The World University

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This article is about the distance learning school in the United States. For the former university in Puerto Rico, see The World University (Puerto Rico).

The World University (WU) is an educational institution based in Benson, Arizona, United States. It is dedicated to education in esoteric, spiritual, and non-traditional subjects. All courses and programs are offered via distance learning, although some on-campus instruction also takes place.


It was founded by H. John Zitko (1911–2003), who served as WU's president. The World University Roundtable, the university's parent corporation, was proposed in Los Angeles, California, on December 21, 1946, and formed as a nonprofit corporation on February 24, 1947. The World University was established on December 21, 1967, by the Roundtable membership.

In 1969, WU purchased a complex of buildings in Tucson, Arizona, which served as the university's campus. In 1985, WU purchased an 80-acre (320,000 m2) property, the "Desert Sanctuary Campus," located at the foot of the Rincon Mountain Range near Benson, Arizona, and in 1987 completed the move of its operations to the latter location. The Benson campus includes a library with 25,000 books, primarily on esoteric subjects. In addition to its Arizona headquarters, WU also maintains regional colleges in India and Nigeria.

Regional colleges[edit]

  • North American Regional College, Desert Sanctuary Campus - Benson, Arizona, United States
  • South East Asian Regional College - Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • West African Regional College and World University Computer Centre - Enugu, Nigeria
  • Zoroastrian Regional College - Mumbai, India
  • South African Regional College, Design, Technology, and Management Society - Ladismith, South Africa (no longer affiliated with WU as of 2002)
  • Vidya Yoga Free University; Curitiba, Brazil


  • Zitko, Howard John (1980). World University Insights, With Your Future in Mind: New Age Perspectives in Questions and Answers. Tucson, Arizona: World University Press. LCCN 80111894.

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