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Convocation in London

On the evening of 27 September, a Convocation was held in London, UK, before an invited audience who dined in the Lady Violet Room of the National Liberal Club. Presented to the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor to receive the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy was Mrs Annette Rose, who has undertaken many years of original research into the history of the Marten family in Sussex and elsewhere. The Chancellor gave an introduction to our educational philosophy while the Vice-Chancellor gave an account of the work that Dr Rose had submitted and the nature of her research.

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Dr Rose after her admission to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy

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With the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor

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The graduation party and guests before dinner

Information for graduates of European-American University

eaulogoEuropean-American University (EAU) is one of the institutions that has now merged in the Western Orthodox University.

All degrees issued by European-American University remain legal and valid. They can be verified upon enquiry to the Western Orthodox Academy which is the custodian of European-American University’s academic records.

All contractual arrangements entered into by EAU under its incorporation in the Commonwealth of Dominica, including faculty appointments and campus arrangements, have been inherited by the Western Orthodox University as the legal successor to EAU.

Any person who graduated from EAU who would like to receive a reciprocal degree from the Western Orthodox University, which like EAU is incorporated in the Commonwealth of Dominica, may do so on payment of a fee of UK£40 to cover postage and administration.

Welcome

Thank you for your visit to our website. I hope you will find the information contained within interesting and productive.

The website describes distance learning external programmes provided by the Western Orthodox Academy (which does not grant degrees) in the United Kingdom and leading to overseas, non-United Kingdom degree awards made by the Western Orthodox University on the basis of its incorporation in the Commonwealth of Dominica. It also gives details of distance and blended learning programmes offered via affiliated campuses in Africa and Asia that lead to Western Orthodox University awards, and explains the history, research and archival work of the University.

The Western Orthodox University is dedicated to a specific educational methodology – individualized, mentored study in which students have a high degree of autonomy in the design and execution of their programs. Sometimes characterized as the “Oxbridge tutorial method”, mentor-directed one-to-one or small group tuition is in fact the oldest model of education that has come down to us today, and predates the mass education that is prevalent in modern universities. A great strength of this is that students may start and end a programme at their own pace, and work when it suits them to accommodate professional and/or family commitments.

The University benefits from an established network of affiliated partner campuses, institutions and faculty around the world that are authorized to prepare students for its awards. Although we make use of a number of modern technologies to deliver its programmes, many students still do some study face to face with their mentors, and some tuition is given in small groups in a classroom setting.

Specializing in the education of adults who are already established in their fields rather than in school-leavers, the University has significant expertise in the assessment of prior formal and informal learning for college credit. APEL and related methodologies, which are now widely used and accepted in the university sector, can significantly shorten the time needed to earn a degree.

These programmes are designed for the serious and motivated student. Among our alumni we count some highly distinguished people – members of Royal Houses, government ministers, judges, leaders in business and in the Church to name but a few. The Western Orthodox Academy and the Western Orthodox University are institutions of the Apostolic Episcopal Church, a traditional or “continuing” Anglican denomination that was established in 1925 and formally recognized by the laws of the State of New York, USA, in 1932. With the exception of certain theology programmes, however, the University remains open to students regardless of their personal beliefs.

Our institutions are structured as a social enterprise. They have no endowment and their only source of income is student fees and donations from those who support its work. While we must cover costs and operate efficiently, the primary object is not to make a profit, but to carry out an educational mission.

Founded in 1945, the University is accredited by the Pontificia Accademia Tiberina, one of the Pontifical Academies, in Rome, as well as by the Anglican Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Western Orthodox University is justifiably proud of its record in making a positive difference to the lives of our students. We look forward to receiving your enquiries.

The Most Revd. Professor John Kersey, D.D., D.Litt., Ed.D.
Chancellor of the Western Orthodox University
Master of the Western Orthodox Academy