Curriculum change at the University of Belize Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

There has been a curriculum change at Belize’s leading University, the University of Belize, in keeping with National development priorities.  Most of these changes are occurring to enhance Belize’s scientific readiness.

As defined by Florence Nightingale, Curriculum is a systematic arrangement of the sum total of selected experiences planned by a school for a defined group of students to attain the aims of a particular educational programme. At the University of Belize these new changes were brought about after consultation with both National and International stakeholders.

The Board of Trustees (BOT) of the University of Belize recently approved four new Undergraduate programs effective for the new academic year 2018-2019. These four programs under the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) are in alignment with UB’s Transformational Plan: Vision 2022. In these programs students will also be getting exposure to the scientific aspect of things and making it more applied.

After many years of teaching Agriculture at the Associate Degree level, this program will now be expanded to the Baccalaureate level through two additional years of training. Students will now be able to read for a full BSc. Degree in Applied Agriculture. This program will facilitate Belize’s food and agriculture thrust, through professional development.

The Central Farm campus of the University of Belize is home to the agriculture program of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, which has traditionally offered a two year Associate Degree in Applied Science—Agriculture. The Guardian visited Dr. Gordon Holder, the Central Farm Administrator on Monday and he confirmed that a Bachelor Degree in Applied Agriculture will now be offered there. While Dr. Holder will soon be retiring, he will now be spending some time with a High School in Orange Walk and the National 4 H Youth Development Center in Belmopan to assist them in becoming feeder institutions to the Central Farm campus. He told us that we must convince our youths that there is a silver lining in the field of agriculture.

The FST is also introducing a significantly revised Bachelor’s program in Biology. This has been done to meet the expectations of various stakeholders including UB’s feeder institutions so as to update the program in order to prepare and equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the job market requirements in the field. The BOT heard that many of UB’s graduates in Biology progress to specialized areas in the Health Sciences, Environment and Natural Resources Management fields, etc.

“Our biology program, the revision that we did, we have now infused it with biotechnology,  which is something of the growing age, it is coming on board everything that you hear has that included,” says Juliane Pasos, Dean at the faculty of Science and Technology at UB.

In response to the technical and professional need for statisticians, the FST is also introducing a Bachelor Degree in Statistics. The demand for Statisticians in Belize has been steadily increasing and is expected to continue to grow with the implementation of the National Statistical Systems (NSS) of Belize.

“The statistics program is a new program, it’s a four [year] Bachelor in statistics program, it’s the first of its kind, it’s actually the only one in the Region, so it is really a viable program, it looks at different aspects of statistics and it will develop with input from a consultancy working with the SIB [Statistical Institute of Belize] and looking at the needs of Belize, so it is a very strong solid program,” adds Juliane Pasos.

The FST is also very pleased to introduce a one-year professional Certificate program in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). This program is intended to be the first of its kind, exposing students to the major concepts and rationale of spatial data and its role in addressing environmental, land and natural resource issues. It is designed to produce skilled GIS professionals.

In commenting on this development, the President of the University of Belize, Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat stated, “UB’s programs must be significantly updated, enhanced and expanded to meet the growing and changing knowledge and skills requirement for a modern, food secure, environmentally conscious and data driven Belize and the world”. He also congratulated the Dean of FST, Ms. Juliane Pasos, the Central Farm Campus Administrator, Dr. Gordon Holder and all Faculty, who contributed to this curriculum renewal at the UB.

The University of Belize will be considering suitably qualified candidates who have applied for these programs in time for the new Academic Year beginning in August 2018. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at UB at 822-2680/81 ext. 471 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .