Galen University was founded in September 2003 with an initial intake of 14 students and is Belize’s only privately administered tertiary institution. Galen’s first program offerings were Bachelor Degrees in Business Administration, Agriculture and Tourism Management. Programs have now expanded to ten undergraduate degrees and three graduate degrees. As an independent university chartered by the Government of Belize, Galen has in less than nine years grown its student population to 404 in fall of 2011 and should be increasing beyond 485 in Fall 0f 2013. Galen University offers its own degrees, as well as accredited US degrees from University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Galen University is named in honor of the Greek scholar and physician Galen who lived from 130-220 A.D. It is located at 62.5 miles Western Highway in the Cayo District – the western part of the country know for its lush rainforests, abundant wildlife, and many magestic Maya temples.