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Accreditation, Certification, and Partnership

Quality, contribution, care and assistance provided to students from all over the world are the core values of our university. Striving for constant innovation and improvement is of great importance to us. We want to showcase our unique approach to education through further certifications and accreditations.


 

What is the legal basis for the operation of LIGS University?

LIGS University is established and regulated by the State of Hawaii, USA law number 446E, as amended.

In 2004/5 this law regulated approximately 150 universities. According to the latest available data, such universities are now only 12, including LIGS University. The others did not meet the conditions given by the law and had to end their activities. Source: Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs of the State of Hawaii, USA.

Does LIGS University have to be accredited according to the law?

No, because it is regulated directly by the law.

It is not obligatory to get accreditations and it depends on the universities' decision whether they endeavor to earn them. However, accreditations and certifications are a sign of credibility and quality. It means that the university is advancing, developing and improving their programs, becoming more efficient, and focused on student welfare. LIGS University wants to be exceptional in the best possible ways.

Is LIGS University accredited?

 

Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC)
 

Yes, LIGS University has earned the international accreditation from the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC). It has been awarded the ASIC Premier University status by meeting strict quality criteria, highlighted primarily by our exceptional educational methods and our approach to students.

 

Better Business Bureau (BBB)
 

LIGS University also gained the Better Business Bureau®  Accreditation with the highest rating and has ranked among nearly 400,000 accredited companies in the US and Canada adhering to high standards of conduct, behavior, and manner of the association. BBB's Accreditation confirms our quality, approach, and compliance with all of the BBB Accreditation Standards and also with the Standard for Trust.

 

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)


While obtaining a national or regional accreditation is not mandatory in the US, LIGS University will make every effort to bring the best possible education to its students. We have received "Eligibility" status from the WASC Accreditation Association, and you can keep track of our progress here.

More information on the accreditations held by LIGS University

  • More on ASIC Premiere University

    ASIC is a recognized British Accreditation Authority for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), one of the international accreditation associations listed in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in the US and a member of the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG). It is also a member of the British Quality Foundation (BQF), the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the Global Universities in Distance Education Association (GUIDE), the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN).

    LIGS University ASIC Premier University Accreditation Certificate.

     

    LIGS University on the list of ASIC International Accredited Colleges Directory

  • More on Better Business Bureau® accreditation

    BBB accreditation (with over one hundred years' tradition) sets, monitors and evaluates standards for ethical business behavior.

    • BBB accredited nearly 400,000 companies in the US and Canada following these high standards.
    • BBB helps consumers identify trusted businesses through more than 4 million BBB Business Reviews.
    • BBB sets the standards (reviewed annually) for thousands of ads and evaluates them to ensure that people can believe what advertisers are saying.
    • BBB sets standards and evaluates the practices of thousands of charities, foundations and non-profit organizations to let donors know where they are sending their money.
    • BBB offers its national and local consumer services online or in person. Thanks to its efforts, BBB helps millions of people every year.

    Full BBB Accreditation Report here.

  • More on WASC accreditation

    WASC Senior College and University Commission (“WASC”) is a regional accreditation association that unites and accredits its members from the range of public and private universities throughout California, Hawaii and the Pacific, as well as a limited number of institutions outside the US. WASC supports continuous institutional improvement to ensure that accredited institutions fulfill their mission. WASC is recognized by the US Department of Education as a certification authority for gaining federal funding, including federal financial support for American students (student loans). You can keep track of our progress here.

International ISO Certification (International Organization for Standardization)

LIGS University holds an ISO/IEC 27001 certificate, an internationally recognized standard defining requirement for the information security of management systems, mainly information security management of employees, processes, IT systems and company strategies. Additionally, it ensures compliance with current legislative requirements (especially the protection of personal data). ISO 27001 enforces the building of a solid information management system, provides greater security and reduces the risk of sensitive information leakage.

LIGS University also holds the ISO / IEC 9001 Quality Management System Certificate, emphasizing higher credibility through an internationally recognized audited certificate.

Why have we set our sights on the WASC accreditation?

While obtaining a national or regional accreditation is not mandatory in the US, LIGS University will make every effort to bring the best possible education to its students. Being under the wings of WASC brings added credibility through their standards, reliability in the global recognition of degrees, membership in a reputable international community, and a guarantee of continuous improvement and innovation.

Because of the differences between the US and the European education system, and in accordance with the Hawaiian law, this information is important especially for the US students: LIGS University is not accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by the US Department of Education. (Note: In the United States, many licensing authorities are required to recognize eligibility for accredited titles. In some cases, accredited universities may not accept subjects or education gained at non-accredited universities. Also, some employers may require a state accredited title to acknowledge the eligibility for employment.)

We are delighted that students from all around the world, including those from the US, are studying at LIGS University. It confirms the high quality, excellent approach and service to our students, as evidenced by earning the international ASIC Premier University accreditation, Better Business Bureau® accreditation with the highest rating, ISO 9001 and ISO 27001, and granting of Eligibility status by WSCUC Accreditation Association recognized by the US Department of Education. You can keep track of our progress here.

Partners and memberships

Intercultural Communications College

Since 1991, Intercultural Communications College (ICC) has been providing language instruction to students from around the world. At ICC, a variety of different programs, including English for Communication, English for Business, TOEIC, and Cambridge exam preparation courses and CELTA teacher training are offered. Class sizes are kept below 14 people to ensure an intimate learning environment and most ICC instructors have masters’ degrees and teach, or have taught, in university programs.

ICC is truly multi-cultural, and in any semester students from at least three continents will be there, with no nationality dominating.  There are distinguished alumni in business, health care, legal occupations, hospitality, transportation, government and education around the world.

You can learn more about ICC from their website: www.icchawaii.edu or by finding ICC on Facebook.

Association for Educational Communications and Technology

AECT is a professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology.

The Association has become a major organization for those actively involved in the designing of teaching practices and uses a systematic approach to learning. It provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of ideas for its members and for target audiences; it is the national and international spokesperson for the improvement of instruction; and, it is the most recognized association of information concerning a wide range of instructional and educational technology. AECT is the oldest professional home for this field of interest and has continuously maintained a central position in the field, promoting high standards, both in scholarship and in practice.

You can learn more about AECT from their website www.aect.org.

The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

The Chamber serves as ‘The Voice of Business’ at the Hawaii State Legislature and the county councils, and also as a liaison between the civilian and military communities in Hawaii. The Chamber’s principle functions include advocating on behalf of business interests and the business community; offering training and seminars key to helping businesses grow; providing networking and marketing opportunities; being a connection to Hawaii’s military and the latest on issues and trends affecting Hawaii’s business community. The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii works on behalf of its members and the entire business community to improve the state’s economic climate and help businesses thrive. The Chamber is the leading center for business and is now 160 years old; it remains The Voice of Business in Hawaii.

To learn more about the Chamber visit its website here http://cochawaii.com/.

The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE)

The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) is dedicated to the belief that lifelong learning contributes to human fulfillment and positive social change. It envisions a more humane world made possible by the various practices of our members in helping adults acquire the knowledge, skills, and values needed to lead productive and satisfying lives.

The mission of the AAACE is to provide leadership for the field of adult and continuing education. It does this by expanding opportunities for adult growth and development; unifying adult educators; fostering the development and dissemination of theory, research, information, and the best practices; promoting identity and standards for the profession; and advocating relevant public policy and social change initiatives.

You can find out more about AAACE by clicking here http://www.aaace.org/ 

Quality International Study Abroad Network (QISAN)

LIGS University is an institutional member of Quality International Study Abroad Network (QISAN).

QISAN members demonstrate professional and ethical practice in recruitment and delivery of high quality and relevant programs of study. QISAN members must also demonstrate a caring and supportive attitude to students as well as having a strict code of discipline regarding attendance and education practices.

 

Executive Women International

Executive Women International is an organization that brings together key individuals from diverse businesses to enhance personal and professional development within its members.  Today, over 2,066 companies and 2,369 representatives are members of EWI in 65 chapters located in the main cities in the United States and Canada.

EWI is the premier organization for networking and leadership development for today's business professionals and their firms. Visit www.ewihonolulu.org to find out more about EWI.

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