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 below.
European-American 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 European-American 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).
The 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 European-American University. The validation partnership means that there is now the possibility of a triple reciprocal degree – the European-American 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
Comparability to United States standards
If you are resident in the United States of America, you should be aware that European-American University is not accredited or licensed by an agency recognised by the federal government of the United States of America. In the United States of America, many federal, state and private organisations require U.S.-accredited degrees. In these situations it is the responsibility of the individual concerned to establish whether or not a foreign degree will be an acceptable alternative. European-American University makes no representations concerning the acceptance of its degrees in the United States of America.
Notwithstanding the above, in June 2014, the curricula and academic programmes of European-American University were assessed for comparability to United States standards by California University FCE, a specialist evaluator of foreign education. Their report concluded that EAU curricula and academic programmes met the same minimum requirements as regionally and nationally accredited universities in the United States, and were therefore comparable.
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 and individual recognition agreements with particular institutions exist and European-American University has opted to become part of those listed below.
Australian Society of Musicology and Composition
European-American University entered into a partnership of collaboration with the Australian Society of Musicology and Composition in 2016. The Society is an independent examining body awarding its own diplomas in musicology, composition and musical performance.
Director of ASMC, Dr Matthews S. Tyson, with the Chancellor and the Pro-Chancellor
IT & B Educational Campus, Medan, Indonesia
The IT & B Educational Campus (Information Technology & Business) in Medan, Indonesia, is a major centre for internationally-based business-focussed professional education in Indonesia. With a modern, fully-equipped campus, IT&B is one of the five biggest international institutions in Northern Sumatra, serving over 1,000 enrolled students. It is accredited by the National Accreditation Board in Indonesia. A formal agreement of partnership was signed between the Foundation under the leadership of European-American University graduate Professor Agus Susanto Tan (Founder/Managing Director) and European-American University in London, England, on 23 April 2011.
Mara Educational Foundation, Malaysia
The Mara Educational Foundation, Malaysia (Yayasan Pelajaran Mara) is a humanitarian educational initiative. Originally established under government sponsorship, it co-operates with government agencies in Malaysia to provide scholarships and assist economically disadvantaged populations to pursue professional education goals. MARA manages its own network of colleges. A formal agreement of partnership was signed between the Foundation under the leadership of European-American University graduate Dato’ Haji Dr Rosli Mat Hassan PJN (Chairman) and European-American University in London, England, on 19 April 2011.
St Cecilia School of Music, Australia and New Zealand
European-American University entered into a partnership of collaboration with the St Cecilia School of Music in 2016. Founded in 1974, the School offers music tuition and also has its own international examinations board in music.
Saint Peter and Saint Paul Lutheran Institute
The J.S. Bach Academy, a recognized Centre of the 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.
Transfer of credit to other institutions
European-American 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 European-American University.
Specific reciprocal credit agreements are in force between European-American University and several government-accredited universities in the Americas, enabling graduates of European-American University to obtain a government-accredited reciprocal degree on payment of an additional fee. These arrangements are described above.
The majority of European-American 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 European-American University to those offered in the mass education sector. European-American University alumni can be found in a wide range of corporate settings from multinationals to social enterprises. Others include successful entrepreneurs and respected consultants.
European-American 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.
European-American 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.
As European-American 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. European-American 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 European-American University will be appropriate for your needs. European-American 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 European-American University and the third party in question is in force.