UNCW Welcomes Belize Governor-General to Campus

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Belize Governor-General Colville Young will participate in the Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation (COBEC) summer conference July 15-17, hosted by the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Sir Young, who represents Queen Elizabeth II in Belize, also met with UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli.

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 study abroad opportunities, research, teaching and other educational development efforts.

Belize is a key global destination for UNCW students and faculty, according to the Office of International Programs. During the past academic year, 106 students participated in six different faculty-led study abroad programs in the Central American nation. Only the United Kingdom and Spain attracted more UNCW students to study abroad last year.

While in Belize, UNCW students and faculty volunteered in schools, immersed themselves in Mayan, Creole and Garifuna culture, explored the nation’s watersheds and reefs, researched its flora and fauna, and provided health care services to a Belizean community at a local market.