In December 2016, European-American University (EAU) merged into the Western Orthodox University which is today the principal provider of the overseas degree awards described on this website. However, there still remains a limited provision for degrees to be awarded by European-American University in special circumstances.
Because European-American University is officially a part of the Western Orthodox University, it is covered by the various accreditations and recognitions that the Western Orthodox University holds. In its own right, European-American University also holds two African Royal Charters as listed below, and is under the Royal Patronage of H.M. the Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitara.
Today, the legal status of EAU degrees is that they are awarded jointly by the Western Orthodox University under its incorporation in the Commonwealth of Dominica and by European-American University under the terms of its Royal Charter from H.M. the Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitara.
European-American University was founded in 2003 and enrolled its first students in 2007. It was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Dominica and during the period until December 2016 held accreditation and recognition from a number of professional and para-statal bodies.
In February 2012, a Royal Charter of Incorporation in favour of the University was issued by the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara, which is one of the kingdoms of present-day Uganda, by HM Rukirabasaija Agutamba Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I, the 49th Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitara who is a Royal Patron of the University. HM the Omukama is constitutionally recognized under Chapter 16, Section 246 of the Ugandan Constitution of 1995. Under Amendment (No. 2) Act 1995 he is the titular head of the regional government and assembly of Bunyoro-Kitara and opens, addresses and closes sessions of the assembly.
In August 2010, as a mark of recognition and support for the University’s educational programs in Ghana and throughout Africa, the University was awarded a Royal Charter from HRH Nana Dr. Obeng Wiabo V, the Chief of Gomoa Nyanyano, and Oshihene (Chairman of Lands) of Gomoa Akempim Traditional Area, Ghana. Ghana’s historic traditional monarchies are recognized under the Chieftaincy Act 1971. The Chief maintains his own Educational Trust Fund for his people, which undertakes development work and welcomes donations to that end.
Comparability to United States standards
In June 2014, the curricula and academic programs of EAU 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 programs met the minimum requirements of regionally and nationally accredited universities in the United States.