Bircham International University (in Madrid, Spain) was established in England as Oxford International University in 1992 by Deric N. Bircham. The name was changed in 2000. The organization has operated in Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, England, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, and the United States (Florida, Maine, and Texas). It is a private distance learning institution that offers educacion no reglada (unregulated education) that does not lead to a degree officially recognized by the Ministerio de Educacion y Ciencia of Spain. It operates in Kenya without authority from the Commission for Higher Education. It operates in the United States but it is not listed in “2008-2009 Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education,” a publication of the American Council on Education.
[Note: This expands items in the 20 April 2007 (Volume IX, Number 4) and 12 August 2008 (Volume X, Number 8) issues of this Newsletter.]