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GCAS–Forging Partnerships

The Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS) Partnerships

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At its core, education is about the open and shared collaboration of knowledge, ideas, and research for the mutual benefit of all human beings.  GCAS’ mission is to open and distribute knowledge in a democratic, publicly responsible manner.  Although this may sound ideal, and it is, there are however objective neoliberal patent “privatizing” laws such as the Bayh-Dole Act (USA-1980), which have had detrimental effects on research development and distribution.  In particular, these neoliberal laws have had major damaging impacts on developing countries as well as public use and benefit of research and the development of knowledge.

An outcome of privatizing knowledge is the creation of radically unequal distribution of wealth that corresponds with the cordoning off of beneficial knowledge from people who can benefit from innovations.  GCAS aims to change that through the our global network of partnerships and collaborations with other institutions as we understand the future of education at all levels (both local and global) is one that must be based on open, democratic collaborations.  To this end, GCAS has forged partnerships with other institutions throughout the world and welcome opportunities with other academic and cultural institutions both accredited and not accredited.

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GCAS’s primary pragmatic mission is to immediately provide the highest quality debt-free education with the aim to provide free education to anyone qualified in the world.

Built into the heart of this mission is the goal to become fully accredited so that our students can maximally benefit with little or no tuition risk or costs.  GCAS is not accredited but we are currently authorized to grant Certificates and Diplomas.

GCAS seeks partnerships on two levels:

1- Accredited Partnerships

2- Non-Accredited Partnerships

1- Accredited Partnerships

The first level of partnering is to collaborate with partners with existing accredited universities, institutions and colleges.  These partnerships are catered to specific needs and mutually benefits to both GCAS (students & faculty) and our partnering universities, colleges and institutes of higher education.

2- Non-Accredited Partnerships

The second level of partnering is to collaborate with partners with non-accredited institutes such as Art & Intellectual Institutes, Community, Social Justice and Activist organizations as well as Publishers and Media groups, Think Tanks, Workers’ Unions and the like.

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Specific Partnerships

With regards to the shape and form of Accredited Partnerships this will depend on the specific needs of the Institution (University/College etc.) vis-a-vis GCAS.  There are many examples of how a partnership can be formed.

Examples:

Students currently enrolled at an accredited university may take a course or courses with GCAS in exchange for credit received from their university.  This would have to be approved by the accredited university and GCAS recommends getting approval prior to participating in a GCAS course, seminar etc.  GCAS is not accredited and cannot give accredited credit.

Students currently enrolled at GCAS may take a specified number of courses (i.e. up to a specified limit e.g., 15 credit hours) with GCAS and have those courses applied to undergraduate and post-graduate degree programs via an accredited university. In this way, a GCAS student may “ladder” into an already existing degree program via our accredited institutional partner.

Conclusion

The upshot here being that partnerships between GCAS and Accredited Institutes of Higher Education will take-on specific and unique dynamics that mutually benefit both parties involved for the mutual benefit of all human beings.

To this end we continue to welcome all partnership proposals. You may send partnership queries to <info@thegcas.com>  

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