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Canadian University Offers Scholarships to Belizeans

As one of the initiatives aimed at increasing cooperation among Canadian and Belizean scholars, the Vancouver Island University is offering seven scholarships in the area of environmental studies.  The university currently has five Master’s program available namely, Sustainable Tourism, Community Planning, Geographic Information Systems, Business Administration and Educational Leadership.  The application for the scholarships was opened about a month ago with a deadline of Monday, November 23.  It is being funded through the university’s Queen Elizabeth the Second Diamond Jubilee Scholarship program  and is also geared at developing closer ties with Belize’s community organizations that work on coastal areas resilience ranging from the capacity building to foster sustainable economic activity, particularly in tourism; management of water in coastal zones including drinking water to coastal communities responses to climate change and sustainable aquatic foods and local agricultural production.  There are specific programs at the university that will have its Canadian students travel to Belize to conduct field research and works with the community organisations.  Each scholarship is valued at about fifty thousand dollars and covers tuition, travel and living expenses for the successful Belizean applicant.  Application forms can be had .  Belizean partners in this endeavour are the Belize Institute for Local Development, the University of Belize, National Association of Village Councils, National Garifuna Council, the Belize Association of Planners, the Caribbean community Climate Change Centre, the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute, the Belize Tourism Board and the Departments of Rural Development and Local Government.