President Dana Mohler-Faria and Dr. Patrick Faber, minister of education in Belize, have outlined an agreement that renews the long-standing educational partnership between the university and the Central American republic.
The agreement, to be signed with officials from the University of Belize, will include collaboration on student and faculty exchanges, research opportunities, and study tours.
Dr. Lisa Battaglino, acting dean of the College of Education and Allied Studies, has played a key role in forging the strong ties between the institution and Belize that have blossomed as of late. She has conducted extensive research in country and helped train prospective educators for its school system while promoting student and faculty exchanges. “The partnership that Dr. Battaglino has helped establish will help us improve teacher training in Belize, which is a crucial to our nation,” Dr. Farber said.
BSU’s other ties to Belize include regular service trips to the republic where students, faculty and administrators volunteer in local schools. However, the first connection between the university and Belize dates back at least 25 years. Jeff Corwin, ‘92, who now is the host and executive producer on the Animal Planet television series and is a frequent contributor to NBC News, had worked with the International Zoological Association, which is located in Belize. There, Mr. Corwin also established a corporation called The Emerald Canopy, to help protect the rain forest in Belize.
Photo caption: (seated): President Dana Mohler-Faria, left, and Dr. Patrick Faber, minister of education in Belize. (Standing, left to right): Dr. Thomasine Baker, University of Belize; Dr. David Ostroth, BSU vice-president of student affairs emeritus; Dr. Lisa Battaglino, acting dean, College of Education and Allied Studies; Dr. Carol Babb, ministry of education, Belize; Dr. Michael J. Kryzanek, BSU’s director of global studies and executive director of international engagement; Dr. Howard London provost and vice president for academic affairs; Krishna Faber of Belize; and Frederick Clark Jr., Esq., executive vice president and vice president for external affairs. (Story and photo by David K. Wilson, ’71, University Advancement)