Doctoral Thesis

November 15, 2017. One of our graduates, Richmond Acheampong, has published his Doctoral Thesis on the Durreesamin Journal, an Australian peer reviewed quarterly multi-disciplinary journal. The study examined the effect of cartoons December 6, 2017. One of our graduates, Dr. Robinson Ehiorobo, has published a book by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc. called, “The Implication of Adequate Motivation on Workers’ Productivity in an Organization.” You can view his work through the following link: the behaviour of children in Sunyani Municipality in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana. Richmond completed a Doctor of Philosophy, PhD program in Journalism at Atlantic International University.

You can read his published thesis on the following link: Effects of Cartoons on the Behaviour of Children


December 17, 2017. Our graduate, Julio Salazar, received an award from the Chamber of Deputies of the Bolivian government for the work he has done for the benefit of children with developmental disorders and autism. Julio completed a Master’s program in AIU and is now studying a PhD program in Physiotherapy.


December, 2017. This graduate student completed the majority of the requirements to obtain honors which included a 4.0 GPA, published works, recommendation from his advisors, patent a product, etc. Congratulations!

14TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability

Call for Papers This Conference will be held 17–19 January 2018 at The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. 2018 Special Focus: Forging Solidarity: Collective Sustainability Solutions in a Fragmenting World Theme 1: Environmental Sustainability Theme 2: Sustainability in economic, social and cultural context Theme 3: Sustainability policy and practice Theme 4: Sustainability education Become a Presenter: 1. Submit a proposal 2. Review timeline 3. Register Late Registration Deadline 17 January 2018 Visit the website:

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December 6, 2017. One of our graduates, Dr. Robinson Ehiorobo, has published a book by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc. called, “The Implication of Adequate Motivation on Workers’ Productivity in an Organization.” You can view his work through the following link: the behaviour of children in Sunyani Municipality in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana. Richmond completed a Doctor of Philosophy, PhD program in Journalism at Atlantic International University. Dr. Robinson Ehiorobo has completed a Doctorate program in Environmental Science at Atlantic International University.

Vaughan Emmanuel James
Bachelor of Business Administration
Business and Strategic Management
Edith Liliane Mbonjo Ejangue Endale
Doctor of Philosophy
Human Resource Management
Gloria Marina Silva Fandiño
Doctor of Education
Cognitive Therapy
Jairo Alfonso Vargas Bonilla
Master of Business Administration
Business Administration
Juana Ydalia Herrera Ramirez
Master of Education
Educational Management
Dominican Republic
Martha Suárez Heredia
Doctor of Philosophy
Sonia Maria Carrion Moreno
Doctor of Philosophy
Public Health
Calixto Filimón López Ventura
Doctor of Mechanical Engineeeering
Norms and Procedures
El Salvador
Baltasar Nseng Mesian Abaga
Master of Political Science
Administration and Public Policies
Equatorial Guinea
José Luis Jiménez Araujo
Bachelor of Science
Industrial Engineering
Uwihanganye Augustin
Bachelor of Arts
English Literature
Eric Kwasi Elliason
Doctor of Philosophy
Public Health
Luis Antonio Velásquez Quiroa
Master of Strategical Planning
Public Administration
Tashmeni Ram- Singh
Bachelor of Science
Healthcare Administration
Madina Ali Abdirahman
Bachelor of Science
Sidavanh Thongsamone
Master of Arts
Project Management
Lao P.D.R.
Carlos Arturo Pérez Brizuela
Doctor of Science
Brenda Alicia Ramírez Villegas
Bachelor of Science
Estêvão Júlio Licussa
Doctor of Economics
International Economics
Clemence Magombedze Langa
Doctor of Philosophy
Public Health
Ernesto Luis Felix Lourenco
Master of Public Health
Business Management
Nicole Willes
Doctor of Education
Adesua Julius Oluwafemi
Master of Science
Electrical Engineering
Oluwafolajimi David Oluwole
Master of Business Administration
Business Administration
Isaac Aigbokhai Okogie
Doctor of Business Administration
Business Administration
Evelio Arcilla Cedeño
Doctor of Economics
Silka Muriel Núñez Vargas
Doctor of Physical Education
Health Science and Physical Activity
Marco Antonio Gutierrez Navarro
Bachelor of Science
Mechanical Engineering
Agostinho M. Soares Batista de Sousa
Master of Public Health
Robert Kibuuka
Doctor of Philosophy
Public Health
Moses Mathothetja Letsoalo
Doctor of Science
Development Studies
South Africa
Louise Elizabeth Roberts
Doctor of Education
South Africa
Okwera Alex Aniseto
Bachelor of Science
Water Resources Engineering
South Sudan
Bernard Ugochukwu Ukomadu
Bachelor of Education
Ssemwanga Sadat Lutaaya
Doctor of Human Resource Management
Human Resource Management
Fausto Rafael De León Tavárez
Bachelor of International Relations
International Relations
José Luis Meza Torres
Doctor of Science
Health Science
Kenneth Chinedu Okocha
Doctor of Science
International Relations
Sakina Husseinali Hassanali
Associate of Arts
Early Childhood Education
Helen Modupe Edozie
Doctor of Business Management
Gina Isabel Pajares Aguirre
Bachelor of Science
Renel Arsel Jerome
Doctor of Philosophy
Project Management
James Lothschutz
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Administration
Justina Zulu
Bachelor of Public Health
Public Health

Narmada Acharya Dhakal
Doctor of Philosophy
Public Health

Tracy Kandeya
Doctor of Project Management
Project Management

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Student Testimonials

Marcelo Kengue Ndjile
Bachelor of Information Systems
October 24, 2017

“I am from Batoicopo, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. My first contact with AIU dates back to 2016 when I was seeking to complete my undergraduate program. I applied through the institution’s academic advisors as a student-worker based abroad seeking to complete the program via online because I knew it was the right way for me to achieve my goals. Due to my keen interest in the field of information in which I currently work and also the distance and work constraints, AIU as an online institution ranked at the top of my choices, considering their commitment to honoring the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights; per article 26 –AIU believes that Higher Education is a Human Right. Completely satisfied with this mid-term exchange experience, I am now ready for ...
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Peter Pemba
Bachelor of Information Tech.
November 1, 2017

“I am from Malawi the warm heart of Africa. My experience at AIU has been wonderful. I have achieved a lot in my time at the university. My academic advisor and my tutor have always been there for me am so grateful for their support. I also had a privilege of making use of the school resource materials which have made it easy for me to complete my Bachelor’s degree. I have earned my Bachelors degree in Information Technology of which am about to be awarded in the next graduation. During the course my background experience and skills were considered of which is so amazing to have that such recognition. Through this degree am confident that I will achieve a lot professionally. The journey has not been smooth, the balance of work ...
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Solomon Armah
Bachelor of Information Systems
November 6, 2017

“It has been an awe-inspiring experience for me through my journey at AIU. I have always wanted to persue my degree at some point in my life, eventhough I was doing very well in my current career. I had a lot of difficulty in getting the time to go through a regular traditional instructor-led university looking at my job schedule and the demands of family life. I had done some research on the internet for distance learning universities around the world most of what I found were charging fees beyond my financial capabilities, “I simply couldn’t afford the fees”. I knew deep within me that one day I would discover a university that will be within my financial reach and also have the flexibility to combine work and studies at the same time. In August 2016, I saw an AIU advert but didn’t pay much attention to it until ...
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Bernard Ugochukwu Ukomadu
Bachelor of Education
November 14, 2017

“It is an honor and pleasure to be part of this glorious institute AIU. It happens to be a milestone and in a high spirit I will say that I was and I am motivated by the structure and designing of the assignments in AIU. At the beginning it was a bit challenging but then my advisor welcomed me into the reality of what I was about to face through his comments and guidance. I have two memorable experiences during my time with AIU assignments. One was what my advisor was going to comment, probably taking me back to work again on the assignment submitted or well done comment which raises my spirit higher and higher. Secondly, how I could be better in my assignment. At a point I was well of, due to the reading involvement. I see that AIU exposes one into ...
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Matthew Ike M. Iniagolu
Doctor of Economics
November 27, 2017
“AIU is, for lack of a better word, great. When I, first, ventured into acquiring my PhD with AIU, I figured it couldn’t be all that it is propped up to be, what with flexibility and all. I was, however, constantly wowed. From the start, it was smooth sailing. My academic documents and work experience was reviewed, and I was given a course that I had been almost assured I wouldn’t get, a course which I have always looked forward to studying, development economics. Being assigned Mr. Arturo as my academic tutor was the icing on top of the cake. He has been very helpful along this journey from the very start. The learning process was brilliant; the lecturers, outstanding and I was able to juggle my studies and work with neither suffering. The student services have, also ...
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The complexity of management of refugee settlement and language barriers in the USA: A case study of Swahili speakers from the Democratic Republic of Congo in San Diego, California

By Bisimwa Mudekereza | Masters in Project Management | Abstract

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a nation in Central Africa. It has its capital city as Kinshasa. DRC borders Congo to the west, Tanzania to the west, South Sudan to the North, and Angola to the south west. The common languages spoken in the nation include French, Swahili, Kikongo, Lingala, and Tshiluba. BBC News Report (Cultural Orientation Resource Center, 2014, p.5) indicated that DRC has a 900 square miles area and has a population of 69.6 million persons. The country possesses massive mineral resources which have been the primary cause of the civil war which has lasted for several years. The BBC News Report (2017, p.1) reports that the civil war in DRC, which has been referred to as Africa’s World War, has so far claimed about six million lives. The civil unrest in the country has fuelled political and economic instability with militant groups fighting to take control of the government (Dagne, 2011, p.12).

The Swahili Language
The Swahili language, commonly referred to as Kiswahili, is an African language spoken in the Great Lakes Region and various parts of Southern Africa. It was developed by the Bantu speakers and serves as the mother tongue of the Swahili community (Safari, 2012, p.7). Swahili is mostly used in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mozambique. In some countries such as Tanzania, Swahili has been imposed as the official language while in the neighboring Kenya, it is considered as a national language with proposals of making it an official language being deliberated (Gaw, 2009, p.2). In the DRC, Swahili is regarded as a national language. Also, people in other regions of Africa and other continents have developed interests in learning the Swahili language (National African Language Resource Center, n.d, p.3).

Resettled Congolese in San Diego, United States
The United States Refugee Admission Program (USRAP) initiated the resettlement of Congolese refugees mostly from Tanzania (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014, p.1) Congolese refugees in San Diego face numerous challenges that occur as a result of language barriers. Congolese natives speak the Swahili language that is different from the East African dialect. Therefore the Congolese refugees in the United States continue to face significant challenges which make their social lives unbearable as reported by the guardian (2016, p.1).

Challenges associated with language barriers among the Congolese refugees:
Problems in accessing quality healthcare services Refugees who succeed in acquiring visas and being resettled in the United States are thoroughly scanned for any diseases that pose threats to the American community (Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, 2016, p.3). However, when these refugees are resettled in areas such as the City Heights, San Diego, the risk of diseases outbreaks emerge. In such cases, physicians may be forced to turn down the refugee’s request of administering medication which is also equally dangerous to the patients (Espinoza, 2016, p.1). Therefore, the language barrier problem facing refugees from various regions who settle in the United States has left them prone to poor access to medical services as well as death due to misdiagnosis (Morris et al., 2009, p.534).

Poor education
The resettlement agencies, in collaboration with the federal and state governments, have set up English as Second Language (ESL) centers that help in ensuring that the refugees are enlightened on the use of the English language (Endicott, 2016, p.1). However, as reported by Garett (2006, p.7), many of these ESL centers have been mismanaged which leaves a significant proportion of the refugees unaware of how to communicate in English.

Access to Employment
One major challenge that Taylor et al. (2016, p.7451) suggested is that refugees flock the local economy which brings stiff competition between them and the natives. Additionally, when these refugees are in the workplaces, their counterparts who are American natives, may develop a tendency of ill-talking about them when they are still present in the room (Human Rights Watch, 2001, p.1).

Constant conflicts with the law
Many of the Congolese refugees cannot read the American constitution because it is written in English and there are no Swahili translations for the same. Therefore, these individuals may contravene the law unknowingly, but they end up facing the same repercussions. The same problem of conflicting with the law has also affected other refugees from regions such as Syria, Palestine, and Jordan (Prettitore, 2016, p.1).

Transport Issues
When Congolese refugees are resettled in areas such as San Diego, they perceive to have a difficult time moving from place to place in and out of the city. Research by Segal and Mayadas (2005, p.566) suggested that the issue of transport has been a major drawback to refugees accessing services social services such as healthcare and stable jobs. As reported by Bose (2011, p.20), the refugees are unable to communicate with the drivers regarding where they are going or where to alight.

Making purchases
Refugees who are not versant with the English and other common languages in the US face serious problems during making purchases as suggested by Nunez (2014, p.1) Nonetheless, it is tough to find a convenient store with Swahili-speaking aides in San Diego. The few who are present in these stores are East African natives who, as seen in earlier discussions, speak a different Swahili from the Congolese.

Non-inclusion in community-based initiatives
Research conducted by West Midlands Strategic Partnership for Asylum and Refugee Support (2009, p.38) found that refugees are often sidelined during community development agendas. In other cases, Nawyn et al (2012, p.271) found that these individuals do not see the need to engage in these activities and prefer secluding themselves from the rest of the community because they feel inferior to the natives.

Study Tips: Online Videos

Edward Lambert | AIU Academic Coordinator

In the past, textbooks were the primary source for learning. However, times have changed. We now have the internet as a source for knowledge. Granted that the internet provides abundant reading material, yet it also has videos. I recommend to every student at AIU to use videos as study material for every course. As one reads, they can search for videos about the subject, which supplement the reading material.

Videos have become such a high-quality source of teaching material that a student could use only videos, and no books, as reference material for a course, even the Phase 2 Seminar courses. How do you find instructional videos on the internet? You can go to such sites as and You can also go to, do a search for a subject and then click on the videos option below the search box. Then you will see direct links to videos from various internet sites. How do you cite a video in bibliography? This may be the most common error that I have seen in essays. In my experience, all students need to be taught how to properly cite a video from the internet. Most times the student simply copies the web link to the bibliography and hopes the reader can clink on the link. This is not correct. Let me give you two references to a video on youtube about citing videos correctly. Which do you think is better, more complete and makes it easier to find the video: Virtual High School.

“How to Cite YouTube Videos.” Online video clip. YouTube. Youtube, 23 Nov. 2015. Web. 9 Dec. 2017. The title of the video is in quotation marks in the second reference. The second proper reference citation makes it much easier to identify and find the video. That is why a proper citation is important in a bibliography.

Is there another useful tip about online videos? Yes… When you search a subject in, you will see a list of many videos. The best videos for learning are classes, lectures, conferences and documentaries, which are usually over 20 minutes. So above the list of searched videos, to the right, you will see a link “Filter”. Open the link to see options for filtering videos. Under Duration, click on “Long (> 20 minutes)” and the list will show videos over 20 minutes. These videos tend to be more in-depth for teaching purposes. It is also helpful to filter for “Playlist” under the “Type” heading. Playlists are videos that have been grouped by subject. AIU encourages students to watch videos for their courses. We accept videos as course resource material. Moreover, you now know how to reference the videos in your bibliography. So, sit back, be ready to take notes and watch videos. It is a 21st century way to learn.


Arizona Autism Charter School

Tailored specifically to people on the spectrum.

The Arizona Autism Charter School is a tuition-free school, designed specifically for people on the spectrum —the first of its kind in Arizona. It began with a group of parents, grandparents, and ABA professionals who were frustrated with the way the public school system served students on the spectrum. Together they banded to create the nonprofit, Arizona Autism Charter Schools, Inc. The school officially opened on August 6th, 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year, enrolling students in grades K-5, with a plan to add an additional grade level each year until they reach grade 12 (as of 2016, they started enrolling grades K-8). Each class caps at only 9 students, with a 3-1 staff to student ratio overall. The small class sizes, personalized attention, and spectrum-specific teaching methods are meant to help students with autism learn in an environment that’s tailored to their needs. This is truly an exciting development and a big win for the autism community. Read full text and watch video:

Whistled language may be lost

In Turkey, mobile phones are putting it at risk.

In the mountains of northern Turkey, you might hear the strains of whistling on the breeze. It sounds like birdsong–trills, chirrups, lilting whistles —but it’s entirely human. And, for around 10,000 villagers in the Çanakçı district of Giresun, it’s a highly efficient form of communication. Using only their fingers, tongue, teeth, lips, and cheeks, people can quickly say things as simple as “okay,” or as complicated as “Would you like to join us tomorrow to harvest hazelnuts?” Once upon a time, this way of communicating was widespread across the mountains and valleys of Trabzon, Rize, Ordu, Artvin and Bayburt, by the Black Sea. Today, it persists only among shepherds, and in one village, Kuşköy, where people call it “bird language.” In the days before mobile phones, these high pitched noises allowed people to communicate across great distances, with their whistles winging through the air, connecting one remote house on the steep terrain with the next. But as technology has made its way across the region, smatterings of bird language have been replaced by much more private 160-character text messages. For centuries, the language has been passed on from grandparent to parent, from parent to child. Read full text:

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Quantum computer chip

Engineers just unveiled the first-ever design of one.

Practical quantum computing has been big news this year, with significant advances being made on theoretical and technical frontiers. But one big stumbling block has remained –melding the delicate quantum landscape with the more familiar digital one. This new microprocessor design just might be the solution we need. Researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have come up with a new kind of architecture that uses standard semiconductors common to modern processors to perform quantum calculations. Details aside, it basically means the power of quantum computing can be unlocked using the same kinds of technology that forms the foundation of desktop computers and smart phones. “We often think of landing on the Moon as humanity’s greatest technological marvel,” says designer Andrew Dzurak, director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility at UNSW. “But creating a microprocessor chip with a billion operating devices integrated together to work like a symphony –that you can carry in your pocket– is an astounding technical achievement, and one that’s revolutionised modern life.” Whether or not you agree that such an achievement would rival space travel, the step is a giant leap for computing. Read full text:

Pando is dying

The trembling giant is the world’s largest organism.

It’s death by a thousand nibbles. Pando, the world’s largest living organism —and possibly its oldest— is being destroyed by the voracious appetite of mule deer. Also known as the trembling giant, Pando is a colony of quaking aspen that spans 106 acres (43 hectares) of south-central Utah. Because of an explosion of deer in the area, new sprouts from Pando are eaten before they have a chance to mature, and the venerable organism is at risk of dying out altogether. “The system is not replacing itself; it’s highly out of balance,” said Paul Rogers, an ecologist at Utah State University and the director of the Western Aspen Alliance. To the casual observer, Pando looks like an ordinary forest. But each tree shares a common root system and is a genetically identical clone of its forest pals. It’s essentially a forest of one tree, Rogers said. “What you all think of as trees are actually one living and connected being,” Rogers told Live Science. “Being in this grove or this forest to me is pretty magical.” Mule deer and other herbivores became such a problem for Pando in recent decades in part because of humans. “Humans have eliminated predators,” Rogers said. Read full text:

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This unique boot can detect active landmines from 6.5 feet away.
Bogota-based design firm Lemur Studio has designed a life-saving boot insert which can detect landmines from a distance of 6.5 feet. SaveOneLife was created with soldiers in mind, but civilians and farmers living in areas littered with active mines can also benefit from this groundbreaking technology. The boot sole acts as a metal detector with a built-in radio transmitter and processor which pick up electromagnetic fields produced by large metal objects. Colombia’s fields and jungles are full of active landmines which have, in the last 24 years, killed 2,000 people and injured about 10,000 more.


Number one exercise

For slowing down the aging process.

We all want to improve our brain function. Chances are you’ve tried something to aid your brain in the past, whether it’s brain games to improve memory, coffee to increase your ability to concentrate and learn something knew, or some sort of herb or meditation to improve your mental health. The pharmaceutical and natural health industries make a booming business from this area of health, and we spend hundreds of dollars a year on products to improve our brain health. What if, however, a large part of the answer lies in one remedy, and one that can technically be done for free? Turns out this isn’t just hypothetical: research has found that one particular type of exercise is as close to a miracle drug as possible for our brain health. While all types of exercise (cardio, strength training, and flexibility training) have an important place in your exercise routine, aerobic cardiovascular activity is your best option for improving your brain function. Before you throw your hands up and say “ugh! Cardio!”, realize that this doesn’t mean you have to start running marathons. Even just 30 to 45 minutes of moderate activity each day will bring on the benefits. This could be walking, jogging/running, swimming, biking, rowing, aerobics classes, playing a sport, stair climbing, dancing. Read full text:

Out-of-sync brain wave

May explain why we get forgetful as we age.

Our brains don’t rest when we sleep. Electrical waves ripple through our noggins as our neurons talk to each other. Now, researchers have shown that when these waves don’t interact properly, we can lose our long-term memory. The work may help explain why older adults are so forgetful, and it could lead to new therapies to treat memory loss. To find out how sleep contributes to memory loss in old age, Randolph Helfrich, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley, and his team gave healthy 70- and 20-year-olds a memory test. Participants were trained to match 120 common, short words—for example, “bird”—with nonsense words made of combinations of random syllables, like “jubu.” Once they learned the word-nonsense word combos, the volunteers played a version of the game “memory.” They had to match the word pairs twice: once about 10 minutes after they’d mastered the task, and again a few hours after waking from a full night’s rest. While they slept, researchers recorded the electrical activity in their brains. As expected, the older adults’ ability to remember the word pairs in the morning was worse than their young counterparts’. The electrical recordings revealed one reason. Read full text:


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First solar-powered train

Launches in Byron Bay, Australia.

The world’s first solar-powered railway began taking passengers, in the northern New South Wales coastal town of Byron Bay, a few weeks ago. It’s the realisation of an eight-year dream held by the owners of the resort Elements of Byron and their development director, Jeremy Holmes. Run under a separate not-for-profit entity, The Byron Bay Railroad Company, the two-carriage lovingly restored 1949 NSW train will carry passengers between North Beach Station, about 300 metres up Bayshore Road from the upmarket resort, and the centre of Byron Bay township. Running on existing 110-year-old rail tracks that last saw regular service in 2004, it costs $3 one-way for a three-kilometre trip that takes about seven minutes, allowing resort guests –and anyone else who wants to board, to avoid the Byron township traffic. There’s room for 100 seated passengers, plus luggage, surfboards and some people standing. The train may have been eight years in the making, but it was only last year the project went solar. “We’d been thinking about it long before but finally the technology caught up and it actually made it feasible,” says Jeremy Holmes. The 70-tonne train has 6.5 kilowatts of solar power panels on its roof charging a big lithium battery. Read full text:

Sustainable Homes

One refugee makes them out of plastic waste.

We all know plastic bottles are horrible for the environment whether they’re clogging up our landfills, littering our oceans, or letting out potentially toxic chemicals into our water sources. Amidst our extremely wasteful demand for plastic, millions of refugees around the world lack the basic resources to secure a roof over their heads. Luckily, one man is working to chip away at both of these problems by constructing sturdy: comfortable homes out of used plastic bottles. Tateh Lehbib Breica, an engineer who lives at a refugee camp in Tindouf, Algeria, has been building plastic-bottle homes for his neighbors over the past year. Typically, refugees in the area live in dwellings made of adobe mud brick that are vulnerable to heavy rain and strong winds. Breica built his first plastic-bottle home for his grandmother as an experiment, filling the bottles with sand and constructing the walls in an aerodynamic circle shape. After the structure proved to withstand the harsh desert climate, Breica received funding from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to build more. Read full text:

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6,700 killed in one month

Rohingya refugees in Myanmar, Aid group says.

At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in what has been described as “ethnic cleansing” in Myanmar’s Rakhine state over a one-month period between August and September, according to the international aid group Doctors Without Borders. The group, known by its French acronym MSF, conducted field studies to determine the number of people killed in the period Aug. 25, when a brutal crackdown by Myanmar’s military began, and Sept. 24. Myanmar’s widely disbelieved official count for the same period is just 400. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have streamed into neighboring Bangladesh since the violence began. MSF’s number includes at least 730 children under the age of five. Myanmar has disputed the claims of ethnic cleansing, which include accusations of mass rape. “The numbers of deaths are likely to be an underestimation, as we have not surveyed all refugee settlements in Bangladesh and because the surveys don’t account for the families who never made it out of Myanmar,” Dr. Sidney Wong, MSF’s medical director, was quoted by The Guardian as saying. Wong said the majority of those killed were shot, others were either burned or beaten to death. Read full text:

Protecting Grizzly Bear

British Columbia strengthens trophy hunt ban.

Conservationists are finally celebrating an epic victory after decades of fighting to protect grizzly bears in British Columbia. In August, the government announced its commitment to ending grizzly bear hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest and throughout the province. While the news was welcomed at the time, major concerns were raised about a loophole that would have allowed hunters to continue killing grizzlies for sport if they claimed they were being killed for their meat. Now, however, following a public comment period, that loophole has been closed. Trophy hunting has been banned entirely throughout the province, with an exception for First Nations who hunt for food, social, or ceremonial purposes, or treaty rights. “Through consultations this past fall, we have listened to what British Columbians have to say on this issue and it is abundantly clear that the grizzly hunt is not in line with their values,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Some continue to argue that these hunts, and trophy hunting in general, are a necessary management tool, and that the money brought in from permits benefits conservation. Read full text:

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Life advice from seniors

Each of these insights comes from a conversation conducted during the Great Thanksgiving Listen, an annual initiative from TED Prize winner Dave Isay and his team at StoryCorps that asks people to interview an older family member or friend.

1 Think of hard times like bad weather —they too will pass. Arden Fleming, 15, calls her grandmother Agneta Vulliet her “biggest role model.” Vulliet, the daughter of French immigrants, grew up in New York City, and she says she first learned about independence when she went to boarding school. Vulliet left school before graduation to get married, and ended up getting her high school degree at night school —while raising two kids. She studied art in college, where a professor was impressed with her determination and recommended her for a scholarship. Toward the end of their interview, recorded in October 2017 in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, Fleming asked her grandmother for advice. “What I want you to know and keep in mind is that your 20s are very turbulent and that it does get better,” Vulliet says. “You want so much for yourself, you have such expectations, you have so many wishes to succeed, and there’s a lot of anxiety that goes with how all that will take shape. I never want you to get carried away with how hard it seems.” She adds, “Growing up is a lot like the weather. Every time you hit the big storms that seem like they’re going to snow you under, it will change and get better —and the sun will come out.”

2 Draw inspiration from all the people you meet. Bill Janz traveled the world as a journalist, and wrote a column for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about ordinary people who’d shown remarkable courage. In a 2015 interview with his 14-year-old grandson, Jasper Kashou in Freedonia, Wisconsin, the now-retired Janz shared memorable stories from his days as a reporter —of almost falling off an elephant into tall grass where a tiger was hiding while in India, and of crawling on his belly to avoid sniper fire in Croatia during the Bosnian War. But when Kashou asked him about the person who’d impacted him the most, Janz spoke of someone closer to home. “A boy named Eddy helped me see a little bit about what life is all about,” says Janz. Eddy was a 10-year-old he’d written about whose leg was amputated due to cancer. “No matter what happened to him, he never gave up,” he recalls. “I called Eddy once at home, and the phone rang and rang and rang. Finally, he picked up the phone. I said, ‘Eddy. I was just about to hang up. Where were you?’ And he said, ‘Bill, I was in another room. My crutches weren’t near, so I crawled to the phone.’” Janz often finds himself thinking about that conversation. “He was only a young man, but he was teaching an old man to never give up,” Janz said. “I sometimes tend to give up and go do something else, and [he helps me] remember not to do that.”

3 Love your work —for the salary and for the people. Bennie Stewart, 80, got his first job at age 7 —he’d run errands for his neighbors and get paid in chicken eggs. In a 2015 interview with grandaughter Vanyce Grant, 17, in Chicago, he talked through his many jobs. Stewart chopped cotton for $3 a day in 115 degree heat; bused dishes; cleaned buildings as a janitor; sold insurance; and eventually found his passion... Read full text:

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Master of Nutrition Science


The Master of Nutrition Science program helps students develop the set of skills necessary to occupy positions in food production plans and work in quality assurance, product development, microbiology and chemical analysis as well as roles within consulting laboratories, government organizations and regulatory bodies. The Master of Nutrition Science program is offered online via distance learning. After evaluating both academic record and life experience, AIU staff working in conjunction with Faculty and Academic Advisors will assist students in setting up a custom-made program, designed on an individual basis. 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 of Nutrition Science curriculum is designed individually by the student and academic advisor. It specifically addresses 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 addresses 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.


IMPORTANT: 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

Nutritional Assessment
Culture and Foods
Science of Foods
Nutrition Science
Clinical Nutrition
Research Process
Genetics and Nutrition
Public Health Nutrition
Human Physiology
Whole Foods
Physical Activity & Wellness

Orientation Courses

Communication & Investigation (Comprehensive Resume)
Organization Theory (Portfolio)
Experiential Learning (Autobiography)
Academic Evaluation (Questionnaire)
Fundament of Knowledge (Integration Chart)
Fundamental Principles I (Philosophy of Education)
Professional Evaluation (Self Evaluation Matrix)
Development of Graduate Study (Guarantee of an Academic Degree)

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)

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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 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.

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