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Galen University

Galen University
Motto Foundations For Life
Established 2003
Type Private University
President Dr. Louis Zabaneh
Provost Dr. Aline Harrison
Location BelizeSan Ignacio (town), Cayo, Belize
Campus 62.5 George Price Highway: Rural
Athletics Galen Eagles
Nickname Galen
Mascot Harpy Eagle

Galen University is an independent university in Belize, Central America, with Sustainable Development as one its core values. Its main campus is located on the outskirts of San Ignacio in the Cayo District. The University is chartered and recognized by the Ministry of Education of the Government of Belize to offer degrees at undergraduate and graduate levels in educational programs such as business, arts, sciences, and education. It also offers a partnership with the University of Indianapolis for some programs. It is a sought after destination for international students for studying abroad for a semester, a summer, or a degree. About 95 percent of the students attending Galen University are Belizean students seeking Bachelor's and Master's degrees. The remainder are students participating in study abroad programs at Galen University. The institution was established in 2003.[1]



Programs of study include:

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

  • Master's of Social Science (MSSc) with concentrations
  • Master's in Education (MEd)
  • Master's in Environmental Science (MSc)
  • Master's in Accountancy (MSc)
  • Professional Master's in Business Administration (PMBA)
  • Master's in Sustainable Economic Development (MSc)
  • Master's in Economics(MSc)
  • Doctorate in Sustainable Economic Development (PhD)


Galen University is partnered to offer University of Indianapolis degree programs in Belize in Anthropology, Archaeology, Business, International Business, Economics and Environmental Science. These degree programs follow University of Indianapolis academic guidelines and offer enhanced coursework. Completion of an introductory course in Sustainable Development is required in all programs. Galen University incorporates sustainability across the curriculum and on campus. Students graduating with the preceding majors earn degrees from both universities. Additional degrees offered by Galen are Tourism and Hospitality Management and Primary Education.

The degree programs offered at Galen University in Belize fall under the University of Indianapolis accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Admitted students receive a University of Indianapolis transcript and diploma upon satisfactory completion of coursework and degree requirements.


The University is governed by a Board of Trustees headed by a Chairman. The government, conduct, management and control of the academic aspects of Galen University are vested in this Board.

Applied Research

Galen University has an applied research and development institute (GUARD) engaged in sustainable social, cultural, environmental, political and economic development projects. GUARD works with Central American and Caribbean government departments, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and the private sector to address a variety of social and environmental issues. Galen University offers technical assistance and coordination services to these organizations. A university-wide approach is taken through the use of faculty, staff and students trained for data collection and data entry. This extension of Galen’s resources creates learning opportunities and facilitates the power of networking with other worldwide institutions or organizations.

GUARD also:

  • Helps project implementers seek funding from foreign organizations engaged in research or development work.
  • Offers results-based management training to achieve agreed upon results.
  • Promotes project coordination among participants and focuses on the needs of the natural environment and of low-income entrepreneurial individuals towards those of other low income community members.
  • Develops collective action organizations to be owned and controlled by project beneficiaries where their initiatives require personal, community and environmental sustainability.


GALEN University was named in honor of the Greek scholar and physician, Galen, who lived from 130-220 A.D. Galen studied philosophy, mathematics, and logic in his youth. He subsequently began, and completed, his medical training. Galen traveled extensively to broaden his knowledge. He studied more, and conducted research in Smyrna, Corinth and Alexandria. Through observation, dissection, and experimentation, Galen greatly expanded what was known about the anatomy and physiology of the human body. He was an excellent clinician. He was interested in therapeutic plants and their uses. Galen’s work on the structure and functioning of the human body remained the standard until the late sixteenth century.(Adapted from Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology: Galen)


External links

  • Official site
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