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Introduction to Akamai University
Purpose for Honoris Causa Program
Candidate Recommendation Process
Guidelines for Donations
Honoris Causa Doctoral Fields
World Problems Addressed by Akamai

Akamai University was founded on the Island of Hawaii in 2002 as a progressive distance-learning university dedicated to the advancement of the human community and sustainability of the planet. The founders were committed to superior quality education, research and community service. Akamai is established as an international nonprofit organization which has achieved USA federal and State of Hawaii tax-exempt status.

We 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, we believe they are attainable with deeper understanding of the problems and solutions, and the full commitment and participation of the global community.

The mission of the University is established upon the premise that amelioration of 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 primary mission as an institution is the advancement of the human condition and the sustainability of the planet through superior quality education and research program and proliferation of demonstration projects worldwide.

Akamai University considers the Honoris Causa Program to be in unity with this mission. We are motivated and guided by very real circumstances that are best understood from valid and devastating global perspectives. Akamai University offers a full array of graduate programs for individuals seeking study and research in support of the University's mission. The Honoris Causa Program is extended across these fields of study: education and literacy, ecological and environmental studies, global health, energy medicine and transpersonal studies, sustainable human development, humanities, diplomacy and international studies, religious studies, applied psychology and human services, business and economic development, and information technology and media studies

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Akamai University has established the Honoris Causa Program for Human Advancement to acknowledge the exceptional contributions of individuals worldwide toward advancement of the human condition, global peace and security, and sustainability of the planet. While the University does not promote, in general, the awarding of honorary degrees, it has established quality criteria for the awarding the Honoris Causa doctoral degree to award earned recognition across the human community.

In like manner with many other institutions of higher education, Akamai uses the Honoris Causa Program to gather sponsors to strengthen our financial base to support achievement of our mission, and many sponsors have come forward as a result of the Honoris Causa Program.

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The determination to approve a candidate for the Honoris Causa doctorate is based solely upon the strength of the candidate's contributions toward advancement of the human condition. The following process is designed to assist the university in making its determination.

Recommendation of Candidates
Documentation Required about Candidates
University Contact Information
Candidate Approvals

Initial Recommendations of Candidates
Initial recommendations for Akamai University candidates for Honoris Causa award must be received by the University President in writing from senior faculty of the University or senior administrators of Akamai's educational affiliates, in good standing. Letters of recommendation for the awards should include a brief statement of recommendation, summarizing the greatest strengths and contributions of the candidate toward the betterment of the human condition and the sustainability of the planet. Together with the letter of recommendation for the candidate, the submission for recommendation must also include a completed and signed copy of the Universitys Affidavit of Acceptance, affirming the candidate's willingness to accept the nomination and cooperate in the approval process and the award ceremony. Upon receiving the letter of recommendation, the University President shall determine the fitness of the candidate for full review and issue an acceptance regarding the candidacy, providing guidelines concerning submission of the supporting materials leading to full approval.

Required Information for Honoris Causa Candidate

Required Affirmation from Candidate

Documentation Required about Candidates
Upon receipt of the acknowledgement of candidacy from the University President, the recommending faculty members or affiliate administrators will faithfully assist in gathering and submitting the necessary supporting information about the candidate. The candidate's supporting materials should be presented in a formal manner using the format provided by the University, attaching clean copies of documentation verifying the written statements in the submission.

  1. Provide the full name of recommending faculty member or affiliate administrator
  2. List full legal name of the candidate with postal address, telephone, fax and email address, and website address, if available. Also provide the date and place of birth of the candidate.
  3. Provide photographs of the candidate, including formal and "active" pictures
  4. List university and college degrees and other educational credentials earned by the candidate
  5. List licenses, certifications and professional credentials achieved by the candidate
  6. List candidate's present place of employment, profession or position of acclaim
  7. Itemize the career and professional achievements of the candidate that have served the betterment of the human community
  8. List the personal, fraternal, and voluntary community contributions made by the candidate toward the betterment of the human condition and the sustainability of the planet
  9. List additional commendations and awards attributable to the candidate
  10. Include three reference from among prominent individuals who know the candidate and can attest to the ethical character, and verify the contributions made by the candidate toward the betterment of the human condition and sustainability of the planet. Provide the following information for each of the three references: The full legal name of the reference, place of business and position, postal address, telephone, fax and email.

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University Contact Information
Candidates nominated by a member of the University constituency; a member of the faculty, a student or alumni, and affiliate director or friend of Akamai, will be assisted in gathering the needed materials to assure approval. Please be in communication with the individual who submitted your nomination to support the strength of your application for the award. Should you require information, please make contact with the Office of the University President.

The submission of required documentation on behalf of the candidate may be submitted by post, fax, or scanned email attachment to:

Dr. Douglass Capogrossi
Akamai University
187 Kino`ole Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720 USA
Tel: 1 (808) 934-8793
Fax: 1 (808) 443-0445
Email Dr. Capogrossi

Should you wish direct assistance from a member of the Akamai leadership in Asia, please make direct contact with our Vice President for the Asia Region:

Professor Dr. Ben Lee
Vice President, Asia Region
Akamai University
48 Lorong Kurau 17, Chai Leng Park,
13700 Prai, Penang,
Tel: +604-398 4306
Cel: +6016-446 2200
Fax: +604-398 4306
Web :
Email Dr. Ben Lee

Candidate Approvals
Upon receipt of the supportive materials for each candidate for Honoris Causa consideration, the President shall acknowledge receipt of the materials, and enter dialog with the appropriate senior faculty and the Vice President of the University. The purpose of the candidate's review for the award is conducted to determine the appropriateness and strength of the candidate's documentation for the award. Upon approval of candidates, letters of award are dispatched, with copies to appropriate members of the University community. The awardee shall be notified relative to the scheduled activity for formal presentation of the Honoris Causa certificate.

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Purpose of Donations
Customary Donation Amount
Record of Donations
Hall of Fame for Major Financial Contributors

Those who truly understand the depth of what Akamai is attempting to accomplish will join in the financial sponsorship of the University and adopt the Akamai mission as a part of their own philanthropic and humanitarian interests.

Purpose of Donations
Akamai University does not assess tuition to candidates for Honoris Causa awards, although it is customary to accept reasonable financial and material contributions from honorees, so long as it is understood and acknowledged that such funds and materials are contributed toward support of the mission of Akamai University and educational affiliates of Akamai University.

The primary purpose for participation by Akamai University in programs of Honoris Causa is to acknowledge the contribution of individuals worldwide who have acted to advance the human condition in a substantial manner. Funds raised by the University from sponsorship donations contributed by honorees or contributed on behalf of honorees are used to advance the readiness of Akamai University for an approach to international accreditation and degree validation arrangements, to ultimately pursue national accreditation in the United States of America, and to strengthen the administration of the programs of the University.

Customary Donation Amount
It has been customary for recipients of Honoris Causa awards to make financial contributions to Akamai University in support of its mission for human advancement. In addition, friends, relative and supporters of Honoris Causa recipients have also been encouraged to provide financial contributions to acknowledge the recipient. The customary donation has been $3,000 to $5,000 (USD), although higher levels of contribution are accepted. Lower donations are welcome, depending upon the resources and motivations of the recipients and their supporters.

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Documentation of Donations
It is customary that donations made by the Honoris Causa recipients and the friends, relatives, and supporters of the honorees be paid directly to the University, by bank draft or electronic transfer, payable to the University in American dollars. When direct submission is not possible, it is allowed that affiliate administrators of the University may receive the donation and transfer the funds to the University on behalf of the honoree. Under these circumstances a Record of Donation should be completed and submitted by the individual receiving the funds on behalf of the University.

Record of Donation

Hall of Fame for Major Financial Contributors
All contributors to Akamai University are entered into the permanent archival records of the University. Major financial contributors who donate in excess of $20,000 are entered to the University's Hall of Fame and have their name engraved on a plaque displayed at the University headquarters in Hawaii. Hall of Fame members are given a place of honor at convocation ceremonies and other University festivities. In addition, a scholarship fund is established in the name of each Hall of Fame member, permitting access to degree enrollment for a student with limited financial resources.

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The programs of study at Akamai University evolved in support of its founding mission. Programs at the graduate and undergraduate level have been established in the general fields of applied psychology and human services, business and economic development, environmental and ecological studies, education and literacy, health and wellness, sustainability studies, and transpersonal and consciousness studies.

Akamai University awards Honoris Causa Doctoral degrees only in the programs areas presently taught as academic programs. Available Honoris Causa fields are listed below:

  • Applied Psychology
  • Integrative Psychology
  • Human Services
  • Spiritual Psychology
  • Human Sexuality
  • Business Administration
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Environmental Science
  • Applied Ecopsychology
  • Educational Leadership
  • Literacy and TESOL
  • Public Health Administration
  • Health Safety Management
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Integral Health
  • Global Sustainability
  • Peace, Diplomacy and International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Transpersonal Psychology

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Roughly 1.3 billion people live in absolute poverty with nearly 25 million being added to their numbers each year. Hundreds of millions of people have no running water to drink or bathe themselves. One hundred million people do not have homes to live in and must spend their lives on the streets and pavements, their children never knowing the security of a suitable shelter. (World Bank and the United Nations)

The children of many nations suffer appalling abuses at the hands of their own countrymen and represent a huge and voiceless population seldom represented in the international human rights arena. Street children are frequently abused by police, or imprisoned in inhumane conditions. Because of their vulnerable condition, young people are often used as soldiers, and bonded laborers. Governments are known to perpetrate or acquiesce in systematic human rights violations against women, citing customs and rigid concepts of privacy as justifications for the subordination of women. (Human Rights Watch)

Human culture now has the potential to inflict irreversible damage on the environment and on its life sustaining systems and resources. Already, critical stress suffered by our environment is clearly manifest in the air, water, and soil, our climate, and plant and animal species. Should this deterioration be allowed to continue, we can expect to alter the living world to the extent that it will be unable to sustain life, as we know it. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

Already, more than ten percent of the earth's vegetated surface has been degraded, an area larger than India and China combined. This desertification, caused by overgrazing domestic animals, over-cultivation, salinization, and deforestation, has already begun to impact over 35 percent of Earth land surface and the situation is worsening (United Nations Environmental Program).

More than half the World population lacks access to the badly needed essential drugs. More than 150 million children are born every year worldwide and approximately 10% of these will never see their fifth birthday. One child dies every other second, due to malnutrition, hunger and poverty. It is estimated that one quarter of the World population is subject to chronic intestinal parasitic infections, which have insidious effects on growth, malnutrition, and cognitive functions. (World Health Organization, World Health Report)

It is no small aspiration 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. The Honoris Causa Program for Human Advancement is intended to serve the University's mission toward the amelioration of major world problems.

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Christian Studies
Applied Psychology
Integrative Psychology
Business Administration
Engineering and Technology
Economic Development
Environmental Studies
Applied Ecopsychology
Educational Leadership
TESOL Literacy
Public Health Administration
Complementary and Alternative Medicine -CAM
Sustainability Studies
Peace, Diplomacy, and International Relations
Transpersonal Psychology
Professional Studies
University Center
Degree Programs
Honoris Causa Program
Community and Continuing Education

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Akamai University is internationally accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC). The University has earned Premier status with ASIC for its commendable areas of operation. ASIC is an approved accrediting body for the purposes of compliance by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) is a member of the British Quality Foundation (BQF), sits on the Quality Standards Group of UK NARIC, and is one of a number of international accrediting bodies listed in the international directory by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in the USA and is a member of the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG).


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110 Haili Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720 USA