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230 years of the foundation of Guatemala City

Neighborhood Ciudad Vieja, Zone 10

University Educational Centers

 

Francisco Marroquín University

Cental Campus, Francisco Marroquín University


The foundation of Francisco Marroquín University dates back to the seventees, specifically to the meetings of the Centro de Estudios
Económico-Sociales–CEES (Center of Economic-Social Studies).

 

In one of these, carried on April 11, 1970, the discussion of the day centered on the creation of a new university, which would pursue academic excellence and be oriented by the libertarian ideal, defined later as "the quality of ideas, principles and acts of those who, as teachers or students, normally position themselves over the simple material and routine accomplishment of their duty, establishing before everybody as a living example of coherent life".

 

On this matter, first they phrased a draft of the Foundation Act of the Patronage of the University and the Statutes of the Patronage, having as possible members: Félix Montes, Estuardo Samayoa, Antonio Nájera, Antonio Aycinena, Ulysses Dent, Roberto Sánchez, Roberto Ríos and Hilary Arathoon. The final Foundation Act was signed on May 29, at  12:30 in the CEES headquarters.



At the same time they elected the Board of Directors, composed by: Manuel F. Ayau, President, Rigoberto Juárez-Paz, Secretary and Félix Montes and Roberto Sánchez L. as Vocals. Next they requested its approval before the Ministry of the Interior.



Euniversity, which would pursue academic excellence and be oriented by the libertarian ideal, defined later as "the quality of ideas, principles and acts of those who, as teachers or students, normally position themselves over the simple material and routine accomplishment of their duty, establishing before everybody as a living example of coherent life".


On this matter, first they phrased a draft of the Foundation Act of the Patronage of the University and the Statutes of the Patronage, having as possible members: Félix Montes, Estuardo Samayoa, Antonio Nájera, Antonio Aycinena, Ulysses Dent, Roberto Sánchez, Roberto Ríos and Hilary Arathoon. The final Foundation Act was signed on May 29, at  12:30 in the CEES headquarters.


At the same time they elected the Board of Directors, composed by: Manuel F. Ayau, President, Rigoberto Juárez-Paz, Secretary and Félix Montes and Roberto Sánchez L. as Vocals. Next they requested its approval before the Ministry of the Interior.

 

On September 23, 1970 they requested approval for the Foundation Project of University Francisco Marroquín (UFM), in a visit to Mr. Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre, President of the Council of Superior Private Education..

 

 

On August 12, 1971, the Government of the Republic approved the foundation project of UFM and as chronicle of this transcendental event Rigoberto Juárez-Paz wrote

 “According to the calculations of astronomers, Planet Mars was the closest to the Earth than it will be in the next two or more centuries. The planet was so brilliant in those days, that according to a press release, some people in Quetzaltenango thought it was a UFO. Therefore, the University was born under the sign of Mars and started working right next to Campo de Marte (Mars Field) in a house that belonged to Dr. Manuel F. Ayau (1972-1987). However, it was born inspired by “certain fundamental values that have shaped the western civilization, such as peace, the immeasurable value of a person, liberty and respect for individual property”, as we read on its philosophy. In another part it says: “One key element of the raison d’etre of our institution is conviction, from our founders, that liberty is a necessary condition or sine qua non of the scientific, artistic, politic, economic and moral progress”. (1995: 46

 

Since its foundation, until 1988 it operated in the house of Dr. Ayau located in 12 avenida 1-28, zone 5.

Nowadays, it is recognized as one of the best private universities of the country. Besides the opportunity of fellowships with institutions such as Tulane University, Texas A&M, George Mason University and the Cleveland Clinic, for example, students of UFM have the opportunity of studying with distinguished foreign professors and reciprocate with successful professionals and professors from around the world.

 

In the cultural arena, UFM shelters among its installations, a cultural complex integrated by the “Organización para las Artes Francisco Marroquín” (Arts Organization Francisco Marroquín), which organizes international music and ballet festivals, with renowned artists and bands; as well as the “Popol Vuh Museum” and the “Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Apparel”. .

 

Galileo University

 

Installations Universidad Galileo.

Since 1978 and up to the year 2000, the Galileo University worked as the “College of Systems Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Sciences, FISICC, of UFM. As a house of studies of superior education, it was authorized by the Council of Private Superior Education on October 31, 2000.



This new educational institution, the first one in Guatemala with a technological approach is the product of 27 years of hard labor of the team leaded by Dr. Eduardo Suger, its founder and Rector



Today, the Galileo University is integrated by four colleges: Systems Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Sciences -FISICC-, Science, Technology and Industry –FACTI-, Education –FACED- and Communication Sciences –FACOM. It also has four schools of professional training, which are: Superior School of Art -ESA- with B.A. in Music and Acoustics Technology; the School of Health Sciences -ESCISA- with several programs addressed to those who develop in the health area; The Technical School–ESTEC- and the Superior School of Development and Professional Actualization –ESDAP- with programs for those who are presently working at an institutional or governmental level, offering B.A., Masters and Certificate Programs.

 

The Board of Directors is integrated by the Rector, Dr. José Eduardo Suger Cofiño, Vice-rector Dr. José Cyrano Ruiz Cabarrús, Secretary, Lic. Jorge Francisco Retolaza, Treasurer, Lic. Carlos Ernesto Pérez, and representatives from the Trustees Committee and the Santo Domingo Foundation.

 

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