Belize hosts key conference on Caribbean tertiary education

By Benjamin Flowers
Staff Reporter

This week Belize’s Ministry of Education hosted, for the first time, a conference of the Caribbean Area Network for Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education (CANQATE).

The conference, now on its 11th session, was held at the Radisson Fort George Hotel from November 12 to the 14 th.
The Association of Tertiary Level Institutions in Belize (ATLIB) is playing co-host under the theme, “Quality Assurance as a Regional Priority – Partnering to Improve Educational Outcome across the Caribbean”.

. The conference attracted 100 quality assurance professionals and faculty members from External Quality Assurance Agencies and Tertiary Level Education Institutions, to hold discussions on the opportunities and challenges presented in striving for a quality assurance agenda for the Caribbean.

Mr. Deryck Satchwell, deputy director of tertiary and post secondary services in the Ministry of Education, explained that the conference will positively impact tertiary education throughout the region.
“If we take care of the quality assurance aspect, students will have a higher quality of education, period,” Satchwell said.

Several pre-conference workshops, funded by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) were held on themes such as “Developing and Assessing Learning Outcomes” and “Harmonizing External Quality Assurance Standards and Processes across the Region.”

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