The Western Orthodox University: University Validation

Both the Western Orthodox University and its awarding body European-American University have entered into validation agreements with three government-accredited universities in Central America. Under the terms of the agreements, they have agreed to accept degrees from the Universities for the purposes of the award of a reciprocal degree. A fee is payable to the validating university for the reciprocal degree. While the majority of the Universities’ programs are eligible for this scheme, some (particularly Associate’s degrees) are excluded.

In addition, through the membership of the Universidad San Juan de la Cruz (see below) in the Centro de Educación Superior – Consorcio Universitario Americano (CDES), graduates have the opportunity to gain a triple reciprocal degree – the Western Orthodox University degree, a reciprocal degree from the Universidad San Juan de la Cruz (accredited by the Costa Rican government) and a further degree from a choice of over thirty other partner institutions, which include university-level institutions accredited by either the Mexican, Costa Rican, Honduran, Panamanian, Philippines or Paraguayan governments.

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). It is a member of the International Association of Universities with ID IAU-018159.

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). It is a member of the International Association of Universities with ID IAU-017738.

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 a member institution of the Centro de Educación Superior – Consorcio Universitario Americano (American University Consortium) (CDES) which is described below.

Opportunities for further reciprocal degrees through the Centro de Educación Superior – Consorcio Universitario Americano (American University Consortium)

The Centro de Educación Superior – Consorcio Universitario Americano (American University Consortium) (CDES) is a recently-established consortium consisting of some thirty university-level institutions in Central and South America, with members in Costa Rica, Paraguay, Panama, Honduras, the Philippines and Mexico at the present time. There are over thirty member institutions, including the Universidad San Juan de la Cruz, Costa Rica, which is a validation partner of the Western Orthodox University. The validation partnership means that there is now the possibility of a triple reciprocal degree – the Western Orthodox University degree, a reciprocal degree from the Universidad San Juan de la Cruz (accredited by the Costa Rican government) and a further degree from a choice of over thirty other partner institutions, which include postsecondary providers accredited by either the Costa Rican, Paraguayan, Panamanian, Honduran, Philippines and Mexican governments. For details of the current member universities of the consortium, see the CDES website at www.cdes.edu.uy

How does validation work in practice?

Each of the universities above has examined the curriculums and practices of the Western Orthodox University and European-American 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 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 a fee to the validating university for validation and to submit their academic documents (and for doctoral candidates, their thesis) as well as the usual identity documents. 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.