Guatemala has some of the best educational institutions of higher learnignin Central America. it has a number of state of the art universities offering world class facilities and renowned and internationally recognised degrees. The following is a list of some of the universities found in Guatemala.
University of the Valley of Guatemala (Universidad del Valle de Guatemala)
Is a private, non-profit university in Guatemala City. It was founded in 1966 and was the first private university to give a strong emphasis on technology and technical background in the country. The university had 3 000 Students
Faculties- The university has four faculties namely the Faculties of Engineering, Education, Social Studies, andScience and Humanities
The school has clubs for interested students that promote student participation which include the Art Club, Music Club, Theater Club, Volleyball Club, Chess Club, and the Lecture Club
Rafael Landívar University (Universidad Rafael Landívar)
Is a private, Jesuit university in Guatemala, founded in 1961. The main campus is in Zone 16 of Guatemala City and is known as Vista Hermosa III. There are satellite campuses in Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango, Cobán, Zacapa, and other parts of the country.
Schools- The university has 9 schools including the schools of Architecture and design, Agricultural and environmental sciences , Health sciences, Economics and business, Law and social sciences, Political sciences, Humanities, Engineering, and the school of Theology
Activities- Activities at the main campus includeChess, Athletics, Basketball , Baseball, Cheerleading , Football, Mountaineering, Taekwondo, Table tennis, Volleyball, and Beach volleyball to mention but a few.
Francisco Marroquin University
Is a private university located in Guatemala City. The university had about 2700 undergraduate students and 1500 graduate students as of 2009.
Degree Programs offered
Undergraduate: Licentiate- in most Latin American countries, the licenciatura degree or licentiate is the most commonly awarded for undergraduate students.
Disciplines- architecture, business administration, clinical nutrition, economics, education, international relations, law, political studies, public accounting and auditing, psychology, both clinical and industrial
Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Dental Surgery- Students are admitted directly into medical and dental schools as high-school graduates, followed by a three-year program of basic science studies after which students receive a Bachelor of Science degree. It is then followed by four years of medical or three of dental studies and one year of internship for medical students. The, graduates receive a doctor of medicine or doctor of dental surgery degree.
Associate degree- disciplines include art history and personnel administration.
Profesorado degree: this is a specialized degree for secondary school teachers. In most cases, it is required for employment and disciplines include art history, computer studies, social sciences and language.
Graduate- Master's degree disciplines include business administration, virtual business administration, real estate project management, entrepreneurial economics, international political economy, international relations, finance and taxation, management of human resources, social sciences.
Master's degree in the following medical specialties- internal medicine, ophthalmology, pediatrics, radiology.
Doctoral degree- economics, law, social sciences.
Areas of instruction- these includeAccounting, Architecture, Business administration, Clinical nutrition , Dentistry , Economics, Education , International relations , Journalism
Law, Medicine, including internal medicine, ophthalmology, pediatrics; and radiology, Political studies, Psychology, and Social sciences
University of the Isthmus(Universidad del Istmo)
Iis a private university in Guatemala, affiliated with Opus Dei, an institution of the Catholic Church, which is responsible for matters relating to the Christian orientation of the school. The university was officially founded in 1997 as the successor institution of the Instituto Femenino de Estudios Superiores (which enrolled women) whose initial programs were Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, Degree in Hospitality, Certificate in Culinary Arts (the only program in which men were admitted), Diploma in Home Management, and Diploma in Theological Culture and Pedagogy of Faith among others.
The University officially opened its doors on 2 February 1998, when it welcomed 215 students. The founding faculties included
The School of Business and Economics- offered a bachelor's degree in Business Management with three minors: International Business, Hospitality and Tourism, and Hospitals and Service Companies.
The School of Architecture and Design- offered a degree in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Graphic Design in Communication, and Industrial Fashion Design.
The university then opened a Faculty of Law in 2001, School of Communication in 2004, and the School of Education and Engineering in 2005. It was established in 1999.
Mesoamerican University- (Universidad Mesoamericana)-
Is a private university in Guatemala and has branches in Guatemala City and Quetzaltenango.
In 2006 the university restructured its faculties, which are now as follows:
- Faculty of Social Communication
- Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Faculty of Medicine
- Faculty of Economics
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Architecture
Is a private university in Guatemala City which was founded and authorized on the 31st of October. Initially it was the School of Computer Engineering of the Universidad Francisco Marroquin. The university stands out for its technological contribution in higher education in Guatemala. It has an enrolment of above 45 000 students.
Schools- the university has seven schools namely:
- School of Systems Engineering, Information Technology and Computer Science
- School of Science, Technology and Industry
- School of Education
- School of Communication Sciences
- School of Science and Technology Sport
- School of Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy
- School of Construction Engineering
- School of Health Science
It has seven vocational schools namely the:Art School, School of Continuing Education, School of Diplomacy and International Relations,
Technical School , School of Public Image, and School of Professional Development
It has six institutes namely the Open Learning Institute, Institute for Security Studies , Research Institute for Earth Science and Astronomy , Energy Resources Institute , Institute of Family Studies, and Von Neumann Institute