Inter-Governmental Organization "IGO"

Ignita Veritas University

Licensed Accredited University of Classical Education

 

IVU EDU ROUND (500) WebIgnita Veritas University (IV University) is the namesake non-profit educational institution established as an autonomous Official Body of the inter-governmental organization (IGO) Ignita Veritas United (IVU), which serves as the host institution providing supporting infrastructure.

 

IV University provides internationally licensed and governmentally accredited higher education, holding licenses and accreditation from the Ministries of Education and Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the collective Member States of the host IGO institution (IVU Sovereign Charter, Article 31.5-6).

 

Its official powers and authorities to grant academic degrees are thus fully licensed and accredited at the supra-governmental level, not subject to influence or regulation by any particular country, with inherent legal authorities directly backed by conventional international law.

 

The authorities of IV University as an academic and educational institution are protected by international law, under the 1966 Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (Articles 13.1, 13.2(c), 13.4), with a mandate for promoting the rights of access to and quality of education supporting human rights, under the 2008 UN Human Rights Council (HRC) Resolution 8/4: Right to Education (Article 7:(a),(e),(f),(i)).  These legal authorities in education are “binding upon” all countries as a “recognized customary rule” under the 1969 Convention on Law of Treaties (Article 38).

 

IV University is thus fully authorized to officially issue legal diplomas and grant all levels of academic degrees, including the Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate and Post-Doctorate levels.

 

Ignita Veritas is among only 5 universities in the world to be established as an inter-governmental (IGO) university with diplomatic status, after the United Nations University (UN 1973, Japan), European University Institute (EU 1976, Italy), Academy of European Law (EU 1992, Germany), and Euclid University (Treaty 2008, West Africa).  IV University developed from 2007, was originally licensed and accredited in 2013, and became inter-governmental in 2016.

 

For detailed information on IV University teaching methods and faculty studies of classical scholarship, see the Educational Methods and Faculty Studies reports.

 

All net proceeds from Ignita Veritas University are used to fund the non-profit humanitarian operations of the host IGO institution Ignita Veritas United (IVU), including the Sovereign Court of International Justice (SCIJ) and Emergency Relief Agency (ERA).

 

Unique Character as a Classical University

 

The Latin name “Ignita Veritas”, (pronounced ‘Ig-neet-a‘), meaning “Fire of Truth” or “Light of Truth”, represents an institutional dedication to applying a strict discipline of academic scholarship, to develop and promote factual bases of empirical, historical and practical Truth, providing verifiably truthful information, empowered by academic freedom.  This is a basic human right, and also serves as the necessary unifying fabric of civilization.

 

This foundational emphasis on objective Truth in academia also expresses the core principle of academic freedom, that education and scholarly discourse must never be compromised by political agendas, as the accuracy, reliability and transparency of factual bases for public policy and socio-economic development are most essential to the collective welfare of humanity.

 

Accordingly, IV University preserves and continues the classical tradition of informational education, promoting independent and penetrating factual research, logical analysis and critical thinking, enhanced by the basic human rights of freedom of thought, and freedom of expression.  This is further supported by encouraging diversity of academic opinions, and diversity of disciplines contributing different aspects and developing alternate solutions to the shared problems and issues of human society.

 

The word “University”, from the 13th century medieval Latin ‘Universitas’, means literally a “universal” institution, defined as a “community of scholars” operating diverse programs through a centralized academic institution “under its collective aspect”.  Historically, universities provide the host infrastructure for multiple academic faculties, and various non-profit institutes, research and development centers, and even law centers for non-profit legal services. [1]

 

True to this time-honored tradition of a university being literally “universal” in its functions, IV University operates a wide spectrum of academic Faculties, as well as multiple autonomous non-profit institutions, including a Think Tank developing public policy, and a Law Center providing legal services.  As an IGO official body, IV University applies all of these collective resources to support the host IGO institution Ignita Veritas United (IVU) and its humanitarian missions, including Diplomacy, Justice Courts, and the Emergency Relief Agency (ERA).

 

Custom Degree Programs by Modular Course Studies

 

The educational programs of IV University are divided into two separate primary spheres of (1) private internal studies, and (2) public external studies, as follows:

 

Exclusive Custom Faculty Studies – Academic degrees may be earned through classical Faculty Course Studies of traditional degree programs, by completing customized Faculty Study Modules in connection with mentorship and apprenticeship.

 

External Transfer Credits Program – Academic degrees may be earned by consolidating and legalizing Transfer Credits from external institutional studies, recognizing prior completion of equivalent Faculty Study Modules, through accreditation and examination by the separate and autonomous Inter-Governmental Accreditation Commission (IGAC) of Ignita Veritas United (IVU).

 

Academic Residency Standards for Course Studies

 

IV University provides classical Interactive Education, with mobility for activity-based studies enhanced by traditional Distance Learning through Multimedia Telecommuting.  These Educational Methods are designed to maximize direct professional mentorship by Faculty Professors, structured by established Montessori teaching methods.

 

However, the inclusion of accepted Distance Learning methods, for the mentorship component of otherwise traditional Faculty Course Studies, does not reduce the university to the modern “distance education” category associated with “online” institutions.

 

International Standards – The majority of campus-based universities in Western countries have a “Minimum Residency Requirement”, that a percentage of course credits must be completed by studies while in “Academic Residency”, during periods of attending the university faculties on-campus.  The most widely recognized American and British universities generally require 25% of course studies by residency for Bachelors or Masters degrees, and 12% or less for Doctoral research degrees.

 

Many fully accredited and well recognized universities in North America, Western Europe and Asia have a “Low-Residency Program” for research-based degree programs, which requires attending on-campus lectures and academic activities for 1-2 weeks every 6 months.

 

Such programs allow a substantial amount of Distance Learning by independent study in correspondence with faculty mentors.  All such programs from conventional universities result in full diplomas issued for campus-based academic studies.

 

Double the Requirements – IV University degree programs have an Academic Residency requirement of double the international standards, established at 50% of Faculty Study Modules for Bachelors or Masters degrees, and 25% for Doctoral research degrees.

 

Although IV University does not rely on centralized local campuses, Academic Residency is provided through a decentralized network of private offices, working facilities, project sites, affiliated and recognized institutions, available worldwide.

 

Supremacy of International Academic Standards

 

Ignita Veritas University (IV University) represents the highest levels of academia, and upholds the highest international standards of education worldwide.  The codified international standards of objective criteria have legal supremacy over the political standards of subjective criteria as legislated by various individual countries.

 

European Quality Standards – The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) established standards for educational qualifications defined by “levels” of “learning outcomes”, determined by “knowledge, skills and competence”, based on “what a person… actually knows and is able to do.” [2]

 

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) established standards for “transferring credits, on the basis of workload and achieved learning outcomes” between equivalent degree programs [3].

 

The United Kingdom Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) adopted and consolidated all of the European standards for degree qualifications and transfer credits between institutions [4] [5], providing a reliable and universal codification of objective international standards.

 

International Legal Standards – The United Nations Guidelines for Cross-Border Higher Education supports the international use of the European and British standards, and established a mandate for “facilitating the recognition or equivalence of each country’s qualifications”, promoting “cross-border education… ensuring that standards are transparent, consistent… and enhance mutual understanding of different systems” (Section 2) [6].

 

The 2010 Lisbon Convention Criteria for Assessment of Foreign Qualifications mandates that “foreign qualifications” for diplomas “of approximately equal level” should be transferrable “in a flexible way” (Article 36), and that “Recognition of foreign qualifications should be granted unless a substantial difference can be demonstrated.” (Article 37) [7]

 

Western Accreditation Standards – In most Western countries, accreditation is provided by non-governmental private organizations which have no official authority, but are sometimes politically “recognized” by the government [8].  In the United States (US), even the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is only another non-governmental private corporation “recognized” by the US Department of Education.

 

Despite popularized claims of presumed superiority of Western accreditation, the US Congress has officially criticized the American accreditation system as “failing to ensure academic quality” while inflating costs [9].  Evidencing that such quasi-governmental unofficial accreditation is unnecessary, the British Commonwealth country of Canada has no accreditation system at all [10], and in international education rankings 35% of the leading countries, many of which have no formal accreditation system, have a higher quality of education than those claiming dominant authority of Western education [11].

 

The US Department of Education (DOE) publicly admits that it “does not evaluate foreign degrees”, and that “There is no single authority in the United States for the recognition of foreign degrees”, which can be freely accepted by independent employers or licensing boards based on “comparability” of equivalency of diplomas [12].  Such equivalency is conclusively established by the official and objective criteria of higher international standards as codified by the EU and UK and recognized by the UN.

 

The Western “Ph.D.” is not the highest degree in international academia:  In many countries it is called a “Candidate” (Kandidat) qualified only to begin post-doctorate studies for a Professional Doctorate (Doktor), leading to the highest “Professorship” degree (Professor).  As the Western educational system generally does not include the two highest levels of academia, it cannot claim any authority or superiority in education by international standards.

 

Highest International Standards – Ignita Veritas University represents the highest levels of academia worldwide, providing the highest degrees by all international standards.  It is inter-governmentally licensed and accredited at the highest supra-governmental level of international law, backed by the Ministries of Education and Ministries of Foreign Affairs of multiple governments of the Member States of its host IGO institution (IVU Sovereign Charter, Article 31.5-6).  IV University is thus exempt from needing any further approval or recognition from any particular country.

 

Any State which might claim to assert its own regulatory authority would thereby violate the mandate of international law for “non-interference” in the sovereign affairs of States (1981 Declaration on Internal Affairs of States, Preamble; Article 2: 1(a), 2(j)), which fully applies to an IGO as a sovereign “subject of international law” (1969 Convention on Law of Treaties, Articles 3, 38).  Any statement by a private entity, claiming that any such regulatory approval is supposedly required, would thus be both legally and factually false.

 

Upholding All International Standards

 

All Ignita Veritas University academic degree programs meet or exceed all international standards of the EU European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), UK Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ), UN Guidelines for Cross-Border Higher Education (Section 2), and 2010 Lisbon Convention Criteria for Assessment of Foreign Qualifications (Articles 36-37).

 

All IV University academic degrees are earned by completing modular course credits, and scholarly research and academic writing of professional Thesis or Dissertation works, which meet or exceed all customary international standards for the relevant diplomas.

 

All IV University degree programs require partial Academic Residency of double the international standard (25%-50% of credits during residency), available through a decentralized network of Faculty offices and facilities worldwide, fulfilling customary standards for resident studies as provided by conventional campus-based universities.

 

All Transfer Credits are accepted only from institutional academic studies including research and writing, under qualified instructors at recognized educational institutions, which are relevant as equivalent Faculty Study Modules towards completion of the degree program.

 

 


 

[1] Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, New York (1911), Volume 27, “Universities”, p.748.

[2] European Union, European Qualifications Framework (EQF), Directorate General of Education and Culture, 23 April 2008.

[3] European Union, ECTS Users’ Guide, EU Publications Office, Luxembourg, 2015, Introduction, p.6.

[4] UK Quality Assurance Agency, UK Quality Code for Higher Education: Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ), Part A: “Setting and Maintaining Academic Standards”, October 2014, Chapter 3, Table of Levels, p.17.

[5] UK Quality Assurance Agency, Higher Education Credit Framework for England: Academic Credit Arrangements, 2008, Section 2, Table of Credit Values, p.14.

[6] United Nations, Guidelines for Quality Provision in Cross-Border Higher Education, UNESCO, Paris 2005, Section II, “Guidelines for Governments: (f)”, p.14; “Guidelines for Accreditation Bodies: (a), (c)”, p.19.

[7] 2010 Revised Recommendation on Criteria and Procedures for the Assessment of Foreign Qualifications, Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee, 5th Session (23 June 2010), Articles 36-37;  Issued under: Council of Europe, 1997 Convention on Recognition of Qualifications of Higher Education (“Lisbon Recognition Convention”), European Treaty Series No. 165 (11 April 1997).

[8] Dr. Marjorie Peace Lenn, Global Trends in Quality Assurance in Higher Education, World Education News & Reviews, Vol.5, No.2 (1992), p.1, p.21.

[9] Richard Morgan, Lawmakers Call for More Accountability from Accreditation System, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 11 October 2002.

[10] Erin Millar, SFU Pursues American Accreditation, Journal “MacLean’s”, 17 March 2010.

[11] Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Study: Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA); Study: Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, average of country rankings from 2012-2016.

[12] US Network for Education Information (USNEI), Recognition of Foreign Qualifications, US Department of Education, 26 February 2008.

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