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Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

After a year of discussion and analysis, the President of the University of Belize, Dr. Cary Fraser today officially launched the Institutional Curriculum Review at the University’s Central Campus, Belmopan. Shortly after his appointment, the President identified the curriculum as a major area requiring intervention and a comprehensive review. Today’s launch was scheduled for the university community. In July, the institution will schedule the launch of its curriculum review for the broader public.

The review will ensure that the University’s programs will focus upon the establishment of a curriculum that will address the needs for skills in the workforce of both the public and private sectors. The Curriculum Review will also help to move UB towards becoming an institution that will offer a wider range of four-year degree programs and an increase in its open and distance programs.

This is the first time in its history that the University will be engaging in a review process that is designed to strengthen a majority of its academic offerings and move the University to adopt a strategy based upon the Draft Caribbean Qualification Framework. In light of the CARICOM Single Market Economy (CSME) initiative, UB will be looking to create a tertiary education curriculum that is comparable to its regional counterparts.

The Assistant Provost, Dr. Cynthia Thompson has assumed the responsibility to lead the review process with strong support from the deans and department chairs.

The review process which commenced in August 2012, includes faculty consultations, desk study of past program reviews, the assessment of expertise available in each faculty, the review of regional and international curriculum standards and the development of surveys for current students, alumni, employers, and faculty among others. These surveys will be administered over the summer.

Attendees today included the President, Dr. Fraser, the Interim Provost, Dr. Wilma Wright, deans, chairs, lecturers, faculty and staff.