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Lincoln University
Lincoln University grew out of respect for Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the 16th President of the United States, and honours his name, values and leadership.

Abraham Lincoln stands out not only as America’s greatest President but also as its knowledge leader. He earned himself law license in 1836 through the non-traditional way by self-study. He had no chance to receive formal education. He worked as a postmaster during the day and read law cases at night in his log cabin by firelight. He studied with nobody.

Abraham Lincoln committed himself to lifelong learning. Leonard Swett, a lawyer who rides the Eight Judicial Circuit with Lincoln said:

“The way he become educated was by never being ashamed to confess his ignorance of what in fact he did not know, by always asking questions where he could probably elicit information and by studying all his life. I have seen him repeatedly around the circuit with school books…”

Abraham Lincoln, without any formal education or the means of attaining it, attained knowledge through native intelligence, hard work and sacrifice. In 1985, a meeting was held at Lincoln University in San Francisco, California. Gathered there were senior faculty of Lincoln University and the scholars from Harvard University, Indiana State University and Columbia University. They felt that learning could be met in a variety of ways, both traditional and non-traditional, from taking courses to independent study. Based on this philosophy, Lincoln University was formed as an institute of higher learning providing courses in non-traditional ways.

In commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s non-traditional mode of study, Lincoln University was incorporated in Louisiana in 1990 as an independent, non-profit making religious institution of higher learning. Since 1990, Lincoln University has built up a global network of learning in 15 countries around the world. Being a religious school, Lincoln University is approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents to offer degrees under the licensure provisions of R.S. 17:1808. Lincoln University also holds a charter in the former British colony of Nevis, offering courses of instruction leading to Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees.

Lincoln University has expanded to the point where it is necessary to formally acknowledge a need for consistency in operations between every study centre. A degree certificate issued from Lincoln University represents the same learning achievement regardless of the location of that learning.

Lincoln University’s place in the broader educational community is established and recognized for its academic excellence. The University has gained recognition for its degrees from the following professional bodies:
• The Institute of Chartered Accountants of America
• American Institute of Applied Psychology
• The Canadian Chartered Institute of Business Administration
• The Canadian Institute of Certified Computer Professionals
• Canadian Institute of Industrial Engineers