Articles published

January 10, 2018. One of our graduates, Richmond Acheampong, has published January 3, 2018. One of our graduates, Mugyenyi Raymond, has received an Article Acceptance Certificate in behalf of the Dureesamin Journal Australia. This certificate confirms that three more articles which in the Durreesamin Journal. Richmond completed a Doctorate program in Journalism at Atlantic International University.

You can read his published articles in the following links: National Communications Authority’s Clampdown on Media Houses; Challenges and Prospects for Journalism. https://drive. view?usp=sharing Right to Information Law in Ghana: A Hallmark to Freer Media. mwjI9JDL6cP3/view?usp=sharing Ethical and Professional Standards Violations Among Ghanaian Journalists; Causes and Challenges For Journalism. https://drive. view?usp=sharing

Paper published

January 3, 2018. One of our graduates, Mugyenyi Raymond, has received an Article Acceptance Certificate in behalf of the Dureesamin Journal Australia. This certificate confirms that Dr. Mugyenyi has recently published an article, “A frame work for system analysis and design for ministry of gender, labour and social development” in the Durreesamin Journal. Dr. Mugyenyi Raymond has completed a Doctorate program in Information Systems in Atlantic International University.
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December 29, 2017. One of our graduates, Mohamed Hassan Musse, has recently been employed by the Upper House of the Somali Federal Parliament as the Director of Legal & Archive Department. Mohamed Hassan Musse is studying a Master’s program with a major Legal Studies at Atlantic International University.

11th Global Studies Conference

Call for Papers This Conference will be held 30–31 July 2018 at the University of Granada, Granada, Spain. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/ interactive sessions, posters/ exhibits, colloquia, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. 2018 Special Focus: Subjectivities of Globalization Theme 1: Economy and trade Theme 2: Politics, power and institutions Theme 3: Society and culture Theme 4: Resources and environment Become a Presenter: 1. Submit a proposal 2. Review timeline 3. Register Regular Registration Deadline 30 June 2018 Late Registration Deadline 30 July 2018 Visit the website:

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Graduated with Honors

January, 2018. These graduate students completed the majority of the requirements to obtain honors, which included a 4.0 GPA, published works, recommendation from their respective advisors, patent a product, etc. Congratulations to all of them!

Iracema Faria Dias
Master of Ped agogy
Mathe matics Teaching
Stella Marys Peso
Master of Education
Peter Jeremy Arnold
Bachelor of Education
Keene Hannes Kurusa
Doctor of Business Administration
Business Administration
Kan Clicksmiller Mbuwel
Master of Public Health
Public Health
Diana Carolina Morales Valenzuela
Doctor of Philosophy
Business Administration
Luis José Rodríguez Garay
Doctor of Education
Karlen Chaverra Mosquera
Bachelor of Science
Civil Enginee ring
Diana Milena Martínz
Doctor of Business Administration
Business Administration
Milton F. Marín Cedeño
Master of Education
Highe r Education
Costa Rica
Sireesha Bala Arja
Master of Public Health
Public Health
Georgine Kyungu Kamuze
Master of Business Administration
Quality Control
D.R. Congo
Gregoria Acosta Aragones
Bachelor of Literature
Dominican Rep ublic
Doris del Carmen de la Cruz Mena
Doctor of Science
Dominican Rep ublic
Mildred Teresa Font Frias Estrella
Doctor of Science
Research Methodology
Dominican Rep ublic
Eliseo Romero Dominguez
Doctor of Accounting
Financial Accounting
Dominican Rep ublic
Altagracia Josefina Suárez Galán
Doctor of Education
Highe r Education
Dominican Rep ublic
Pedro Adrian Cajas Rivera
Bachelor of Science
Sports Science
Viviana Soledad Aguayo Pareja
Bachelor of Marketing
Juan José Olivo Peñate
Doctor of Business Administration
Business Administration
El Salvador
Enriqueta Nse Mico
Master of Science
Political Science
Equatorial Guinea
Worede Tariku Dagne
Master of Science
Civil Enginee ring
Moses G. Campbell
Master of Science
Renewable Energy
Paul Yeboah
Bachelor of Business Management
Business Management
Edwin Estuardo Rodas Arreaga
Doctor of Project Management
Project Management
Yanet Cima
Doctor of Education
Educational Administration and Leadership
Miguel Angel Veliz Morales
Master of Business Administration
International Business
Ulrish Escobar Zúñiga
Bachelor of Business Administration
Byron Saul Flores Estevez
Doctor of Business Administration
Business Administration
Luis Ernesto Barrios Escobar
Bachelor of Science
Information Systems
Adilia Iliana Estrada Chapetón
Bachelor of Science
Juan Manuel Ciudad Joya
Doctor of Science
Statistics and Social Research
Hugo Ernesto Tabora Alverenga
Doctor of Business Administration
Business Administration
Manuel Arturo Somoza Pineda
Bachelor of Arts
Lucy Sarahi Mejia Galeana
Bachelor of Science
Industrial Enginee ring
Lenarth Reniery Ferrari Valladares
Bachelor of Project Management
Project Management
Samuel Jos
Master of Science
Computer Enginee ring
Itay Gil
Doctor of Philosophy
National Security and Defe nse
Lilian Gesare Nzavi
Doctor of Philosophy
Human Resource Management
Ramokoena Camilla Matseko
Doctor of Philosophy
Les otho
Francis T. Sam
Bachelor of Science
Automotive Enginee ring
Rev. Fr. Albert B. Floe
Master of Education
Education Management
Ahmed Denton
Master of Science
Enginee ring Management
Ousmane Maiga
Master of Science
International Relations
Jorge Domingos Bande
Bachelor of Project Management
Project Management
Alexandre Nhacuongue Júnior
Doctor of Education
Didactics and Curriculum Development
Nongo Unongo Peter
Bachelor of Business Administration
Business Administration
Anzaku, Peter Joseph
Doctor of Philosophy
Public Health
Ricardo Javier Raymore
Master of Science
Sanitary and Environmental Enginee ring
Ricardo López Gouldbourne
Doctor of Mathematics
Mathe matics
Lourdes Liseth Reyes V.
Bachelor of Business Administration
Business Administration
Ciro Acosta Villegas
Bachelor of Journalism
Deyvis Sadat Bocanegra Leon
Bachelor of Business Administration
Business Administration
Julio Francisco Salazar Gonzales
Bachelor of Science
Ubaldo Carazas Meza
Bachelor of Theology
Spiritual Accompaniment
Carmen Leonor Maldonado Rosa
Doctor of Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Puerto Rico
Bushayija Paul
Doctor of Philosophy
Project Management
Sibida Noella Quayritta George
Doctor of Philosophy
Healthcare Administration
Sierra Leone
Samuel Gatkel Beliew
Bachelor of Science
Nutritional Science
South Sudan
Carlo Rudy Godlieb
Doctor of Political Science
Research Methodology
Sthembile Mbatha - Mbingo
Master of Science
App lied Psychology
Hakan Kocan
Bachelor of Science
Civil Enginee ring
Edith Nalyanti Kakuba
Doctor of Management
Shine Shaji
Bachelor of Business Administration
Business Administration
United Arab Emirates
Joaquín Vicente de Castro Murialdo
Bachelor of Science
Food Enginee ring
Eduardo Custodio Ngumba
Bachelor of Science
Business Management
Carlos Ernesto Romero
Master of Finance
Financial Management
Kimberly Lauren Mack
Master of Social Management
Lee H. LaRue
Doctor of Philosophy
Ahmad Berri
Master of Science
James Zulu
Master of Arts
Strategic Management and Planning
Nelson Waitolo
Bachelor of Science
Public Health
Lilliana Nakamba
Bachelor of Accounting

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This month we have graduates from: Angola · Argentina · Australia · Botswana · Cameroon · Colombia · Costa Rica · Curaçao · DR Congo · Dominican Republic · Ecuador · El Salvador · Equatorial Guinea · Ethiopia · Gambia · Ghana · Guatemala · Honduras · India · Israel · Kenya · Lesotho · Liberia · Mali · Mozambique · Nigeria · Panama · Peru · Puerto Rico · Rwanda · Sierra Leone · South Sudan · Suriname · Swaziland · Turkey · Uganda · UAE · Uruguay · USA · Zambia

Student Testimonials

Farhad F. Aliyev
Doctor of Renewable Energy
December 12, 2017

“With this letter I would like to express my experience during my Higher Education studies at the AIU. As a relatively young motivated individual I decided to pursue a great career and become an educated man. I submitted my documents to AIU and was accepted. During my studies at AIU, I completed my Master Degree and PhD studies and became an educated man. Thanks to AIU’s administrative and scientific team I gained knowledge, experience, and skills which already use and will be using in my future life. All these studies gave me valuable scientific and employability skills along with work experience which permit me to operate in professional and fast-paced environment. I already use my knowledge by participating to the International Conferences and Seminars and presenting my field presentations. I even started teaching to Master students and guess what, I had some invitations to other countries universities to go and give some lectures. ...
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Peter Arnold
Bachelor of Education
December 20, 2017

“I studied for my Bachelor of Education at AIU for the past 12 months. I found the experience to be very valuable and rewarding both professionally and personally. During my enrollment process I found the staff at AIU to very supportive, they were able to give me a lot of valuable advice on the best options for my learning needs. The staff were very prompt returning my emails and answering a wide range of questions I had. The course I studied was very well laid out, I was able to manage my study loads easily and design a program that was suited to my particular needs. My tutor was very helpful throughout my studies and was able to support me by; helping me choose subjects; offering advice and guidance to give me a better understanding of the concepts being covered in my course; and answering the many questions I had with both course material and administration issue. The resources at AIU, particularly the library, were excellent. I had no problem finding using the facilities and found the library to hold...
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Akubue Innocent Emeka
Doctor of Educational Technology
December 26, 2017

“To start with, I must first of all, express my profound gratitude to my Academic Tutors and Advisors at the AIU, and to the AIU Authorities, the officials of the Student Services, the Finance and the Admissions Departments, for their patience, show of concern and support during my course of study at AIU, which encouraged me to strive to excel in my academic endeavors as a student of AIU. During the past years of my study, both at Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Levels, I was taught through the traditional learning method and prescribed curriculum. But at AIU, I came into contact with the Open Curriculum System and Andragogic Learning Method, which I find very interesting and fascinating. It enabled me to select and design my own curriculum that satisfies my chosen career route. These courses provided me with additional skills and knowledge which will enable me to work across disciplines and articulate creative solutions for complex challenges. Furthermore, through my AIU’s...
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John Patrick Oketch
Master of Chemical Engineering
January 2, 2018

“My experience at AIU has tremendously created a huge impact in my life both academically and socially, not only has this created the above, it has also created a lot of impact to my community, Nation and far beyond nations. My experience has enabled me to be diversified; and magnified me to a multifunctional employee in different organization in whom my knowledge has created a huge impact to the communities and villages who need my services. I want to thank my Tutors who did not get tired to encourage me to complete my course, I must say it was a tough time ahead, with families to attend to, and work to as well to consider, this was a tough moment. Not forgetting I want to thank our Rector for AIU Dr. Valcin for giving us an opportunity to study at AIU. Through AIU, I have had three different Jobs. In all these jobs, my AIU knowledge has impacted, not only to my work, but to the entire work force where I have since ever worked...
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SWOT analysis of distance learning education at AIU from student’s perspective

Dr. Mohammad Shahidul Islam | Academic Adviser at AIU

Objective of the study is to sort out strength, weakness, opportunity and threat from participating students at Atlantic International University. Aim is to assess real case scenario of distance learning education situation at AIU. This will help AIU to improve its educational quality from student response. Ultimate goal of this effort is to provide AIU students quality education to foster their career endeavor afterwards.

Statistical method is used for this real case SWOT analysis. Data are acquisited by tally method and are plotted by MS Excel 2010 software using histogram plot. Multiple histograms are plotted on the same X and Y axis for analysis and comparison purpose.

Questionnaire survey process is used to get feedback from the participating students. Questionnaire survey form is prepared on category: strength, weakness, opportunity and threat. Each category is divided into four sub categories based on relevance of distance learning education at AIU. Sub categories for strength are flexibility, compatibility,self-sustained curriculum and user friendly online platform. Sub categories for weakness are gap between student and academia, difficulty in finding study material, comparability with class room based education and vulnerability. Sub categories for opportunity are world-wide acceptance, spatial freeness (not confined in any space), vocational learning and development opportunity. Sub categories for threat are affordability (educational cost), degree valuation, local acceptance and finding job after education. Each sub category is rated by +2, +1, 0, -1 and -2 ratings. Where +2 is the best and -2 is the worst rate.

School of science and engineering students (20 no.) were selected for the questionnaire survey. Few of the students responded. 60-100% of the students responded strength of different sub categories. Among these, 100% of the students responded their satisfaction on self-sustained education. The students also expressed their satisfaction on user friendly online platform and flexibility. However 40% of the students remained neutral on compatibility of the education. On weakness side, student responses were scattered. 0-40% of the students experienced their hardship on gap between them and academia. This is very usual for distance learning system. Students response were positive on comparability between class based education and vulnerability. 0-40% of the students experienced hardship in finding their study materials. However 20- 60% of the students remained neutral on weakness side of the distance learning system at AIU. On opportunity side, student responses were very impressive. 100% of the students responded their satisfaction on development opportunity. Below sverage students (0-40%) responded on spatial freeness (not confined in any space) of their education. 0-60% students responded positively on vocational learning feature which is unique facility of the AIU education system. However above average students remained neutral on worldwide acceptance of their university education. Above average students (60%) responded positively on affordability, degree valuation, local acceptance and finding job after education. However below average students (0-40%) remained neutral on various threats of their education.

SWOT analysis on distance learning education at AIU revealed impressiveness. The participating students expressed their satisfaction on strength and development opportunity of the AIU education system. Like all other education systems, self-pace distance learning education system at AIU has weakness and threat. But merits of the AIU education system outweigh demerits. It identified potential sectors (gap between student and academia and degree valuation etc.) where AIU can improve in future. However, the SWOT study identified overall sustainability of unique distance learning education system at AIU.

Study Tips The two libraries at AIU

Edward Lambert | AIU Academic Coordinator

At Atlantic Intenational University, we have two libraries. They are both accessed through the “Access Student Resources” link in a student’s section. The page that opens up includes two separate links that open up the different libraries.

1 “Online Library” link This link will take you to the EBSCOhost library. This library is more well known by students. The EBSCOhost library has 30,000 books that you can search through. The online library will not ask you for a username or password. If you want to download a book from the online library, you will be asked to set up a personal account at the library with your own personal username and password.

2 “Additional Resources” link This link will take you to the second library at AIU. This second library was created by AIU with textbooks and educational books that are not available in the EBSCOhost library, but which are essential for many courses in AIU. The AIU library has over 2500 books that you can search through. There is a box where you can search through the books by topic, title, major and school. Remember to login to your student account before accessing the libraries.



A bigger advantage than your IQ score.

The IQ test has been the most widely used tool for assessing intelligence and giftedness as well as predicting school and job performance. But is it really the best and most accurate way to gauge future achievement? Psychologists and educators have been looking in other directions to identify the qualities that give the biggest advantage in life. Grit, a personality trait that encompasses the passion and motivation to pursue goals, is another candidate for better gauging future performance. It was popularized by psychologist Angela Duckworth and her book Grit, in which she presents multiple studies of successful people showing that effort is twice as important as talent. She concludes that grit —the sustained application of effort towards a longterm goal— is the biggest predictor of life-long achievement. Not social intelligence, not good looks, and not IQ. Tightly related to grit is the concept of “growth mindset” introduced by psychologist Carol Dweck in Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. She explains that individuals have implicit beliefs about ability and where it comes from. Those who believe that ability, intelligence and talent are innate and cannot change over time have a “fixed mindset.” Those who believe that ability changes with learning, training, time and effort have a “growth mindset.” ... Read
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Storytelling science

Learn how to tell tales everyone will love.

“There’s actually a science to why stories matter. So when we hear a good story as human beings our brain lights up. It illuminates the city of our minds,” says Contently’s Editor-in- Chief Joe Lazauskas. “It makes us care.

It builds relationships. And that’s why storytelling has been such a fundamental part of being human since early times.” Lazauskas then defines the four key elements that all compelling stories share, from cave paintings to the Bible —even Star Wars. If you can incorporate them all into a single narrative, you may have mastered storytelling. Joe Lazauskas and Shane Snow are the authors of The Storytelling Edge (available from February 13, 2018), you can pre-order now.
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New graphene material

Turns harder than diamond when it’s hit by a bullet.

Scientists have created a new material called diamene, which promises to be as flexible as tin foil but hard enough to stop a bullet. The study, led by Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at The City University of New York (CUNY), was published in Nature Nanotechnology. It showed how two layers of graphene (each one-atom thick) could be used to make a diamond-like material upon impact at room temperature. There are potentially many uses of such a material, from water-resistant protective coatings to ultra-light bulletproof armor. “This is the thinnest film with the stiffness and hardness of diamond ever created,” said Elisa Riedo, professor of physics at the ASRC and the project’s lead researcher, in a statement. “Previously, when we tested graphite or a single atomic layer of graphene, we would apply pressure and feel a very soft film. But when the graphite film was exactly two-layers thick, all of a sudden we realized that the material under pressure was becoming extremely hard and as stiff, or stiffer, than bulk diamond.” Diamene is soft and pliable until pressure is applied, when it becomes much more rigid. So if the diamene is shot by a bullet, for example, it would prevent it passing through. ...
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Edible sensor

Could reveal what our gut microbes are up to.

Wouldn’t it be nice if our microbiomes could serve up diet advice —some science-based assurance that our food and medicines act in harmony with our resident microbes to keep us healthy? For that to happen, scientists will need to better understand how the interaction between food and microbes affects the chemical composition of our guts. Now, a team of researchers has developed an edible device that passes through the digestive tract, measuring concentrations of intestinal gases along the way. The 2.6-centimeterlong capsule (below) contains sensors for hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide, which can spike and dip as microbes break down components of our meals and release various byproducts. In a pilot study published in Nature Electronics, six volunteers experimented with high and low fiber diets while the pill transmitted signals to a pocket-size receiver every 5 minutes. Their preliminary tests showed that the pill’s readouts can reflect changing levels of fermentation in the gut and the speed of food’s transit through the body. Turning those data into specific recommendations will be much more complicated. But the researchers suggest these gas readouts could someday help design more healthful foods and possibly diagnose digestive problems.
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Cooper Hewitt turns its design eye to beautifully styled wheelchairs, hearing aids and other accessible innovations.

When buying a pair of shoes, a pen, or a new car, the expectation is for the product to do the job. But you also want it to look good: stylish, current, cool. Why wouldn’t the same be true of products —wheelchairs, hearing aids, and more— designed to aid those with disabilities? This is one of the major questions explored in the new exhibition “Access+Ability,” on view at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum through September 3 of this year. The show, which features more than 70 works, from an aerodynamic racing wheelchair to a vibrationactivated shirt that allows the deaf to experience sounds, covers the wide range of innovations occurring in accessible design. It reflects how designers creating products for those with disabilities are making them not just increasingly functional and practical, but stylish. “Why not be able to change the color of your prosthetic leg to match your style, your taste, your outfit?” asks Cara McCarty, director of curatorial at Cooper Hewitt, who co-curated the exhibition with Rochelle Steiner, curator and professor of Critical Studies at the University of Southern California.
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Changing from bad to good

Brain injury does not always result in an undesirable personality change.

In the classic 80s film Overboard, Goldie Hawn’s spoilt, selfish character suffers a brain injury in a yachting accident. As well as causing memory loss, the accident transforms her personality in positive ways –she becomes caring and considerate and less materialistic. That a brain injury could lead to this kind of personality change may sound far-fetched, but consider the real-life “Patient 3534”, a woman who had a brain tumour removed at the age of 70, leaving damage to the front of both sides of her brain. According to her husband, who’d known her for 58 years, before her surgery she had a “stern” personality, was highly irritable and grumpy. After the brain surgery, he said that she was “happier, more outgoing, and more talkative than ever before”. There is now evidence that, at least for a minority of patients, beneficial personality changes are a reality, a revelation that is bound to prompt a new perspective on the impact brain damage has on personality. Although it has long been known that brain damage can change personality, the literature has almost exclusively focused on personality impairments. Take the famous case of Phineas Gage, the railway worker who was described by friends as “no longer Gage” after an iron rod blasted through the front of his brain. ...
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Sugar and concentration

All sugars are not created equal.

A new study from New Zealand published in the journal Physiology and Behaviour tested the cognitive effects of different sugars —glucose, fructose and sucrose— to see if they affected information processing, executive functioning and attention differently. Sucrose, or table sugar, is broken down in the body to glucose and fructose which are metabolized quite differently. Fructose is metabolized much more slowly and is almost entirely absorbed by the liver, while glucose is metabolized widely in the body and distributed (with the help of insulin) to the muscles, kidneys, adipose tissue and brain. Notably, the brain can only use two substrates for energy —glucose and ketones (which is why ketogenic diets are touted for their cognitive benefits). Previous studies have shown that glucose is important for maintaining self-control. Acts of self-control have shown to deplete relatively large amounts of glucose and only after restoring glucose levels does self-regulation improve. This could be why people who quit smoking, which requires great reserves of self-control, may feel the need to consume more sweets. Glucose ingestion has also been found to have a positive effect on some types of memory tasks. ...
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Airless 3D-printed tires

That last virtually forever and are 100% biodegradable.

Fear not the flat tire, road trippers! The future of tire technology is rolling into reality, thanks to Michelin’s Vision tire. The 3D-printed tire does not need to be inflated, and it’s designed to last through the entire lifetime of a vehicle. It’s also equipped with high-tech sensors and it’s 100% biodegradable to boot. Michelin used 3D printing technology to create an airless tire modeled on alveolar structures —like as the air sacs found in human lungs. This means that the tire’s interior is structurally solid, while the outer layers are more flexible, which prevents blowouts and flat tires. The tire is printed from organic, recyclable, biodegradable materials and it can be recycled when it has reached the end of its product life. 3D printing allows the tire’s treads to be customized to meet the needs of a specific vehicle, and Michelin minimized the amount of rubber used in the tire to enhance its sustainability. Embedded sensors keep track of each tire’s wear and proactively order reprints for smooth driving. Michelin imagines an eventual product that incorporates butadiene —a major component of modern synthetic rubber that is derived from wood chips or straw. Although Michelin has not discussed when these tires will be available for purchase, the company believes that the concept may soon become a reality. Source:

Wireless charging roads

Israel tests them for electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles have long been a promising option for sustainable transportation. They come with practical headaches like expensive, bulky batteries that often need recharging, however. Israel is tackling those hurdles by investing in roads that power electric buses —as they ride down the street. The government is collaborating with Israeli start-up ElectRoad to install a public bus route in Tel Aviv, using an under-the-pavement wireless technology that eliminates the need for plug-in recharging stations. Although still in its infancy, the technology could clear the three biggest hurdles —cost, weight and range— that have held back the widespread adoption of battery-powered vehicles for more than a century. First, though, ElectRoad will have to demonstrate that its “inductive charging” technology can be scaled up cheaply enough to be adopted on roadways worldwide. “It’s exciting because it’s charging without wires,” says Tim Cleary, director of BATTERY, an energy- storage research laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University, who is not involved in the project. “But unless it’s affordable and cost-effective it’s not going to take off.” Read full text:

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Iceland to eradicate gender pay gap

By 2022, it will be illegal to pay men more than women.

Iceland has become the first country in the world to make it illegal to pay men more than women. Under the legislation, companies and government agencies with more than 25 employees will be required to obtain government certification for their equal-pay policies. Those failing to demonstrate pay equality will face fines. “It’s a mechanism to ensure women and men are being paid equally,” Dagny Osk Aradottir Pind, a board member of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, told Al Jazeera. “We have had legislation saying that pay should be equal for men and women for decades now but we still have a pay gap.” The law came into effect, the first day of the new year. The legislation was supported by Iceland’s centre-right coalition government, as well as the opposition, in the country’s parliament, where nearly 50 per cent of members are women. “I think that now people are starting to realise that this is a systematic problem that we have to tackle with new methods,” Ms Aradottir Pind said, and added: “Women have been talking about this for decades and I really feel that we have managed to raise awareness, and we have managed to get to the point that people realise that the legislation we have had in place is not working...”
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Protection for the elephants

China shuts down its legal ivory trade.

All of the country’s licensed ivory carving factories and retailers have been shuttered in accordance with a landmark 2015 announcement from Chinese President Xi Jinping and then US President Barack Obama. China and the US both agreed to “near-complete” ivory bans, which prohibit the buying and selling of all but a limited number of antiques and a few other items. The US ivory ban went into effect in June 2016. China’s went into effect December 31, 2017. China is widely believed to be the world’s largest consumer of ivory, both legal and illegal, and it plays a major role in the yearly slaughter of some 30,000 African elephants by poachers. Ivory is in demand for intricate carvings, trinkets, chopsticks, and other items. “The Chinese government’s ban on its domestic ivory trade sends a message to the general public in China that the life of elephants is more important than the ivory carving culture,” said Gao Yufang, a Ph.D. student in conservation biology and cultural anthropology at Yale University and a National Geographic Explorer, in an email. “This is a significant step forward.”
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The importance of thinking for ourselves

In an age of manipulation and lies, only critical thinking allows us to live free, autonomous lives.

In the Greek tradition, Socrates, the wandering philosopher, warned his disciples against seeking the advice of sophists. These were philosophers paid to instruct the nobility. In Socrates own view, knowledge could only come from the arduous experience of self-knowledge. The famous phrase gnothi seauton, “know thyself,” was inscribed at the Oracle of Delphi. In the time of the Gautama Buddha, many holy teachers and priests also wandered from village to village offering their teachings and principles to anyone who would listen. How can we differentiate an authentic teacher from a charlatan? According to tradition, Siddhartha Gautama offered the answer on one of his many journeys: “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” —Gautama Buddha This advice from the Buddha is of great relevance today, when we find ourselves inundated on all sides with pseudo-knowledge, commercials messages intended to incite us to consume something to remedy our existential anguish, and where true wisdom is offered to us in a thousand ways and through a thousand attractive packages. This doesn’t mean that our own historical moment is any worse than that of Socrates in Athens or the Buddha in India, though more than 2,000 years have passed. It simply means that we can’t spare critical reflection and the art of thinking for ourselves. One may live in ignorance, even surrounded by riches, if one doesn’t cultivate one’s own thinking, and it’s only through reason and reflection that the truly autonomous experience can be had. It is not a question of denying ourselves knowledge of new places and traditions different from those of our hometowns. Rather, whatever comes to us must pass through a sieve of reflective and critical thinking. Otherwise, we’re vulnerable to an onslaught of consumption, and to the politics of shock. People are seen as a docile flock that can be led from one position to another to meet others’ interests and then only to the benefit of the powerful. But true power –that is, true freedom– isn’t won through war or consumption, but through solid and autonomous thought capable of discerning differences and seeing past the selfish motives of others. In accordance with the teachings of the Buddha, this thought need to be generous and open to the benefit of all beings, as well as a guide that allows us to follow an impeccable code of conduct. No one said that freedom was easy, but it doesn’t have to be a torment, either. It’s simply a question of seeing ourselves as beings “under construction.” We admit certain ideas and discard others according to the principles of the conservation of energy: what feeds the spirit and what devours it? What allows for growth and expansion and what makes you feel smaller or more inadequate? The answers to these questions are only a starting point for what Socrates called the examined life, for, as he remarked, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Source:

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Omoshiroi blocks.

Japanese memo pads reveal intricate buildings as the pages get used.

Anti-fatigue standing desk mat.

This cushiony standing desk mat has a variable surface with bumps, lips, and curves to keep feet and legs busy throughout the day.

Bear hug.

Snuggly pillow shaped like a grizzly bear that will lovingly hug you while you sleep tight in your bed.

Sabrina Pasterski

“Physics itself is exciting enough. It’s not like a 9-to-5 thing. When you’re tired you sleep, and when you’re not, you do physics.”
–Sabrina Pasterski. (1993-). A first generation Cuban-American who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in high energy physics. She completed her undergraduate studies at MIT and is currently studying at Harvard University.

Being a good person

1. Have empathy for others. —Debbie Reed
2. Always look at the two sides of the story before judging. —@Justmemarie2
3. Empathy and an open mind are important for global citizens. Learning will spring from both. —Cynthia Clark
4. Give back by volunteering. It will help in many ways. —Deanna Concidine
5. Listen first, try to understand second, and judge last. —@MrBarry628
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Master of Community Development


The AIU Distance Learning Master’s of Science in Community Development program will be a custommade program, designed just for you by you and your academic advisor. This flexibility to meet student needs is seldom found in other distance learning programs. Our online program does not require all students to take the same subjects/courses, use the same books, or learning materials. Instead, the online Master’s program curriculum is designed individually by the student and academic advisor. It specifically addresses individual strengths and weaknesses with respect to market opportunities in the student’s major and intended field of work. Understanding that industry and geographic factors should influence the content of the curriculum instead of a standardized one-fits-all design is the hallmark of AIU’s unique approach to adult education. This philosophy address the dynamic and constantly changing environment of working professionals by helping adult students in reaching their professional and personal goals within the scope of the degree program. Our program of study will provide you with a solid education for employment in national, international, and civil society organizations for which a thorough understanding of local, regional, national and international development perspectives and policies is required.


Below is an example of the topics or areas you may develop and work on during your studies. By no means is it a complete or required list as AIU programs do not follow a standardized curriculum. It is meant solely as a reference point and example. Want to learn more about the curriculum design at AIU? Go ahead and visit our website, especially the Course and Curriculum section:

Core Courses and Topics

Development theory
Labour and development
Social movements and food security
Environment and local development
Transnational migration
and development
Trade and development
Political economy perspectives
Gendered perspectives
Enterprise and private sector-led
Asset-based community development
Religion and development
History and politics of developing areas
Project management
Education and development
Rural problems
Legal and social aspects
Territorial, municipal and social
control laws
Administration and management
of territorial entities
Diagnostic techniques
Cartography and planning
Geographic information systems
Cartography statistics
Environmental aspects of integrated
Management of natural resources
Socioeconomic issues
Social relations and demographic

Course and Curriculum

AIU has developed a protocol to quantify and qualify an individual’s professional background, as well as, their academic credentials, and grant academic credit to qualified students commensurate with their true level of knowledge.

Research Project

Masters Thesis Project
MBM300 Thesis Proposal
MBM302 Master Thesis (7,500 words)


Each Master graduate is encouraged to publish their research papers either online in the public domain or through professional journals and periodicals worldwide.

Contact us to get started

Submit your Online Application, paste your resume and any additional comments/ questions in the area provided.

Pioneer Plaza/900 Fort Street Mall 410
Honolulu, HI 96813
800-993-0066 (Toll Free in US)
808-924-9567 (Internationally)


Each Master graduate is encouraged to publish their research papers either online in the public domain or through professional journals and periodicals worldwide.

About Us


Atlantic International University offers distance learning degree programs for adult learners at bachelors, masters, and doctoral level. With self paced program taken online, AIU lifts the obstacles that keep professional adults from completing their educational goals. Programs are available throughout a wide range of majors and areas of study. All of this with a philosophically holistic approach towards education fitting within the balance of your life and acknowledging the key role each individual can play in their community, country, and the world. Atlantic International University is accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC). ASIC Accreditation is an internationally renowned quality standard for colleges and universities. Visit ASIC’s Directory of Accredited Colleges and Universities. ASIC is a member of CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) in the USA, an approved accreditation body by the Ministerial Department of the Home Office in the UK, and is listed in the International Directory of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). AIU meets all state and federal laws as a degree-granting institution in the United States and the State of Hawaii. The University was legally established by corporate charter in 1998 and is in good standing.

While National Accreditation is common for traditional U.S. institutions of higher learning utilizing standard teaching methods, every country has its own standards and accrediting organizations. Accreditation is a voluntary process and does not guarantee a worthy education. Rather, it means an institution has submitted its courses, programs, budget, and educational objectives for review. AIU’s Distance Learning Programs are unique, non-traditional and not accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. This may be a determining factor for those individuals interested in pursuing certain disciplines requiring State licensing, (such as law, teaching, or medicine). It is recommended that you consider the importance of National Accreditation for your specific field or profession. Although Atlantic International University’s individualized Distance Learning Degree Programs, are distinct from traditional educational institutions, we are convinced of their value and acceptance worldwide. Non-traditional programs are important because they recognize knowledge gained outside the classroom and incorporate a broader more comprehensive view of the learning experience. Many great institutions are unaccredited. We invite you to compare our programs and philosophy with traditional classroom-based programs to determine which is best suited to your needs and budget. AIU has chosen private accreditation through the Accrediting Commission International (ACI), obtained in 1999. ACI is not regulated or approved by the US Department of Education. ATLANTIC INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY IS NOT ACCREDITED BY AN ACCREDITING AGENCY RECOGNIZED BY THE UNITED

STATES SECRETARY OF EDUCATION. Note: In the U.S., many licensing authorities require accredited degrees as the basis for eligibility for licensing. In some cases, accredited colleges may not accept for transfer courses and degrees completed at unaccredited colleges, and some employers may require an accredited degree as a basis for eligibility for employment. AIU is incorporated in the state of Hawaii. As a University based in the U.S., AIU meets all state and federal laws of the United States.

There is no distinction between the programs offered through AIU and those of traditional campus based programs with regards to the following: your degree, transcript and other graduation documents from AIU follow the same standard used by all U.S. colleges and universities. AIU graduation documents can include an apostille and authentication from the U.S. Department of State to facilitate their use internationally. Authentication from the U.S. Department of State is a process that will ultimately bind a letter signed by the U.S. Secretary of State (permanently with a metal ring) to your graduation documents. If a student outside the U.S. wishes to carry out a particular procedure within a country’s Department of Education regarding their degree earned at AIU, such procedures are to be carried out independently by the student. AIU respects the unique rules and regulations of each country and does not intervene or influence the respective authorities. We recommend prospective students who intend to carry out such procedures outside the U.S. to verify in detail the steps and requirements needed in order to be fully informed.

The AIU Difference

It is acknowledged that the act of learning is endogenous, (from within), rather than exogenous.

This fact is the underlying rationale for “Distance Learning”, in all of the programs offered by AIU. The combination of the underlying principles of student “self instruction”, (with guidance), collaborative development of curriculum unique to each student, and flexibility of time and place of study, provides the ideal learning environment to satisfy individual needs.

AIU is an institution of experiential learning and nontraditional education at a distance. There are no classrooms and attendance is not required.

Mission & Vision


To be a higher learning institution concerned about generating cultural development alternatives likely to be sustained in order to lead to a more efficient administration of the world village and its environment; exerting human and community rights through diversity with the ultimate goal of the satisfaction and evolution of the world.


The empowerment of the individual towards the convergence of the world through a sustainable educational design based on andragogy and omniology.

Organizational Structure

Dr. Franklin Valcin
President/Academic Dean

Ricardo González
Chief Operation Officer
Ofelia Hernandez
Director of AIU
Clara Margalef
Dir. of Special Projects of AIU
Juan Pablo Moreno
Director of Operations
Paul Applebaum
IT Director
Nadeem Awan
Chief Programing
Dr. Jack Rosenzweig
Dean of Academic Affairs
Paula Vieria
Admissions Manager
Dr. Edward Lambert
Academic Coordinator
Dr. Ariadna Romero
Academic Coordinator
Maricela Esparza
Administrative Coordinator
Jaime Rotlewicz
Admissions Coordinator
Carlos Aponte
Telecom. Coordinator
Rosie Perez
Finance Coordinator
Nadia Gabaldon
Student Services Supervisor
Dr. José Mercado
Chief Executive Officer

Linda Collazo
Student Services Coordinator
Kingsley Zelee
IT Coordinator
Felipe Gomez
Design Director
Giovanni Castillo
Operations assistant
Liliana Peñaranda
Logistics Coordinator
Amalia Aldrett
Admissions Coordinator
Alba Ochoa
Admissions Coordinator
Sandra Garcia
Admissions Coordinator
Veronica Amuz
Admissions Coordinator
Junko Shimizu
Admissions Coordinator
Roberto Aldrett
Communications Coordinator
Nazma Sultana
Assistant Programming
Jhanzaib Awan
Assistant Programming
Chris Benjamin
Hosting Server
Dr. Ricardo González

Vivian Calderon
Registrar Office
Daritza Ysla
Accounting Coordinator
Patricia C. Domenech
Human Resources
Irina Ivashuk
Administrative Assistant
Kimberly Diaz
Academic Tutor
Renata Da Silva
Academic Tutor
Lourdes Puentes
Academic Tutor
Rina Lehnhoff
Academic Tutor
Renato Cifuentes
Academic Tutor
Arturo Vejar
Academic Tutor
Arhely Espinoza
Academic Tutor
Luisa Villar
Academic Tutor
Cyndy Dominguez
Academic Tutor
Paulina Garcia
Academic Assistant

School of Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics allows aspiring and practicing professionals, managers, and entrepreneurs in the private and public sectors to complete a self paced distance learning degree program of the highest academic standard. The ultimate goal is to empower learners and help them take advantage of the enormous array of resources from the world environment in order to eliminate the current continuum of poverty and limitations. Degree programs are designed for those students whose professional experience has been in business, marketing, administration, economics, finance and management.

Areas of Study:

Accounting, Advertising, Banking, Business Administration, Communications, Ecommerce, Finance, Foreign Affairs, Home Economics, Human Resources, International Business, International Finance, Investing, Globalization, Marketing, Management, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Public Administrations, Sustainable Development, Public Relations, Telecommunications, Tourism, Trade.

School of Social and Human Studies

The School of Social and Human Studies is focused on to the development of studies which instill a core commitment to building a society based on social and economic justice and enhancing opportunities for human well being. The founding principles lie on the basic right of education as outlined in the Declaration of Human Rights. We instill in our students a sense of confidence and self reliance in their ability to access the vast opportunities available through information channels, the world wide web, private, public, nonprofit, and nongovernmental organizations in an ever expanding global community. Degree programs are aimed towards those whose professional life has been related to social and human behavior, with the arts, or with cultural studies.

Areas of Study:

Psychology, International Affairs, Sociology, Political Sciences, Architecture, Legal Studies, Public Administration, Literature and languages, Art History, Ministry, African Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Islamic Studies, Religious Studies.

School of Science and Engineering

The School of Science and Engineering seeks to provide dynamic, integrated, and challenging degree programs designed for those whose experience is in industrial research, scientific production, engineering and the general sciences. Our system for research and education will keep us apace with the twenty-first century reach scientific advance in an environmentally and ecologically responsible manner to allow for the sustainability of the human population. We will foster among our students a demand for ethical behavior, an appreciation for diversity, an understanding of scientific investigation,

Areas of Study:

Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Communications, Petroleum Science, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Nutrition Science, Agricultural Science, Computer Science, Sports Science, Renewable Energy, Geology, Urban Planning.

Online Library Resources

With access to a global catalog created and maintained collectively by more than 9,000 participating institutions, AIU students have secured excellent research tools for their study programs.

The AIU online library contains over 2 billion records and over 300 million bibliographic records that are increasing day by day. The sources spanning thousands of years and virtually all forms of human expression. There are files of all kinds, from antique inscribed stones to e-books, form wax engravings to MP3s, DVDs and websites. In addition to the archives, the library AIU Online offers electronic access to more than 149,000 e-books, dozens of databases and more than 13 million full-text articles with pictures included. Being able to access 60 databases and 2393 periodicals with more than 18 million items, guarantees the information required to perform the assigned research project. Users will find that many files are enriched with artistic creations on the covers, indexes, reviews, summaries and other information. The records usually have information attached from important libraries. The user can quickly assess the relevance of the information and decide if it is the right source.

Education on the 21st century

AIU is striving to regain the significance of the concept of education, which is rooted into the Latin “educare”, meaning “to pull out”, breaking loose from the paradigm of most 21st century universities with their focus on “digging and placing information” into students’ heads rather than teaching them to think. For AIU, the generation of “clones” that some traditional universities are spreading throughout the real world is one of the most salient reasons for today’s ills. In fact, students trained at those educational institutions never feel a desire to “change the world” or the current status quo; instead, they adjust to the environment, believe everything is fine, and are proud of it all.

In a world where knowledge and mostly information expire just like milk, we must reinvent university as a whole in which each student, as the key player, is UNIQUE within an intertwined environment. This century’s university must generate new knowledge bits although this may entail its separation from both the administrative bureaucracy and the faculty that evolve there as well. AIU thinks that a university should be increasingly integrated into the “real world”, society, the economy, and the holistic human being. As such, it should concentrate on its ultimate goal, which is the student, and get him/her deeply immersed into a daily praxis of paradigm shifts, along with the Internet and research, all these being presently accessible only to a small minority of the world community. AIU students must accomplish their self-learning mission while conceptualizing it as the core of daily life values through the type of experiences that lead to a human being’s progress when information is converted into education. The entire AIU family must think of the university as a setting that values diversity and talent in a way that trains mankind not only for the present but above all for a future that calls everyday for professionals who empower themselves in academic and professional areas highly in demand in our modern society. We shall not forget that, at AIU, students are responsible for discovering their own talents and potential, which they must auto-develop in such a way that the whole finish product opens up as a flower that blossoms every year more openly.

The AIU stance is against the idea of the campus as a getaway from day-to-day pressure since we believe reality is the best potential-enhancer ever; one truly learns through thinking, brainstorming ideas, which leads to new solutions, and ultimately the rebirth of a human being fully integrated in a sustainable world environment. Self-learning is actualized more from within than a top-down vantage point, that is to say, to influence instead of requesting, ideas more than power. We need to create a society where solidarity, culture, life, not political or economic rationalism and more than techno structures, are prioritized. In short, the characteristics of AIU students and alumni remain independence, creativity, self-confidence, and ability to take risk towards new endeavors. This is about people’s worth based not on what they know but on what they do with what they know.

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AIU Service

AIU offers educational opportunities in the USA to adults from around the world so that they can use their own potential to manage their personal, global cultural development. The foundational axis of our philosophy lies upon self-actualized knowledge and information, with no room for obsoleteness, which is embedded into a DISTANCE LEARNING SYSTEM based on ANDRAGOGY and OMNIOLOGY.

The ultimate goal of this paradigm is to empower learners and help them take advantage of the enormous array of resources from the world environment in order to eliminate the current continuum of poverty and limitations.

This will become a crude reality with respect for, and practice of, human and community rights through experiences, investigations, practicum work, and/ or examinations. Everything takes place in a setting that fosters diversity; with advisors and consultants with doctorate degrees and specializations in Human Development monitor learning processes, in addition to a worldwide web of colleagues and associations, so that they can reach the satisfaction and the progress of humanity with peace and harmony.

Contact us to get started

Now, it’s possible to earn your degree in the comfort of your own home. For additional information or to see if you qualify for admissions please contact us.

Pioneer Plaza / 900 Fort Street Mall 410
Honolulu, HI 96813
800-993-0066 (Toll Free in US) [email protected]
808-924-9567 (Internationally)

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