Office of the President

Dr. Vincent Palacio

Welcome to the University of Belize, the country’s National University and your partner in development through higher education.

Whether you are here to get an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, a certificate, or to upgrade your professional skills and pursue personal interests, UB can assist you to succeed.  With campuses in Belmopan, Belize City, Central Farm, and Punta Gorda and research stations on Calabash and Hunting Cayes, UB makes the effort to provide education and services where they are needed. Currently we have nearly 5,000 students in a variety of programs in our Faculties of Education and Arts; Management and Social Sciences; Nursing, Allied Health & Social Work; and Science and Technology.  Our staffing comprises of 138 academic and 326 administrative and support staff. These are complemented by adjunct lecturers. We are developing online courses and have introduced a virtual library base that gives students and faculty throughout the UB system access to nearly 20,000 academic titles and 700 journals.  As a student centered university, UB is investing in providing services critical to your success as a student.  Student support systems include scholarships, student housing, intramural sports, daycare facilities, counseling services, and wellness centers, to name just a few.  In the years ahead we will be working harder to enhance these services.

At UB we are proud of our expansive and rigorous curriculum, as well as the many opportunities for learning that we offer outside the classroom. Small class sizes, low student-teacher ratios, and the availability of UB lecturers to engage you in academic advising and in personal matters will facilitate your educational experience. University discourses on topical matters, the opportunity to participate in university research and outreach projects, field courses and internships will ground your learning in real world experiences and will better prepare you for the world of work.

Education is a journey, and the UB team is committed to ensuring that you arrive at your destination, that you have a memorable experience, and learn more about yourself and your world along the way.  Administrators, faculty, and staff at UB realize that education is more than a series of classes, reading assignments and exams.  Education is the vehicle for personal and social development and the means whereby students examine values and forge their identities, becoming successful individuals and contributing members of their societies.

On behalf of the entire university community, thank you for choosing the University of Belize.  As President of UB, I have been saying “our students are first,” as we value your presence and confidence in us.

We are excited you are here, and we look forward to helping you on the path to achieving your dreams and a bright future.


From the President