By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
This week the University of Belize held it’s fifth annual research conference at the Radisson Fort George Hotel.
The conference, held by the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, showcased research papers from students who were doing their undergraduate thesis.
Speaking at the conference, Vincent Palacio, dean of the Faculty of Management, said that the event forms a part of the school’s commitment to national development.
“We have been accused of not providing relevant research data, but when you look at some of the topics being discussed here – female entrepreneurship, tourism development in southern Belize, you see that these are national issues,” Palacio said, “so it goes with our mission to provide relevant data to steer national development.”
At the conference, students presented research papers such as “No one cares, so why complain?”; a students evaluation survey on the courses and experiences at UB, and “Factors influencing the success of small business in Belize City.”
Other topics of discussion included drinking and driving among Ub students, academic dishonesty at the tertiary level in Belize and public officer’s perception of fraud.
Keynote speaker at the conference was former vice president of the Caribbean Development Bank in Barbados, Dr. Carla Barnett.