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    Strengthening the International Capacity of University of Maryland Eastern Shore Students and Faculty: A Belize Field Experience

    NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: Capacity is much needed for the success of 1890 programs, students, and faculty in this competitive global economy. Very often U.S. students and faculty are not exposed to international experiential learning, putting them at a competitive disadvantage with their international counterparts.

    Internationalizing 1890 institutions is no longer a choice but a necessity in the 21st Century. This project aims at strengthening the capacity of UMES students and faculty through a collaborative effort among UMES, the University of Belize, and Belizean community-based organizations. An exploratory trip to Belize by project investigators revealed that Belize offers various educational opportunities. The objectives of this three-year project are threefold: (1) to train UMES students on international multi-disciplinary programs to become competitive in the global economy, (2) to enhance teaching capacity for UMES faculty by exposing them to international opportunities in Belize, and (3) to develop an interdisciplinary course titled "International Agricultural Development" for UMES students.

    The researchers propose to take five students and two faculty to Belize each year for a period of three years. While students will be placed in various agencies and organizations as student interns, faculty will supervise them and interact with Belizean colleagues and professionals. A logic model detailing the project's inputs, outputs, and outcomes will be used to evaluate the project. The project will be sustained after its completion through private donors and project participants.

    FUNDING:  NIFA - Capacity Building Grant

    CONTACT:  Dr. Stephan Tubene; Associate Professor, Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences, sltubene@umes.edu