University of Belize to offer Bachelorís Degree Program in San Pedro Town
During a public ceremony, San Pedro Junior College (SPJC) and the University of Belize (UB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to offer a bachelorís degree to residents of San Pedro Town. The first program UB plans to offer is in education, with a focus on an associate degree in early childhood education and primary education which will lead to a bachelor's degree as well as a bachelorís degree in secondary education. In the business program, they will also be offering a bachelorís degree in tourism management or hospitality management. To complete their bachelorís degree, students will be enrolled for three years, in which they take four courses per semester.
Professor Sankat told The San Pedro Sun that they aim to make higher education accessible to all Belizeans despite their location. ďOffering a bachelorís degree in San Pedro is fulfilling our national mission, which is to provide access and affordable education to all Belizeans. I believe education empowers people and makes communities more prosperous, which can lead to a more developed Belize,Ē he said. Professor Sankat further stated that this would be beneficial to island residents as they no longer will have the extra expense of traveling and living in Belmopan or Belize City.
UB is hoping to start their Bachelorís Degree programs in January 2020, with a minimum of 15 students per program. Courses will be held at the San Pedro High School campus. Any person interested in signing up for the program can call SPJC at 226-4691 for more information or visit them for registration forms which are to be submitted directly to UB. They can also register online at www.ub.edu.bz.Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun
===================UBís Bachelor program comes to San Pedro
San Pedro Junior College (SPJC) and the University of Belize (UB) have partnered up to offer new opportunities to students in San Pedro. A public ceremony was held at the San Pedro High School where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by representatives of the two institutions to introduce a new Bachelorís program at the junior college.
UB president Professor Emeritus Clement Sankat; the Dean of Faculty of Education and Arts, Mr. Nestor Chan; and Dean for the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, Dr. Bernard Watler, represented UB at the ceremony, where they were greeted by the Dean of SPJC, Mr. Gustavo Ellis, Assistant Dean Mr. Froylan Gilharry, and all the invited guests in attendance.
The first program that will be offered is in education, commencing with an Associate degree in early childhood education and primary education, followed by a Bachelorís degree program in these fields as well as in secondary education.
In addition, given the prominent role that San Pedro plays in our tourism sector, a Bachelorís program will be offered in Tourism Management or Hospitality Management. The duration of this program will be three years, with four subjects being taught each semester.
According to President Sankat, the introduction of these programs is in alignment with UBís mission to provide access to affordable education to all Belizeans in order to develop the country and promote the prosperity of our communities.
The UB president also mentioned the convenience for students living in San Pedro, who will no longer have to commute to Belmopan or Belize City to obtain a degree, which will save the students thousands of dollars annually.
The program is scheduled to begin in January of 2020, with a minimum of fifteen registered students p0er course. The courses will be held at the San Pedro High School campus.Amandala