Putting research at the forefront of development Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

Belize’s first National Research Conference opened at the University of Belize in Belmopan on Wednesday, charting a new course in National Research. This first conference is designed to gauge the cross-section of research that has been conducted in Belize by both Belizean and International Scholars.

Such a research conference is a collaborative effort of the University of Belize, Galen University, the University of the West Indies as well as the National Institute of Culture and History serving as a catalyst. Some of the major sponsors for this year are the United States Embassy, Bowen and Bowen, the Development Finance Corporation and others, who all have cooperated to bring about some stellar results.

As was suggested by Dr. Eve Aird from Galen University, such a joint effort should lead to the establishment of a National Research Council. Indeed; the subject matter of pursuing a National Research Council will be discussed at the Conference this Thursday from 4:25 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Associate Professor at the University of Belize Dr. Angel Call tells the Guardian that the two day conference, which continues Thursday, is critically important for National Development.

“…research is an important mechanism for national development and the universities, the Junior Colleges, the Government, the productive sector, all of these are key partners in ensuring that research is used in order to address the challenges that our Country faces, because research has to be very practical, very functional at least for us, and so that we can begin or a rather continuing addressing these major challenges…” he said.