Former University of the West Indies St Augustine campus principal Professor Clement Sankat, now President of the University of Belize, has assumed the vice presidency of the Council of Central American Universities (CSUCA).
A University of Belize release said that Sankat has assumed the vice presidency for the July, 2017 to June, 2018 academic year, after which he will take over the presidency of the 69 year old organisation, for the following 2018 to 2019 academic year.
Sankat, was asked by CSUCA Secretary General Dr Alfonso Fuentes Soria to assume these leadership positions of the consortium based in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
CSUCA membership comprises Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. Sankat is due to preside over is his first meeting on September 7 and 8 in Managua, Nicaragua.
It is expected that Sankat will provide leadership to the organisation as it relates to quality, standards and mobility in higher education in Central America.
The objectives also include the development of strong sporting and cultural relationships among the institutions and the exchange of staff, students, library information and joint academic programmes.