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University Validation

Four government-accredited universities in Asia and Central America have entered into validation agreements with the Western Orthodox University. 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. Details of the validating universities are as follows:

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).

unemThe 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).

City University, Cambodiacity-university, was founded in 2005. It is accredited by the Sub-Decree of the Royal Government of Cambodia of 1 November 2006 and supervised by the Accreditation Committee of Cambodia under the regulations of the Ministry of Education. It 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).

How does validation work in practice?

Each of the universities above has examined the curriculums and practices of the Western Orthodox University and is satisfied that these meet their own standards. The validation agreements are reviewed periodically to ensure that this continues to be the case. Once a student graduates from the Western Orthodox University they need complete no further academic work to receive a degree of the same level in the same field from a validating university. The exact title of the degree may be different because of differences in national systems of education and the use of the Spanish language for institutions in Costa Rica. They will need to pay an additional fee for validation and to submit their academic transcripts (and for doctoral candidates, their thesis) as well as the usual identity documents, and these will then be submitted by the Western Orthodox University to the validating university. Providing all these are satisfactory, the reciprocal degree will then be issued to the graduate, usually accompanied by a legal notarization from the country of origin.