Atlantic International University

Atlantic International University, Inc. (AIU) is a private for-profit distance learning university based in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was founded in December 1998 as Atlantic University, Inc.[2] It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees including doctorates.[3][4][5][6]

Atlantic International University
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TypePrivate for-profit distance learning university
PresidentJose M. Atri[1]
Location, ,
United States

21°18′33″N 157°51′46″W / 21.3091601°N 157.8627071°W / 21.3091601; -157.8627071Coordinates: 21°18′33″N 157°51′46″W / 21.3091601°N 157.8627071°W / 21.3091601; -157.8627071


Although it is based in the United States, AIU is not accredited by a recognized United States accreditation agency.[7] It is accredited by the U.K. Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC),[8] but ASIC is not recognized by the United States Secretary of Education.[9]

Atlantic International University was formerly accredited by the non-recognized Accrediting Commission International.[3] It has also been listed as a non-recognized university in other countries including Ghana,[10] Nigeria (in relation to a branch in Okija),[11] and Oman.[12] It has been characterized as a degree mill,[13][14] and its degrees have been widely dismissed as "fake."[5][15][16]

It has been prosecuted by the Office of Consumer Protection of the State of Hawaii for fraudulently claiming to be an accredited institution. In a 2002 case, the state alleged that "AIU is not now and never has been accredited by a recognized accrediting agency or association recognized by the United States Secretary of Education...AIU has failed to properly and adequately disclose in its promotional materials, specifically its agents' advertising, the fact that it is not fully accredited by any nationally recognized accrediting agency or association listed by the United States Secretary of Education in violation of Hawaii Rev. Stat. § 446E-2(a)."[17]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Atlantic International University, Inc. | Better Business Bureau® Profile".
  2. ^ Atlantic International University, Inc., Business Registration Division, State of Hawaii.
  3. ^ a b Laura Patricia Cruz Ruiz, Internationalization in Mexican Higher Education: With Special Emphasis on German-Mexican Cooperation, Historisch-vergleichende Sozialisations- und Bildungsforschung 16, Münster: Waxmann, 2016, ISBN 9783830933489, pp. 117–18.
  4. ^ Mike LaBella, "Blind war veteran earns doctoral degree", The Eagle-Tribune (North Andover, Massachusetts), October 16, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Probe IGP's ‘Fake’ doctorate degree - Academics", Daily Guide Africa, via Ghana Web, October 28, 2016.
  6. ^ "Ministry of Education Congratulates CFBC lecturer on launch of textbook and successful defense of doctoral dissertation", SKNVibes, St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service, May 8, 2016 (press release).
  7. ^ "Is AIU accredited?", FAQ, Atlantic International University.
  8. ^ Atlantic international University, ASIC
  9. ^ "Accreditation", AIU Web site
  10. ^ "Stay clear of 51 unaccredited institutions - NAB warns public", Ghana Web, July 10, 2015.
  11. ^ Amina Mohammed, "NUC releases list of illegal tertiary institutions (See full list)", Premium Times, August 27, 2015.
  12. ^ "Oman education: 15 UK universities on government approved list", Times of Oman, July 9, 2017.
  13. ^ Anika Gumbs-Sandiford, "Commissioner into 1990 coup attempt accused of having Doctorate from degree mill", Trinidad & Tobago Guardian, January 26, 2013.
  14. ^ Alexandra Zykunov, "Dr. Dödel", Der Spiegel, February 7, 2015 (in German).
  15. ^ "Gifty Anti, IGP, Hassan Ayariga and others indicted in fake doctorate degree scandal", Pulse TV, August 3, 2016.
  16. ^ Adriaan Alsema, "Duque replaces director of National Center for Historical Memory with radical pundit: reports", Colombia Reports, October 14, 2018.
  17. ^ "Court filing against Atlantic International University by the State of Hawaii" (PDF). July 19, 2002. Retrieved July 27, 2022.
  18. ^ "KSU’s Landon Lecture Series to feature former president of Malawi", Hays Post, January 1, 2018.
  19. ^ "Biography of Professor William Bazeyo", Makerere University, archived at the Wayback Machine on January 12, 2019.
  20. ^ Marc Abrahams, "Improbable research: the hundred trillion dollar book", The Guardian, October 12, 2009.
  21. ^ "Commencement Profile: David Karpeles", SUNY Buffalo State, May 7, 2012.
  22. ^ Stephen Chan, "Michael Sata obituary: Forceful and ruthless president of Zambia nicknamed King Cobra", The Guardian, October 29, 2014.
  23. ^ "Hon. Queenstar Pokuah Sawyerr", UK–Ghana Chamber of Commerce, retrieved May 25, 2019.

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