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The New International University

Dr. Peter Van Breda, TNIU President

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With tremendous hard work and commitment, World Impact Network has launched its most recent initiative: The New International University (TNIU). TNIU’s mission is to further its efforts to bring American higher theological education to individuals and leaders in the emerging world. TNIU seeks to provide education to those who would not normally be able to access US education due to travel restrictions, financial restraints, or other issues. TNIU’s educational mission is related to a belief that leaders educated in their own contexts are better positioned to contribute to community development and enhancement through active local social and political engagement. Therefore TNIU’s educational program is best suited for students who desire to engage with distance education both online and with quarterly in-class components within their own particular contexts.

Students will also have the ability to engage cross-culturally with students from TNIU sites located around the world, enabling them to attain cross-cultural expertise and earn credit while doing so. Annual cross-cultural learning excursions will be available to students studying with TNIU. This gives students unique geographic, cultural, and organizational exposure at all levels of society on a Global level.

In an age of globalization we can no longer rely on the educational methods of the past to meet the needs of the ever-growing demands of today.

TNIU degrees will equip students with operational and personal skill sets grounded in a Christian value system for the most diverse range of global realities. These skills include the ability to minister to those in abject poverty as well as to those in the corridors of power. 

TNIU recognizes that there is a major problem associated with education: the masses who desire education and can’t afford it (statistics reveal only seven out of every one hundred people in the world have a college education). *[1] 

There are currently 150.6 million students seeking higher education, an increase of 53 percent. *[2]  

India alone has a challenge to add 800 new universities by the year 2020. *[3]

In China 8-10 million write the national university entrance examination. Only 2 million people are admitted to the national universities yearly, leaving 6-8 million people with access to higher education. *[4]

From these statistics it is easy to see the need: The world desires quality education as can be seen by the throngs of foreign students who come to the USA – over 1.1 million at present. However there are still millions who have no opportunity to seek education in the US. 

The model we envisage for TNIU is to “bring the university” to the nations and allow students to grow and continue to be an influence in their own contexts. TNIU fills this need as a unique, global university with low direct costs and minimal fixed costs providing quality, cutting-edge and faith-based curriculum and programs. 

TNIU programs will be offered via innovative delivery methods (i.e. online, DVD, correspondence, and face to face quarterly seminars). These hybrid methods of delivery are some of the most advanced and effective ways to deliver education. 

Finally: TNIU have access to qualified faculty from around the globe. It is our firm conviction that education must be democratized so that it is affordable and easily accessible to all people desirous of learning and higher education. In order to do this we will work tirelessly with leaders in the countries concerned to decipher ways to provide education to all who desire it. 

At TNIU we see education as the new missions frontier. We believe that Christian values based education is the most effective way to impact leaders, nations and the world. The world is in need of leaders who have integrity, can act accountably and desire to serve to create better societies and a better world. 

If you have any questions regarding TNIU, its mission or its programs, or would like to discuss this further please feel free to contact us. We would love to speak with you about our passion to reach the masses with Christ-centered, values-based education.

The Washington Student Achievement Council has determined that The New International University qualifies for religious exempt status from the Degree-Granting Institutions Act for the following programs: Associate of Christian Ministry (ACM), Bachelor of Theology (BTh), Master of Theology (MTh), Master of Divinity (MDiv), Doctor of Christian Leadership (DCL), and Doctor of Ministry (DMin). The Council makes no evaluation of the administration, faculty, business practices, financial condition or quality of the offerings by this institution. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430 or by email at

[1] According to a 2010 study from Harvard University and the Asian Development Bank, 6.7% of the world’s population have earned a college degree
[2] “Trends in Global Higher Education: Tracking the academic revolution” retrieved from
[3] Times Higher Education, June 2, 2011.
[4] Professor Jianyu He, Political Science Department, Tsinghua University, Beijing, April 2013.

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