Information Technology has completely altered the way the world operates. As a result the barriers of distance, time, and space that hindered us to communicate with others around the world has vastly diminished. They’ve allowed us to become more interconnected, and as a result the unique idea of globalization has shifted the idea of a single economy into a more interdependent global market (Collins, 2015). Belize as a developing nation has had to quickly adapt new strategies if advantages of this global market are to be experienced. As a result, the University of Belize keeps educating and fostering new minds into the Information Technology field that greatly contributes to the process of adaptation of these new technologies. Without a doubt these innovate minds that have been nurtured by the university are the major driving forces behind the growth of our country in the globalized market, and a key component that will change the country’s technology landscape.
Marketable Job Force
One of the University of Belize (n.d) core vision is to produce analytical and skilled communicators who will be able to use their skills and values. The BINT program directly shows its effective output when students who have graduated are hired by both local and foreign companies. Dealer Spike (n.d) considers themselves as a “world-wide digital advertising company” with a large number of high profiles under their belt, yet they have turned to Belize as an outlet of knowledgeable and skilled produce of human resources. Many students from the Information Technology program are hired by this esteemed business to work one on one with global brands and customers. This shows that the university is performing its job to produce skilled workers who are marketable for the job force. This in return helps the economy and fills job positions that would otherwise be taken by other foreign individuals. At the same time these innovative minds are being empowered by their experiences, and gradually helping the country adapt new first world standards in the technology field.
Involved with Technology
Producing a skilled labor force would not be possible without the appropriate resources, which include both human and capital. The University of Belize is the oldest and most experienced that has run the Information Technology program for years. The experienced lecturers and staff members that are involved bring a wealth of information that gives an overall essential foundation for any student that is intrigued by the field. In addition, the hardware resources that are available are more than enough for the students to have a firm grasp and firsthand experience in the fields that are being taught. Furthermore, the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network (n.d) state that the University has engaged in several ongoing technological projects. These include training of personnel, institutional strategic plans for online and distance learning, ICT literacy courses, IT operations and management sessions and much more. This shows that the university is fully engaged in the adaptation of technological advancements. By directly engaging in these strategic planning and training of ICT the University of Belize commits to produce positive impact for the country as a whole.
The necessity and push for the adaptation of new technologies in this globalized economy has made the University of Belize a leader in the field. The university has become ingrained in all fields business, government, economic, and social by producing students who have had experiences and are knowledgeable in the area who quickly adopt to the new job environments. By keeping up to date then more great students will be produced, such as that of former university student Mark Noble who later pursued his Master’s degree abroad and won several competitions including an Engineering and Science competition (ICDF, 2015). Many of these students have been thoroughly stimulated by the lecturers at the university who are later motivated to progress forward by furthering their studies. A vast majority later return to the country who then become active in the production of the country’s economy.
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published by Alberto J. Matus