Recognition

The Western Orthodox University is not accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education. In the United States, 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.

The University is ineligible for accreditation by a recognized agency in the United States firstly because its programs are not open to the general public, secondly because it does not charge fees, thirdly because its programs are individually designed rather than following a standardized curriculum, and fourthly because its student body is too small to meet the minimum criteria for enrolled student numbers set by recognized accreditation agencies.

There is no compulsory or government-sponsored system of accreditation that applies to private international universities, 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.

University Validation

The Western Orthodox University has entered into validation agreements with three government-accredited universities in Central America, and via one of these universities has access to further validation by a group of over thirty universities based in Central America, Mexico and the Philippines among other countries. Under the terms of the agreements, the validating universities have agreed to accept degrees from the University for the purposes of the award of a reciprocal degree. A fee is payable to the validating university for the reciprocal degree. Details of the validation scheme can be found at the link below.

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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.

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>>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.

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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.

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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 Universitaria Internazionale

The Accademia Universitaria Internazionale was established in Italy in 1939 by the late Prince Hugo-José Tomassini Paternò, Head of the Tomasi-Leopardi (Justinian-Heraclian) Imperial House. It was registered with the Ministry of Public Instruction and established partnerships with other educational institutions internationally. Today under Prince Ezra, the current Head of the Imperial House, the Accademia has established reciprocal relationships of partnership, accreditation and recognition with a number of our institutions and divisions.

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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
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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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Centre of International Diplomatic Studies “Il Mediterraneo”

The Western Orthodox University has received a Diploma of Merit for University Culture from this Centre, under the leadership of H.E. Professor Vincenzo Cortese in Italy.

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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 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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>>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.

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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