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The Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation

The Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation (COBEC) was established in the late 1980s to link Belize with the United States and other countries for the purpose of strengthening and expanding their capabilities in higher education. In 2014 the consortium was incorporated as a 501 (3) © non-profit corporation.

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Summer 2020 Conference Program Partnerships: Learning and Service for High Quality Education

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This year’s COBEC conference has sessions that increase our understanding of ways to partner more effectively, teach more efficiently, and respond to the unexpected more strategically. COVID- 19 changed the way in which we interact, and it created significant challenges for our education systems. Having a plan for remote instruction will be a strategic priority for all of us. Download Program [PDF]

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The UT Tyler faculty and staff are looking forward to hosting the Summer 2020 COBEC Conference. Given the current global health crisis, the planning committee is making arrangements for a virtual conference. Registration for the virtual conference is free to all COBEC members and friends. REGISTER HERE.

Summer 2020 Conference

Save the Date - Cobec Summer 2020
Call for Proposals

In alignment with the missions of COBEC and The University of Texas at Tyler’s College of Education and Psychology, the theme for the Summer 2020 COBEC Conference at UT Tyler is Partnerships: Learning and Service for High-Quality Education. In order to promote mutual understanding of the work COBEC members are engaged in with our Belizean colleagues, the Summer 2020 COBEC Conference planning committee is inviting Belizean and US partners to submit proposals focused on their work in Belize, including but not limited to research, teaching, curriculum, and library development, as well as exchange programs among member institutions. [continue...]

Dean Wes Hickey invites you to the COBEC 2020 Summer Conference at UT Tyler.

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In Remembrance of Keith Miser

Photograph of Kieth Miser.
Bloomington, Indiana. Mar 9, 1941 – Oct 28, 2019

Dr. Keith Miser was a dedicated member of COBEC who made enormous and significant contributions to the country of Belize, to Belizean educators, and to Belizean educational institutions. His contributions will be remembered especially, by those young scholars who received scholarships to study with him at Colorado State University or the University of Hawaii at Hilo. After his retirement and his many years of service to COBEC, Dr. Miser was elected to serve as an Emeriti member at the Valdosta summer meeting in 2013. [continue...]

COBEC at UNF College of Education, COBEC Summer 2019 Conference.
COBEC at UNF College of Education, COBEC Summer 2019 Conference

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COBEC Summer Conference 2019

Jacksonville, Florida, United States. July 24-26, 2019

Registration will be available through the website and via list-serve.
Travel: Jacksonville International Airport serves multiple airlines.

COBEC Winter Conference 2019

February 6-7, 2019

Ambergris Caye, San Pedro Junior College. February 2019. Minutes & Presentations

Name Description Download
COBEC Agenda Winter 2019 Final Draft of Cobec Agenda - Theme: "Stronger Together. Download
Presentation Teacher Education and Development Services Download
Presentation Demystifying the Process of Partnership in Belize: A Permit to Teach (Conditions & Process) Download
Presentation Partnering with Galen University Download
Presentation Full Basket Belize: Connections Download
Presentation The University of Belize and Opportunities for Collaboration by Clement K. Sankat Download
COBEC Evaluation Report, 2018

COBEC. "Evaluating the Impact of the Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation (COBEC) on Belizean and U.S. Partner Institutions," July 2018. Evaluation Report.

Meet Mardi Gras Crawfish
If you have not met Mardi Gras Crawfish ("MGC"). He is the official Mascot for the 2018 COBEC Summer Conference in Bossier City. Above are some pictures of MGC at work in preparations for your arrival (reviewing the website, chairing a planning committee meeting, scouting facilities, etc.). For all you need to know about the conference, be sure to visit: