contribute to the development of Belize, said Dr. Fraser. Such collaboration will allow students to use their knowledge to improve the life of Belizeans across the entire society. The University of Belize will have the free access to Taiwans universities and as the contact point UB will further enhance Bilateral relations remarked Ambassador Wu Hon. Patrick Faber, H.E. David Wu, and Dr. Cary Fraser Igniting educational opportunities
4 The University of Belize has established the commercial micropropagation laboratory in Belize at its Department of Ag riculture campus in Central Farm that will provide disease free sugar-cane varieties and banana plantlets to accelerate agricultural development across the landscape of the country. The lab, funded partly by European Union funds but mainly by the University, will provide a much needed and highly specialized plant production service to the agricultural sector of Belize. The advantage of micropropagation the production of plants on a highly nutritious substrate in closed containers over conven tional propagation is that it: (a) Starting with small-numbers of crop plants it is possible to produce large numbers for planting material in a short time period. (b) Plants produced will be healthy and disease-free. (c) Plantations established will be uniform and so produce a more uniform crop. (d) The technique can be used for the safe introduction into Belize of new improved crop varieties. Use of Micropropagated Plants in Belize this technology to supply small-scale farmers with high quality plantain, pineapple and cocoyam plantlets and the production of ornamentals, such as orchids, is also being considered. Institute (SIRDI) and the Banana Growers Association (BGA) to ensure that the laboratory can meet their needs to the production of micropropagated plants. What is Micropropagation? Micropropagation is a method that produces large quantities of disease-free, uniform, quality planting material ment, Multiplication, Rooting and hardening (or acclimatization). Many commercial crop production industries around the world are now using micropropagated plants as, if maintained properly, these plantations will often produce higher yields than plantations established with conventional planting material. In micropropagation systems plants are grown in sterile conditions on a culture media, in glass or plastic ves stimulate shoot development and auxins are added to stimulate root growth. Depending on the plant species, plant cultures can be sub-cultured, into new vessels, every 20-25 days with an expected multiplication rate of 3 to 5 times. Crops for MicroPropagation in Belize micropropagation lab at the University of Belize will be with sugarcane and bananas. Sugar Cane Micropropagation of sugar cane will be used to introduce new superior varieties into Belize and to sanitize/re accelerating BELIZEs agricultural development First micro-propagation lab in Belize
5 and the nurseries will provide farmers with high quality stem cuttings for plant ing. Bananas The use of micropropagated banana plantlets will provide disease-free, uniform plantings that will produce consistently higher yields. UB is collaborating with For more information on this initiative from the University of Belize please contact the campus in Central Farm. making opportunities visible Central Campus, Belmopan. organizations including the United States Embassy, Mexican Embassy, the British High Commision, Development New superior varieties
6 a word from the political parties The stage was set on February 29, for the Student Forum entitled A Word from the Political Par ties. to the delight of the political representatives to listen to the United Democratic Party (UDP), Garcia, and Mr. Paul Morgan respectively. The forum was organized to allow the representatives the opportunity to present their respective manifes tos to students. The audience responded by posing questions on policy related issues covering the perception of corruption, good governance, pov erty, employment, and the critical role of education in the development of Belize among others. Sharing the moment
7 Recruiting the best minds Sadly missed UB participated at the Consortium for Belize Educa Information mounted an exhibition highlighting pro grams, projects and activities of the institution. Prospective students were provided with information regarding the numerous educational opportunities in sity of Belize. COBEC is a consortium of colleges and universities together to enhance higher education in both countries. ary educational institutions in Belize and other coun tries for the purpose of strengthening and expanding their capabilities in higher education. The goals are to design, develop and implement collaborative programs and activities that address higher education needs in Belize; contribute to the internationalization of mem ber institutions; and strengthen the organizational ca pacity of COBEC as a mechanism for meeting higher educa tion needs in Belize and interna tional izing member institu tions. aspects of Venezuelan History On Monday February, 27, 2012, the First Secretary of the history and other interested students. First Secretary ezuelan history in the Jaguar Auditorium. The event was organized by Mr. Joseph Sampson and his students and was well attended.
8 UB Black Jaguars Do it Again! ATLIB Basketball Champions! On Saturday, February 18, UB males and females made their way from Central Cam pus, Belmopan to Falcon Field, San Ignacio with one mission in mind, to retain the ATLIB In the opening game, University of Belize emerged victorious 58 to 44 against San Pedro Junior College (SPJC). Jaguars outscored and outplayed SJCJC beating them 39-13 (females) got ready to face Ecumenical Junior College. And once again we won by winning 32-22 which assured gave it their all. But, in the end our roaring and fearless Jaguars was triumphant with a 28 point difference (66-38).