The Board of Trustees of the University of Belize (UB)has announced the addition of four (4) undergraduate programmes effective academic year 2018-2019.
They are bachelor’s degrees in applied agriculture, biology, and statistics, as well as a one-year professional certificate in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), all of which fall under the Faculty of Science and Technology.
The approval was made on March 27, 2018.
The University of Belize said the programmes are aligned with its Transformational Plan: Vision 2022.
The agriculture programme is expected to facilitate Belize’s food and agriculture thrust, while the biology course is expected to meet the expectations of various stakeholders and prepare students to meet the job market requirements in the field.
With respect to the statistics programme, the University of Belize reported that it is in response to the growing demand for statisticians, which is expected to continue with the implementation of the Central American country’s National Statistical Systems of Belize.
The GIS programme, meanwhile, is intended to be the first of its kind in the country, exposing students to the major concepts of spatial data and its role in addressing environmental, land and natural resource issues. It is designed to produce skilled GIS professionals.
“University of Belize’s programmes must be significantly updated, enhanced and expanded to meet the growing and changing knowledge and skills requirements for a modern, food-secure, environmentally conscious and data-driven Belize and the world,” university president Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat said of the development.
The University of Belize has begun accepting applications for these programmes in time for the new school year, beginning in August 2018. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 822-2680/81 ext. 471 or [email protected].
University of Belize Scholarships
The Government of Belize honors all Belizean high school graduates with six or more CXC passes with grades of 1, 2, and 3 with a tuition scholarship in any two-year Associate Degree program. Mathematics and English A must be two of the six subjects passed. All passes must be done in one sitting.
To maintain the tuition scholarship, students must earn a 2.5 GPA in the first semester and successfully pass the second semester. Students must provide the Ministry with a grade report every semester. A master list is sent to the Accounts Office with names of Scholarship recipients. If such students have paid tuition, they will get refunded. Scholarship recipients must contribute 120 hours of community services before the completion of their Associates Degree.
Students enrolled in the Associate Degree in Primary Education and the Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education receive a full scholarship including tuition, fees and books. The Government pays the tuition for every Associate Degree Student who has completed 33 credits of course work and who is taking a full time load of classes. These are considered second year students.
These students must take a minimum of 12 credits every semester unless they have less than 12 credits to finish their Associate Degree and they must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. The Office of Accounts automatically calculates students’ credits completed and bills the government for their tuition once they complete 33 and meet the other requirements stipulated above.
Source: Jamaica Observer.com