YWAM KONA / UOFN HISTORY
In 1978, Dr. Loren Cunningham, founder of YWAM, and Dr. Howard V. Malmstadt, renowned educator and scientist co-founded the Pacific & Asia Christian University (PACU).Their premise was that students could be equipped to bring transformation into the foundational areas of society worldwide through practical training and a Biblical worldview. In 1989, the PACU was renamed the University of the Nations to reflect its growing international presence.
The unique training methods of the University of the Nations were created in large part by Malmstadt. Leveraging his previous experience in course development and World War II training, he created a system to maximize student learning, innovation and application. This system is based on intensive modular courses and immediate field application, a creative atmosphere in the classroom and one-on-one contact between staff and students.
After first campus was launched in Kona, Hawaii, University of the Nations expanded across the world. Other large U of N campuses are located in Jeju, South Korea; Perth, Australia; and Lausanne, Switzerland. Today the UofN offers more than 800 different courses and seminars, in countless languages, at approximately 600 locations in 140+ countries.
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