Best trainer

December 28, 2018. At AIU, we are very proud of our student Dr. Carlos Alberto Rossi for having received the award as “Best trainer of negotiating experts 2018.”

The prize was awarded to Dr. Rossi for Share Network during the ShareAwards and have formed this year 120 negotiators of Ecuadorian, transnational and multinational, at the levels of Chairmen, directors and management companies, in addition to consultants and professionals. Héctor Navarrete Ortega, CEO & Founder of Share Network, and the members of this community, applauded their efforts and encouraged to continue working, growing and sharing. Dr. Rossi graduated at Atlantic International University in a PhD program in Human Resources.

Article published

January 13, 2019. One of our graduates, Sivarajasingam Mahendran, has published an article titled, “Living a Full Life Despite Diabetes”, in Diabetes Singapore, a nonprofit organization affiliated to the International Diabetes Federation and the National Council of Social Service. You can read an abstract of the article below:

“How often have we heard someone having diabetes say, ‘Because I have diabetes now, I can’t enjoy my life as I used to!’ or ‘Diabetes has made my life miserable! I am very restricted in my choice of food and lifestyle moments!’ Those who say such things may sound miserable and desperate for they have made diabetes seem like a dreaded disease that they believe would prematurely end their lives without ever having fulfilled their ambitions or their passion.” You can read the rest of the article on the following link:
Sivarajasingam Mahendran has completed a Doctorate program in Education in AIU.

Article published

January 2, 2019. One of our graduates, Tadele Fayso, has published his article titled, “Understanding Adoption in Smallholder Agriculture: Perception & Row Planting Teff in Ethiopia” on the Juniper Publishers Agricultural Research & Technology Open Access Journal (ARTOAJ). You can read a part of the Abstract of his article below:

“Technology adoption is a complex and a dynamic process that is determined by many factors such as perceived characteristics of the technologies, farmer circumstances and conditions. This study aims to understand farmers’ perception of teff row planting practice and adoption of the practice in four regions of Ethiopia. Quantitative cross-sectional design was used for the study and Teff growing farmers from 6 districts of Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray regions of Ethiopia were participated in the study.” You can read the rest of the article on the following link:
https://juniperpublishers. com/artoaj/ARTOAJ. MS.ID.556078.php
Tadele has also been elected to serve as executive Board member and head of editorial board for Ethiopian Evaluation Association. And has been promoted to serve as Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning for Digital Green Foundation. Tadele Fayso has completed a Doctorate program in Sociology at AIU.


January, 2019. 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!.

Gustl Betita Pido
Doctorate of Philosophy
in Physical Education, Health & Sport Science

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“I wish to express my sincerity in that I had a memorable time of study at AIU. My studies were characterized by professional back up and progress monitoring by the college staff. The level of tuition and moderation was quite comparatively of high standards which makes me feel enriched with superior knowledge in my working and social environment. I will surely be an AIU ambassador wherever I will be and recommend others to pursue studies with this great Institution.
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“I completed my undergraduate studies at the International Atlantic University (AIU). Before I parted from the institution, I wanted to say something about my special experience in mechanical engineering and automotive specialization. I could not be further from the truth. Many of the courses taught me new interesting things from multiple perspectives that allowed me to think deeply and even analyze previous theories. But especially I wanted to thank Mrs. Mayra Bolivar, Ofelia Miller for their effort to obtain the verification documents. What's more important, due to difficult life events, I spent days and nights learning and preparing myself for a B.Sc. in engineering. During this time I moved away from entertainment and my family (who knows how hard it is to study with four small children you are happily married), my wife certainly supported me and I was encouraged by her all the time in order not to break. I do not know how to explain exactly, but all my positive energy... Read full text: x?ItemID=1513&rcid=73&pcid=63&cid=73
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The socio-politics of Somalia

Mohamed Hassan Musse Mohamed | Master in Legal Studies | Part 1/2

Introduction The socio-politics of Somalia is a very wide topic but this paper will focus mainly on the political and social history since the beginning of Somali government. Politics and social life of Somali people always go together and there is a linkage between them.

The Political Context In 1960, British and Italian parts of Somalia merged, ending colonial administration and becoming independent as the Somali Republic. Aden Abdullah Osman Daar was elected first president, succeeded in 1967 by Abdi Rashid Ali Shermarke. Following Shermarke’s assassination, Muhammad Siad Barre assumed power in a coup in 1969, declaring Somalia a socialist state and nationalizing most of the economy. The 20 years of Barre’s rule were characterized by an aggressive foreign policy with continuous attempts to overtake areas inhabited by ethnic Somalis in Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia. Internally, Barre practiced a dictatorial rule, allegedly committing systematic human rights abuses. In the beginning of the 1980s, opposition to Barre began to form alongside growing influence of warring clans on the country side, ultimately leading to his demise in 1991. The country plunged into civil war among feuding clans and their militias, aggravated by a dire economic situation. Up until this day, Somalia is splintered into regional blocks along the lines of major clans, although the population in the respective areas is largely a mix of different clans. Somalia’s political organization is clanbased, inciting a strong sense of collective identity and mutual obligation. Clan identity provides the basis for customary law (xeer), which forms an essential source of physical and legal security alongside complex systems of obligation based on lineage. These social mechanisms have provided protection in the absence of a Somali state and therefore are paramount to the political landscape.

Regions have evolved differently since the collapse of Barre’s regime and have faced disparate levels of instability, underdevelopment and bad governance. While state structures broke down in the south-central region, the north-western part of Somalia unilaterally declared its independence as Republic of Somaliland in 1991. In 1998, Puntland declared itself an autonomous state. Somaliland and Puntland have gradually been able to re-establish relative peace and stability in their areas of control and have operated autonomously from the federal government. However, the presence of the Islamist militant group Al- Shabaab and the emergence of an Islamic State (ISIL) Faction have recently destabilized Puntland, with ISIL being able to briefly seize control over parts of Puntland’s Gulf of Aden coastline in October 2016. Furthermore, borders between Somalia’s Federal States remain contested as minority clans voice grievances over local power-sharing arrangements. This has repeatedly led to violent clashes, for example between the Galmudug Interim Administration (a Federal Member State bordering Puntland in the South) and Puntland, because frameworks for the peaceful settlement of disputes between federal states are missing. Al-Shabaab’s presence across Somali territory remains the primary security challenge for the country, hindering access for humanitarian actors to the population struck by famine. Somali clans are too fragmented to organize opposition although Al-Shabaab has weakened in recent months, among other reasons due to continued air strikes and the killing of key figures. The group has also launched cross-border attacks into Kenya, inciting the Kenyan government to build a wire fence along its border with Somalia. Moreover, the longstanding absence of authority in the country led Somali pirates to become a major threat to international shipping in the area and prompted NATO to take the lead in an anti-piracy operation. While international efforts had significantly reduced attacks since 2012, the number of incidents has again increased sharply since early 2017. This is most likely due to the fragile situation in Puntland and Galmudug. Both states have been struggling to fight local Islamist militias whilst suffering from a devastating drought. Governance issues aggravate the situation: Galmudug was without a president until May 2017, and Puntland authorities are continuously struggling to pay their security forces.

Multiple attempts at peace processes, and local and international efforts aimed at building a stable government have been unsuccessful for many years. The presence of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM, in its current form established in 2013), now including the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), is currently complemented by the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM). AMISOM, created by the African Union Peace and Security Council in 2007, is supported logistically by the UN Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). Although weakened in the face of Ethiopia’s recent withdrawal of troops from AMISOM over an alleged lack of funding, the mission is envisioning complete withdrawal from Somalia by 2020. During 2011 and 2012, important steps were taken in the process of ending Somalia’s socalled transition period. During this time, despite a number of violent clashes, governance arrangements agreed in a Transitional Federal Charter in 2004 were implemented. In August 2012, the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) handed over affairs to Somalia’s first elected and internationally recognized central government, the Somali Federal Government (SFG). From 2012 to 2017, under the presidency of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the country saw efforts to advance the building of a federal state. A Provisional Federal Constitution of Somalia was agreed upon in 2012, following a consultative process including different sectors of society, clan leadership and regional administrations. While this seemed to be the first window of opportunity for a real peace process in the past 20 years, progress was slow under President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, whose government was plagued by political paralysis, clannism and corruption.

The most recent elections of February 2017 have brought President Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’ Mohamed into office, who enjoys cross-clan support. The new parliament is the youngest and most demographically diverse of Somalia’s history, with half of the 283 members younger than 50, and 63 female parliamentarians (roughly 22% of parliament). While positive change may be possible on these grounds, Farmajo’s room for maneuver is yet to be determined. The current Provisional Constitution is due to undergo a process of revision in 2017, to which regional administrations, the National Federal Parliament and civil society will be associated. The new Federal Constitution is supposed to set a framework for the national elections in 2020. To be continued

Purposes and purposes we do

By Dr. Rosa Hilda Lora M. Advisor at AIU |

In many countries we just have started a new cycle according to how human beings have divided our stay in this universe. Other countries also have a cycle start but they do so at different times. Those cycles are the so-called years. The beginning of this calendar means for many human beings the revision of their lives. What have I done? What do I need to do better? What do I need to change? All these questions mean “making resolutions” for the new year that begins. With the “purposes of life” something special happens: I forget what I did last year and I make a new list, which looks very interesting, but probably will have the same fate as last year: one month and I had already forgotten the intentions I had written with so much interest. Why does this happen to us? It happens to us that we forget our “purposes” because they were made to look nice but not to help us grow as human beings.

Who are we human beings? There is a very interesting definition that includes the major aspects that define the human being. “In reality, the human being is a whole” physical-chemicalbiological- psychologicalsocial- cultural-ethical-moralspiritual, “which has its own, independent and free existence.” (Martínez Miguélez, 1999, p.87) If, as human beings, we are what the above definition says, then my “purposes” must be to improve some of the mentioned aspects. The first thing I have to do is a step-by-step analysis of each of the elements mentioned in the definition and questioning how well I am or want to be in that line. I am a physical-chemicalbiological being: my body, how I take care of it so that these functions are at an excellent level. Do I eat well? Do I eat the necessary foods? Do I practice a sport? If not, that’s where my “purposes” should begin. Eating well doesn’t mean eating expensive foods, eating well means: eating fruits, vegetables, meats or fish, dairy products, if you don’t have digestive problems with them, and drink at least 6 glasses of water a day. About the sports you can ask yourself: Is it necessary to go to a gym? You can practice the less expensive sport which is walk.

Now we go to the psychological- social-cultural aspect: here comes the way I feel about myself and how I relate to others. Also culturally what I’m doing to better understand the world in which I live. Psychologically, factors such as the education I received or the social group in which I grew up can enter. That may have happened but in us is changing what of social heritage we had because at this time we must know what is good and what isn’t for a life at peace myself. The psychological aspect is linked to my type of temperament and character. The temperament depends on what I want to do; the character is biological inheritance. The psychological is linked to the cultural. Culturally, I must know how the world is going around know where I am. Here I must inform myself, know what science is doing, what technology is doing to choose what allows me to live in peace.

How long have I not read an article about what is done in science? How long have I not done a course to enrich my knowledge? How long ago did I stop studying because I thought I already knew everything? To do “purposes” that allow me to be happy I have to see: what I can honestly do to grow in understanding with others and in my understanding of what society is and culture are. The ethical-moral-spiritual aspect: I have started thinking that if I want things to be done well I have to teach others with my actions. In the spiritual you can or can’t profess a religion: if you profess to practice it with the facts. If you don’t profess it, you can’t have religion and be an excellent person who acts without harming others. With the clarity: who you are as a human being, now you take a sheet, a notebook, your computer and write the “purposes” that your life will have for this new cycle that we are beginning. Don’t make an endless list. It is better to make a list of what is necessary at this time and from time to time review how I go in my “purposes” of the beginning of the year. You can live the life you want or you can drift from what others do to you. Which way do you want? In which path do you have strength? We can be what we want! We can be what others want! What do you want to be?

BIBLIOGRAPHY. Martínez Miguélez, M. (1999). La nueva ciencia / su desafío, lógica y método. México: Trillas.

Create a Space without Distractions

Edward Lambert | AIU Academic Coordinator

When you study, how often does a friend call you or text you on the phone? How often are you interrupted by another person or situation? Think about this… A study researched distractions. The study found that when a worker is distracted, it takes the worker on average 25 minutes to return to what they were working on. This also applies to a student studying. During that 25 minutes a lot of work could have been accomplished. So, if you can minimize distractions while you study, you will be more productive. You will complete your assignments faster and better. Here are some things that you can do to minimize distractions.

• Turn off your phone while you study.
• Turn off Twitter and other social media.
• Ask someone else to help you by handling situations that arise.
• Talk with your family and ask them to give you time and space to study.
• Study in a room where you can close the door.

Studying is a time of concentration during which your mind is developing and accumulating knowledge. If your concentration is distracted, in order to continue reading, you need to re-read the last paragraph or two to reconnect with what you were reading. This is will help you get back on track. In addition, studying without distractions is more enjoyable. You feel more productive. Your mind understands more clearly. You write your essays more fluidly. May you study in peace!


Smartphones in class

Allowing them lowers grades, study finds.

Students who use smartphones during lectures are less able to retain course material over the long term, new research suggests. The study, published in the journal Educational Psychology, also showed that students performed worse on exams even when they didn't use smartphones or laptops during class but attended lectures in which they were allowed. “Many dedicated students think they can divide their attention in the classroom without harming their academic success –but we found an insidious effect on exam performance and final grades,” lead researcher Arnold Glass, a professor of psychology at Rutgers–New Brunswick's School of Arts and Sciences, told Rutgers Today. For the study, researchers tracked the performance of two groups of Rutgers–New Brunswick cognitive psychology students, 118 in total, as they took the same course over one term. The course was identical for both groups of students, but only one group was allowed to use electronic devices during the lectures; the other wasn’t. The majority of students used electronic devices when allowed, while only six students never used them at all. It seemed to make a crucial difference on final grades. ...
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Move over, coders

“ Physicists will soon rule Silicon Valley.

It's a bad time to be a physicist, Oscar Boykin says. He majored in physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology and in 2002 he finished a physics PhD at UCLA. But four years ago, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider discovered the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle first predicted in the 1960s. Everyone expected it. The Higgs didn’t mess with the theoretical models of the universe. It didn’t change anything or give physicists anything new to strive for. “Physicists are excited when there’s something wrong with physics, and we’re in a situation now where there’s not a lot that’s wrong,” he says. “It's a disheartening place for a physicist to be in.” Plus, the pay isn’t too good. Boykin is no longer a physicist. He’s a Silicon Valley software engineer who works at Stripe, a $9-billion startup that helps businesses accept payments online. He helps build and operate software systems that collect data from across the company’s services, and he works to predict the future of these services, including when, where, and how the fraudulent transactions will come. As a physicist, he’s ideally suited to the job, which requires both extreme math and abstract thought. And yet, unlike a physicist, he’s working in a field that now offers endless challenges and possibilities. Plus, the pay is great. Read full text:

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Earth’s magnetic field acting up and geologists don’t know why.

Something strange is going on at the top of the world. Earth’s north magnetic pole has been skittering away from Canada and towards Siberia, driven by liquid iron sloshing within the planet’s core. The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move. On 30 January, they are set to update the World Magnetic Model, which describes the planet’s magnetic field and underlies all modern navigation, from the systems that steer ships at sea to Google Maps on smartphones. The most recent version of the model came out in 2015 and was supposed to last until 2020 — but the magnetic field is changing so rapidly that researchers have to fix the model now. “The error is increasing all the time,” says Arnaud Chulliat, a geomagnetist at the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Centers for Environmental Information. The problem lies partly with the moving pole and partly with other shifts deep within the planet. Liquid churning in Earth’s core generates most of the magnetic field, which varies over time as the deep flows change. In 2016, for instance, part of the magnetic field temporarily accelerated deep under northern South America and the eastern Pacific Ocean. Satellites such as the European Space Agency’s Swarm mission tracked the shift. ...
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...are churning out living fixes to broken spines.

For doctors and medical researchers repairing the human body, a 3D printer has become almost as valuable as an x-ray machine, microscope, or a sharp scalpel. Bioengineers are using 3D printers to make more durable hip and knee joints, prosthetic limbs and, recently, to produce living tissue attached to a scaffold of printed material. Researchers say that bio-printed tissue can be used to test the effects of drug treatments, for example, with an eventual goal of printing entire organs that can be grown and then transplanted into a patient. The latest step toward 3D-printed replacements of failed human parts comes from a team at UC San Diego. It has bio-printed a section of spinal cord that can be custom-fit into a patient’s injury. The scientists first printed out small implants made of softgel and filled them with neural stem cells, again using a printer. The implants were then surgically placed inside a tiny gap in a rat's spinal cord. Over time the new nerve cells and axons grew and formed new connections across the cut spinal cord of the animal. These nerve cells connected not only with one another but with the host spinal cord tissue and the circulatory systems of the patient, which helps ensure their survival in the body. The precision 3D printing allowed the softgel ...
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Timothy Nevaquaya

Gifted visual artist and flutist Timothy Tate Nevaquaya was born to be the artist he is today. Some would say it’s because of the legacy and influence of his father, Doc Tate Nevaquaya. Some children might run away from such a birthright, feeling they could never measure up, or just wanting to walk a different path, but Tim’s father also instilled in his children the soulfulness of their Native Comanche heritage. With this gift came a great love of their conventions as they were living them on a daily basis. Doc Nevaquaya was a worldrenowned, highly prolific painter and musician (flutist). He was orphaned at 14 and went to live with his grandparents. The stories from the 1800s they gifted him would be the same stories Doc Nevaquaya shared with his own children. Tim’s knowledge of his birthright comes firsthand and the richness of his culture is heard and seen in his music and art. ...
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The four food groups

Canada has finally killed them.

In 1942, the government of Canada released its Official Food Rules to ensure that Canadians ate well in an era of wartime rations, malnutrition, economic instability, and limited supplies. It called for the consumption of “healthprotective foods” like liver, heart, and kidney once a week and more than a pint of milk per day for children. These highs-stakes, high-calorie “Food Rules” would eventually morph into Canada’s iconic Food Guide. Seventy-seven years later, Canada’s food rules have been overhauled once again, complete with a Periscope livestream to make the announcement. Speaking from Montreal, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor made a hip reference to Anthony Bourdain’s idiom that, “Food is everything we are,” adding that the central idea behind the new Food Guide was that “Eating should be a pleasure.” ... So, what are the big changes made to Canada’s Food Guide? The most obvious one is the shift away from food groups —the cornerstone of the Food Guide since 1942— and toward how and when we eat. Sure there’s the obvious, like eating lots of fruits and vegetables (referred to as “veggies”), but the Food Guide then goes on to emphasize adequate hydration, calling for lots of water and less alcohol, which contrary to what some millennials might think, are not food groups. Meat is no longer its own category... Read full text:


can starve and shrink cancerous tumors.

How to kill cancerous tumors is a problem that researchers around the globe are trying to solve, with limited success. Now, an international group of scientists is trying a new technique to destroy tumors —using nanobots to limit tumors’ blood supply, effectively starving them out. In a recent study published in Nature Biotechnology, scientists from Arizona State University (ASU) and the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST), of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, demonstrated how effective these nanorobots were at addressing tumor growth. The mini robots were able to cut-off the blood supply to breast cancer, melanoma, ovarian and lung cancer tumors in mice. After just two weeks of treatment, the researchers reported that the tumor tissue was shrinking. Hao Yan, director of the ASU Biodesign Institute’s Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics, explained in a press release, “We have developed the first fully autonomous, DNA robotic system for a very precise drug design and targeted cancer therapy.” He continued, “Moreover, this technology is a strategy that can be used for many types of cancer, since all solid tumorfeeding blood vessels are essentially the same.” ... Read full text:

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Turning seawater into freshwater

The dirty truth about it.

As countries ... struggle to find enough freshwater to meet demand, they’re increasingly turned to the ocean. Desalination plants, located in 177 countries, can help turn seawater into freshwater. Unfortunately, these plants also produce a lot of waste—more waste, in fact, than water for people to drink. A paper published Monday by United Nations University’s Institute for Water, Environment, and Health in the journal Science of the Total Environment found that desalination plants globally produce enough brine —a salty, chemical-laden byproduct— in a year to cover all of Florida in nearly a foot of it. That’s a lot of brine. In fact, the study concluded that for every liter of freshwater a plant produces, 0.4 gallons (1.5 l) of brine are produced on average. For all the 15,906 plants around the world, that means 37.5 billion gallons (142 billion l) of this salty-ass junk every day. Brine production in just four Middle Eastern countries —Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates— accounts for more than half of this. The study authors, who hail from Canada, the Netherlands, and South Korea, aren’t saying desalination plants are evil. They’re raising the alarm that this level of waste requires a plan. This untreated salt water can’t just hang around in ponds —or, in worst-case scenarios, go into oceans or sewers. ... Read full text:

A fuel that won’t emmit CO2

...and it's made of sewage.

The European Commision has pledged that the EU will cut greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Realistically, everyone will need to get stuck in to actually hit that target but at the moment, the prospects don’t look fantastic: to halt climate change, the UN has said “unprecedented change” will be required, both on a social and on a global level. However, Spanish company Ingelia may have the key to at least part of the solution: after developing an industrial process to produce a biocarbon called “biochar” which can be used as a much cleaner energy source to traditional coal. Ten years ago, Marisa Hernández, along with two other partners at Ingelia, managed to develop an industrial process capable of converting organic waste (such as sewage and compost) into biochar. The resulting product works and burns like coal but, most interestingly, has much less of the residual pollutants when produced: despite having the same potential in energy production as standard coal, its production process has a zero CO2 emission rate, as well as a considerably lower production of harmful wastes such as nitrogen, sulfur, and chlorine. “Under specific pressure and temperature conditions...
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The space researcher

...smoothing the path for women in science across Africa.

Astrophysicist Mirjana Pović has taught science to orphans in Rwanda, helped to organize a supportive community for women with HIV in Tanzania and contributed to space research in Africa. She has excelled in her own research at the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute in Addis Ababa and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia in Granada, Spain. For these endeavours, she won Nature Research’s inaugural Inspiring Science Award ... . She impressed judges with ... her efforts to encourage women and girls in science, says Magdalena Skipper, chief editorial adviser of Nature Research, editorin- chief of Nature in London and chief judge of the awards. What draws you to Africa? I am amazed by Africa’s beauty and diversity, but I am disturbed by the inequalities between much of it and the developed world. During my PhD, I went for the first time to volunteer in Tanzania and Kenya. I was quite affected by the experience. After working in South Africa and Spain, I was invited to help establish the Space Science and Technology Institute here in Ethiopia. What are the barriers to science for African women? They face the same challenges as women in science worldwide, but multiplied. They lack female role models. They often don’t get ... Read full interview:

New wildlife corridor

Located in Washington state, it is already saving lives.

A young Siberian tigress is laid out, awaiting an autopsy. Its emaciated body was found under a car, missing a forepaw. Undoubtedly, it had chewed off its own foot after being caught in a poacher’s trap. Unable to hunt, it would have slowly starved to death. For Antonio, seeing such a majestic animal reduced to this was heartbreaking. Siberian tigers have been hunted almost to extinction, with barely 360 left in the wild. Despite being classified as endangered for the past few decades, their numbers continue to decline, as they are hunted by poachers and their homes are lost to deforestation. Human disregard continues to decimate tiger populations, leaving their fate hanging in the balance. Antonio Olmos is a photojournalist who has covered issues concerning human rights, the environment and conflict. He has worked extensively in the Americas, the Middle East and Africa for newspapers and magazines as well as leading NGOs including the World Wildlife Fund. Antonio is represented by the Eyevine Photo Agency and is a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Observer. Visit: traffic, anvils, ACME rockets & roadrunners,” as the WSDOT amusingly noted on Twitter. WSDOT has already completed the construction of four I-90 wildlife underpasses. A total of 20 overpasses, underpasses and culverts will eventually be available for wildlife to use, thanks to a partnership between WSDOT, the wildlands and native wildlife nonprofit Conservation Northwest and the U.S. Forest Service. ... Providing wildlife with a safe way to travel allows them to find food, mates and new territory. ...
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1. Creativity While robots are great at optimizing old ideas, organizations most need creative employees who can conceive the solutions of tomorrow.
2. Persuasion Having a great product, a great platform or a great concept is one thing, but the key is persuading people to buy into it.
3. Collaboration As projects grow increasingly more complex and global in the age of AI, effective collaboration only grows more important.
4. Adaptability An adaptable mind is an essential tool for navigating today’s ever-changing world, as yesterday’s solutions won’t solve tomorrow’s problems.
5. Time Management A timeless skill, mastering time management today will serve you the rest of your career.

1. Cloud Computing 2. Artificial Intelligence 3. Analytical Reasoning 4. People Management 5. UX Design (User experience) 6. Mobile Application Development 7. Video Production 8. Sales Leadership 9. Translation 10. Audio Production 11. Natural Language Processing 12. Scientific Computing 13. Game Development 14. Social Media Marketing 15. Animation 16. Business Analysis 17. Journalism 18. Digital Marketing 19. Industrial Design 20. Competitive Strategies 21. Customer Service Systems 22. Software Testing 23. Data Science 24. Computer Graphics 25. Corporate Communications
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Sphero Specdrums.

Think your wardrobe's boring? Sphero's Specdrums doesn’t. This ring lets you hear colors. It responds to tapping via an accelerometer, then samples color through its sensor. Turn your closet into a party –Specdrums are made to work with multiple rings at once. Presented at CES 2019.

Royole flexible QWERTY keyboard.

We’re entering the era of flexible electronics. Royole launched a flexible screen and is getting in on the flexi-act big time, with a keyboard that can be laid down on any flat surface and connected via Bluetooth. At the push of a button, it'll roll up. Presented at CES 2019.

Ninebot Gokart kit.

Segway-Ninebot, the company that brought you the original personal transporter almost 20 years ago, strikes again with this 21st-century go kart. It's an accessory for the MiniPro that lets you park your butt for the ride. It has a range of about 9 miles and it's not street legal. Presented at CES 2019.

—Florence Knoll.

“I never really sat down and designed furniture. I designed the fill-in pieces that no one else was doing.”

—Florence Knoll. 1917–. American architect and furniture designer.


Bachelor of Public Policy


The Bachelor of Public Policy prepares qualified candidates to shape the direction of public policy research and to train the next generation of researchers, teachers, and leaders. It also qualifies individuals to perform high-level policy analysis in both national and international organizations. The Bachelor of Public Policy (BA) 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 Bachelor of Public Policy (BA) 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.


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

Criminal Justice
Emergency Management
Global Leadership
Health Policy
Homeland Security Policy and Coordination
Law and Public Policy
Local Government Management Sustainable Communities
Nonprofit Management and Leadership Policy Analysis
Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace
Public Administration
Political Economy
Comparative Public Administration
Human Rights and Administration
Development Theory
Poverty and Development Strategies
Population Studies
Policy Making and Analysis

Orientation Courses

Communication & Investigation (Comprehensive Resume)
Organization Theory (Portfolio)
Experiential Learning (Autobiography)
Seminar Administrative Development (Book Summary)
Seminar Cultural Development (Practical Experience)
Seminar International Development (Publications)

Research Project

Bachelor Thesis Project
MBM300 Thesis Proposal
MBM302 Bachelor Thesis (5000 words)

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Each 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). The University is based in the United States and was established by corporate charter in 1998.

Our founding principles are based on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights; per article 26, AIU believes that Higher Education is a Human Right. The University has implemented a paradigm shifting educational model for its academic programs that have allowed it to move closer to this goal through the self-empowerment of its students, decentralization of the learning process, personalized open curriculum design, a sustainable learning model, developing 11 core elements of the Human Condition within MYAIU, and utilizing the quasi-infinite knowledge through the use of information technology combined with our own capacity to find solutions to all types of global issues, dynamic problems, and those of individuals and multidisciplinary teams. Due to these differentiations and the university’s mission, only a reputable accrediting agency with the vision and plasticity to integrate and adapt its processes around AIU’s proven and successful innovative programs could be selected. Unfortunately, the vast majority of accrediting agencies adhere to and follow obsolete processes and requirements that have outlived their usefulness and are in direct conflict with the university’s mission of offering a unique, dynamic, affordable, quality higher education to the nontraditional student (one who must work, study what he really needs for professional advancement, attend family issues, etc.). We believe that adopting outdated requirements and processes would impose increased financial burdens on students while severely limiting their opportunities to earn their degree and advance in all aspects. Thus, in selecting the ASIC as its accrediting agency, AIU ensured that its unique programs would not be transformed into a copy or clone of those offered by the 10,000+ colleges and universities around the world. Since ASIC is an international accrediting agency based outside the United States, we are required by statute HRS446E to place the following disclaimer: ATLANTIC INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY IS NOT ACCREDITED BY AN ACCREDITING AGENCY RECOGNIZED BY THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF EDUCATION. Note: In the United States and abroad, 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. Potential students should consider how the above may affect their interests, AIU respects the unique rules and regulations of each country and does not seek to influence the respective authorities. In the event that a prospective student wishes to carry out any government review or process in regards to his university degree, we recommend that the requirements of such are explored in detail with the relevant authorities by the prospective student as the university does not intervene in such processes. AIU students can be found in over 180 countries, they actively participate and volunteer in their communities as part of their academic program and have allocated thousands of service hours to diverse causes and initiatives. AIU programs follow the standards commonly used by colleges and universities in the United States with regards to the following: academic program structure, degree issued, transcript, and other graduation documents. AIU graduation documents can include an apostille and authentication from the US Department of State to facilitate their use internationally.

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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