The time is now propitious for international
cooperation among institutions of higher learning and
major governments around the world. The combination of
high quality American Education in connection with the
educational standards and guidelines of countries in
transition, allows for the establishment of excellent
overseas centers of residence learning and extensive
distance learning programs. These programs must be
cognizant of the culture, customs and language of the
individual country, while, at the same time, applying
the academic standards of U.S. universities to the
student's higher education.
In light of current
economic and political crises, the UNO and UNESCO are
unable to adequately meet the educational demands of
Third World Countries and countries in transition, who
need assistance with their educational programs.
Additionally, there are almost no agencies which
currently provide this service. The first annual
conference dealing with such problems was conducted by
the World Association of Universities and Colleges in
conjunction with the United Nations in January, 1996.
However, American World University developed an optimum
global educational model in 1990, which has provided
quality instruction at the collegiate level to thousands
of students. Additionally, the University was recognized
in 1998 by Association Internationale Des Educateurs
Pour La Paix Mondiale, an affiliate of UNESCO and
American World's model was made possible
due to a number of revolutionary developments
characterizing our modern era. Over the past several
decades, enormous progress has been made in new methods
for delivering instruction to university students. These
new methods, and many types of advanced communication,
render some traditional teaching approaches obsolete and
open the door to new, more modern approaches to higher
education. Contemporary self-contained classroom
instruction is, in some cases, an appropriate means of
delivering instruction to students. In other cases,
distance learning delivery systems avoid the need for
states and nations to build "brick and mortar"
universities which are extremely costly. Therefore
distance learning, conducted in its own right, or in
conjunction with the traditional residence university,
is the method of choice for most students in the year
2002 and beyond.
Throughout the world,
governments face demands from their populations to
increase the amount of educational opportunities
currently available. Governments recognize that such
expanded education must take place immediately, since
disparity in educational achievement can affect national
sovereignty as well as economic development.
educational gap between more advanced countries and
emerging nations is widening rapidly. This disparity
threatens global interests and affects all countries,
including the United States, where attempts to modernize
traditional residence education have become too costly
compared to the growth rate in students. Thus, there is
a need to establish high quality university education
at-distance to serve large numbers of students in the
most effective way possible.
International Coordinators-WAUC and AWU
European Education Institue
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