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University of the Nations

University of the Nations
Motto To Know God and to Make Him Known
Established 1978
Type Private
President Markus Steffen [1]
Provost Thomas A Bloomer [2]
Students approx. 20,000 worldwide[3]
Location Global, 600 campuses in 142 countries[4]
Affiliations YWAM

The University of the Nations (U of N) is a Youth With A Mission (YWAM) network.


  • History 1
  • Education 2
  • Accreditation 3
  • Notable people 4
    • Alumni 4.1
    • Visiting faculty 4.2
  • Commendations 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The institution was founded in 1978 as Pacific & Asia Christian University (PACU) by Howard Malmstadt and Loren Cunningham, the founder of Youth with a Mission, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. As other locations were established around the world, PACU was renamed the University of the Nations in 1989.


The U of N offers Associate's degrees, Bachelor's degrees, Graduate Diplomas and Master's degrees from its seven colleges. These colleges are the College of the Arts and Sports, College of Christian Ministries, College of Communication, College of Counseling and Health Care, College of Education, College of Humanities and International Studies, and the College of Science and Technology. There are also five interdisciplinary centers: the Community Development Center; the Center for Discipleship Training Schools; the Family Resource Center; the Student Mobilization Center; and the GENESIS Center. Its core program is the Discipleship Training School (DTS), which is required for all the secondary training programs. The DTS format of three months of lectures with weekly speakers followed by two-month outreach is adhered to by all the secondary training programs.


University of the Nations is not accredited by any recognized accreditation body. As such, its degrees and credits may not be acceptable to employers or other institutions, and use of degree titles may be restricted or illegal in some jurisdictions.[5]

University of the Nations justifies its lack of accreditation by stating that "validation by an accrediting agency in one nation could be limiting. With the U of N, students may begin their education in South America, continue it in the United States and complete their U of N degree requirements in Europe. This type of international scope is a challenge for accrediting agencies to validate."[6] Additionally, since the school does not pay staff, who work as volunteers, "the lack of salaries for staff could preclude accreditation."[6] University of the Nations asserts that other institutions have accepted and continue to accept transfer credits,[6] including Houghton College,[7] and the South African Theological Seminary.

  • University of the Nations International web site
  • University of the Nations, Kona web site

External links

  1. ^ about uofn (university of the nations), UofN Lausanne website
  2. ^ UofN Int'l. Office of the Provost website
  3. ^ UofN About Us page (Retrieved 11/DEC/2010)
  4. ^ a b YWAM Day Proclamation by Hawaii's Lt. Governor. November 29, 2010.
  5. ^ Diploma Mills and Accreditation - Accreditation, US Department of Education
  6. ^ a b c University of the Nations-Accreditation, accessed December 11, 2010
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ Institute Search, Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS), accessed December 11, 2010
  9. ^ Disciple Nations Alliance referenced 8/DEC/2010
  10. ^ YWAM Publishing "Meet our authors webpage referenced 1/NOV/2010
  11. ^ Vice President, Food For the Hungry Int'l. referenced 15/JULY/2009
  12. ^ The Last Child-the Global Race to End PolioCARE Bios of Polio Experts, referenced 8/JUL/2006
  13. ^ UofN Visiting Faculty Profile page
  14. ^ CARE profile page
  15. ^ University of Rochester Medical Center Christian Fellowship Faculty Bio page, referenced 12SEP2009


See also

A state proclamation of "YWAM Day" was issued by Hawaii Lt. Governor Duke Aiona on November 29, 2010.


  • David Newberry, Senior Public Health Advisor, [14]
  • Dan Fountain,[15] medical missionary for 35 years in Zaire (DR Congo), recognized authority on the treatment of persons with AIDS, faculty of the Christian Medical & Dental Association’s Continuing Medical Education Program and as an Assistant Professor at King College and Director of their Global Health Care Center master's degree program, International speaker and author of numerous books in English and French on community health and primary health care

Visiting faculty


Notable people

Campus entrance from the roadside


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