Thesis defence

January 10, 2022. Atlantic International University is delighted to share the Thesis Defense of one of our students, Emmanuel Dangana Monday. Emmanuel recently presented his thesis defense which was graded with an A. The thesis was titled, “An appraisal of electoral processes in Nigeria: providing an alternative voting model”. Abstract: The incessant electoral violence, high cost of conducting elections, restriction of movement of electorates, and general lack of trust are increasingly eroding the tenets of true democracy in Nigeria has prompted this research. Election is simply a process in which voters select or choose their representatives and prefer the way and manner they are to be administered or governed in a given area at a time. The aim of the research is to model and implement a remote mobile voting framework as an alternative voting model that is fast, flexible, cost effective, secured, trusted and generally accepted in Nigeria. Emmanuel Dangana Monday successfully completed a Doctorate program with specialization in Geography at Atlantic International University.

Thesis defense

January 10, 2022. Atlantic International University is delighted to share the Thesis Defense of one of our students, Sunilda Sarahí Gómez Zúniga. Sunilda recently presented his thesis defense which was graded with an A. The thesis (in Spanish) was titled, “The role of the family in school management”. Abstract: The research carried out on the integration of families in school management, which was applied in the secondary school, has allowed knowing the degree of participation of families in the education of their children, for which the integration of the three teaching elements, parents and students to achieve better academic indices in students in general. Sunilda successfully completed a Doctorate program with specialization in Psychology at Atlantic International University.

19TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability

Call for Papers This Conference will be held 1–3 February 2023 at University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/ interactive sessions, posters/ exhibits, colloquia, focused discussions, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks.
2023 Special Focus: “Decentering Sustainability: Towards Local Solutions for Global Environmental Problems” Theme 1: Ecological Realities. Theme 2: Participatory Process Theme 3: Economic, Social and Cultural Context Theme 4: Education, Assessment and Policy Become a Presenter: 1. Submit a proposal 2. Review timeline 3. Register Advance proposal deadline April 1, 2022 Advance registration deadline May 1, 2022 Visit the website: https://onsustainability.com

23TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations

Call for Papers This Conference will be held 19–20 January 2023 at the University of Auckland Auckland, New Zealand. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/ interactive sessions, posters/ exhibits, colloquia, focused discussions, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. 2023 Special Focus: “Rethinking Organizational Resilience” Theme 1: Organizational Intangibles and Tangible Value Theme 2: Knowledge Economies as the Constant Theme 3: Organizations as Knowledge Makers Theme 4: The Value of Culture and the Demand of Change Become a Presenter: 1. Submit a proposal 2. Review timeline 3. Register Advance proposal deadline March 19, 2022 Advance registration deadline April 19, 2022 Visit the website: https://organization-studies.com

Human Rights Day

January 4, 2022. One of ours Honors Graduate, Dr. Siva Mahendran, is pleased to share the International Human Rights Day Celebrations and conference in Jamaica 2021 (online), at which he was presented as the only invited international guest speaker. Dr. Siva Mahendran obtained prior permission from the Jamaican organizers to share the video presentation which he had personally recorded during the online event to share with us at AIU. Find the video of the conference here: https://drive.google.com/ file/d/1RFXdGrcPPrRpxFjHzr1lTEoDHkgRHCsY/view?usp=drive_web Dr. Siva has completed a Doctorate program in Education at Atlantic International University.

Graduated with Distinction

January, 2022. These graduate students completed their program with a high cumulative grade point average, which reflects the quality of performance within their respective major. Congratulations!

Jorge Miguel Flores Rojas
Doctor of Business Administration
Economics and Business Management

Orlando Enar David Solarte
Master of Sociology

Pamela Gordillo De La O
Doctor of Education

Stella Chubiyo Erebor
Doctor of Business Administration
Business Administration

Milton Duarte Vieira Lopes
Bachelor of Science
Petroleum Engineering
Nkiambi Mukanda Micael
Certificate of Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Nelson Javier Ressio
Bachelor of Science
Cybersecurity and Hacking
Ophias Muzayaphi Semwayo
Bachelor of Business Management
Project Management
Jorge Miguel Flores Rojas
Doctor of Business Administration
Economics and Business Management
Amir Armin Omrani
Doctor of Psychology
Clinical Psych ology
Daniel Ricardo Jiménez Bejarano
Master of Philosophy
Political Philosoph y
Orlando Enar David Solarte
Master of Sociology
Yovanny Arturo Martinez Martinez
Doctor of Science
Environmental Science
Suranlly Nuñez Tejada
Bachelor of Chemical Enginee ring
Analytic Chemistry
Dominican Rep ublic
Pierre Angel Mejia Ventura
Bachelor of Business Administration
Business Administration
Dominican Rep ublic
Jhonzon Vinicio Reibán Gordillo
Post-Doctorate of Science
Zootech nics
Buyaphi Hypecia Mahlalela
Bachelor of Legal Studies
Legal Studies
Solomon Tessema Guangul
Doctor of Business Administration
Business Management
Foster Ansong-Bridjan
Doctor of Disaster Management
Disaster Management
Hamid Taal
Master of Economics
Sandra Grace O'Meally
Doctor of Philosophy
Strategic Planning and Management
Simiyu Mulongo Patrick
Bachelor of Arts
Daniella Surinder Jhuthi
Bachelor of Science
Nutrition Science
Gift Mozaland
Bachelor of Business Management
Procurement and Logistics Management
Daniela Ibarra Rodríguez
Bachelor of Science
Psych ology
Leticia Pamela Gordillo De La O
Doctor of Education
Helder Sebastião Chitombe
Bachelor of Science
Information Tech nology
Steven Michael Bahler
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Administration and Leadership
Stella Chubiyo Erebor
Doctor of Business Administration
Business Administration
Adebayo Solomon Femi
Doctor of Science
Information Tech nology
Roland Bou Ghosn
Bachelor of Business Administration
Business Administration and Management
Patricia Liu
Bachelor of Business Administration
Business Management
Giovana Evidelia Garrido Achong
Doctor of Science
Information Tech nology
Nelvin Ahmed Chettani Giusti
Doctor of Philosophy
Legal Studies
Mario Javier Pacheco García
Post-Doctorate of Arts
Teofilo David Pingo Cherre
Bachelor of Science
Civil Engineering
César Humberto Bocanegra Combe
Master of Business Administration
Acc ounting and Finance
Abdullah Aleid
Bachelor of Science
Mech anical Engineering
Saudi Arabia
Aklil Bekele Tadesse
Master of Business Management
Project Management
South Sudan
Rev. Sr. Mary Concelia Mariampillai
Doctor of Theology
Women in Religions
Sri Lanka
Sonia Rachel Boby
Doctor of Healthcare Administration
Healthc are Administration
United Arab Emirates
Lisa Louise Such
Master of Education
Educational Leadership
United Arab Emirates
Horus Ngu Djomou Sielatshom
Bachelor of Science
Computer Science
Santiago Gonzalez Sahab
Master of Science
Information Systems
Yanina R Galvez
Bachelor of Management
Communication Management
María Teresa Valenzuela García
Master of Science
Civil Engineering
Luis Alfonso Dávila Rondón
Doctor of Business Administration
Business Administration
Brendah Kasongu
Master of Science
Project Management
Sichasisile Ndlovu
Bachelor of Project Management
Project Management

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Tracy Jagdeo
Bachelor of Business Management
October 29, 2021

“I would like to first express heartfelt gratitude to the Atlantic International University (AIU) and the entire team for giving me the opportunity to be part of such a diverse university. Embarking on this educational journey was not easy for me but the faculty and staff at AIU made it comfortable for me. I was able to secure a scholarship from AIU for which I am very grateful. This scholarship helped tremendously to offset the majority of the cost for the Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management programmed. Sincere thanks to all my advisors and tutors. I must admit their support and guidance were second to none. My experience at Atlantic International University (AIU) has empowered me to become a stronger leader. It improved my confidence and it enabled me to improve my managerial skill. I can now communicate effectively with my peers. Additionally, I received the knowledge which helped me create a business. I will be eternally grateful to AIU. Learning was exciting and the quality of information provided was relevant and of superior quality. Without a doubt, it was not an easy task to balance work, family, and studies, but the AIU made it easy to balance the three and for that I am extremely grateful to the management and staff and I am proud of what was accomplish. ... Read full text: https://www.aiu.edu/Testimonialdetail. html?ItemID=1775&rcid=73&pcid=63&cid=73

Zoltan Szigeti
Bachelor of Music
November 12, 2021

“I’m writing to convey my appreciation and pleasure with Atlantic International University. Enrolling in the degree program at AIU was the best choice I ever made since it provided me with information and development in many areas of my career and life. The system that the institution employs is a well-designed, clever, and flexible study program that ensures educational excellence at an inexpensive price. The credit system accepts genuine Professional experience and combines it with the necessary academic credits, allowing for a self-designed, multidisciplinary degree program that may be finished in less time. This kind of curriculum is gaining popularity and repute among students at other institutions and colleges as well. It's encouraging to note that the AIU has already established this innovative andragogical education program, and that the school’s instructors are wellexperienced in it. Communication with academic and administrative personnel was also very good. The staff was very helpful in every area of the program; they provided me with aid, guidance, and comments, for which I am truly thankful. ... Read full text: https://www.aiu.edu/Testimonialdetail. html?ItemID=1779&rcid=73&pcid=63&cid=73 Abraham Asmare Bogale
Doctor of Sustainable Development
October 22, 2021

“My learning experience at Atlantic International University was spectacular. For a better description I would like to categorize it into three as below: Curriculum/Courses: The highly individualized program of study is one step further by allowing students to study a custommade program, designed by the student and advisor. This is a unique opportunity at AIU, which I personally enjoyed. The course and reference materials are well organized, very easy to understand. The program is diverse and well designed to advance the professional development of experienced civil engineering graduates and professionals in the civil engineering arena by equipping us with broad research skills, which enables us to make a key leadership contribution in the specific area of specialization. Andragogy: I was planning to undertake my Ph.D. long time ago but couldn’t able since most academic institutions require me to leave my job and physical presence at the university. Hence, online or via distance learning with AIU is extremely helpful. Plus, the opportunity to study without leaving my job and flexibility to work on assignments when convenient, study at home or office, access learning resources online any time, determine the courses that are most relevant to me, and earn credit for work experience gained through life long learning makes AIU uniquely designed for adult learning. Support and Encourgagement: The encouragement from advisors, tutors, and admission counselors were exclusive. My advisors Dr. Edward Lambert and Leonardo Salas, prompt and very constructive feedback with great appreciation and encouragement after reviewing my papers were specaculous. Equally, the consistent encouragement from my tutors Mateo Cortez, Andrew Olaosebikan, and Tobi Rotimi Opoola has been a personal source of inspiration and cause of my passionate commitment to shine. The guidance ... Read full text: https://www.aiu.edu/Testimonialdetail. html?ItemID=1773&rcid=73&pcid=63&cid=73

Understanding theories and beliefs on Animal’s Behavior

Sabrina E. Donaldson | Master Degree in Animal Science | Part 1/2

Introduction Ethology is the term used to describe studying of animal’s behavior. The scientist or researcher that study animal behavior are called an Ethologist. Ethologists study a variety of different animals where they carry out research to detect the different behaviors animals portrays. From the research conducted they will be able to gather information and make it accessible to other related professionals or expertise in the field of animal science. The study of animals’ behavior was developed in Europe which is known for the term; ethology (Grandin & Deesing, 2013). Over the years ethologist studied many different ways in which animal can behave by carrying out researches in the field/online etc.

Gregor Mendel was a scientist who came up with the idea about pure-bred and cross bred animals. He carried out several experiments that proved how genetic inheritance can alter the phenotype and genotype of an organism. His theories were also investigated as it relates to how genetics can influence the behavior of animals. There were scientists and theorists back in the day that studied a variety of techniques and ways to get animal to respond to different stimuli. They also observe and know their ability of reacting to the different stimuli. Animal behaviors can be detected in a variety of different ways, this document will expound on the different ways in which animal behaviors can be observed. Animal behavior can be divided into two main section; innate (behaviors that animals were born with) and learned behavior (behaviors that animals learn in addition to being observant) (Bozeman Science, 2012). These will be discussed in details (Pg. 12-16) within this developed essay. Some scientists believe that animals behavior can be detected based on the environment that they are living in. This can be as a result of how their nervous system reacts to changes within their environment. Sensory stimulation comes in here, this can have an influence on how the animals react. This document will provide you with the essential information needed to get a greater and much better understanding of what the term “Animal Behavior” is about. This term is not just a study or not just a belief of an investigated experiment conducted by a variety of scientists. This topic is wider than it looks, and this document will provide you with the most detailed understandable information regarding the field of animal behavior and how to better understand animals’ behaviors. This document will be elaborating on four points, they are as follows; 1. The effect genetics have on the behavior of animals. 2. The theory on behaviorism. 3. Ethology and neuroscience. 4. Innate and learned behaviors. All these four pointers will expounded on, and detail analysis will be provided regarding animals’ behavior.

The effect genetics have on the behavior of animals Genetics does influence the behavior of animals, this can be proven by various scientist and theorists that discover and speaks on how generation from generation can have an effect on an animals’ behavior. The morphological and physiological structure of an animal plays a very important role within an animal’s body. Morphological meaning the physical appearance of an animal’s body, with this we can detect if an animal is aggressive, calm or tame (temperament). The shape, and the physical working organs of the animal’s body can affect the behavior of an animal. So you see, here we are having some proof on how genetics can really have a great effect on an animal’s body. Just imagine yourself as a man born with muscular arm pits, which of course was inherited. You will behave differently than other men without strong muscular arms, you will flex (bend) your arms to show the muscular features, maybe for a “TikTok” video challenge or you would flex your arm to someone to show how muscular you are. Animals might not have fully developed brains like humans, but their behavior can vary based on their morphological appearance as well as how genetically their body was inherited from generation to generation. Darwin (1809–1882) believed in evolution as well as he believes that artificial selection and natural selection corresponded (Temple Grandin & Mark J. Deesing, 2013). Figure 1 shows the evolution and phenotypic of domestic animals. This shows how the genes of the animals have an effect on the phenotypic appearance of the animal. Fig 1: Photograph taken from Gillian P. McHugo, Michael J. Dover & David E. MacHugh, 2019.

The theories & beliefs on behaviorism Animal’s behavior can be detected in a variety of ways.There are theories that speaks on behaviorism, which helps to provide solid background understanding on how behaviorism theories can link to an animal’s behavior. The founder of behaviorism is known as J.B. Watson (1930). He believed that the differences in the environment can define all the differences in behavior of animals. He is saying that animals behave based on the environment they are socially involved in. He does not believe that genetics have anything to do with how an animal behave. This is where J.B. Watson have a different point of view from on the behavior of animals, unlike Darwin, who believed that evolution can be used to describe animal’s behavior. He believes that species can change over time depending on generation to generation, and this is how his theory links back to genetics and how genetics can have an effect on animal’s behavior. This is how the differences are shown in the different theories and how theorist & psychologist have their own beliefs and ideas about animals’ behavior. It gets even more interesting, the theory on behaviorism doesn’t stops or ends at one theorist or psychologist beliefs. B.F. Skinner (1958) has his own different beliefs compared to other believers that speaks on their own beliefs on things related to the animals’ behavior. B.F. Skinner explained how animals’ behavior can be detected by using stimulus-responses and operant conditioning (Grandin & Deesing, 2013). He believed that you can use foods as rewards for animals and through this, you can detect a certain behavior different animal’s will portray as it relates to sensing the food. It is just as how teachers would provide some form of positive reinforcement to students such as; a sweet or something educational, which will then leave a positive impression and a way of motivating the students to continue what they were doing to receive that form of reward. It is the same thing with animals. However, with this operant conditioning experiment that B.F. Skinner used, it was to train animals and to help shape their behavior. He used a rat and trained the rat using a simple skinner box, where the rat would push a lever to receive the food when the green lights arrive, but the trick to this skinner box invented by the great B.F. Skinner was not just to allow the rat to consistently view green light for food but it was also to teach the rat to push against the lever very quickly to prevent rapid shock which can in turn cause harm to the rat (Grandin & Deesing, 2013). Hence, the rat learns to only push against the lever, only when the green lights comes on and not when the red lights appears which means “danger” and will result in a shock. For example; at a stop light, the vehicle should only move off when there is a green light which means go and should stop when the red light is on which means stop. This is how the rat would react towards the stimuli. The signal light shown is called the “conditioned stimulus”. (Grandin & Deesing, 2013) I realized that overtime different theorist, psychologist and scientist develop theories or conduct successful experiments that prove different means by which animals’ behaviors can be portrayed. B.F. Skinner conducted an operant conditioning experiment which was successful and according to him. He believed that even the most complex behaviors of animals can be explained by using his conditioned response technique. From this he observed and saw how animals can be easily trained by reacting to stimuli from operant conditioning practices.

Ethology & neuroscience Ethology is the term used to study animal behavior. This means that the person who studies ethology is known as an; ethologist. Scientists who study the behavior of animals and work with animals know when they are in a certain mood. This knowledge will help scientists who breed animals to know when it is Young animals raised in separate environments can have an effect on the development of their nervous system of the animals. For example; wild animals are mostly reared in wild areas or woodlands, deserts etc. These animals are mostly prone to being wild or more active than animals raised in a zoo (enclose area), house (pets), etc. Animals reared in a household, their behaviors are generally different than those raised in the field where all other animals are and entangles with multiple different animal, observing and attracting their behaviors. An animal’s behavior is dependent upon a lot of factors, it can also be the case where they live in the field or woodland amongst many different or same species.

These animals tend to behave wilder, aggressive, etc. This is why the scientist discovers that the environment can play a major factor on the development of an animal’s nervous system. Animal’s behavior can be due to a whole lot of factors. Animals do produce hormones that are somewhat similar to those produces or secretes in a human’s body especially for mammalians. The adrenal glands do have an effect on an animal’s behavior. Why? The adrenal gland secretes hormones; adrenaline and noradrenaline. In human biology and physiology, (It is expressed/outlined/stated that) the inner and outer portion of the adrenal glands are responsible for the secretion of these hormones. The inner portion of the animals’ adrenal gland will secrete the adrenaline. This hormone is usually released when the animal is under attack (FEAR/ PANIC), and this goes right back to the emotional system of the animal which is reflected based on their response in behavior. If an animal is being attacked by a predator, this means that the animal will become FEARFUL of the other and tries to get out of its reach, to be able to survive. These signs can be detected based on the animal facial expressions sometimes, they might run, they might portray some escape behavior. Wilder species would protract stronger fearful response compared to domestic animals such as; cattle and sheep (Grandin & Deesing, 2013). If an animal is undergoing their mating season for example; swine (pig) they display behavioral signs such as; restlessness, standing heat etc. These are responses or signs given off to animal breeders or artificial inseminators would look out for in an animal behavior to know when it’s their mating season. This is how animal reproduction comes in place. Ethologist also looked into several means to know reason why animals behave a particular way. To be continued

Well being

By Dr. Rosa Hilda Lora M. Advisor at AIU | rosa@aiu.edu

How many activities and objects do human beings think of when talking about Well-being? Do we know what Wellness is? Many assume that Wellbeing is having all the money possible, all the objects that money can be bought and being the owner of the most productive companies. Human beings throughout their existence on this planet that we call Earth have always sought a way to obtain the necessary resources for their existence. Thus we see the modes of production that we have had; today we are in the last stage of Capitalism, Globalization.

Globalization is the mode of production where the market is made digitally and in a matter of minutes. Also the spaces for production can be in any country. It is also intended to generate common needs to carry out a trade that aims to be equal anywhere on the planet; it is the so-called Globalization. Wellness is a far cry from what Deaton says: “By the term well-being I mean all the good things for a person that makes life good. Well-being includes material well-being, such as income and wealth; physical and psychological well-being, represented by health and happiness; and education and the ability to participate in civil society through democracy and the rule of law”. (Deaton, 2015, pp. 41-42) The good life in these moments is far from being precisely good because everything becomes possessing material goods without limits. With that, obtaining unlimited goods we have reached the situation in which we find the place where, until now, life is possible for us: planet Earth. The Earth is going through a change in its system called Climate Change. Such is the situation we are living with: floods, forest fires, droughts and famines looming. The United Nations (UN) held a Summit in this last October November 2021 called COP26 (Twenty-sixth Conference of the Parties) to deal with the events of the situation for life on our planet.

The agreements were poor: the countries made little commitment in relation to the protection of the habitat. We have to have a global warming of 1.5 but UN studies say that it, as wealth is produced, will reach 2.7. There must be cooperation between civil society, companies and governments. Little was achieved at the Summit because they committed themselves to very long deadlines to do what was necessary. Today we hear that the powers will do this or that but in times of more than 10 years. Following Deaton regarding Well-being tells us: “Health is the obvious starting point for research on well-being” (Deaton, 2015, p. 42) What is happening to us with health? At present we are in a pandemic that doesn’t leave us: it seems that a mutation is happening and that we have already made it and suddenly a new one appears. We are with a new mutation of the Covid 19 coronavirus. Saturated health services, people who get vaccinated, people who refuse to do so, production unevenly because it is confined here, it’s confined there and this does not end. Now we find something that may surprise many: the launch of a telescope on December 24. The James Webb telescope is more developed than the one we had, the Hubble. This telescope was the invention of NASA, (United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration), the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency. Its cost was US $ 10 billion. It will take a month to reach orbit and 5 months to operate. It is expected to look 13.5 billion years into the past. It took 30 years to build.

The research has the following objectives: 1. Observing the light of the first stars. 2. Looking at planets in our Solar System. 3. Looking at the black holes found in the center of the Galaxies. 4. Seeing where we come from. As we can see, the research is quantitative and holistic; hence the amount of time and money. Surely the question we ask ourselves is: Why talk about a telescope if the topic is wellness? It’s a beautiful analogy: How could they make the james webb? The James Webb could be done: 1. Because countries joined for the research. 2. Because they had a common goal and it didn’t matter what happened. What happens to us with the Covi-19 pandemic that doesn’t end and we are losing: 1. Lives 2. Health 3. Economic resources To achieve well-being we need to be united instead of which division we live in. Being together blessing others. Being together in the care of our planet because life comes to us from the same. Being together so that we can all have health. Being together so we can all have the necessary foods. Being together so we can all have the goods we need. Well-being is not obtained by having an abundance of everything. Well-being is having: health, education, necessary resources and a space where to build our life.

BIBLIOGRAPHY. Deaton, A. (2015). El Gran Escape. Salud, riqueza y los orígenes de la desigualdad. México: FCE | NASA, Administración Nacional de Aeronáutica y el Espacio de Estados Unidos, (National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved from: https://www. lanasa.net/universo/telescopios-espaciales


Broke and alone

Fewer men going to college will lead the US to a ‘mating crisis’.

Fewer men than women are attending college, which is leading to a “mating crisis,” the New York University professor Scott Galloway told CNN. Women made up 59.5% of college students at the end of the 2020-21 school year, an all-time high, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month, citing US Department of Education data. That’s in comparison to 40.5% of men enrolled in college. ... Additionally, The Journal reported that in the next few years the education gap will widen so that for every one man who earns a college degree, two women will earn one. The problem is much bigger than just the current numbers because men drop out at greater rates than women. “College is becoming the domain of women and not men,” he said. The issue he said is being driven by the rising cost of college without much change to the quality of education. Elite universities, he said, are focused on giving a luxury experience and not expanding enrollment. Additionally, he said, college-aged men have more options than their female peers. ... But Galloway warned that beyond the classroom, the gap is causing an “existential threat to society,” and that we are creating a “dangerous cohort.” “We have mating inequality in the country,” he said, adding that women with college degrees don’t want to partner with men who don’t hold a degree. ... Read full text:


‘Turkey’ has a new name, and this is why that matters.

Türkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a communique [Dec. 2021], tweaking the country’s internationally recognised name from ‘Turkey’ to Türkiye. ... The business of nation-branding can happen for a whole host of reasons, whether to rise above cliches, present a more positive image or even for politics. ... Most recently, the Netherlands dropped the name ‘Holland’ in a bid to simplify its image to the world. And before that, ‘Macedonia’ changed its name to North Macedonia due to a political dispute with Greece. ... Over the centuries, Europeans have referred to firstly the Ottoman state and then to Türkiye by many names. But the name that has stuck most is the Latin “Turquia” and the more ubiquitous “Turkey.” ... Flip through the Cambridge Dictionary and “turkey” is defined as “something that fails badly” or “a stupid or silly person.” ... The recently published communique was clear that “within the scope of strengthening the ‘Türkiye’ brand, in all kinds of activities and correspondence, especially in official relations with other states and international institutions and organisations, necessary sensitivity will be shown on the use of the phrase ‘Türkiye’ instead of phrases such as ‘Turkey,’ ‘Turkei,’ ‘Turquie’ etc." Read full text:

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Multiple sclerosis

Epstein-Barr virus may be its leading cause.

Multiple sclerosis (MS), a progressive disease that affects 2.8 million people worldwide and for which there is no definitive cure, is likely caused by infection with the Epstein- Barr virus (EBV), according to a study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. ... “The hypothesis that EBV causes MS has been investigated by our group and others for several years, but this is the first study providing compelling evidence of causality,” said Alberto Ascherio, professor of epidemiology and nutrition and senior author of the study. “This is a big step because it suggests that most MS cases could be prevented by stopping EBV infection, and that targeting EBV could lead to the discovery of a cure for MS.” MS is a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system that attacks the myelin sheaths protecting neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Its cause is not known, yet one of the top suspects is EBV, a herpes virus that can cause infectious mononucleosis and establishes a latent, lifelong infection of the host. Establishing a causal relationship between the virus and the disease has been difficult ... To determine the connection between EBV and MS, the researchers conducted a study among more than 10 million young adults on active duty in the U.S. military and identified 955 who were diagnosed with MS during their period of service. ...
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5G rollout in US

Postponed due to potential interferance with airplanes.

Two of the largest telecoms providers in the US have reluctantly agreed to delay the deployment of their new 5G networks at some US airports due to concerns that the technology could interfere with flight safety equipment. Both AT&T and Verizon were due to launch their 5G services nationwide January 19, yet altered their plans at the last moment after aviation industry officials said the technology could disrupt radio altimeters, which help aircraft land safely when visibility is low. Providing faster speeds and broader coverage than its predecessors, 5G is a C-band service that occupies specific regions of the electromagnetic spectrum determined by the regulatory officials of each country. In the US, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has authorized 5G to operate between 3.7 and 3.98 gigahertz. The problem, however, is that most radio altimeters fitted to aircraft — used to determine the height of an aircraft above ground— rely on frequencies that fall between 4.2 and 4.4 gigahertz. Leading airlines and plane manufacturers say this is dangerously close to the 5G frequency range, and that transponders located close to airports could prevent this vital safety equipment from working properly. ... Read full text

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Accessible Canadian train

Industrial design studio Priestman- Goode has created the interiors for a fleet of trains in Canada, which have a focus on accessible design. The London-based studio designed the interiors for a fleet of trains called Corridor that is run by rail transport company VIA Rail Canada. Key design elements include five mobility aid spaces and onboard wheelchair lifts. Corridor trains also feature clear wayfinding devices in each carriage, such as glowing overhead screens and clearly signposted seat numbers listed on the top lip of each chair. Information is also presented in braille for blind and partially sighted passengers. The Corridor fleet is expected to go into service from October 2022. ... Read full text:

Listening to Joy

Instalation by Yinka Ilori

Designer Yinka Ilori has created a colourful maze-like installation called Listening to Joy for the V&A Dundee, exploring the difference between how adults and children approach space. Open to visitors of all ages, this labyrinthine interactive play area is made up of curving mesh walls patterned in bright graphics. Unlike in a conventional maze, the mesh panels are covered in zippers that can be opened and closed, so visitors can remake the space, rather than becoming trapped in a dead end. Ilori designed this maze as a way of honouring play, a behaviour that is instinctual to children but less so to adults. “Listening to Joy is a celebration of play, an essential experience to enjoying life as well as practising our problem-solving skills,” said Ilori. ... Read full text


Biomaterial made from fruit waste and algae

Berlin-based textile designer Youyang Song has used fruit peels and algae to create a biodegradable plantbased material that offers an alternative to leather. Peelsphere is a versatile and waterproof textile that can be hardened to form accessories like buttons, or left malleable and soft for items such as bags. Song, who originally trained as a textile designer, first started experimenting with leather made from fruit leaves after realising that there was nothing available on the market for her own designs. She was determined to create a material that could replace animal hide yet still retain the same versatility and strength of the popular material. ... Read full text

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Five things to know about using it correctly.

1. Melatonin is not a sleeping pill. Taking it just before bedtime will make things worse. The amount melatonin we have naturally in our body rises in response to when the sun goes down. It tells your brain and body that it’s the end of the day and in response to melatonin’s natural increase at sundown, the body starts the biological process of winding down and preparing for sleep —which takes a few hours. 2. More is not better. The correct dose for an adult might be 100 to 150 micrograms, depending on size and weight. [Please, avoid self-medicating] 3. Light defeats melatonin. If you take melatonin 2-3 hours before you want to fall asleep, but you continue to be exposed to bright light or “blue light” (such as electronic screens), your body is getting mixed messages, and taking melatonin won’t help. 4. Melatonin might not be the answer. There are many reasons why we have trouble falling asleep, and chronic use of sleep aids can “hide” the problem. 5. Melatonin and daytime don’t mix. Melatonin as it occurs naturally in the body doesn’t have much of a daytime presence, so if you take melatonin too close to morning, or during the day, you can set yourself up for being drowsy and potentially even depressed. ... Read full text:


How it may tame our anxiety.

To better cope with all the dispiriting news this winter about rising Covid-19 cases and so much else, you might want to get out and play in the snow, according to a new report. The large-scale study of almost 200,000 cross-country skiers found that being physically active halves the risk of developing clinical anxiety over time. The study, from Sweden, focused on skiing, but the researchers said almost any kind of aerobic activity likely helps protect us against excessive worry and dread, a cheering thought as we face yet another grim pandemic season. ... The Vasaloppet is the largest series of cross-country ski races in the world, with crowds of racers annually lining up in the woods to whoosh, glide and pant through races ranging in length from 30 km, or almost 19 miles, to the showcase distance of 90K, about 56 miles. Because this kind of endurance event requires abundant health, stamina and training, researchers previously have used data about Vasaloppet racers to study how exercise influences heart health, cancer risks and longevity. ... The skiers proved to be considerably calmer over the decades after their race than the other Swedes, with more than 50% less risk of developing clinical anxiety. These good spirits tended to prevail among male and female skiers of almost any age —except, interestingly, the fastest female racers. ... Read full text:

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We must prioritise the natural regeneration of the forests we have left.

Aban on cutting down natural forests is just a step forward. To maximise nature’s capacity to help us, we urgently need to move beyond protection and allow such forests, many of which have already been hugely degraded, to regenerate on a massive scale. This would be a far more effective way of locking up carbon than planting trees, with the added bonus of enhancing biodiversity at the same time. “Studies show that allowing existing natural forests to reach their full ecological potential —a process termed ‘proforestation”— is a far more effective, immediate, and lower cost way of removing and storing greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the long term than planting trees,” says Raquel Filgueiras, Rewilding Europe’s Head of Rewilding. “Despite the current fixation with tree planting, we cannot resolve our climate or biodiversity crises without prioritising the regeneration of natural forests. A halt to deforestation is a good start, but we need to go much further.” The two most pressing challenges facing society today are climate change and biodiversity decline —and the health of our forests is critical to addressing both. As vital ecosystems that support millions of animals and plants, forests also lock up and store huge amounts of carbon. In addition, they support livelihoods, supply a wide range of goods and services, and help to protect us from disease. ...
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The Lord God bird

...and dozens of other species declared extinct in 2021.

This year scientists identified birds, lizards, orchids and other species that have been lost. How many more will follow? On Sept. 29, 2021, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its intention to remove 23 long-unseen species from the protection of the Endangered Species Act —because they’ve probably gone extinct, and you can’t keep protecting what’s already gone. Among the proposed dead: the ivory-billed woodpecker, an iconic lost species often referred to as “the Lord God bird,” supposedly based on the words of wonder people once exclaimed upon seeing the magnificent creature flying above them. The news set off a firestorm of media coverage and social-media shares. The similar extinction of a frog from Kenya did not. Nor did that of a lichen from Florida, a dragonfly from the South Atlantic or a fish from Maryland. And that’s all too typical of the extinction crisis, which United Nations scientists predict could cost the planet up to a million species this century —most of which will disappear in silence, unnoticed, unremarked upon, even as the web of life that supports humans on this planet continues to unravel. Yet the stories of these losses deserve telling. They help motivate efforts to save what still exists, allow us to reflect on our place in and on this world ... Read full text and find a list of extinct species: Read full text:

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CVS, Walmart and Walgreens

...are responsible for roles in opioid crisis, jury finds.

Cleveland —Three retail pharmacy chains recklessly distributed massive amounts of pain pills in two Ohio counties, a federal jury said Tuesday in a verdict that could set the tone for U.S. city and county governments that want to hold pharmacies accountable for their roles in the opioid crisis. The counties blamed pharmacies operated by CVS, Walgreens and Walmart for not stopping the flood of pills that caused hundreds of overdose deaths and cost each of the two counties about $1 billion, their attorney said. This was the first time pharmacy companies had completed a trial to defend themselves in a drug crisis that has killed a half-million Americans over the past two decades. How much the pharmacies must pay in damages will be decided in the spring by federal judge. Lake and Trumbull counties were able to convince the jury that the pharmacies played an outsized role in creating a public nuisance in the way they dispensed pain medication into their communities. Attorneys for the three pharmacy chains maintained they had policies to stem the flow of pills when their pharmacists had any concerns and would notify authorities about suspicious orders from doctors. They also said it was the doctors who controlled how many pills were being prescribed for legitimate medical needs. Two other chains —Rite Aid and Giant Eagle ...
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New national park for this critically endangered animal.

A new national park has been created in the heart of Western Australia’s Wheatbelt, providing greater security for the future of some of the state’s most endangered animals. The Dryandra Woodland near Narrogin is the natural home of numbats, woylies and western quolls, and is the largest remnant of the original vegetation before it was cleared for broadacre farming. Reece Whitby, the state’s new Environment Minister, said the project to turn the woodlands into a national park had been decades in the making. “If you look at a map of the clearing that’s occurred in the Wheatbelt, this is the last important preserved large woodland area,” he said. “[It] makes it unique in the Wheatbelt, which makes it so important that this becomes our first national park in the Wheatbelt.” Approximately 15,000 hectares of the wandoo and powderbark eucalypt woodlands will be given greater levels of conservation programs, affording the unique mammals, birds and reptiles that call Dryandra home greater protection from cats and foxes. There are fewer numbats left in the wild than pandas. “It's incredibly important that we retain this, that we can enjoy it and learn about the environment as it existed in the Wheatbelt before the area was cleared” Mr Whitby said. ...
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The one essential role humans have on Earth

I would like to introduce you to an alternative way of looking at this planet that we live on.

We call it planet Earth, but in reality, it should be called planet ocean. What makes life possible on this planet is one very important element: water. This is the water planet. We have been taught that the ocean comprises the sea. However, the ocean is much more than that. This is a planet of water in continuous circulation moving through many phases, with each phase intimately linked at every stage. It is the water in the sea, the lakes, the rivers, and the streams. It is the water flowing underground and deep, deep down inside the planet, locked in rock. It is the water in the atmosphere or encased in ice. And it is the water moving through each and every living cell of every plant and animal on the planet. Water is life, powered by the sun pumping it from sea to atmosphere and into and through our every living cell. Water is the life that flows through our bodies, flushing out waste and supplying nutrients. The water in my body now was once locked in ice. It once moved underground. It once was in the clouds or in the sea.

Even the gravitational pull of the moon acts on the water in our bodies in the same way it acts upon the water in the sea. Water is the common bond among all living things on this planet, and, collectively, all this water in its many forms and travels forms the Earth’s collective ocean. The ocean is the life-support system for the entire planet. From within the depths of the sea, phytoplankton manufactures oxygen while feeding on nitrogen and iron supplied from the feces of whales and other marine animals. The water in rivers and lakes removes toxins, salts, and waste. Estuaries and wetlands act like the kidneys to remove further toxins, and the mineral salts are flushed into the sea. The heat from the sun pumps water into the atmosphere, where it is purified and dropped back onto the surface of the planet, where living beings drink or absorb it before flushing it through their systems. It is this complex global circulatory system that provides everything we need for food, sanitation, and the regulation of climate —for life. Water is life and life is water. Rivers and streams are the arteries, veins, and capillaries of the Earth, performing the very same functions that they do in our bodies: removing waste and delivering nutrients to cells. When a river is dammed, it is akin to cutting off the flow of blood in a blood vessel. For example, the great Aswan High Dam on the Nile River in Egypt starved the lands below of nutrients, building up toxic water above. This entire interdependent system is its own life-support system. The book Gaia by James Lovelock is a hypothesis proposing that all living organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings to form a synergistic and self-regulating complex system that helps maintain and perpetuate the conditions for life on the planet. In other words, life operates its own life-support system. In this system, not all species are equal. Some species are essential and some species are less so, but all species are connected. The essential foundations of this life-support system are microbes, phytoplankton, insects, plants, worms, and fungi. The so-called “higher” animals are not so essential, and one of them —humans and the domesticated animals and plants we own— are alarmingly destructive. I like to compare Earth to a spaceship. After all, that is what this planet is —a huge spaceship transporting the cargo of life on a fast and furious trip around the enormous Milky Way galaxy. It’s a voyage so long that it takes about 250 million years to make just one circumnavigation. In fact, our planet has only made this trip 18 times since it was formed from the dust of our closest star.

For a spaceship to function, there needs to be a well-run life-support system that is managed by an experienced and skillful crew. It is this crew that produces the gases in our atmosphere, especially oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. It is this crew that sequesters excess gases, particularly carbon and methane. It is this crew that cleans the air, recycles waste, and assists in the circulation of water. It also supplies food, both directly and indirectly through pollination. It is this crew that removes toxins from the soil and keeps the soil moist and productive. The plants serve the animals and the animals serve the plants. The plants feed on the soil and the animals feed on the plants, and, in turn, the animals impart nutrients to the soil.

Some species, especially the ones we call the “higher” animals (mainly the large mammals), are primarily passengers. Some of these passengers contribute a great deal to maintaining the machinery of the life-support system, although they are not as critical as the absolutely essential species that serve as the tireless engineers of the system. There is one passenger species, however, that long ago decided to mutiny from the crew and go its own way, content to spend its days entertaining itself and caring only for its own welfare. That species is Homo sapiens. There are other species, both plant and animal, that we have enslaved for our own selfish purposes. These are the domesticated plants that replace the wild plants that help run the system. These are the animals that we have enslaved to give us meat, eggs, and milk, or to serve the purpose of amusing us, only to abuse, torture, and slaughter them. As the number of enslaved animals increases, wild animals are displaced through extermination or the destruction of habitat. The plants that we enslave must be “protected” with lethal chemical fertilizers and genetically modified seeds, along with other chemical poisons, such as herbicides, fungicides, and bactericides. We are stealing the carrying capacity of ecosystems from other species to increase the number of humans and domestic animals. The law of finite resources dictates that this system will collapse. It simply is unsustainable. Because of our technological skills, humans have evolved to serve one very important function: We have the ability to protect the entire planet from being struck by a killer asteroid like the one that paid our dinosaur friends a visit 60 million years ago. Although I sometimes wonder if we could even do that, considering our lack of cooperation within our own species. We also have the skills and intelligence, if we so choose to utilize these abilities, to aggressively address climate change, the problem that we are directly responsible for creating. But will we?

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“Competition between women is good only if it does not prevail; that is to say if it coexists with affinity, affection, with a real sense of being mutually indispensable, with sudden peaks of solidarity in spite of envy, jealousy and the whole inevitable cohort of bad feelings.”

Elena Ferrante (Active: 1992–). A pseudonymous Italian novelist. Her books have been translated into many languages.

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Bachelor's of Social Change


The Bachelor’s Degree in Social Change will provide you with a solid education for employment in national, international, and civil society organizations for which a thorough understanding of local, regional, national and international development perspectives and policies is required. The AIU Distance Learning Bachelor of Social Change program will be a custom-made program, designed just for you by you and your academic advisor. This flexibility to meet student needs is seldom found in other distance learning programs. Our online program does not require all students to take the same subjects/courses, use the same books, or learning materials. Instead, the online Bachelor’s program curriculum is designed individually by the student and academic advisor. It specifically addresses individual strengths and weaknesses with respect to market opportunities in the student’s major and intended field of work. Understanding that industry and geographic factors should influence the content of the curriculum instead of a standardized one-fits-all design is the hallmark of AIU’s unique approach to adult education. This philosophy 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: http://aiu.edu/course-curriculum.html

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)

Core Courses and Topics

Culture and communication
Financial economic management
Investigation workshop
Participatory communication
Media regulations
Contemporary problems
Citizenship and public space
Media and messages workshop
Systematization workshop
Communication policies
Political environment in the media
Participatory communication theories
Communication and development theories
Theories on popular education
Communication strategies
Emerging subjects, groups, and networks
Methodology and techniques of social research
Planning and evaluation methodologies
Design and implementation of development policies
Operation of media industries
Right to information

Research Project

Bachelor Thesis Project
MBM300 Thesis Proposal
MBM302 Bachelor Thesis (5,000 words)

Skills for Success

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

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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
Dr. José Mercado
Chief Executive Officer
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Ricardo González, PhD
Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez
Chief Operation Officer
and MKT Director
Linda Collazo
Logistics Coordinator
Dr. Silvia Restorff
Academic Advisor
Dr. Miriam Garibaldi
Viceprovost for Research
Irina Ivashuk
Alumni Association
Dr. Prakash Menon
Academic Advisor
Dr. Ofelia Miller
Director of AIU
Clara Margalef
Director of Special Projects
of AIU
Carlos Aponte
Juan Pablo Moreno
Director of Operations
David Jung
Corporate/Legal Counsel
Dr. Nilani Ljunggren De Silva
Academic Advisor
Paula Viera
Director of
Intelligence Systems
Bruce Kim
Dr. Scott Wilson
Academic Advisor
Felipe Gomez
Design Director / IT Supervisor
Thomas Kim
Accounting Counsel
Dr. Mohammad Shaidul Islam
Academic Advisor
Daritza Ysla
IT Coordinator
Camila Correa
Quality Assurance Coordinator
Dr. Edgar Colon
Academic Advisor
Nadeem Awan
Chief Programming Officer
Maricela Esparza
Administrative Coordinator
Deborah Rodriguez
Academic Tutor Coordinator
Dr. Jack Rosenzweig
Dean of Academic Affairs
Chris Benjamin
IT and Hosting Support
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Academic Tutor Coordinator
Dr. Edward Lambert
Academic Director
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Accounting Coordinator
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Admissions Support Tutor
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Communications Coordinator
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Admissions Coordinator
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Academic Coordinator
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Senior Programmer
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Dean of Admissions
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Admissions Support
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Human Resource Manager
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Academic Advisor
Junko Shimizu
Admissions Coordinator
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IT and Technology Support
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Registrar’s Office
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Admissions Coordinator
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Finance Coordinator
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Admissions Support
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Admissions Coordinator
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Admissions Counselor
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Admissions Counselor

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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, knowledge of design innovation, a critical appreciation for the importance of technology and technological change for the advancement of humanity.

Areas of Study:

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

Online Library Resources

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

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

The records usually have information attached from important libraries. The user can quickly assess the relevance of the information and decide if it is the right source.

Education on the 21st century

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

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

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

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AIU Service

AIU offers educational opportunities in the USA to adults from around the world so that they can use their own potential to manage their personal, global cultural development. The foundational axis of our philosophy lies upon self-actualized knowledge and information, with no room for obsoleteness, which is embedded into a DISTANCE LEARNING SYSTEM based on ANDRAGOGY and OMNIOLOGY. The ultimate goal of this paradigm is to empower learners and help them take advantage of the enormous array of resources from the world environment in order to eliminate the current continuum of poverty and limitations.

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

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

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800-993-0066 (Toll Free in US) info@aiu.edu
808-924-9567 (Internationally) www.aiu.edu

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