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Causes: Education, Graduate & Professional Schools

Mission: The founding mission of Akamai University is founded upon the premise that amelioration of major world problems and the creation of sustainable lifestyles and global practices are the hallmarks of responsible individual and corporate world citizenship. As generators of new knowledge and developers of new systems, our sole mission as an institution is the advancement of the human condition and sustainability of the planet. The primary academic mission of the University is to provide mature adults with the opportunity to pursue life-long learning in an environment that supports flexible and individualized studies. Akamai University is committed to the design and use of appropriate cutting edge information, models, textual materials, and technological applications for delivery of quality degree programs, research, training, and distance-learning experiences. Akamai University understands and supports the need for research on all fronts of the human experience, from the arts and humanities, religious and spiritual arenas of ideas, to the concrete world of hard political and business decisions. The scope of research should reach from the realm of public health and disease control to the recognition of the whole person in the healing process and from the study of the depth of human psyche to the community as an incubator of social and psychological health. Our research scope also spans the essential areas of environmental and life science. Through quality in research, Akamai hopes to encourage the development of new systems addressing the need for each world citizen to acquire the knowledge and empowerment to foster change in their world. Akamai’s research mission and philosophy is to create and organize new knowledge and systems toward the amelioration of major world problems, improvement of the human community, and sustainability of our planet. he Akamai University mission for community service is to strive for a world filled with greater peace, balance, cooperation, and the promise of an evolved human fellowship. These are noble foundation stones upon which to establish the fundamentals of sustainable human culture. They are spiritual principles that demand a worthy mission, and although the tasks and goals before us seem immense, they are attainable with adequate understanding of the problems and solutions, and the full commitment and participation of the global community. While this is no small aspiration, the mission for community service is derived directly and in support of the founding mission of the institution.

Results: Akamai now has more than 3,000 alumni and 25 affiliated schools with whom we carry out collaborative educational activities , training, colloquium, quality assurance ventures, and research. Our students are residents of forty-six nations, including USA, Canada, Mexico, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Macedonia, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Lebanon, Australia, New Zealand, Gabon, Congo, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Chad, Central Africa, Malia, Liberia, and Senegal.

Target demographics: with the betterment of the human condition and sustainability of the planet

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250 adult students and seven affiliated schools

Geographic areas served: across the international community by cross-border programs and guided distance education.

Programs: Education and training for leaders, journal and research ventures and community service projects in the areas of business and economic development, education and literacy, environmental and ecological studies, health and wellness, complementary and alternative medicine, sustainability studies, peace, diplomacy and international relations, and applied, integrative and transpersonal psychology

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I received my PhD from Akamai University in 2013. As a result of its rigorous curriculum,
I have found my life's work as a biophysicist, researching the therapeutic effects of pulsed electromagnetic field as it applies to both inflammation and stem cell based tissue engineering. I now work at the Wake Forest School of Medicine's Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

I highly recommend Akamai University!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Akamai has an excellent academic program I ever come across as a Distant Learning institution.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a PhD grad, I can finally say that this was the first degree of many where I was finally free to spread my wings. I was able to plan my programme guided by my own passion and work with people who share a vision. Akamai restored my faith in academic possibilities.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Akamai has been dedicated to not only socially responsible education and research, but also to helping the local community in Hawaii and addressing global issues impacting the human condition. I have put my money where my mouth is and have donated a considerable amount of both time and money to this institution because I believe in its mission. I have not been disappointed in how those resources have been used to help focus on issues of poverty, environmental sustainability, human health, and peace studies. This is an organization that you can believe in. They make a difference!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Akamai is the best Distant Learning Institution, I have ever come across.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been on staff since its inception and am proud of the fact I have been a small part of the institution that we know as Akamai university

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Akamai University has provided me with exceptional instruction to continue to pursue my studies in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The instructors have been strong mentors in their fields, and the online courses allow me the opportunity to create the learning pace that I need with my current career demands. As the field of CAM continues to grow and develop I am excited to be a part of the post graduate programming.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As a current student of Akamai University I am confident to say that I have received individualized attention not only from the faculty but also from the administrative staff. Most of my professors have been exceptional professionals who care about my professional development and encourage me in thinking critically and in positively contributing to the wellbeing of humanity. A very special thank you to my Chair for her invaluable support and guidance these past years!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a proud alumni (PhD 2011), I am happy to say that Akamai University is an exceptional and progressive institution with world class faculty using learner and learning sensitive instructional methods appropriate to the diverse needs its international students, effectively engaging its adult learners to think integrally and inclusively as global citizens, to creatively seek possibilities, ask great questions, and co-craft novel solutions that apply learning beyond the "class". The flexible program design and pace allows for greater choice in degree study, furthering optimal achievement, realization, field specific and cross-disciplinary skills, and individualized holistic learning experiences that have immediate relevance to the student's personal and professional life. The faculty respect each student as a unique individual, academically and professionally. Freed from traditional residency requirements, Akamai's distance learning students are able to pursue advanced study in a personalized and self-paced manner while maintaining full time employment and family responsibilities. Akamai University has a variety of flexible options for students at all levels of distance education experience and is known to honor the life pursuits of its students, providing opportunities to integrate professional activities within their programs. Akamai faculty members exhibit understanding and sensitivity to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, national, religious, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds of their students. Degree programs can include fieldwork, practicums, and internships with bespoke relevance to professional goals, personal growth, and career advancement. I also liked the encouragement of instructors to have students like me not just "write for the course" but to gain publication experience through its own hosted journals and mainstream peer reviewed journals. And I really liked the enriching experience of being part of a global community of program participants. For a pragmatic idealist wanting a degree program mentored by world class faculty, flexible in content and pace while maintaining high and rigorous academic standards for relatively low tuition, Akamai University delivers !

C. K. Johannes

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Akamai is a leader in innovative student centered programing. Graduate students are encouraged to make a positive contribution to their field and to humanity.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Akamai University is on a mission to provide individualized and competent distance learning, educational opportunities to those that wish to pursue their professional and educational goals. They are flexible and work with your schedule!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The instructors are professional and passionate about their teachings which carry through to their students. Truly a unique University.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Akamai University brings a learner centered approach to all that its does. I have witnessed the application of new methodologies of knowledge transfer as a member of the international faculty which is largely comprised of market professionals who have a strong academic profile.

3 medanibhandari

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Akamai University is unique in terms of its structure

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Akamai University embraces their mission statement and delivers their goals. The Sustainability Studies program offers an exceptionally broad scope.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have experienced the Akamai University model of education for 13 years plus. I can honestly say that all graduate students are given a top notch education. It is a place where the student is a real person and not a number. Akamai University gives every student the opportunity to share their pioneering work, sustainable ideas and make a difference.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dedicated education. Highly qualified and caring professors.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Since their founding on the Island of Hawaii, USA, in 2002, the vision of Akamai University, has been the advancement of the human condition and sustainability of the planet. As educators, they are most comfortable with instructional methods that empower their students to think beyond the confines of the classroom, building achievement and new learning fully engaged with their personal and professional lives. Their student body represents more than forty-five nations across five continents. Akamai encourages its students to individualize their studies to address important needs of their home communities. They honor the life pursuits of their students, providing them opportunities to integrate professional activities within their programs and research. As a non-profit organization, Akamai has established the fairest tuition rates possible, providing access for students from across the global community. The University uses a blended model of education, providing a world class venue for one-on-one mentored distance learning, conducted by the use of a world-class eCampus facility and an extensive array of online learning resources. Akamai collaborates in the delivery of premier quality residential seminars, delivered in cross-border venues by Akamai faculty overseas. The primary areas of concentration include: mental health and well-being, psychology and human services, business and economic development, ecological and environmental studies, educational and literacy, health and wellness, sustainability, peace, diplomacy and international relations Under the direction of highly qualified faculty, Akamai students are encouraged to create and evaluate, do independent and original thinking, make judgments, communicate unique ideas, feelings and experiences, and design effective solutions within "real life" situations.