Founded in September 2003, Galen University was established as Belize’s first independent university, offering degree programs in Archaeology, Anthropology, and Business Administration and Tourism Management.
Upon its inception, our mission initially read as follows:
“…to provide excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and professional education to prepare students to achieve their dreams and goals. Galen University is committed to providing an exciting and stimulating learning environment, innovative and supportive teaching, scholarship, and active service to the community – with a unique focus on “sustainable development” throughout our courses, programs, and service.”
Over the past sixteen years, we have accomplished this though a range of unique undergraduate and graduate degrees. Degree programs consist of traditional campus-based programs, wholly on-line programs, and hybrid programs — a combination of face-to-face and online learning designed to suit individual student needs.
As an independent university chartered by the Government of Belize, Galen has achieved a reputation for educational excellence through relevant programming. In the past, Galen worked closely with the University of Indianapolis to offer dual undergraduate degrees in several majors, and with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to offer a dual M.Ed. (Secondary) degree,; we now offer our own degrees.
Our students are drawn from all over the country, with many being on scholarships fully supported by the institution. We currently offer the equivalent of 30 full scholarships to our undergraduate students, while all our Elementary Education students have been afforded a 75% discounted tuition in the first three years of the program, and a 60% rate since 2015.
Over its short history, Galen has achieved many firsts in Belizean higher education. These include graduate degrees in Business, Social Sciences, Economics, Business, Accounting and Secondary Education, as well as undergraduate degrees in such fields as Anthropology, Environmental Science, Marketing and Economics. The year 2013 marked another first: the introduction of its online degree programs, using both synchronous and asynchronous modalities. In addition to its existing B.Sc. (Business Administration and Accounting) programs, Galen also launched its B.Ed. (Elementary) program on its online platform in 2013, serving hundreds of “in-service” teachers around the country in need of a “professional upgrade,” enabling them to acquire their full Licenses to Teach.
Lastly, Galen has created expanded opportunities for its students through its participation in the Emerging Leaders of the Americas Program (ELAP) funded by the Canadian government. In August 2017, five undergraduate students left Belize on full scholarships to attend Canadian universities for the Fall semester.
Galen will continue to develop relationships with other North American and other international universities so that more of our students may avail themselves of these rich learning experiences.
A Belizean University with a global reach offering responsive, cutting edge programs through experiential learning, service and research delivered by a dynamic faculty for the development of lifelong learners.
Galen University places the greatest importance on the well being of our students, academically, ethically and personally, providing them with an innovative learning experience through professional delivery of quality education.
- Quality – We strive for excellence through continuous improvement and customer satisfaction.
- Student Focus – We place the greatest importance on the well-being of our students, academically, ethically and personally.
- Integrity – We are ethical and transparent in our interactions with our students, fellow members of the Galen community, and the wider Belizean population.
- Professionalism – We conduct ourselves according to the highest standards of professional behavior; both within and outside of the workplace.
- Innovation – We are committed to the incorporation of the latest technological developments and current best practices in delivering a quality learning experience to our students.