The European-American University difference
As a private international university delivering highly progressive, cutting-edge educational programs, European-American University presents a determinedly different institutional viewpoint from traditional academic institutions. Most notably, where other universities are structured to meet the needs of government or the educational establishment first and foremost, European-American University’s methodology is student-centered and individualistic, built on the values of a holistic and humanistic philosophy that honors the diversity and potential of the human race. Its founders drew on expertise from both the public and private sectors of education provision, as well as in international business, and developed a distinctively and refreshingly different philosophy of education as an individualized process designed to empower future world citizens.
A contemporary foundation for EAU’s philosophy can be found in the United States in 1964, with the beginning of alternative and innovative programs in the elementary and secondary departments at Harvard’s School of Education and the Union for Research and Experimentation in Higher Education. These developments led to the University Without Walls project centred on California and to the creation of numerous non-traditional educational institutions, a few of which continue in existence today.
History and structure
The European-American University project itself first took shape in 2003, and in subsequent years incorporated several small correspondence institutions. The ensuing years saw the EAU project undergo a considerable process of development and change, culminating in the adoption of the EAU name itself in early 2007 and the formal launch of the new online presence for EAU later that year.
European-American University is global in its outlook, utilizing the best of both American and European academic practice (and particularly influenced by the traditions of the British academic system), with a strong commitment to sustainability through technology, to curriculum experimentation and to academic freedom. As a global institution operating first and foremost through the technology of the internet, the University’s campus is ultimately wherever its students may be found worldwide. According to a publication of the American Council on Education, Washington D.C.,
“A few institutions operate without a campus and have many sites similar to off-campus programs; these institutions may consider themselves to be campus-free or a generic university without walls.”
Although this means that EAU is not tied to a single geographic location, its extensive network of affiliated campuses offers a range of flexible classroom and mixed-mode study options leading to EAU awards.
The outlook of many traditional universities reflects an inability to meet market demand outside the school-leaver sector, and the concept that university education is a marketplace of competing institutions (as with any other service industry) has been slow to gain ground within the mainstream. In this atmosphere, small private institutions have flourished because of their greater flexibility, progressiveness and individual focus. The opportunity offered by European-American University is that of putting yourself in the driving seat of your degree program with the University as facilitator and validator rather than a bureaucratic and impeding authority. It is a chance to be part of the next generation of learners, moving beyond artificially-imposed boundaries to a point where learning is recognised wherever and whenever it has taken place. It is above all a chance to revitalize the concept of university education to meet the challenges facing our global society in the coming years.