The UofN uses the word “Centre” in a restricted sense to refer to a worldwide network of persons and locations in which well-defined interdisciplinary missions objectives are facilitated, communicated, resourced, researched and organized.
The University of the Nations Centres facilitate and integrate international resources and personnel from various Colleges, groups and organizations, either outside or within YWAM, to accomplish specific mission objectives. Integration is based upon an operating agreement established between the Centre and the various groups and organizations. This agreement defines and describes how the parties plan to work together on specific projects.
Each Centre typically performs research, develops and makes available seminars, workshops, appropriate reference materials and monitoring procedures related to its objectives. Also, the Centre may develop and organize a foundational school which presents the rudiments and overview of a specific Centre’s mandate. This school is not to exceed 24 full learning weeks (including the field assignment).
Centres do NOT offer degrees, but they do work with the Colleges to develop degree programmes related to their areas of expertise. Specialized courses and degree programmes related to the Centre’s mandate are offered within the seven Colleges. Currently there are six functional international centres in the University of the Nations.
Centre for Core Curriculum
The Core Curriculum is recommended for all students, but is required for all Bachelor’s degrees, and one of the three Core Curriculum Courses is required for some Associate’s degrees. For the Master’s degrees, previous study of the Bible at the university level, equivalent to the undergraduate Bible Core Curriculum, is required. The Core Curriculum has three requirements as described below.
The Applied Christian Thinking (ACT) requirement (12 credits) enables a student to develop a biblical understanding of worldviews, history, human institutions, culture, science, and the arts. Critical thinking skills are applied to current issues with a view to action.