Education Doctoral Students Visit Higher Education Institutions in Belize
March 8, 2013

In early February, eight doctoral students from the College of Education participated in an education abroad trip to Belize (EDG 7931: Higher Education in a Developing Country).  The purpose of the trip was to visit higher education institutions in Belize and learn more about their system and the challenges of being a small country in Central America.  The group visited Sacred Heart Junior College, Galen University, University of Belize, the Belize Ministry of Education and the University of West Indies campus in Belize City.  In addition, the group attended the annual conference of the Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation (COBEC), hosted by San Pedro Junior College (SPJC) on the island of San Pedro.  COBEC is a bilateral group of U.S. and Belizean institutions that have been collaborating to assist Belizean higher education with professional development activities and joint project development for over 25 years.  The USF group was the largest contingent at the conference.

L to R: Erin Bryan, Christina Brown-Wujick, Mario Minichino, Jamie Burriss, Leslie Page, Richard Jeffries (back row), Maria Zale, Dr. Dellow, Jamie Cooper

In addition to learning more about the Belizean higher education system, the group toured the Mayan ruins at Xunantunich and Cahal Peche, near the Guatemalan border town of San Ignacio.  Also included in the visit was a snorkeling trip to Ambergris Caye, the second largest barrier reef in the world.  Here the group was able to view some of the finest coral reefs in the world, and swim with nurse sharks and very large sting rays.  All returned in one piece! 

The trip accomplished its goal of introducing doctoral students to a developing country struggling to build a higher education system with very limited resources.  The group was warmly welcomed by their friendly higher education colleagues of Belize.  

The Adult, Career and Higher Education faculty have led student abroad trips to Germany, Sweden and now Belize.  More study abroad trips are planned for the future. 

Story contact: Dr. Don Dellow