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IOUF Profile: Who Studies with Us?

Numerous concerns are being expressed today about the future of higher education and at the Intercultural Open University Foundation (IOUF) we look at this as a promising time of evolution and possibility. Many traditional universities are finally examining and embarking upon distance education programs at the same time as they are beginning to realize that embedding a global perspective into their programs generates substantial benefits for their students.

 
Graduate and Post-Graduate Credibility and Accreditation in Distance Education

As an educational foundation focused on mentoring mature students to their MA and PhD degrees, the Intercultural Open University Foundation (IOUF) occupies a unique place in the world. And we recognize that it's sometimes difficult for people to know where to "slot" us in the grand scheme of education today. We are not a bricks and mortar university with grand lawns and large libraries. We don't have a set academic calendar focused on a traditional academic year. And our professors and academic supervisors eschew discussion of tenure and collective bargaining in favour of authentic debate about making the world a better place.

We are fully aware of the fact that we don't fit into a traditional educational paradigm. And that's just fine with us.

 

 
2012: Community Highlights at IOUF

Our last blog looked at some of the institutional accomplishments the Intercultural Open University Foundation (IOUF) experienced last year and we’re proud of how 2012 unfolded. Equally impressive, if not more so, have been the accomplishments of our faculty, staff and graduates and we thought we’d take some space this week to share some of their successes as well.

We’re extremely pleased to have awarded the 2012 IOUF Peace Award to Dr. Muneo Yoshikawa, Professor of the University of Hawaii and member of the Board of Governors of the IOUF. Dr. Yoshikawa has had a long and respected career in communications research and development and is the inventor of the notable double swing model of intercultural communication. He also carried the distinction of being the keynote speaker at the SIETAR Forum 2012+38 with great grace and honor.

 

 
2012: A Propitious Year in Distance Education

The old year has passed behind us in a flurry of talk in some quarters about auspicious dates and times of change. That's an apt metaphor for how we at the Intercultural Open University Foundation are looking at the future of education on this planet: it needs to respect people's time and it also needs to change.

Since we began delivering an alternative concept of higher education in 1981 we have mentored many extraordinary people to their graduate and post-graduate degrees. We're proud of the contributions our graduates have made over the years to the causes of peace, justice and dignity; the world is desperate for their help.

With the dawn of a New Year we've taken some time to reflect upon the things that make us proud of our organization and our role as educators of social change agents.

 
Education for Social Change: What does it mean for you?

We’ve noted a number of times in this space that the Intercultural Open University Foundation (IOUF) is an educational foundation focused on mentoring social agents to their MA and PhD degrees.

But what is social change? And why is it relevant for our learners today?

There are many definitions of social change floating around on the internet and elsewhere these days and we’re going to ignore them all, primarily because they tend to be layered with academic lingo and shaded with overtones of intellectual complexity. The truth of the matter is that the world is undergoing a massive shift right now that is moving us towards simplicity and a stronger connection to our own humanity. In our view, social change is simply about doing things to make the world a better place within the context of that shift.

 

 
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