By Alexis R. Milan
Governor General Sir Colville Young, this week participated in the Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation (COBEC) at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington.
While there, Sir Colville met with UNCW Chancellor Jose Sartarelli and discussed the partnership between Belize and UNCW. They discussed ways to enhance and expand the program.
COBEC promotes mutual understanding and friendship through a variety of programs and activities that contribute toward higher education in Belize. The organization also enhances global experiences for students, faculty, staff and administrators from member institutions through overseas study opportunities, research, teaching and other educational development efforts.
Belize is a key global destination for UNCW students and faculty, according to UNCW Office of International Programs.
During the past academic year, 106 students participated in six different faculty-led study abroad programs in Belize. Only the United Kingdom and Spain attracted more UNCW students to study abroad last year.
While in Belize, UNCW students and faculty volunteered to be in schools, got familiar with the Mayan, Creole and Garifuna cultures, explored the nation’s watersheds and reefs, researched its flora and fauna, and provided health care services at a local market.