Do you, or someone you know aspire a career in the agriculture sector, and is seeking financial aid to pursue an accredited degree in this field? Well we’d encourage you to tune in to this following feature. Currently, representatives from the reputable Zamorano University are in Belize to meet with the Minister of Education, tertiary institutions, the US Embassy, along with stakeholders from the private sector and farming communities. The purpose of the meeting is to further strengthen a scholarship program that will enable Belizean students to study at the university based in Latin America. Zamorano was established in 1942 with the idea of fostering an institution that focuses on the world’s Agricultural and Environmental chains. The reps from Zamorano were guests on Monday morning’s Rise and Shine, where President Dr. Roberto Cuevas Garcia shared a bit more on the university, including its four pillars of the University.
President Dr. Roberto Cuevas Garcia
“We are based on four pillars that continue to agriculture and that people can use when they graduate as the gentleman that accompanies me here. Today, those pillars are academic excellence; we develop the highest standards of education in agriculture; we are based on values, character formation, discipline, honor and all that, and also Pan American Institute, and also then the learning by doing…and the learning by doing is how we develop people that really know what to do with agriculture and that is our main contribution. People there… the students work half of the time six days a week.:
Mr. Louis Wade: “So, it’s not just classroom this; they are out there in the field”.
Dr. Roberto Cuevas Garcia: “They are not in simulations or a simulated environment, but real production. So, hundreds of cows, hundreds of cattle heads, thousands of hens and chicken and fish and all that and mountains with real 150 year old trees”.
Zamorano has a very meticulous admissions process, which Dr. Garcia outlined for us.
Dr. Roberto Cuevas Garcia:
“We chose them and we make very vigorous admissions process with an international standardized fest; and then we have and interview, we revise the high school grades. So, we take the kids from high school, usually 17 or 18 but rarely, 16. So, and then we have a limit for 23. Sometimes, there is a bright person with 24, but it’s an exception. So, we have that range of people coming in. So, we have teenagers there, you know, becoming adults, so the process of Zamorano is not only agriculture and environment. By the way, I forgot to say that we have four degrees that we give there: Agriculture trees or animals or Plant Signs or Agro-industry on Food, Science and Technology, Environment and Development which touches society, and then Agro-business Management”.
An alumni of the university and President of the Belizean Chapter of alumnus, Crispin Blanco shared his experience on the accessible job prospect having graduated from Zamorano. He further discussed a wide range of employment positions that alumni in Belize presently hold.
“Mr. Louis Wade: “When you finish your studies at Zamorano after going straight from high school, will you spent three, four years there? How many years it’s used? Did you spend three years there? When you came back, was there immediate employment?
Crispin Blanco:“Three years. Actually I was employed, you know, when the graduation ceremony, I was marching for the Union, and I saw this person walking beside me at the ceremony and he said, “are you from Belize?” I said, yes! He said, do you want a job? We have a job for you in Belize. Now, we have Zamoranos that have worked at Development Finance Corporation, we have Zamoranos that are veterinarians, we have Zamoranos working in the banking system, we have Zamoranos that are working in extension service for the government. We have businessmen that are strictly business for the banana industry that has been here. So many Zamoranos have worked here. Some of them are banana farmers. Some of them are sugar cane farmers that are contributing for the development of agriculture”.
To date, the non-profit institution has educated persons from some 29 countries and about 70% of its present student body is accommodated with financial aid. To learn more about how you can become a member of the Zamorano community, visit their website at http:/www.zamorano.edu/english.