May 25, 2014. AIU wants to congratulate one of our graduates, Stephen Tangwe. His thesis on “Performance Monitoring and Modeling of Heat Pump Water Heater” has been published as a book by the LAMBERT Academic Publishing. “This book deals with the performance monitoring and development of mathematical models to predict the coefficient of performance using different predictors.” His book will soon be available for purchase through his publisher with the following ISBN: 978-3-659-54375-3 at www.lap-publishing.com Stephen completed a Masters program of Electrical Engineering at AIU. We are very proud of you Stephen and we wish you more success in your professional projects.
TV program in Gambia
June 01, 2014. Our graduate student
Abdou L. J. Jammeh is currently
organizing a weekly program on a
National Radio and Television Station
The program is called ‘Fanta Science and Mathematics Competition’ and all Senior Secondary Schools in the Country participate. You can watch it live every Saturday from 11:00-12:00 pm GMT and Wednesdays at 6:00-7:00 pm GMT.
You can also watch it through the website www.grts.gm or via YouTube: GAMGRTS. Look for the Fanta science and mathematics quiz/competition and you will see our graduate student, Abdou, sitting at the center of two groups of great contestants with school uniforms.
Abdou has recently completed a Masters program in Education. We are very proud of his achievements and we hope that he continues with this success.
Graduate’s works published
Jun 08, 2014. AIU wants to congratulate
one of our students, Regina Maambo
for her recent achievement. Regina
has written five articles that she has
developed during her studies with AIU,
which have been recognized and published
through Social Science Research
Her works are the following:
Strategic Project Management
Impact of Projects on Livestock Diseases in East Africa: An Assessment of the Effectiveness of AU-IBAR Projects on Livestock Diseases
Project Law papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers. cfm?abstract_id=2420062
Project Management Leadership papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers. cfm?abstract_id=2419996
Regina completed a Doctorate program in Project Management in AIU.
| Jose Mauricio Quintanilla Zapata
Bachelor of Science Information Systems
| Willian Leonicio Rivadeneira Caldas
Doctor of Philosophy Education
| Doreen Ngonda
Doctor of Management
|Mary Mogolo Mabotho
Doctor of Human Resources
| Michael Chengwi Neba
Master of Science Information Technology
|Ndifor George Tala
Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering
|Gilson Luiz Dos Santos Pinheiroz
Bachelor of Psychology
| Liu HongZe
Bachelor of Business Administration
| Eduardo Alcala Kwan o
Bachelor of Education Teaching and Learning
|Iván Rojas Ayalao
Doctor of Project Management Management Columbia
| Julio Flórez Oses
Master of Science Mechanical Engineering
| Luz Marina Cano Molano
Master of Education Education
| Luz Marina Cano Molano
Doctor of Education Education
| Manuel Dario Carvajal Trillos
Bachelor of Psychology Clinical Psychology
| Rene Mora-Casalda
Doctor of Science Chemical Engineering
| Henry Marcelo Troya Alverca
Master of Science Public Health
| Luis Roger Villamarin Coronel
Bachelor of Science Industrial Engineering
| Luis Narváez-Ricaurte
Doctor of Science Political Science
| Iob Techeste Imam
Doctor of Philosophy Business Administration
| Zewdie Gebretsadik Beza
Doctor of Science Agronomy
|Carolina Isabel Velásquez Telón
Master of Science
| Maria Angelina Reyes Fuentes
Doctor of Philosophy
| Will Roberto Moncada
Doctor of Economics
Bachelor of Science
|Osbert Abraham Grey
Master of Engineering
| Stephen Agbobli
Master of Science
| J. Antonio Tafoya Razo
Doctor of Science Agronomy
| Jorge Arturo Hernández
Bachelor of Science
|Marco Antonio Damián Garibay
Doctor of Education
| Victor Fuentes Enríquez
Doctor of Business Administration
| Emiola Olawale Kolapo Steve
Doctor of Philosophy
| Arlindo Bengui André
Doctor of Science
Arnulfo Luis Franco Rodriguez
| David Moises Giraldo Cano
Bachelor of Science
| Luis Francisco Vivanco Aldon
Master of Business Administration
|Samir George Abudayeh Giha
Doctor of Philosophy
| Felix Bigabo Bizimana
Master of Counseling
| Ibrahim Othman Al-Saleh
Bachelor of Business Administration
| Thu Rein Ko Ko
Doctor of Philosophy
|Juma Samuel Khamsin Walle
Bachelor of Arts
Frank G. Bercha. May 18, 2014.
Doctorate in Architecture.
“After considering various options to pursue my continuing interest in architecture, I selected AIU as the optimal institution for my graduate work leading to a doctorate in the subject. Already possessing advanced education in architecture and engineering, including a PhD in engineering, and many years of professional experience, I felt that the freedom and motivation to design, research, execute, and present my program afforded by AIU was the best option to follow. From my perusal of other traditional graduate educational arrangements, I saw that most of the required doctoral architectural courses would be boring and unnecessary as I was already an expert in most of the material, and, considering my professional duties to my organization, residency at other institutions appeared onerous and unnecessary to me.
So, in 2011 I enrolled in a program leading to a doctorate in architecture at AIU. Certainly, my assessment of AIU to allow me the freedom to pursue research of my own choice was confirmed. So, following some preliminary administrative activities, I designed a curriculum integrating my expert skills in architecture and engineering, to address an architectural area of great significance, but relatively limited available research, and proceeded to carry out a series of courses and publications to shed light on this area. My work included melding information on natural and manmade hazards to building occupants with solutions to augment their safety, including consideration of human performance in emergencies, structural and systems engineering, existing codes and standards and safety practices, to generate a systematic approach to apply today and in the future in a warming world to provide buildings with better architectural protection for their occupants.
As I had hoped, the technical and creative research work was entirely left up to me. Only on a few procedural matters was assistance from AIU proffered, but encouragement and a positive advice were ever-present from AIU staff. Thus, I can strongly recommend pursuit of such a graduate program to anyone who is qualified and prepared to single-handedly pursue the main thesis of their research for as long as necessary to produce a body of original work in their area of interest, and have it acknowledged through the reception of a doctoral degree. AIU presents the ideal environment for them as it did for me.”
Edward Sesay. March 17, 2014.
Master in Computer Science.
“I want to say a very big thank you to all of the AIU staff for their humble support, motivation, dedication and for making my educational experience at AIU such a reality. My dreams come true. It is pleasing that I was able to exercise my right to select an expedient, reasonable educational alternative that has advanced my academic and professional carrier.
I am very happy to have completed my academic program with AIU. The opportunity to study online with AIU gave me freedom to pursue my desired master’s degree program. However, it was not easy as I thought from the beginning but it was the right choice for me; it gave me a great deal of time in the ultimate limitation of my study that suits my job schedule. AIU as an educational institution has made my latent objectives a success one. At AIU, I had the rare privilege of learning some basic remarkable concepts in my field of study –Master in Computer Science– which ordinarily a traditional university curriculum would not have been easy to accommodate.
My experience at Atlantic International University is a desired one and as such incentives make me to aspiring for more programs and convincing colleagues, friends and others on the need to enroll with the institution. On my own, I feel I had the right advisor, tutors; appropriate tools and all entire staff at the right time when I needed those most. I will remain indebted to them as special people in my life. From my experience with them, I have learnt that they are trained to handle people who are mature, but willing to advance themselves academically.
My most admiration is the modern trend of technology which is the andragogy system of learning. The program is self-directed and saturated with learning tools that will guide you to score acceptable grades especially verifying your assisgnment via turnltln, online library etc. Embrace online learning and andragogy as the way forward in accomplishing the aims and objectives of individuals around the world while tagged towards supportive to the economic and social development of a society. Once more I extend my thanks and appreciation to AIU staff. May God help the entire AIU family and let AIU be a fountain for development as it grows bigger and bigger. In our native language in Sierra Leone we say ‘TEN KEY YA’. I am really happy.”
Bachelor of Business Administration Management (special group)
Angel Enrique García Ortiz
Ana María López Juárez
Eddy Rolando Caceros Escobar
Edgar Alfredo Polanco Callejas
Emma del Carmen Barquero Marroquín
Geovanni Aurelio Monroy Barrientos
Henry Stuardo González Granados
Herbert Giovanni Páiz Díaz
Horacio Giovanni Morales Figueroa
Jorge Anibal Krück Medina
Lorena J. Contreras de la Roca de Caceros
María del Pilar Reinoso Santizo
Marli de Jesús García Ruíz
Mónica Lederer Lara
Mónica Teresa Solórzano Marroquín
Pedro Alejandro Moscoso Paz
Pedropablo Colom Soto
Rhina Magali López Morales de Fión
Sharon Marylee Mejía Fernández
Elízabeth Matias Rodriguez
Velveth G. García Rodríguez de Pérez
Alejandro Martinez Salinas
Augusto Chicoj Iboy
Claudia C. Mansilla Palomo de Bihr
Eddeling Marbella Palacios Orellana
Emilio Santiago Estrada
Jenifer A. Tejada Vásquez de Galicia
José Eduardo Cano Ozaeta
Juan Carlos Aparicio Silva
Luisa Ruth Vallejo Marin
Marco Tulio Flores Navas
M. del Carmen Gaytán Menéndez de Briz
María del Pilar Samayoa Villatoro
Mario Alejandro Marroquin Gómez
Mayra Yaneth Salvatierra Piedrasanta
Minor Samayoa Recari
Orlando Amílcar Meneses Hidalgo
Pedro Alejandro Villacorta Orantes
Ruth Elizabeth Mijangos Ortíz
Sergio Roberto Leal Lopez
Wilhelm Anthony Bihr García
Yolanda Lisbeth Juárez Davila de Falla
I’ve learned the power of research
What has been the biggest benefit in your personal life because of your completion of your program at AIU?
I have had many benefits. The most important is the personal one of having acomplished this degree, this is a triumph for me and for my family. But I have had many other rewards academically and economically speaking. For us in Venezuela, for every degree we achieve we get a 20 percent of increase in salary. Obviously, that helps me and my family in everything that we need to continue reaching my educational goals. In addition, it has helped me realize the power that there is a great power in research. I have recognized that all the great changes in the world are done through research. The proffesor (and ultimately, the person) who stops learning will not develope or advance in life anymore and will become outdated. He must recognized that the technology and research lead you to the forefront of life.
You were before a professor in Venezuela, at the Cecilio Acosta Catholic University. What is the biggest difference from AIU and how did you feel the Academic level here?
At AIU the educational level is great. It is a very high level. You are required to give the best of you. That is being a university offering distant learning programs, where we have to plan our time for learning, our time for research and writing. This method help us to attain the necessary responsibility to be able to respond and accept the challenge of having to study by yourself, sometimes alone, with or without a tutor. But even from the distance, with AIU I always had the answers available. The academic staff always helped me with all my questions so that I can then, progress.
You mentioned the time that you could dedicate to the university and about the studies that you had to do from a distance. How has the andragogic system helped you in your life?
It has really helped me realize that I can study by myself and that I can study throughout different moments of the day to be able to meet what AIU required from me. Also I’ve had the ability to manage my time and my calendar which has helped me in a good way. For example, now that I am studying a new Masters program, the experience of managing my time, has helped me to respond to all the challenges even in a different language –which is now, English. It has allowed me to be more structured in what I want to achieve.
What was the defining factor that made you enroll at AIU?
It was to reach my educational goals. I was able to complete a Doctorate’s Degree of Science in Education thanks to AIU and the opportunity generated to be admitted in this program. It is a great satisfaction.
What would you recommend to a student who is considering enrolling at AIU?
My recommendation would be that they should think highly of AIU. They should think that they can progress and develop new abilities, ideas and capacities. That the prospects and candidates have the potential to keep improving in their life and not staying on the same path over and over again. The opportunity is here. Atlantic International University has given us that opportunity in a sense for them to develop and being here until it is achieved.
Can you share with us your experience at AIU?
My experience at AIU was a great one. It has been spectacular. The development of the educational process that I have gone through at AIU has been a favorable one. At the same time that I was studying this Doctorate, I was also studying English and aditionally, I am studying a Masters in Theology now.
Check out Africa for innovation!
“You’re using African technology,” he says proudly. “‘Pay-as-you-go’ was an idea pioneered in Africa by Vodacom 15 years ago. Now, pay-as-you-go is one of the most dominant forces of economic activity in the world.” Shapshak shows us a satellite picture of the world at night; nations that have electricity glow with light. As we expect, Africa is distinctly unwired. “It’s the dark continent! It’s a map of innovation. All the places with lots of electricity, innovation isn’t.” Why is that? If you have electricity, you’re watching television or playing Angry Birds. Big laughs and claps from the audience. Innovation in Africa, he says, is real innovation. “People are solving real problems in Africa because we have to, because we have them. And when we solve real problems, we solve them for the rest of the world.” In this eye-opening talk, Shapshak explores the frontiers of mobile invention in Africa as he asks us to reconsider our preconceived notions of innovation. Check out the full conference Toby Shapshak: You don’t need an app for that. TEDGlobal 2013.
Portable art life museum
Top 5 educated stars
1. James Franco. He graduated from a Columbia’s University’s MFA writing program, is enrolled in Brooklyn College for Creative writing, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for Directing and Yale for a doctoral program.
2. Mayim Bialik. This actress is a real-life scientist with a PhD in neuroscience. Her doctoral dissertation focused on obsessive compulsive disorders among people with Prader-Willi syndrome.
3. Ashley Judd. She studied at the University of Kentucky, where she majored in French and pursued four minors. In 2010 she graduated from Harvard with a master’s degree in Public Administration.
4. Ken Jeong. One of the few actors in Hollywood who is a real-life medical doctor. Jeong graduated early at the age of 16 and completed his medical degree at the University of North Carolina.
5. Dolph Lundgren. This Swedish-born actor has a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney, and he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to MIT.
D-Wave: the coolest black box
Google owns a lot of computers –perhaps a million
servers stitched together into the fastest, most
powerful artificial intelligence on the planet. But last
August, Google teamed up with NASA to acquire what
may be the search giant’s most powerful piece of hardware
yet. It’s certainly the strangest.
Located at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, a couple of miles from the Googleplex, the machine is literally a black box, 10 feet high. It’s mostly a freezer, and it contains a single, remarkable computer chip –based not on the usual silicon but on tiny loops of niobium wire, cooled to a temperature 150 times colder than deep space.
The name of the box, and also the company that built it, is written in big, science-fiction-y letters on one side: D-WAVE. Executives from the company that built it say that the black box is the world’s first practical quantum computer, a device that uses radical new physics to crunch numbers faster than any comparable machine on earth.
If they’re right, it’s a profound breakthrough. The question is: Are they? (To find out you’ll have to read the full article at www. wired.com/2014/05/quantum-computing/?mbid=social_fb)
Inside the black box
“The guts of a D-Wave don’t look like any other computer. Instead of metals etched into silicon, the central processor is made of loops of the metal niobium, surrounded by components designed to protect it from heat, vibration, and electromagnetic noise. Isolate those niobium loops well enough from the outside world and you get a quantum computer, thousands of times faster than the machine on your desk –or so the company claims”. —Cameron Bird.
A. Deep Freezer. A massive refrigeration system uses liquid helium to cool the D-Wave chip to 20 millikelvin –or 150 times colder than interstellar space.
B. Heat Exhaust. Gold-plated copper disks draw heat up and away from the chip to keep vibration and other energy from disturbing the quantum state of the processor.
C. Niobium Loops. A grid of hundreds of tiny niobium loops serve as the quantum bits, or qubits, the heart of the processor. When cooled, they exhibit quantum-mechanical behavior.
D. Noise Shields. The 190-plus wires that connect the components of the chip are wrapped in metal to shield against magnetic fields. Just one channel transmits information to the outside world –an optical fiber cable.
Sleep and remember
A new mouse study shows how sleep solidifies
memories by encouraging new nerve connections
in the brain to grow. We’ve known for a while
that sleep helps you remember things you’ve learned
and experienced, but exactly how this works is still
a mystery. Previous work has shown that teaching
mice a new motor skill causes new dendritic spines
to form in their brains. These tiny protrusions connect
brain cells to each other and facilitate the passage
of information across synapses, the junctions
where brain cells meet. Since the number of spines
correlates to the number of nerve synapses, it appears
that synaptic change in the brains of mammals
The researchers found that sleep caused the number of new spines to increase. “Imagine a tree that grows leaves (spines) on one branch but not another branch. When we learn something new, it’s like we’re sprouting leaves on a specific branch,” Gans explains in a news release. So, while sleep enhances memory and improves the execution of learned behaviors, disrupting this neuronal reactivation prevents spine formation. “Here we’ve shown how sleep helps neurons form very specific connections on dendritic branches that may facilitate long-term memory,” Gans says. “If you don’t sleep well you won’t learn well.”
MOSS Robot Construction Kit.
By Modular Robotics. Bring your very own robots to life with MOSS, a robot construction system that requires no coding or wires. Power and data are sent through a single button contact, while the ground passes through the steel spheres that connect using the powerful rare earth magnets embedded into the ABS plastic shells. With one sphere, you make a ball joint; with two, you make a hinge; and with three or four, you create a rigid structure. The function of your design is determined by a color-coded system. Green conducts power; red and brown conduct data, red is output, brown is input; the blue passthrough face can pass either power or data. Creations are powered with a rechargeable lithium polymer battery, rechargeable via micro-USB cable (included). Ages 8+. The Advanced Kit lets you connect your smartphone using Bluetooth. iOS and Android compatible.
By Benjamin Redford and Mint Digital. A pocket-sized slide projector that transforms your Instagram pictures into personalized slideshows. The projector uses an internal LED to display photos, which have been developed onto 35mm film and cut into custom slide wheels that each holds nine Instagram images of your choice. For optimal clarity, set it up in a dark space and project onto a light-colored surface no more than two feet away. Ages 14+.
NeoLucida Drawing Aid.
By Pablo Garcia and Golan Levin. Originally patented in 1807, this optical device by physicist Sir William Hyde Wollaston utilized a prism to project an image onto a piece of paper so it could be traced. The new version uses an optical trick to superimpose the scene in front of you onto a sheet of paper. Compact, highly adjustable, requires no power source, and is effective in all lighting conditions. Ages 9+.
In honor of NYCxDESIGN
–New York City’s official citywide celebration of design– the MoMA Design Store presented a suite of products brought to life by Kickstarter. By involving the public in the creative process, Kickstarter uses the power of community to help designers take great ideas from concept to reality. See them all at www.momastore.org
FIVE daily brain excercises
Good attention enables you to maintain concentration despite noise and distractions and to focus on several activities at once. We can improve our attention by simply changing our routines. Change your route to work or reorganize your desk —both will force your brain to wake up from habits and pay attention again. As we age, our attention span can decrease, making us more susceptible to distraction and less efficient at multitasking. By combining activities like listening to an audio book with jogging or doing math in your head while you drive forces your brain to work at doing more in the same amount of time.
Language activities will challenge our ability to recognize, remember and understand words. They also exercise our fluency, grammatical skills and vocabulary. With regular practice, you can expand your knowledge of new words and much more easily retrieve words that are familiar. If you usually only thoroughly read the sports section, try reading a few in-depth business articles. You’ll be exposed to new words, which are easier to understand when read in context. Take time to understand the word in its context, which will help you build your language skills and retrieve the word more readily in front of your boss in the future.
Analyzing visual information is necessary to be able to act within your environment. Try walking into a room and picking out five items and their locations. When you exit the room, try to recall all five items and where they were located. Too easy? Wait two hours and try to remember those items and their locations. The next time you’re waiting on your coworker or friend to arrive, try this mental exercise. Look straight ahead and note everything you can see both in front of you and in your peripheral vision. Challenge yourself to recall everything and write it down. This will force you to use your memory and train your brain to focus on your surroundings.
Without even realizing it, you use your logic and reasoning skills on a daily basis to make decisions, build up hypotheses and consider the possible consequences of your actions. Activities in which you must define a strategy to reach a desired outcome and calculate the right moves to reach the solution in the shortest possible time are actually fun activities you do daily —like social interaction and video games. Engaging in a brief visit with a friend boosts your intellectual performance by requiring you to consider possible responses and desired outcomes. Video games require strategy and problem-solving to reach a desired outcome.
Refraining from food for as little as two days can regenerate the immune system, helping the body to fight infection, according to a new study. Scientists at the University of Southern California said the findings could have major implications for the elderly and people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients. Researchers tested the effects of fasting for two to four day periods over the course of six months on both mice and humans. In both cases, long periods of not eating significantly lowered white blood cell counts. And in mice, each cycle of fasting then “flipped a regenerative switch” that triggered stem cell-based regeneration of new white blood cells, thereby renewing the body’s defence system. Valter Longo, Professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the USC, said: “It gives the OK for stem cells to go ahead and begin proliferating and rebuild the entire system. And the good news is that the body got rid of the parts of the system that might be damaged or old, the inefficient parts, during the fasting.” He added: “Now, if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or aging, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system.” More clinical studies are needed, and any such dietary intervention should be undertaken only under the guidance of a physician.
Between the 1960s & the
2000s, Americans grew, on
the average, an inch taller and
24 pounds heavier. The average
American man today weights
194 pounds and the average
woman 165 pounds. The growing
girth has led to the creation
of special-sized ambulances,
operating tables and coffins as
well as bigger seats on planes
and trains. Still there are scientific
reasons & they aren’t
limited to eating too much &
exercising too little. Here are a
few areas under suspicion.
1. Antibiotics in food and as medicine. A recent article in the New York Times confirms suspicions that the antibiotics routinely given to livestock to make them fat do the same thing to people. Studies show there are antibiotic residues especially in meat and milk.
2. Other livestock fatteners. Ractopamine is widely used in the US and banned in many other countries. It is given to 60 to 80 percent of US pigs, 30 percent of ration-fed cattle and an undisclosed number of turkeys. Also banned in European countries are the hormones US cattle growers rely upon. One of them may be linked to US breast cancer rates, too.
3. Pesticides and other endocrine disrupters. Some antibiotics and artificial sweeteners are similar molecules to endocrine disrupters. Endocrine disrupters, like BPA (Bisphenol A), are linked to a host of shocking symptoms including early puberty, diabetes in humans and obesity.
4. Sugar substitutes. Artificial sweeteners have always been billed as a way to cut calories and lose weight, but recent research shows they may do just the opposite. Some of them may slow metabolism, or “train” people to crave sweets. Splenda has similarities to endocrine disrupting pesticides.
5. Industry and government marketing. One example: the USDA, even though it cautions food consumers about high-fat, obesity-linked foods, plays the other side of the street as well and is linked to a group that seeks to get people to double their cheese intake to help milk sales.
Joint Account. Each time you practice yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion. This can help prevent degenerative arthritis or mitigate disability by “squeezing and soaking” areas of cartilage that normally aren’t used. Joint cartilage is like a sponge; it receives fresh nutrients only when its fluid is squeezed out and a new supply can be soaked up. Without proper sustenance, neglected areas of cartilage can eventually wear out, exposing the underlying bone like worn-out brake pads.
Rotterdam company Archimedes has created a small windmill that can be installed on just about any roof, anywhere. Meet LIAM: a quiet, affordable wind energy source that’s ideal for urban settings; it’s compact and quiet, and its yearly output averages between 300 and 2500 kilowatts, depending on wind speed and roof height. You can also place more than one of these windmills on your roof for added power, or combine them with solar panels so you have a backup source of energy on still days. The price in holland will be € 3,999 (approximately $5,452 usd), and a mini-LIAM will soon be available as well. These turbines will be available for consumers to order as of June 1st, 2014. Visit dearchimedes.com
There are more than 70 million Change.org users
in 196 countries, and every day people use their
tools to transform communities –locally, nationally
and globally. Whether it’s a mother fighting bullying
in her daughter’s school, customers pressing banks
to drop unfair fees, or citizens holding corrupt officials
to account, thousands of campaigns started by
people like you have won on Change.org –and more
are winning every week.
We live in an amazing time, when the opportunity to make a difference is greater than ever before. Gathering people behind a cause used to be difficult, requiring lots of time, money, and a complex infrastructure. But technology has made us more connected than ever. It’s now possible for anyone to start a campaign and immediately mobilize hundreds of others locally or hundreds of thousands around the world, making governments and companies more responsive and accountable.
Change.org wants to accelerate this dramatic shift –by making it easier to make a difference, and by inspiring everyone to discover what’s possible when they stand up and speak out. They’re working for a world where no one is powerless, and where creating change is a part of everyday life. They’re just getting started, and they hope you’ll join them.
Start a petition or support one: Environment, human rights, education, sports, health, criminal justice, technology, women, gay rights, animals, disabled rights, food, immigration, economic justice.
In addition to their easy-to-build and other sustainability- related benefits, homes constructed of bags filled with local dirt, mud, sand and/or rock are also potentially extremely expressive as works of design. The final appearance is generally curved, organic and assymetrical –anything but boring. All in all, they have a great deal of expressive potential for something so cheap, easy and fast to build. Source: dornob.com
10 ways AIU is helping you
2. Most of our students are selffinanced
or take advantage of
payment plans available at AIU.
Financial Department which don’t
accrue interest. This reflects in
over 90% of our students graduate
without student debt.
3. Flexible payment programs.
4. Possibility to advance payments without any kind of penalty. 5. No hidden fees.
6. Limited scholarship funds for students in need.
7. Invitation to settle the program upon completion of the academic process.
8. Direct solutions to eventualities.
9. Andragogic methodology, that sets students in a position of leadership in career development, in addition to reducing their reliance on experts for learning during their program and their lifetime.
10. With MyAIU students can break any cycle of economic, academic, social, geographical, cultural, family or political dependency
Two-thirds, that’s right, two-thirds
of students from American colleges
and universities are graduating with
some level of debt. How much? According
to The Institute for College Access
and Success (TICAS) Project on Student
Debt, the average borrower will graduate
$26,600 in the red. While we’ve all heard
the screaming headlines of graduates
with crippling debt of $100,000 or more,
this is the case for only about 1% of
graduates. That said, one in 10 graduates
accumulate more than $40,000.
It is a negative sum game for both
student-borrowers and the economy.
According to the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau, student loan debt has reached a new milestone,
crossing the $1.2
trillion mark –$1 trillion
of that in federal student
This pushes student
loan debts to dizzying
new heights, as they
now account for the
second highest form of
consumer debt behind
mortgages. With the federal
debt at $16.7 trillion,
student loan debts measure
at 6% of the overall
national debt. This is
no small figure, and national
debt carries many
consequences including slowing economic growth (translating
into fewer jobs being created) and rising
interest rates. Capital will not be as easy
The majority of student loans are
backed by the U.S. government through
banks like Sallie Mae, or since 2010, by
the Department of Education. Translation:
the creditor in this scenario is the
U.S. tax payer, who if students default
on these loans will be subject to carry
the burden of these loans.
If you are under the impression that
only four-year schools are subject to
debt, think again. Of those students
completing an associate’s degree from a
community college in 2008, 38% graduated
with debt. In the for-profit sector
of two-year degrees, over 90% have debt. The average debt load at a public
two-year institution is $7,000.
The Cost of Debt
Of this $1.2 trillion in student debt, about $1 trillion is in federal student loans. This figure does not tell the full story, however, as the $1.2 trillion does not include funds students must divert away from retirement savings, parent borrowing, or credit card debt. President Obama signed the bipartisan Senate bill to tie federal student loan interest rates to the market on June 9. On one side, this will reverse the interest rate hike that went into effect on July 1 (2013), lowering the current rates for undergraduate students from 6.8 to 3.8%. As the market climbs, however, these rates will climb until they reach a cap of 8.25%. By TICAS calculation, this may cost families $715 million more over the next 10 years. What does 3.8% interest translate to for students? If we go back to that average figure of $26,600, compounding for interest year over year using the 10-year-payback plan that is the standard, the total cost of your $26,600 loan is about $38,600. Break that down by monthly payments and you are looking at about $320 per month going toward student loan payments. “Debt costs you time in savings, pushes back when and whether you can buy a home, start a family, open a small business or access capital,” says Asher. Not to mention the opportunity cost of the education itself at almost $40,000.
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This writing desk merges modern technology and conveniences with antique aesthetics. When it’s all closed up, the Tempel desk by Swedish designer Love Hultén has a rather mysterious look, with a glowing planetarium locking indicator. Open it up and you’ll find a range of electronic tools. Constructed of ash, walnut and brass, the table was custom-made for the designer’s own use crafting small electronic projects. The lid of the traditional writing desk conceals a pop-up monitor, computer, speaker system, built-in soldering station and other tools. The amber-toned lighting, brass accents and old-fashioned dials contrast with USB ports and electrical cords. Twenty-six drawers offer plenty of storage for additional electronics and other small items. Reproductions of the retrofuturistic desk are available upon request. If it appears to be too expensive, design your own! dornob.com
School of business and Economics
The Bachelor of Economics (BS)
program objective is help professionals
develop an understanding of
business, markets, trade, government
policies and international issues, globalization,
health, development, and the
environment; so that they can become
economists and analysts in the public
and private sectors leading to careers in
business, finance, international development,
health, human resource management,
marketing, management and research.
The Bachelor of Economics (BS)
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 Economics (BS) 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: www.aiu.edu/CourseCurriculum.html
Core Courses and Topics
Money and Finance
Urban and Transport Economics
Fundamentals of Econometrics
Taxation Economics and Policy
Labor Market Economics
Techniques and Elements of Finance
Communication & Investigation
Organization Theory (Portfolio)
Experiential Learning (Autobiography)
Seminar Administrative Development (Book Summary)
Seminar Cultural Development (Practical Experience)
Seminar International Development (Publications)
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Research ProjectBachelor Thesis Project
MBM300 Thesis Proposal
MBM302 Bachelor Thesis (5,000 words)
Each Bachelor of Economics graduate is encouraged to publish their research papers either online in the public domain or through professional journals and periodicals worldwide.
• Able to think logically and analytically.
• Able to discuss views clearly in a variety of forums.
• Able to write concisely.
• Good at mathematics and statistical analysis.
• Employment Opportunities.