Recognition

Our sister institution

European-American University (EAU), established in 2007 in the Commonwealth of Dominica, merged into the Western Orthodox University in 2016 and today functions as a division of the Western Orthodox University offering mainly secular rather than religious programmes of study. EAU degrees are awarded jointly by the Western Orthodox University under its incorporation in the Commonwealth of Dominica, and under EAU’s own Royal Charter of Incorporation from the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara, one of the subnational kingdoms of Uganda.

It is possible for students at either institution to pursue a joint Western Orthodox University – European-American University award, or for existing graduates to obtain a dual degree award from either institution without further academic requirements. Since 2016, all recognition agreements that cover the Western Orthodox University have also applied to EAU as a division of it. However, EAU continues to hold some recognition agreements separately in its own right, and these are detailed on its website.

>>European-American University website

University validation

The Western Orthodox University has entered into validation agreements with three government-accredited universities in Central America. Under the terms of the agreements, they have agreed to accept credits and degrees from the University for the purposes of further study or the award of a reciprocal degree. An additional fee is payable for the reciprocal degree. While the majority of the University’s programmes are eligible for this scheme, some (particularly certificates, diplomas and Associate’s degrees) are excluded.

In addition, through the membership of the Universidad San Juan de la Cruz (see below) in the Centro de Educación Superior – Consorcio Universitario Americano (CDES), graduates have the opportunity to gain a triple reciprocal degree – the Western Orthodox University degree, a reciprocal degree from the Universidad San Juan de la Cruz (accredited by the Costa Rican government) and a further degree from a choice of over thirty other partner institutions, which include university-level institutions accredited by either the Mexican, Costa Rican, Honduran, Panamanian, Philippines or Paraguayan governments.

The Universidad Panamericana (UPA) has been accredited by the Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Universitaria Privada (CONESUP) of the Ministry of Education, Costa Rica, since 7 December 1988, and is listed in the International Association of Universities’ World Higher Education Database of Higher Education Institutions (in collaboration with UNESCO).

unemThe Universidad Empresarial de Costa Rica (UNEM) has been accredited by the Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Universitaria Privada (CONESUP) of the Ministry of Education, Costa Rica, since 5 November 1997, and is listed in the International Association of Universities’ World Higher Education Database of Higher Education Institutions (in collaboration with UNESCO).

The Universidad San Juan de la Cruz (USJDLC) has been accredited by the Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Universitaria Privada (CONESUP) of the Ministry of Education, Costa Rica, since 29 April 1996, and is listed in the International Association of Universities’ World Higher Education Database of Higher Education Institutions (in collaboration with UNESCO).

Opportunities for further reciprocal degrees through the Centro de Educación Superior – Consorcio Universitario Americano (American University Consortium)

The Centro de Educación Superior – Consorcio Universitario Americano (American University Consortium) (CDES) is a recently-established consortium consisting of some thirty university-level institutions in Central and South America, with members in Costa Rica, Paraguay, Panama, Honduras, the Philippines and Mexico at the present time. There are over thirty member institutions, including the Universidad San Juan de la Cruz, Costa Rica, which is a validation partner of the Western Orthodox University. The validation partnership means that there is now the possibility of a triple reciprocal degree – the Western Orthodox University degree, a reciprocal degree from the Universidad San Juan de la Cruz (accredited by the Costa Rican government) and a further degree from a choice of over thirty other partner institutions, which include postsecondary providers accredited by either the Costa Rican, Paraguayan, Panamanian, Honduran, Philippines and Mexican governments. For details of the current member universities of the consortium, see the CDES website at www.cdes.edu.uy

Accreditation

There is no compulsory or government-sponsored system of accreditation that applies to private international education providers of adult education, nor are such organizations generally listed in directories of state-recognized universities. However, voluntary private accreditation systems exist and the Western Orthodox University has opted to become part of those listed below.

Pontificia Accademia Tiberina

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The Western Orthodox University has a full reciprocal relationship of partnership, recognition and accreditation with the Pontificia Accademia Tiberina, Rome, Italy. The Accademia Tiberina was founded in 1813 and received official recognition from the Sacred Congregation of Studies under Pope Leo XII in 1825. Already in 1816, the Papal States had granted the Accademia the right in perpetuity to display on its door the coat of arms of the Senate and the Roman people. In 1878 the Accademia was given permanent hospitality in the palazzo of the Cancelleria Apostolica by Pope Leo XIII. The Accademia counts five popes among its distinguished past membership: Pius VIII, Gregory XVI, Pius IX, Leo XIII, and Pius XII, and numerous Cardinals of the Catholic Church. Among its many other distinguished members are the composers Liszt, Bellini, Rossini and Respighi, the inventor Marconi and the chemist Marie Curie.

>>Further information (in Italian)
>>Informational brochure and list of notable members (in Italian)

Anglican Association of Colleges and Schools

aacs-accredited-logoThe Western Orthodox University is an accredited member of the Anglican Association of Colleges and Schools, the umbrella body for the educational institutions of the Apostolic Episcopal Church. Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of the Anglican Association of Colleges and Schools serves as a means of peer recognition among institutions providing Christian education within the United States and abroad, and confirms that an institution has met the Commission’s standards for effective operation.

>>View Certificate of Accreditation of the Western Orthodox University

Relationships of accreditation, partnership and recognition

The Western Orthodox University has two special relationships with sister organizations under the direction of the Chancellor. These are as follows:

Royal Belarus and the Belarusian Patriarchate of St Andrew the First-Called Apostle

Royal Belarus was created by the Belarusian church in exile in the United States in 1970 as an indigenous monarchist movement seeking both an alternative to Soviet domination and to the Russian monarchy. It has achieved wide recognition from other Orthodox churches and Royal Houses. The Chancellor succeeded his adoptive father as head of this organization in 2015.

>>Website

Abbey-Principality of San Luigi

The Abbey-Principality of San Luigi was established in the Fezzan by Benedictine monks in 1883 and enjoyed a brief period of sovereignty there before exile and re-establishment first in the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara and then in France and the United States. From the 1930s onwards it achieved recognition from a number of European Royal Houses and in 1962 was the recipient of Letters Patent from King Peter II of Yugoslavia. The Chancellor succeeded as head of this organization in 2011.

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The Western Orthodox University has entered into other relationships of accreditation, partnership and recognition with the following institutions:

Accademia Internazionale “Greci-Marino” – Accademia del Verbano, Italy, and Ordine Internazionale “Greci-Marino” – Ordine Accademico del Verbano, Italy

The Western Orthodox University has entered into a reciprocal Treaty of Full Collaboration, Partnership, Recognition and Accreditation with the Accademia Internazionale “Greci-Marino”, Verbano, Italy. In addition, the Western Orthodox University and its Chancellor have been accorded the honour of Academical Knight of Verbano by the Ordine Internazionale “Greci-Marino” –  Ordine Accademico del Verbano.

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>>View diploma of Academical Knight of Verbano
>>Profile of the Accademia
>>Further information: page 1page 2

Academia Municipalista de Letras do Brasil

The Western Orthodox University has entered into a reciprocal Fraternal Treaty of Friendship and Social and Cultural Exchange with the Academia Municipalista de Letras do Brasil, based in Sao Paulo. The Academia is a cultural institution with a particular mission towards the preservation of the Portuguese language.

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Académie Héraldique de St Paul

The Western Orthodox University has entered into a a reciprocal relationship of Partnership, Recognition and Accreditation with the Académie Héraldique de St Paul, Ronchin, France. The Academy is a registered non-profit association in France concerned with heraldic studies and research.

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Academy Project Man, Wyoming, USA

The Western Orthodox University has entered into a reciprocal relationship of Partnership, Recognition and Accreditation with the “Academy Project Man” (Accademia Progetto Uomo), which is incorporated in the State of Wyoming, USA, and also based in Rome, Italy.

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ASAM University, Rome, Italy

The Western Orthodox University has entered into a reciprocal Treaty of Full Collaboration, Partnership, Accreditation and Recognition with  the ASAM University and have also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the University. The ASAM University is a private university registered in Rome, Italy, since 1996. For further information, see this page.

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>>View Certificate of Appreciation

Chartered Institute of Strategic Managers and Leaders, Delaware, USA

The Western Orthodox University has entered into an agreement of Partnership with the Chartered Institute of Strategic Managers and Leaders (CISML), an international professional body. CISML is committed to growing the number, standard, employability, performance and status of professionally qualified Strategic Managers, Strategic Leaders and Performance Consultants globally, as well as developing and positioning members and Chartered Strategic Management Practitioners for professionalism, performance and prestige.

The Institute of Arts and Letters, London

The Western Orthodox University has entered into an agreement of Partnership with the Institute of Arts and Letters, London, which is under the University’s Chancellor as President. The Institute is a small and exclusive learned society, based in England’s capital but with an international membership, devoted to the study of the arts and letters in their broadest sense, and to the promotion of humanitarian and philanthropic endeavour. Membership is limited to fifty persons of high achievement in their fields, who are designated Fellows of the Institute. Current and past Fellows have come from a wide variety of cultural and professional backgrounds, and include royalty, aristocrats, world-famous poets, renowned musicians, senior clergy, scholars, and philanthropists.

The Institute of Management Specialists, UK

The Institute of Management Specialists (IMS), founded in 1971, is a United Kingdom-based professional qualification awarding body. The IMS is listed in British Qualifications – the British Council’s reference book, published by Kogan Page Ltd. Specific degrees in business issued by the Western Orthodox University are recognized for full reciprocal credit against IMS professional qualifications.

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International Academy of Saint George, Wyoming, USA

The Western Orthodox University has entered into a reciprocal Treaty of Collaboration and Partnership and are fully accredited and recognized by the International Academy of Saint George, incorporated in the State of Wyoming, USA. The Academy offers advanced studies in History, Heraldry, Chivalry and Ecumenical Religion.

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International College of Arms of the Noblesse

The Western Orthodox University has entered into a reciprocal Treaty of Full Collaboration, Partnership, Accreditation and Recognition with the International College of Arms of the Noblesse. The International College of Arms of the Noblesse was founded in 1925 at the International Convention of the Noblesse de Race in the United States of America, by virtue of powers confirmed to the noblesse by Francis II, King of France. King Francis II recognized the right of the noblesse to govern themselves in all matters heraldic, which was then confirmed and extended by Ordinances of the Kings of France dated 1725 and 1744 respectively, as recognized and maintained by Articles XXXVII and XLV of the Capitulation of Montreal 1760, and guaranteed by the Quebéc-Canada Act 1774 and by Articles II and XXVI of the Treaty of Paris 1763. Today, it forms part of the administration of the Abbey-Principality of San Luigi.

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International Corps for Civil and Health Emergencies, Wyoming, USA

The Western Orthodox University has entered into a reciprocal Treaty of Collaboration and Partnership with the International Corps for Civil and Health Emergencies, an international humanitarian association incorporated in the State of Wyoming, USA.

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The International University SAADAUD, Somalia – Centre of Bioethics and Human Rights

The Western Orthodox University has entered into a reciprocal Treaty of Full Collaboration, Partnership, Accreditation and Recognition with The International University SAADAUD – Centre of Bioethics and Human Rights and has also received a Certificate of Merit. The International University SAADAUD was founded in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1980, by H.E. Prince Dr Ali Moallim Hussen, traditional King of the Hiran Region, who became its first Rector. It was registered with and recognized by the Government of Somalia. The Centre of Bioethics and Human Rights was established by Rectoral Decree in 2006. For further information see this page.

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Norman Academy, Florida, USA

The Western Orthodox University has entered into a reciprocal Treaty of Full Collaboration, Partnership, Accreditation and Recognition with the Norman Academy, incorporated in the State of Florida, USA. The Norman Academy is a non-profit association concerned with Arts, Letters, Humanities and Human Rights. It is active in the United States, Italy and The Gambia, where the President, H.E. Dr Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh, is Honorary Chairman of the Norman Academy. On April 29, 2003, the Norman Academy was recognized by the Government of the Republic of The Gambia as a Moral Entity of Public Utility and of High Culture, with decree no. 246/2003 issued by the Ministry of Justice.

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Nobile Accademia di Santa Teodora Imperatrice, Rome, Italy – Centre of Bioethics

The Western Orthodox University has entered into a reciprocal Treaty of Full Collaboration, Partnership, Accreditation and Recognition with The Nobile Accademia di Santa Teodora Imperatrice – Centro di Bioetica and has also received a Certificate of Merit. The Nobile Accademia di Santa Teodora Imperatrice is an academy of international scope that is the patrimony of the Imperial Amorian Dynasty, whose head is also hereditary Magnificent Rector of the Academy. It was restored and its statutes published in 1897. In 1966 the Civil and Penal Tribunal of Rome determined that it was a subject of international law and registered it in the Public Register of Juridical Persons. The Academy is a Moral Patron of the Basilica Santa Croce, Florence, Italy (since 1968) and its members have included Cardinals and Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church.

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>>View Certificate of Merit
>>Official Documents and statutes of the Accademia

Order of the Calamian Star of Peace

The Western Orthodox University has been awarded the Medal for Meritorious Acts by the Order of the Calamian Star of Peace. The Order is awarded by Tagbanwa Tribal Chieftain H.M. Rodolfo Aguilar I, ruler of the Coron Island Ancestral Domain in The Philippines.

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Reale Accademia Palatina di Dalmatia

The Western Orthodox University has entered into a reciprocal Treaty of Full Partnership, Friendship, Collaboration, Accreditation and Recognition with the Reale Accademia Palatina di Dalmatia (Royal Academy Palatin of Dalmatia) based in Ferrara, Italy.

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>>Royal House of Dalmatia (Bollettino Ufficiale della Corte Suprema di Giustizia Nobiliare Arbitrale di Bari)
>>Further information (in Italian)

Ruggero II University – Studiorum Universitas Ruggero II, Florida, USA and The Gambia

The Western Orthodox University has entered into a reciprocal Treaty of Full Partnership, Recognition, Accreditation and Collaboration with the Ruggero II University(Studiorum Universitas Ruggero II). The Ruggero II University is a free and independent university incorporated in the State of Florida, USA, since 2001. On 29 April 2003, it was recognized by the Government of the Republic of the Gambia as a Moral Entity of Public Utility, with a degree of incorporation no. 246/2003 issued by the Ministry of Justice. The University has an agreement of partnership with the government-accredited Université Alassane Ouattara (formerly Université de Bouaké), Ivory Coast.

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Saint Peter and Saint Paul Lutheran Institute

The Western Orthodox University has entered into a reciprocal Treaty of Full Partnership, Recognition, Accreditation and Collaboration with the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Lutheran Institute. The Institute originated with The Biblical College of Religious Teaching of St Peter and St Paul, which initially derived from the internal resolution of the Statutes of the St Paul Commitee, legally registered and published in the Journal Officiel de la Republique Française (July 1996), while the University and College of the church, Art.4 of the Statutes, concerning Higher Education, was registered in January 2000, in the city of Marseille, in accordance with the legal capacity to grant degrees and give credit transfer/equivalence (Art.L731b of the “Code de l’Education”, 09/22/2002, L.335.

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Serenissima Accademia degli Stemmi

The Western Orthodox University and the Western Orthodox Academy have entered into a reciprocal Treaty of Full Partnership, Friendship, Collaboration, Accreditation and Recognition with the Serenissima Accademia degli Stemmi (Most Serene Academy of Heraldry) of the Royal House of Dalmatia, based in Ferrara, Italy.

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>>Further information (in Italian)

The Society of Crematorium Organists

The Society of Crematorium Organists is a partner institution of the Western Orthodox University. The Society is an Internet-based social organization directed at organists who provide music for funerals at crematoria and elsewhere. It has over 700 members and provides an active discussion forum for those engaged in this important ministry.

The Strategic Business School, Lagos, Nigeria

sbslogoThe Western Orthodox University has a partnership agreement with The Strategic Business School, which maintains campuses in Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Asaba and Port Harcourt. The vision of the School is to be Africa’s most innovative authority and best reference in Strategic Management and a world class distinctive business school, with strong global reputation and respect. Its primary mission is to innovate, deliver and implant the theory and practice of strategic management across Africa, build and reposition organizations and executives in Africa for global competitiveness and championship, using an integrated spectrum of innovative researches, learning, consulting, publishing and synergic networking.

Venerabile Confraternita di Maria Ss.ma del Buonconsiglio della Buona Morte e Misericordia, Città di Castello, Italy, and OR.VEN. – Ordine Venerabile della Venerabile Confraternita di Maria Ss.ma del Buonconsiglio della Buona Morte e Misericordia, Città di Castello, Italy

The Western Orthodox University has entered into a Treaty of Full Collaboration, Partnership, Accreditation and Recognition with the Venerabile Confraternita (o Compagnia) detta del Buonconsiglio di Città di Castello and the OR.VEN. – Ordine Venerabile della Venerabile Confraternita di Maria Ss.ma del Buonconsiglio della Buona Morte e Misericordia, Città di Castello, Italy (Order of the Venerable Confraternity (or Company), known as of (Our Lady of) Good Counsel of Good Death and Mercy of Città di Castello). This chivalric and Christian brotherhood can trace its origins to the last years of the first millennium (990-999 A.D.) and in its present form dates to 1230, making it probably the oldest religious brotherhood in continuous existence today. The Order is based at Città di Castello (Province of Perugia) where it has its own Magistral Church, and is governed by a Grand Prior (Grand Master). The Chancellor of the Western Orthodox University has the honour to be a Perpetuum (Grand Cross) of the Order, its highest rank. For further information, see this page.

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World Philosophy Network, Belgrade, Serbia

The Western Orthodox University has entered into a Treaty of Full Collaboration, Partnership, Accreditation and Recognition with the World Philosophy Network, headquartered in Belgrade, Serbia. The WPN is an international network of philosophers and institutions promoting philosophy and the humanities and publishes the magazine “Philosophical Views”.

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Transfer of credit to other institutions

The Western Orthodox University makes no representations as to the transfer of credit from its programmes except where a specific agreement exists. In respect of credit transfer where there is no such agreement, it is important to note that the transfer of credit from one institution to another is always at the discretion of the receiving school, generally depends on comparability of curricula, and may depend on comparability of accreditation. Applicants who wish to seek transfer credit must establish through prior inquiry with the school(s) concerned that they will accept transfer credit from the Western Orthodox University.

Specific reciprocal credit agreements are in force between the Western Orthodox University and several government-accredited universities in the Americas, enabling graduates of the Western Orthodox University to obtain a government-accredited reciprocal degree on payment of an additional fee. These arrangements are described above.

Professional recognition

The majority of the Western Orthodox University’s graduates are senior or mid-career professionals or retired adults seeking educational solutions tailored to the needs of the twenty-first century. Our alumni include royalty, senior government officials, church and business leaders from around the world. As befits the history of private university education for adults, they are a select group who prefer the bespoke nature of the programmes offered by the Western Orthodox University to those offered in the mass education sector. Western Orthodox University alumni can be found in a wide range of corporate settings from multinationals to social enterprises. Others include successful entrepreneurs and respected consultants.

Western Orthodox University graduates are also members of a wide range of professional associations. Recognition by such associations typically depends not only on educational background but on the applicant’s professional experience. For some associations, ordinary membership is accessible to any person with relevant interests without requirement of prerequisites, while others admit to graded levels of membership depending on the level of prior qualifications and experience of the applicant. In each case, membership offers opportunities for personal and professional development within the area(s) concerned.

The Western Orthodox University has specific recognition agreements with several professional associations, which have agreed to accept its degrees as fulfilling academic entry requirements for designated graduate and postgraduate-level awards. As well as the bodies that are listed above, details of other recognition agreements are available on request.

Professional licensing

As the Western Orthodox University is primarily an institution serving experienced adults, most of our students are already licensed professionals at the time of their enrolment. Our programmes are designed for a world-wide audience, and therefore are not written to meet any specific licensing requirements in any particular state or country. It would be impossible for any university to offer courses which meet all licensing requirements for every state, every province, and every nation. Those considering a degree for licensing purposes are directed to carry out local inquiries in their own country concerning such matters by contacting whichever local bodies the applicant deems relevant to his or her purpose. The Western Orthodox University cannot undertake to do so on the applicant’s behalf.

What does all this mean for your situation?

All issues of recognition are specific to your current and anticipated future needs and intentions as far as using your degree is concerned. It is common for recognition policies to depend on a school holding accreditation, and while a particular form of accreditation may be acceptable in some circumstances, in others it may not. Except where a given institution publishes rules as to its policy on this area, it is not possible to issue general guidelines, still less guidelines that are applicable in every circumstance and to every country.

It is therefore necessary that, before enrolment, you check carefully with present and potential employers and any other authority whose approval is important to you that the recognition and accreditation status of the Western Orthodox University will be appropriate for your needs. The Western Orthodox University cannot undertake to make these enquiries for you and makes no representation as to the acceptance of its degrees by third parties except where a formal written agreement between the Western Orthodox University and the third party in question is in force.