About Ansted University
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Ansted University
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Introduction

Ansted University is a private open international university and research institution of higher learning incorporated in British Virgin Islands. Ansted offers courses of instruction leading to Diploma’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees as well as Undergraduate and Post Doctoral Programmes.

Ansted University offers its programmes worldwide, utilizing contemporary communication technologies, in order to provide students with the opportunity to study anywhere, anytime, and at their own pace.

All the degree programmes offered by the University have been reviewed, evaluated by the highly qualified scholars who are academic and faculty members at prestigious institutions and universities throughout the world.

From a humble beginning, the vision of the Ansted University as a corporate institution began to spread across the world. Ansted University was developed equally as an alternative to traditional institution of higher learning for those persons who are unable to experience a classroom college-level education for various reasons.

A group of educators and professional people from 23 countries actively participating in our efforts, comprising an international planning committee for exploring the possibilities of creating an Ansted International Open University with a world philosophy and a worldwide outreach

Ansted University has its history, its finances, its philosophy, and a host of aspects such as its administration, its curricula, its academic practices, its faculty, its representatives, its affiliated campus developments, and its long-range objectives, which are calculated to take Education to new frontiers.

A university must have a reason for its existence such as the education of youth and of mature students seeking higher degrees. Providing lifelong learning opportunities for a world that reflects optimum human capability is indeed the reason for Ansted University’s existence.

For Ansted University to succeed, it must be far-sighted, visionary, courageous in exploring new knowledge, and sensitive to significant changes in our way of life. It is a University that dares to dream of a more humane world in which organised violence is unknown and human potential fully developed.

Ansted University is multi-dimensional, without artificial barriers and dogmatic limitations. It aims to not only consider education as an art, but also as a science. It excludes nothing that is constructive, uplifting, inspirational and in the mainstream of human evolution.

Ansted University operates as an international university for business administration and entrepreneurship, arts, science, technology, alternative medicines, engineering, environmental science, agriculture, applied science and law. It offers Modular Certificate Programme, Diploma’s, Advance Diploma’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor’s degree programmes.

Ansted’s graduates are experienced mid-career working people. They are culturally, ethnically, and professionally diverse. The age extreme ranges from twenty onward to eighty plus. They speak English, Afrikaans, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Malaysian, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian, Cantonese, Farsi, Urdu, Hindi, Arabic, and many other languages. Ansted’s graduates have been accepted for further research and study by some universities in various part of the world.

It is not just a few paragraphs can introduce Ansted University even though we are a young Open International University. If we were to accumulate the years of experience of our Ansted community to bring their acute and in-depth knowledge and experience then it would increase to huge number of years. This itself sounds very interesting. Yes, indeed. No matter how you look at it, establishing/founding Ansted University has been a wonderful and satisfying thing to do. And we have been doing this worthwhile thing together with more than 1000 Academicians, Scientists, Researchers and Experts in various fields from more than 80 countries since our inception. The majority of them are serving as volunteers and holding Honorary position while they are still working for reputable traditional Universities and Organisations. We human beings have the power of choice. The ability to make choices and decisions.

Many thousands of our alumni have been starting to serve the communities in their home country and proud to hold our university degree qualifications despite the fact that we are not an accredited university. We have many surveys to prove that our university graduates not only can compete but also can out-perform others in the work place.

Ansted University has room for Ansted community to continue to develop and find their research interest without any barriers because Ansted has been creating a platform to promote education in a non traditional approach. It becomes common place for Ansted community to continue to grow and at the same time to help keen learners to grow together for cultivating a better world to live in.

Besides describing the background of Ansted University as a part of introduction, we feel that the best way to introduce Ansted University to public is to articulate some statements mentioned by Ansted community at large to create a more impact illustration which will help readers to know us better.

Dr. David Lingiah

“Distance Education acquired through Ansted University is a valid learning experience. Following my first degree in Health Studies at Glasgow Caledonian University I took all my post graduate education through distance learning mode from Masters to PhD in Counselling and Psychology. As such I feel sufficiently prepared in my academic life to be able to write with confidence and have had several texts published in the area of Counselling and Health. These texts are well used by students and others. I continue writing for several newspapers and magazines. Recently my academic work was further evaluated by Ansted University and was awarded a DSc. as well. I was elected as an Honorary Council member of the Board to Ansted University and had the privilege of serving as editor-in-chief of the 2005 newsletter and the present university new website working closely with Professor Roger Haw and many fellow colleagues of Ansted University. It was an honour and in fact a valuable experience. Ansted’s reputation is now worldwide through the untiring efforts of Dr. Haw. His personal achievements are a testimonial of his recognition by several governmental bodies and NGOs around the world. The UNESCO recognition of Ansted University mission and activities are one special achievement we should all be proud of. The invitation to attend the UNESCO Forum on “Higher Education, Research and Knowledge Colloquium on Research and Higher Education Policy, “Universities as Centres of Research and Knowledge Creation: An Endangered Species?” in Paris, France at the UNESCO Headquarter on November 2006 was one that will last deep in my memory. By Dr. David Lingiah (UK)

Prof. Dr. Irene Ovenstone (UK) said “AU founding members seem to be doing a marvellous job for promoting education worldwide and are justly proud of their efforts. They must have had a difficult time. Life is certainly full of problems but to achieve a goal it is necessary to be persistent in the face of all adversity. I have certainly had a share of that in my life but the end product is important. Falling down and getting up again are all part of the process. Many of Ansted students all over the world must be grateful that they were able to study at the university and broaden their horizons towards a more successful and enriching life. I will be pleased to hear more about the university activities in due course. I feel complemented on the part Ansted is playing in promoting education and research. I do not need to tell you that funding is always a problem with any research. I believe that Universities need to come closer to the communities. Much needs to be done in the developing countries to raise standards of education. I believe it is likely to be a long uphill struggle but very well worth the effort.”


Prof. Dr. Roger Haw

“Ansted University has seen a steady and healthy growth over the past few years. All these would not have been possible without team spirit, strong support and good collaboration from the Ansted family. Especially I highly appreciated each and every single word you have given to encourage and acknowledge our most sincere and warmest effort to the establishment of AU in the world to help the needy for Educational Development. I was the pioneer and so derive much satisfaction for taking the first step but I was not the only person who made the journey. The University needs to be nursed well by all of us. Let us join hands and with concerted efforts make its future as healthy and wholesome as we can.” Prof. Dr. Roger Haw (Malaysia)


Prof. Dr. Dana M Barry

“Ansted is unique in that it unites the people of many countries into one large family under the excellent leadership of its Founding Member Dr. Roger Haw. The University is wonderful, open, caring, and inspiring. It also provides numerous opportunities and encourages social, economic, and educational development at all levels. Ansted means everything to me and I am very proud to be a member of its community. Since I serve as President of the Scientific Board, I am also concerned with the improvement and promotion of the University’s Science, Engineering, and Research Programs.” Prof. Dr. Dana M Barry (USA)

We know that numerous difficulties can arise while striving for a noble goal. It is quite likely in our mission too. However, we sincerely hope to have constructive criticism and sympathy along with cooperation, patronage and support from everyone. We had to deeply consider the most sensitive aspects of leadership style to be followed in each organisation that we set up. Ansted University Foundation provided us the financial support for this vital point.

One can be sure that nothing happens by chance. When people suffer, as they do on a scale almost unimaginable, they suffer for a reason and that reason can be traced to human misconduct in some form or another. It may not always seem that way, but behind every effect there is a cause, and behind every cause there is accountability. For the university to remain silent in the face of this accountability is to perform a monumental disservice to the student body it is educating and to the society it is guiding with through its leadership.

The time has come for the university to rethink its role as a learning institution with an eye on the universe, within and outside of each individual learner. This is the only way a more humane and peaceful life can be realised by us all. Religion by itself cannot accomplish this result. If it could, we would already be living that ideal life. We would have peace on earth, and people would be motivated by love and not by fear or greed.

At Ansted University, instead of creating various schools with an international outlook on one campus, we have decided to create and promote many affiliated campuses, scattered across the world. Instead of preparing students for careers that have one personal implication, we have agreed to prepare them for world service and world leadership as that is where the greatest need exists today.


Prof. Dr. Joy B Cripps

“We are educated but not always cultured, skilled but not always constructive. What is needed is some comprehension of a plan that foresees the trend of human evolution, and the manner in which humanity can cooperate for the lasting benefit of all. Instead of pouring facts into an empty mind, the satellite campuses attempt to bring from the individual the knowledge, --knowledge which is already there. Hence, the true meaning of education: to draw out, to evoke, to evolve, to develop, to express what is within. A concept, which goes back 2,500 years to the ancient Greeks and to the Platonic philosophy of successive re-embodiment. It is nothing new in the history of education.” Prof. Dr. Joy B Cripps, President of Ansted University Board of Governors

“When it is said that a student is responsible for the condition in which he/she finds himself/herself and is the product of his/her own self-image, then what chance does one have of achieving success in his/her chosen vocation, unless he/she does express the proper image? The assumption that intelligence alone is insufficient for the mentioned purpose is correct. Today our world is in the hands of the educated, but it is also facing catastrophe. Obviously, our education has to be faulty to produce such a devastating effect. The missing link in modern education is the dedication to a selfless cause that transcends the necessity for personal aggrandizement as a way of life. The key to university education is commitment and not cognitive ability alone.

Life is not just a matter of achieving success by the time-honoured method of the accumulation of possessions and wielding of power. It is a matter of fulfilling a destiny that is personal and spiritually satisfying to the individual concerned. This is the start of a series on SUCCESS. Different people have their definitions or meanings attached to success. Success is valued differently depending on gender, age, race, religion, lifestyle etc. Whatever it may be, it’s undeniable that success is important. Yet many people set too little rules for success but too many rules for imperfection. Even if they are already successful, it’s worthwhile to think of what success is over and over again. Successful people are successful because they form the habits of reminding themselves and doing those things that failures don’t like to do.

Not many people realise it but it’s actually easier to succeed than to fail. Here’re 3 reasons why:
1. It’s easier to succeed because success eliminates the agony and frustration of defeat.
2. It’s easier to succeed because money spent to fail must be spent again to succeed.
3. It’s easier to succeed because joy and expressions of affirmation come from succeeding, whereas feelings of discouragement and discontent accompany failure.

Education may be called a philosophy, and even an art, but it can hardly be called a science until it has revealed the student’s identity. That is who he is, where he has been, why he is here, and where he is going. Of course, the revelation is applicable to both sexes.
Once a student knows what his/her capacities are and what dangers to avoid, the student is prepared to succeed in any formal professional training. All education starts with self-revelation, and it is from this beginning that Ansted University proposes to guide the student toward the realization of his/her destiny. Ansted University exists on the assumption that all of mankind is on the threshold of a new experience of world order. The formation and direction of this world order, is to engage all men and women of good will.” This statement was contributed by Prof. Dr. Joy Beaudette Cripps (Australia), Prof. Dr. Roger Haw (Malaysia) and Late Prof. Dr. Howard J. Zitko (USA)


Prof. Dr Adams Bodomo

“I will continue to support Ansted. I will eventually propose a curriculum for a proposed Department of Linguistics and later a Research Centre in Human Language Technology (HLT) - the area that deals with how human language is processed on the information technology gadgets like computers, phones etc for various applications such as language learning, (web-based) teaching, etc, etc. These are areas and units I would like to see developed here in at Ansted University. I will gradually begin setting up the Linguistics programme and the research centre in HLT.” Prof. Dr Adams Bodomo (Africa)

Each year millions of people acquire knowledge through various type of learning method. They study for many reasons — to advance their careers, increase their income, obtain better jobs, increase their prestige, or simply to learn something new.

What has brought about such sweeping changes in traditional thought? For the first time on a mass scale, universities are beginning to look beyond the brick and the ivy. What they are seeing are the many highly intelligent and capable individuals in the world who are left dangling with their dreams, desires and goals at a standstill while those with university degrees enjoy the promotions, pay rises and the prestige awarded them by our “degree conscious” society. Non-traditional study in its many forms is available now throughout the world, and adults may now earn University degrees no matter where they live.

Schools conducting studies on the “workability” of non-traditional degree programmes are discovering that adults can be highly motivated when they are given opportunities for lifelong learning which do not conflict with personal and professional lives. And schools report that in many instances the personal growth and confidence acquired by an adult studying in a non-traditional format often gives him or her deeper level of understanding and appreciation far beyond that of the traditional university-age student.

The flexible nature of non-traditional education allows students a variety of learning experiences—credit by examination, credit for life experiences, evening courses, independent study, contract learning, weekend college, summer programs, seminars, workshops, internships, tutorials, correspondence courses, extension classes, online courses and more. All of these experiences are non-traditional in that the learning (or credits) is obtained outside the traditional week-long classroom setting.

“Ansted University is a University like no other; its unique character is reflected in its mission to serve society through its teaching and research. It may therefore be hailed as a true humanitarian edifice in the spirit of the United Nations, bringing education to those who would otherwise be without tangible recognition of their achievements and success. We should recognise how important the spiritual and humanitarian dimensions to education are to the ultimate success of any study or research-based programme. Without them we cannot experience the true richness of education, whose purpose is to uplift and ennoble the human spirit, and are left merely with vocational training, which certainly has its uses but which will at the end leave the soul unsatisfied. Genuine education is a profound and life-changing experience. Its nature is to question and challenge all held assumptions; this is why one of the first actions of despots is to suppress free thinking and speech. At Ansted University we can see a beacon being lit whose intellectual and spiritual fire will, in time, spread throughout the world. It is indeed an honour to be one of those involved at the beginning of this process.

One of the most important aspects of a spiritually-rich University is that it stands for peace and the cessation of conflict in the world today. Those who truly understand each other through the shared experience of education will put themselves above the waste and misery of war, because they recognise that there is no solution in armed conflict and that reasoned negotiation is the only path to success. Wars are not about who wins or loses - to have had to resort to war in the first place is an admission of failure. Through its mission, there is much that Ansted University is doing to unite the peoples of many nations in a single family; a family where debate and discussion will flourish, but in the knowledge that the ties that bind this family together are too strong to be broken. At a time when the world is far from being at peace - indeed where fresh destruction is being spoken of at this very time - we must all play our part in emphasising our common humanity and universal brother- and sisterhood.

It is worth restating that all successful universities are ultimately dependent on vision, and in the examples of Ansted University’s Founding Membership such vision is present in abundance. Our President, Prof. Dr Joy B. Cripps, has shown us through her example and inspiration that we can achieve our goals if we hold fast to our dreams and persevere through the difficult times. Now we can see this vision beginning to take shape, there is the chance to create a Great Work whose significance will be universally known in this, the twenty-first century, and for many years to come. This is a historic time, and we should all do what we can, be that through financial, educational or spiritual support, to make Ansted University all that it can and should be.


Ms. Cherryl E. Berin

“Education remains a universal quest. That is why it is conceived as the last bastion of hope. At the present time, human race is battered with challenges and issues. Consequently, knowledge becomes the indispensable wealth of human race and education has drawn the encompassing frontier of this future. Needless to say, education is a profound necessity and a shared responsibility among us. As a University Lecturer, I see future unfolds as learning venues arise like Ansted University. It is a noble mission to lead the young minds toward national development. Truly, education equates an investment in the future and Ansted University exemplifies a cradle for the future. I assume that this event is well-attended. And I was fascinated as to how AU convened such handful of expertise in the Asian hemisphere.” Ms. Cherryl E. Berin (Philippines)


Mr. David Wortley

“You have the power to change the world if you believe in yourself and commit to helping others fulfil their potential. My very best wishes and congratulations go out to Ansted University and especially to Dr. Roger Haw who has been a source of inspiration and an example to many in our globalised Information Society. It is the passion and commitment demonstrated by Dr Haw which has the potential to change the world and he has recognised how empowering the empowerment of others can be. Although my own resources are presently limited, I am happy to make available any expertise and virtual classroom technology at my disposal to support the worthy cause of Ansted University. Always remember, "You have the power to change the world if you believe in yourself and commit to helping others fulfil their potential." Mr. David Wortley (UK)


Dr. A. S. Guha

"Education today is undergoing cultural shifts in knowledge related processes. We have distance education, online learning, virtual campus to make it globalise and accessible to the marginalized. This is a creative approach to some of the fundamentals of education where technology is a potent medium. Very soon we will see the duplication of the classroom model in the virtual universities, in many countries. In a globalise environment we must think of "Learning to live together". This is the paradigm shift of peace and togetherness which education must foster. Peace education or Education for Peace should be a reality. How can education be an antidote for peace? It is indeed very commendable that Ansted University is a platform for people from all over the world to enkindle this passion for education. Let such diversity in unity remain the watchword so that we continue to be free thinkers in our quest for knowledge. The Programme on 31st October 2002 is a translation of the ideal of living and learning together into a reality. The messages are nice. Some of them are very beautiful and sensitive and moreover they are from all over the world. It just proves how compressed the world is today, thanks to path-breaking technologies. I wish it grand success.” Dr. A. S. Guha (India)


Prof. Dr. Osama Jannadi

I read the material with enormous interest. On a review of the information, I have observed that keeping the rapid developments taking place in industry, technology, science and other fields, the future of education is moving towards preparing students to work in a global economy with goals that are shared both personally and by the community at large. The educational implications are lucid. Students need to learn how to make proficient use of ICTs to help support them in communicating, learning, problem solving, and researching. In effect, such institutions need to be readily accessible to students and educators. I am very happy to note that Ansted University is meeting this challenge head-on and is separating itself as one of the premier institutions for advanced education. I am very proud to know that Ansted University’s vision is to make the students and faculty of the University gear themselves up to the changing atmosphere. Under these circumstances, the future structure and function of Ansted University is well supported with a strong foundation in promoting human excellence while encouraging team efforts. I wish University every success in its strive towards a strong educational base in the Far East.” Prof. Dr. Osama Jannadi (Saudi Arabia)


Prof. Dr. Gregory Vastatzidis

Ansted University’s very promising attainment requires the warm support and zest of its devotees. A university like Ansted is of considerable need today given the world circumstances, especially regarding the demand for knowledge. The essential international perspective implemented by Ansted University is fully consistent with the objective of the acquisition of knowledge for as many people as possible. Excellence is the hallmark of a university of distinction"; "Excellence requires a total quality commitment, which must characterize every activity of Ansted University". I could not agree more. Indeed, I had the privilege to experience and fully realize from my adolescence what devotion to excellence and commitment to quality really means. Therefore, I can understand better the essence of Ansted philosophy. The success is the result of bold but also tenable conception, thorough knowledge, sufficient capability, and appropriate strategy. These four distinct parameters combined with zeal and unswerving fervour are fundamental constituents to any attainment that is potentially successful.” Prof. Dr. Gregory Vastatzidis (Greece)


 
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