PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

 

 

INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND       

 

The Philadelphia Island Project is a Texas not-for-profit corporation that has received a 501(c) (3) federal tax exemption. It was organized to fund the construction and development of Philadelphia International University and to continue to raise funds for its operation and maintenance. Philadelphia International University will provide educational programs and research activities that will focus on agricultural and alternative energy sources and methods of managing marine food sources and waste treatment while simultaneously furthering cooperation among people of every nationality. The ultimate goal of the University’s programs is to develop chemical-free, self-sustaining forms of food production which can be shared with Third World countries through their representative students and put into practical use. Not only Third World countries, but the entire world will benefit from the practical knowledge gained in the areas of alternative food and energy production at Philadelphia International University. The site for Philadelphia International University is on an island in the Pacific Ocean. The government claiming jurisdiction has incorporated our tax-exempt entity, which will serve as the initial school of the University. This institute is governed by the same directors as the Philadelphia Island Project.

 

       The island was chosen as the ideal location for Philadelphia International University due to its isolation, size, topography and removal from drug traffickers. It will be reflective of the challenges that people in Third World countries will actually face as a realistic environment to try out different techniques. For instance, the marine resource development which will be studied cannot be duplicated in the United States. The climate of the island closely imitates the desert climes in many parts of the world which are not conducive to food growth with present agricultural methods. Students will be able to test new methods at the university and experience their effectiveness. Tuition costs and living expenses will be at least a third less than universities of industrialized nations due to the much lower cost of building the university itself. Since cost of living will be less, staff salaries will be less, thus enabling us to charge lower tuitions. We will be able to control the ambience of the learning center by the absence of drugs, noise pollution, negative forms of entertainment and taverns. Third World students will feel comfortable at our island because the host nation is a fellow emerging country and affords an absence of prejudice against race or nationality. Similarly, the university environment will be akin to their own environment, with fellow students having similar interests and agricultural challenges in common.

 

       The governing body has indicated enthusiastic support for this project, and is donating the use of the land to the Philadelphia Island Project. Ground and aerial surveys have been completed and contour maps made. Funding for these steps was provided by donations from individuals in the United States. Approximately ten volunteers are actively involved in the Philadelphia Island Project, and the current staff includes a director/administrator and fundraising staff. Detailed biographies of Board and staff leadership are included.

 

STATEMENT OF NEED                        

 

There are many individuals in the world who have the same type of pioneering spirit as the founders of the United States, and who are acutely aware of the need for creating a more humane and democratic system of government. The supporters of the Philadelphia Island Project share that individualistic, pioneering spirit, and they, too, have been alarmed at some of the negative directions in which the world is headed. The planet and its inhabitants are paying a heavy price for the inefficient farming and energy-production techniques currently being utilized.

 

       Philadelphia International University is being founded to research and teach practical methods of regional self-sufficiency. The focus will be on agriculture, marine conservation, alternative energy sources and natural waste treatment.

 

Agriculture

 

       Many nations experiencing high population growths are in semi-arid areas where the land is minimally productive. Millions of people die from starvation every year. The World Health Organization reports that 20 million people died from hunger-related illnesses last year, 14 million of those being children. Oxfam director Frank Judd reported on May 3, 1991, that more than a million Ethiopians would die if food did not reach them within 10 days, the death toll exceeding that of the 1984 famine. The May 1991 cyclone which struck Bangladesh left 9 million people homeless. It is estimated that one million of these homeless will die. These tolls could be diminished if the countries had more efficient dry-land farmers so their people could accumulate surplus food. They need low-cost techniques to assist their production rather than having machinery donated which most of them don’t know how to keep in repair. The industrialized nations’ answer to the serious problems Third World countries are facing has been to donate food, much of which either spoils while waiting for inadequate means of distribution or never gets to the majority of people who need it. Rather than sharing knowledge appropriate to each region’s technical and economic situation for food production, such donations create dependence on industrialized nations instead of providing self-sufficiency. There are centuries-old methods of farming that have been developed in dry-land conditions by various peoples, and these must be shared rather than supplanted by methods appropriate only to U.S. and European farms.

 

       The FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organization) was criticized through an open letter from 50 environmental organizations for “systematically creating the conditions for mass starvation” in countries receiving FAO donations. The Ecologist March/April issue stated that the FAO “promotes policies that serve the interests of multinationals and the elite of the Third World rather than the poor. Poor and small farmers have been systematically marginalized, the environment has been degraded, genetic diversity of crops has been drastically eroded, and the dependence of the Third World on the industrialized world has been increased.”

 

Marine Conservation

 

       According to a recent PBS documentary, 50 tons of fish per hour are killed and wasted by fishermen’s practices of netting. Rather than using techniques to specifically harvest a desired fish, wholesale slaughter of many species of ocean life is resulting.

 

       Philadelphia International University intends to investigate and utilize other methods of managing marine food sources which respect the oceans’ ecology and preserve sea life.

 

Alternative Energy Sources

 

       Unimaginable quantities of oil, gas and coal are consumed daily in order to supply the world’s energy needs. The use of nuclear energy is extremely controversial and too expensive for most Third World countries. The Chernobyl disaster has produced epidemics of leukemia and will cause almost 1,000,000 cases of cancer, half of them fatal. The Novosti Press Agency reports that “150-180 billion rubles must be spent to eliminate the after-effects of the Chernobyl disaster. It is reported that the aging Niederaichbach nuclear power plant near Landshut, Bavaria, is to be the first commercial reactor to be dismantled, at a cost of $107.5 million, with 30 more awaiting the same fate. The reactors are highly radioactive, making the possibility of accidents during destruction and transport hazardous.

 

       Efficient, clean, natural forms of energy production are needed to maintain the earth’s ecological and environmental balance. Philadelphia International University plans to utilize and further research solar and wind-generated electricity and other techniques currently being developed and which can be more readily affordable in poorer areas on a small scale. California windmills generate over 350 megawatts of power at five cents per kilowatt hour, which is less than half the cost of nuclear power.

 

Natural Waste Treatment

 

       Traditional treatment plants create 8.5 million tons of sludge each year which is loaded with toxic metals; much of this is dumped into our rivers. Plants, microbes and fish can be used to “eat” the discharges contained in sewage. Ecological waste treatment utilizes snails, cattails, bullrushes and calla lilies to absorb heavy metals, nitrates, algae and organic waste. Philadelphia International University will be on the frontier of promoting ecologically sound methods of controlling this age-old problem.

 

       At Philadelphia International University, chemical-free pest management and soil enrichment, alternative methods of growing food and producing energy, and sustainable agricultural techniques will be shared. Graduates will have the opportunity to implement these methods in countries around the world, creating self-sufficiency, eliminating hunger-related disease and furthering cooperation among mankind. Methods of harvesting food from the sea which respect the oceans’ marine ecology and natural forms of treating waste will be encouraged to be put into practical use worldwide.

 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES                     

 

Philadelphia International University shall:

 

(1)           Create a learning atmosphere comprising complete university facilities and a supporting town which is free from negative distractions;

 

(2)           research, teach and help students implement agricultural technologies around the world;

 

(3)           research new and efficient methods of growing food that are non-polluting and inexpensive;

 

(4)           involve agricultural technicians and experts from every country, and especially from Third World countries, in order to spread information so that emerging nations can better feed their own populace;

 

(5)           explore and implement efficient alternative energy sources which produce more than they consume, are free from hazards and are inexpensive;

 

(6)           research, teach and help implement natural sewage-treatment techniques that utilize plants and microorganisms, thereby preserving our rivers and oceans

 

(7)           increase communication and natural understanding among participants from many cultural, political and racial backgrounds in order to enhance world nutrition, cooperation and peace, to the benefit of everyone.

 

 

Phase I of these objectives includes:

 

·        Preliminary preparations prior to construction, including land surveying, aerial surveying, and preparing contour maps

 

·        Hiring university administrator and Securing salary

 

·        Purchasing used landing ship

 

·        Purchasing used mobile construction office

 

·        Preparing land for construction (detailed surveying, leveling)

 

·        Purchasing diesel electric generating plant and providing distribution

 

·        Hiring architects for university buildings; securing salary; architectural drawings completed

 

·        Constructing water desalination facility; laying distribution pipes

 

·        Constructing sewage treatment facilities; laying sewer lines

 

 

Recruitment of Students                           

 

The university will solicit each nation through its United Nations representative to have its government send students to Philadelphia International University at its expense and to advertise locally for additional students who can afford their own tuition. Direct assistance for paying the tuition of government-sponsored students can be obtained from the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), the Arab Monetary Fund, and Arab Fund for Economic and Social Developing (AFESD).

 

ACTION PLAN/METHODOLOGY       

 

Phase I addresses the preparation of the land and the hiring of primary personnel:

 

·        Preliminary preparations prior to construction, including land surveying, aerial surveying, and preparing contour maps

·        University administrator hired; salary secured

·        Landing ship purchased

·        Used mobile construction office purchased

·        Land prepared for construction (detailed surveying, leveling)

·        Diesel electric generating plant purchased and distribution provided

·        Architects for university buildings hired; salary secured; architectural drawings completed

·        Water desalination facility constructed; water distribution pipes land

·        Sewage treatment facilities constructed; sewer lines laid

 

          The land surveys have been completed and contour maps have been made. The university administrator, in charge of recruiting the teaching staff and developing curriculum, has been employed.

 

          Before construction of facilities can begin, a landing ship must be purchased so that construction equipment can be brought onto the island. The land must be prepared for construction (i.e., leveled, underground utility lines in place, further surveying). Construction crews will be hired, and volunteers will be assisting in the construction at all times.

 

          Phase II begins construction of roads, dormitories (to be used initially by construction personnel, later by students and staff), classrooms and dining hall and related outdoor/indoor facilities.

 

EVALUATION PROCEDURES             

 

Our directors, board members and staff will meet on a monthly basis and closely monitor progress at every phase of the project. By continually reviewing the activities and objectives, we will make adjustments well ahead of target dates in order to reach our goals on time. Should a target date not be reached, we shall re-evaluate the plans and priorities.

 

 

FUNDING ALREADY SUPPLIED         

 

The following purchases and volunteer services have already been obtained.

 

·        Land surveyed

·        Aerial surveys completed

·        Contour maps prepared

·        Employed university administrator

·        Project administrator’s time donated

·        Fundraiser’s time donated

·        Donated services, time and expertise in traveling to island, surveying, writing articles for publication, drafting ads for administrator search, conducting interviews
Cash donations received from individual donors

·        Formation of the initial school of the University

 

          To date, approximately 5,000 hours of volunteer time have been expended by 10 volunteers over the past three years. Based on usual and customary fees and wages for comparable services and expertise, these volunteers have saved the Philadelphia Island Project approximately

$100, 000.

 

 

FUTURE FUNDING                                

 

It is expected that an even greater number of volunteer hours will be donated in the future. Foundation and corporate support will be solicited for future support. Once the university is established, income will be generated by tuitions/scholarships paid by the students. Individual donations will continue to be solicited through annual campaigns, as well as donations received by The Adelphi Organization and Builders of the Nation, two non-profit organizations which support the goals of the Philadelphia Island Project and to date have donated $61,000 and have accumulated an additional $250,000 for this university project. Additionally, the university will be conducting annual fund-raising campaigns. The university will likely license local business to produce its discoveries to sell to the world at large. Hybrid plants and inventions which are developed will be marketed to generate income for the Project.

 

SUMMARY                                              

 

According to United Nations estimates, 24 million Africans are currently facing starvation; another 27 million are displaced and moving to other countries in search of food. A migration is underway out of the former Soviet Union and Asia into Europe. Drought conditions are forcing millions of Chinese to migrate from desert areas into more fertile valleys because of their inability to continue to grow food. Friction between Pakistan and India is likely to occur because Pakistan’s drought conditions are causing it to move millions of its population to lusher India. In the United States, climate conditions are changing so that those states in the northern tier, where reservoirs and aqueducts are in place for storing water, are becoming drier and their growing seasons shorter, thereby reducing their ability to maintain crop production. Kansas estimates that 25% of its winter wheat crop was lost in 1991 due to colder temperatures and reduced precipitation. California’s High Plains area is experiencing drier, colder weather; and due to a treaty it has with Mexico and Arizona, California must allow them to take more of the lower Colorado River water, thereby reducing its water storage for crop irrigation by 38%. Borders between nations are likely to become effectively meaningless as many millions of people around the world migrate into other countries in search of food.

 

The earth’s resources are rapidly being depleted for the purpose of producing energy; our present methods of waste treatment are polluting our lakes, rivers and oceans, are costly and leave our water polluted with contaminants; self-sufficiency and cooperation need to be learned in order for developing countries to cease their expensive dependence on industrialized nations.

 

The Philadelphia Island Project is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization formed for the purpose of establishing the Philadelphia International University. The focus of this university is:

 

·        To make available to the world, especially Third World countries, methods of food growth that are inexpensive and non-polluting

 

·        To make available to the world alternative energy sources that are inexpensive and effective

 

·        To make available to the world natural sewage treatment techniques that utilize plants and microorganisms thereby preserving our rivers and oceans and giving us pure drinking water

 

·        To provide a center where technicians and experts from around the world may share and spread information so that emerging nations can better feed their populace

 

·        To provide a center which is conducive to increased communication and mutual understanding among students from many cultural, political and racial backgrounds

 

          Philadelphia International University will initially be the only university of its kind in the world. The university’s curriculum will be geared to an international student population with particular focus on students from Third World countries, representing every race and nation around the world. The widely varying religious, philosophical and cultural differences in the mixture of students will provide a unique educational environment. Many of these students will come from countries that experience heavy drug traffic and whose economy is based on income from drug sales. The relative isolation of an island university will provide a moral and uplifting atmosphere that will augment their education. Ultimately, the goal of the Philadelphia Island Project is to have a student body of 5,000 students from around the world. In order to serve this multi-cultural student population, a university setting consisting of dormitories, classrooms, library, dining hall, and laboratory and field research facilities will be built. Activities which have been shown to be effective in increasing cooperation among people will be utilized.

 

          One important benefit for students and for sponsoring governments is that the cost of this educational experience will be a fraction of the tuition and room-and-board expenses typical in the heavily industrialized nations.

 

          Philadelphia International University will provide the opportunity for bringing students and teachers of every nationality together for a common purpose—becoming responsible, self-sufficient producers who maintain Earth’s balance by working with it and giving back to it instead of depleting its resources. Philadelphia International University shall become a prototype for other future universities like it. The world could benefit from 1,000 such universities, and by using PIU as an example, this too can become a reality.

 

 

 

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