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Welcome to the Sustainability Studies Program!

The Earth is what we all have in common.Wendell Berry

I am guessing you are on this page because you are sustainability literate or want to develop a new direction that moves you away from sustainable illiteracy. Our Sustainability graduate studies program draws upon a multi disciplinary conceptualization and is the cornerstone of Akamai University?s mission statement. Our Sustainability studies degree program reflects a vital map of our global community working together towards the future survival of all living species that represent planet Earth and actively include Earth as a living organism. Think about the horrific fact that a child dies every eight seconds from waterborne disease. Worldwide, dirty water is the number one cause of death. Dirty water deaths are more prevalent than HIV/AIDS, accidents and war totaled together (Caldicott, Helen. Loving this Planet. 2012).

Ask yourself, what is your Sustainability IQ? What does Sustainability mean to you in your life and your community? Is Sustainability a cause and a powerful expression of healing and saving the planet for you? .

Here is a little carbon footprint and toe print first quiz for you. Which is more carbon emissions intensive: a) a 500 ml bottle of water or b) a pair of pants or c) a person? According to Mike Berners-Lee (2011) in his book ?How Bad are Bananas?? he quotes the following scientific research facts he discovered regarding CO2 emissions as follows:

a) Bottled water is more than 1,000 times more carbon intensive than tap water. Bottled water emits 110 grams carbon dioxide emissions(CO2e) if locally sourced with local distribution, 110 g CO2e average and 215 g CO2e traveling 600 miles by road.

(b) Often naturally labeled materials sound greener, but special production of natural materials and human wear/tear/ washing/drying may illustrate a different carbon footprint story. Which has more carbon dioxide emissions associated with its manufacturing process and upkeep: 3kg CO2e of Berners-Lee favorite old nylon traveling pants or 6 kg CO2e of his cotton jeans?

(c) The ?one person? figures represent a direct and an adjusted footprint for one year of living activities for a person within their respective countries. The adjusted number includes imports, international travel and shipping. Here are the CO2e figures: 0.1 ton CO2e per year average for a Malawian, 3.3 tons CO2e per year average for one Chinese person, 7 tons CO2e per year world average, 15 tons CO2e per year average per U.K inhabitant, 28 tons CO2e per year average for a North American, 30 tons CO2e per year average for an Australian. Note, as North Americans, we exceed the carbon dioxide emissions by four times the world average for one person.

Our Sustainability graduate studies degree program enjoys pioneering scholarly pursuits and is quite divergent in nature. Whether you are interested in the essence and intersections of human life, bio effects, public health concerns, energy issues, corporate growth, global environmental matters, water resources, poverty, international relations, psychological impacts of sustainability in the future, ecological change or any other related field, perhaps this is your new academic home. If we are fortunate enough to have you as part of our sustainability graduate studies program, then welcome as we begin the global betterment process here at Akamai - one student at a time.


Dr. Sandra Kolbl-Holman MS, PhD.
Program Director

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Program Vision Statement
The Sustainability Studies program recognizes the evolving focus of the sustainability field and the vast number of meanings associated with what defines sustainable. Our approach here at Akamai University is an open one that embraces studies which bring about change and global betterment.

Program Audience
The Sustainability Studies program at Akamai University is directed towards any potential applicant who has completed an undergraduate university degree. The applicant must illustrate an interest in sustaining the planet and making our world a better place to live. All applicants with an innovative sustainable idea, applied or non-applied sustainable project, master thesis proposal of a sustainability study or doctoral level research may apply. All applicants will be uniquely and individually evaluated based upon the merit of their proposed work, past academic history, and applicant suitability to the sustainability studies program. Pioneering studies, as well as, studies that follow peer reviewed standards are welcomed. Once an applicant is accepted, the applicant is assigned to either Sustainability Study track one (1) or two (2) and their study concentrations.

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Program Concentrations

Participants may undertake study and research in th following academic concentrations"
  1. Emergency Human Services
  2. Community and Economic Development
  3. Urban Studies
  4. Ecological and Environmental Studies
  5. Education and Literacy Studies
  6. Health and Wellness
  7. Peace, Diplomacy and International Studies

Program Faculty

Sandra Kolbl-Holman, Ph.D.
Program Director

Medani Prasad Bhandari, Ph.D.
Deputy Director

Jim Morningstar, Ph.D.
Applied Psychology and Human Services

Daniel L. Huber, Ph.D.
Spiritual Psychology

Stefan J. Kasian, Ph.D.
Applied Psychology, Human Sexuality

Premkumar Rajagopal, Ph.D.
Business and Economic Development

Harvey Menden, Ph.D.
Organizational Behavior

Seamus Phan, Ph.D.
Community and Economic Development

Mirjana Radovic, Ph.D.
Entrepreneurship for Women

Daniel Joseph O'Shea, JD
International Business Law

Niranjan Ray, Ph.D.
Information Technology, eCommerce

Anthony R. Maranto, Ph.D.
Environmental Studies

Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D.
Applied Ecopsychology

Pam Twee, Ph.D.
Literacy, Educational Leadership

James Wear, Ph.D.
Public Health Administration

Arif Hussain Shah, Ph.D.
Disease Prevention

Henry Zeidan, Ph.D.
Disease Prevention

Mary Jo Bulbrook, EdD,
Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Energy Medicine

James L. Oschman, Ph.D.
Energy Medicine

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Akamai University Accreditation and Recognition
Akamai University is accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC). Akamai has been designated as an ASIC Premier University for demonstrating several quality areas of strength and good practice. ASIC 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 director by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in the USA and is a member of the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG). ASIC is an approved accrediting body in compliance by the UK Border Agency (UKBA). ASIC Accreditation provides reassurance to the UK Border and Immigration Agency that the college meets their strict requirements for overseas students and, in general, does not harm the perceived quality of the United Kingdom education provision.

ASIC Premier University Certificate of Accreditation
Akamai University Listing in ASIC Accredited Colleges Directory

According to the ASIC Accreditation Handbook, page 10: Colleges which are deemed by the Accreditation Committee to have satisfied a number of indicators of commendable provision in identified sub-areas in each Area of Operation will be awarded a commendable grade for that Area and those colleges which are awarded commendable grades in at least six Areas, normally including Areas B, C, D and E, will be awarded Commendable overall. These colleges will have ASIC Premier College status.

Under Hawaii law HRS446E, universities not yet accredited within the USA must publish the following disclaimer relative to its accreditation, even when highly recognized accreditation is achieved overseas. Akamai respects the State of Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection, in its attempt to protect the public and our potential students, and therefore Akamai shall continue to publish the disclaimer, now, even with ASIC Premier University accreditation.

Akamai University is not accredited by an accrediting agency or association recognized by the US Department of Education. Before undertaking any program of studies in higher education or training, Akamai University strongly advises interested applicants to consult with licensing authorities, professional associations, colleges and universities, and prospective employers to determine with clarity if the desired degree program will meet their professional requirements.

Other Accreditation and Recognition
International Board of Standards
Global Universities In Distance Education
American Academy of Project Management
United Nations Global Compact
United States Distance Learning Association
Millennium Project
World Peace Society

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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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