Academic Agreement AIU-USAC

During May, 50 teachers from San Carlos University in Guatemala, graduated from their academical programmes at Atlantic International University. This could be achieved thanks to the academic agreement both universities signed in 2005. This agreement has let both universities share resources to improve teaching base in this three areas:

1. Inductive qualifications: training system for academic staff out of the race with implications and effects on processes of opposition. 2. Qualification in service: training system for academic staff with the rank of titular. 3. Qualification for continuous improvement: training system for academic staff with unsatisfactory results in evaluations.

The next intake for the new programmes will complete registrations from July 7 to 11 and from August 11 to 12. You may find more information here: aulavirtual.usac. and

Join UNESCO Clubs

AIU is proud to be part of UNESCO Clubs in the world. We have received the corresponding certificate. UNESCO Clubs mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. The Organization focuses, in particular, on two global priorities:

Africa Gender equality
And in a number of general objectives in line with what AIU represents: • Achieving quality education for all and lifelong learning • Mobilizing science knowledge and policy for sustainable development • Addressing emerging social and ethical challenges • Fostering cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace • Build inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication

We invite all AIU students to join in the efforts that UNESCO Clubs do in the world to contribute to the peace and equality among countries of the planet.

Student publishes book

Our student Vidal Elías-Gutiérrez is presenting a new book: Management of fishery resources in the basin of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, written with Dalila Aldana and Martha Enriquez. This is a compilation of essays published by Universidad Veracruzana.

Vidal Elías-Gutiérrez will be graduating from the Ph. D. In Regional Development with the thesis, “A comparative socioeconomic research of fishery cooperatives in the States of Veracruz, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo, México: Building its own social reality”.

In 2005, Vidal Elías-Gutiérrez was awarded with the Palmes Académiques (Academic Palms) by the Prime Minister of France for his work in scientific education.

Graduate writes prologue

with a group of his students wrote a book titled The Stupidity of Organizations, based on the Organizational Development course, of which he wrote the prologue. The following is a small excerpt of the book and his prologue: “The human organizations are capable of achieving the greatest accomplishments but also the highest dimension of stupidity. This is how The Stupidity of Organizations, a book crosscurrent, provocateur and more necessary than ever. Forcefully exposes what few dare to say, and facilitates simple keys to combat stupidity. Proposes calmness rather than rush, honesty instead of convenience, simplicity rather than complexity. Above all, proposes responsibility rather than justification. Seven proverbs summarize the content of the book. Integrating awareness means that one has accepted the challenge of creating an alternative future”. “We are on the threshold of the transformation of organizations and creating a new way of thinking, we feel and act. This book is an invitation to take hold of your rights and your responsibility.” The Spanish Association of Directors of People, AEDIPE, are sponsoring this course and will be considering the ability to edit a special issue to give this book to all of his associates. Itamar Rogosvsky is the Director of the GR Institute of Organizational Development of Israel.

International recognition to AIU

To all of our community,

I am very pleased to share with you AIU’s latest achievement. Recently we were invited by Club Unesco to the 34th Ordinary Session of the Executive Committee of WFUCA. The international conference was titled Global Ethics, Sustainable Development and Social Media, was held in New York City and was attended by representatives of Unesco Clubs from many countries. During the meeting, AIU was presented with the following recognition award: International Recognition of Global Ethics and Social Responsibility, which was presented by the World Federation of Clubs, Centers and Associations Unesco, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The prestigious Federation continued by saying: “By contributing exemplary commitment to promoting ethics, values, lifelong work on behalf of the society and implement actions that generate dialogue and culture for peace.” The certificate was signed by George Christophides, President of WFUCA and Dr. Enrique Renteria WFUCA Vice-President for Latin America and the Caribbean. This significant achievement will surely continue to encourage AIU’s work and dedication towards peace, ethics and values that are fundamental in any learning process. AIU goal is for our students to, not only complete an academic program, but to complete it with an enhanced understanding which will make a positive impact in their communities as well as under our mission of peace, ethics and values. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate AIU’s Family and students on this successful accomplishment in the educational world.

Dr. José Mercado

Culture of Peace Essay

Dear Friends:

I would like to inform you that, as part of AIU’s activities with Unesco Clubs, we had the opportunity to participate in the event titled International Conference for the Development of Ethics in Public Employees in the frame and Spreading Transformed Values Program. The event took place in Valle del Chalco, México and was promoted by City Hall with the goal of creating awareness towards the importance of serving as public employees with honesty and professionalism.

AIU played a significant role presenting the Culture of Peace conference along with our comments and view about the fundamentals to live in Culture of Peace. The event was attended by representatives of Club Unesco in Brazil, Puerto Rico, New York as well as representatives from AIU in the United States. All of those who attended the event were extremely pleased with Unesco Clubs as we all believe that public service must be based on ethics, values and a culture of peace to avoid the corruption that harms our society.

AIU will continue to participate in such activities which promote the ideals of Club Unesco as well as AIU’s. We will continue to promote the principles of the Culture of Peace by the Organization of the United Nations. I invite our students of AIU to share with us your feelings with regards to the Culture of Peace. It is optional, however, I urge you to submit a 2-3 page essay on the Culture of Peace stating what specific actions in addition to their professional development, you could bring to the community where they live in order to spread these principles and make a positive impact for the sake of their families and society in general. The essay may qualify to receive academic credits towards your program with Club.

Dr. José Mercado

Graduation Ceremony

June 26th in Miami, Florida

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
Costa Rica
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
El Salvador
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
Strategic Planning
Mohammed El-Shaikh
Bachelor of Science
Osbert Abraham Grey
Master of Engineering
Stephen Agbobli
Master of Science
Civil Engineering
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
Operations Research
Arlindo Bengui André
Doctor of Science

Arnulfo Luis Franco Rodriguez
Doctor of Science
Fisheries and Environmenta
. Panama

David Moises Giraldo Cano
Bachelor of Science
Luis Francisco Vivanco Aldon
Master of Business Administration
Samir George Abudayeh Giha
Doctor of Philosophy
Political Science
Felix Bigabo Bizimana
Master of Counseling
Ibrahim Othman Al-Saleh
Bachelor of Business Administration
Saudi Arabia
Thu Rein Ko Ko
Doctor of Philosophy
Industrial Engineering
Juma Samuel Khamsin Walle
Bachelor of Arts
Public Administration
Helen Hubert Kataraiya
Bachelor of Science
Baha George Chami
Bachelor of Science
Information Technology
Bilal Mohammed El Khatib
Bachelor of Business Administration
Business Administration
Heidar Kamal Zadeh Hassan
Bachelor of Science
Information Technology

Flexibility of time is the greatest benefit

Interview with José Vicente Chang Gómez, from Ecuador, graduated with PhD in Environmental Sciences

How has the andragogic learning at AIU impacted your life, professionally and personally?

In reality, this andragogic system allows you to manage your time. In my case, I was able to elaborate and plan my time and calendar. When it comes to turning in little by little the assignments that AIU would request. In this manner, it became a double life experience, I would say, because whenever I would have questions I would ask via the platform and I would get an adequate answer to those questions.

You have worked as a professor for the las 25 years, correct?

Correct. I have been a professor at the ESPOL (Litoral Polytechnic Superior College) in Guayaquil, Ecuador –which is where I am from– for the last 25 years. In addition, I have been involved in research projects and consulting in approximately 46 projects. And now, because of the knowlegde I have gained in my research for my doctoral thesis at AIU, I have elevated the level of the transmission of information to all my undergraduate and graduate students, because I am also a professor of a Master Class in Environmental Sciences at the ESPOL.

We are so grateful that you could be with us, studing from Ecuador, Dr. José Vicente Chang Gómez. Thank you. Anything else that you wish to share?

I want to say thank you to all the faculty, administration tutors, and advisors that are part of the AIU family. Now, I can consider myself part of the great family and we will grow step by step during the course of the years. And obviously I am very happy to have obtained my Degree. Thank you for the support I have received during the entire process.

What do you think has been the greatest benefit to your life now that you have completed this program at AIU?

Yes, the first benefit was that I could use my time that I generally use to do routine activities to complete my Degree. What I observed from this andragogic system is that you must stay in discipline to be able to satisfy the requirements asked at AIU. But also, the digital library that AIU offers, has thousands and thousands of documents that can be read or researched at any time, in a way that the university doesn’t impose on you a rigid schedule like other universities that I have attended to.

But rather it is flexible so that the candidate can decide what it’s schedule will look like. That is a huge benefit that other universities do not have.

In your opinion, how does AIU differenciate itself from other universities from an academic point of view?

I think that AIU, with its faculty staff, everyday improves and it is at a very high level like other universities.

Just like right now it is required in my country, Ecuador. It is a law that the professor not only teach but are also involved in research. This is now a regulation that has being enforced.

And the same way, the system that AIU offers allowed me to develop and improve my research. In the same manner, I could combine teaching and research at the same time, and I believe that I did it with great succes.

You just mentioned your doctoral thesis, which was presented at the International Seminar of Environmental Education and Sustainable Development. What can you tell us about the thesis that you were able to complete with AIU?

Yes I had the chance to present my thesis at this international Seminar. My thesis is based on a simulation on a dispersion plume of water from a desalination, In other words, this water is extremely salty, for a real case implemented at a refinery in Ecuador, a hydrocarbon refinery. The investigation was based on field data and was evaluated with groups of students and colleagues, and afterwards applying it to work using mathematical models and tools. And we were able to derive many conclusions. One of those conclusions was how to avoid and prevent the contamination of marine life from one side, and from the other side, a proposal of certain parameter that should be inserted which are not today in the environmental norms of my country. And lastly, I was able to combine the experiences for the processes of learning and teaching in an andragogic system like the one that AIU offers.