Desert Sanctuary Campus
P.O. Box 2470
Benson, Arizona 85602 USA
Founder: Dr. H. John Zitko
The World University Roundtable was founded in the City of Los
Angeles, California, on December 21, 1946, and organized as a
non-profit, tax exempt religious, educational, and charitable
institution for the principle purpose of establishing a World University
on a world campus with a world program. Its work over five decades has
led to the creation of national offices throughout the world and most
importantly to the incorporation of the World University in the State of
Arizona. Today the Roundtable has a distinguished professional
membership in 80 nations of the World.
Purpose: To evolve a developing perspective on the
future of humanity.
Affiliated and Cooperating Schools: Academy of
Ethical Science; Chennai, India - Afra Research Centre Foundation;
Accra, Ghana - Ansted University; Penang, Malaysia - Daya Pertiwi
Foundation; Malang, East Java, Indonesia - Design, Technology, and
Management Society; Ladismith, South Africa - El-Shaddai International
School Complex; Klikor, Volta Region, Ghana - Indian Citizens
Association; West Mambalam, Chenai, India - Institute for Educational
Research; Indore, India - Institute for Planetary Synthesis; Geneva,
Switzerland - Institute of Energetic Medicine; Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
- Institute of Graduate Studies; Pune, India - Institute of Speech and
Hearing; Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India - International Association of
Educators for World Peace; Huntsville, Alabama USA - Kertha Wisata
Institution; Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia - Kothari Educational Foundation;
Indore, India - Nyonah Primary School; Ho, Volta Region, Ghana -
Prashanti Institute of Higher Education; Varanasi, India - Queens
University; Dhaka, Bangladesh - United Poets Laureate International;
Hercules, California USA - University for the Study of Human Goodness;
Winston-Salem, North Carolina USA - Vidya Yoga Free University; Curitiba,
Brazil - Vocational College of Arts and Science; Muyuka, Southwest
Province, Cameroon - World Association of Integrated Medicine; Varansi,
India - Zoroastrian College; Mumbai, India
International Administration: The world
headquarters of the Roundtable is located on the campus of the World
University near Benson, Arizona, and within Pima County, Tucson. From
here direction is given to the national offices which serve to provide
the support for the World University development. This support comes in
the form of finances and the professional experience of the membership,
the most prestigious of whom are awarded the cultural doctorate in
whatever field of competence they are recognized. From this pool of
committed instructors is recruited the faculty for the University.
World University: This is the academic
extension of the spiritual vision of the Roundtable for promoting the
new concept of nontraditional, experiential, soul-oriented, tutorial
learning with emphasis on world order studies, environmental concerns,
and human potential knowledge. Established on the winter solstice,
December 21, 1967 by the Roundtable membership, the University has
gathered a collection of schools, institutes, colleges, and
international organizations into a world association of alternative
Institutions of Learning, all dedicated to the improvement of the human
condition on the planet. Its work over three decades has led to a
provisional basis for a University that is truly non-nationalistic,
non-sectarian, not divisive, and beyond race or class -- universal.
International Secretariat: The principal
office of the University corporation, located on its own 80 acre campus
known as the Desert Sanctuary at Benson, Arizona. While the principal
office has been centered in the United States of America, it might have
been located anywhere in the world. The initiative for its location was
the decision of the founding Roundtable members who contributed the most
to the campus purchase. From here the effort is made to bring the
University to a common focus.
University Library: This is the heart of the
recorded learning of the University and comprises rare and valuable
books, reference works, magazines, audio and video tape recordings,
space age publications, health literature, esoteric wisdom, and all
kinds of futuristic studies. Some say that this is the best esoteric
library to be found anywhere, as the larger number of volumes have been
donated by the membership from all over the world. Comprising some
25,000 volumes at present, housed at the Desert Sanctuary Campus, this
specialized library is open to the public for research purposes and is
supported by Friends of the Library who contribute to its value.
University Press: The publishing arm of the
University and its imprint is open to any qualified member who may have
research material of value and who can assist with such publication. The
World University Press has published a wide variety of literature from a
classical subject as "A Theoretical Study of Milton’s Art"
to a metaphysical treatise on "New Age Tantra Yoga". Resources
are presently limited for book publications, unless author financed, and
manuscripts are not solicited until further notice.
International Conference: An annual world
assembly of the membership, both individual and institutional, and takes
place in various countries where there is an active constituency. In the
earlier years of the Roundtable, the venue was invariably in the United
States of America, but in 1970 a tri-continental conference was held in
Africa (Nigeria), Europe (the Netherlands), and North America (the USA).
Since 1970, other nations were selected -- from India (1987) and Korea
(1990) to Belgium (1992) and Germany (1995). The Fiftieth Jubilee
Anniversary Conference was held in Bali, Indonesia in 1997. The
International Conference is considered the supreme benefit of membership
and is open to all persons with an interest in higher spiritual
Governing Laws and Policies: These constitute
the purposes, principles and concepts embodied in the Constitutions of
the University and Roundtable, each with their own membership, board of
trustees, economy, and program. These two institutions complement each
other, support each other, and in effect embrace a group leadership that
seeks to serve selflessly for the common good. Founded by one man, Dr.
H. John Zitko, at the close of World War Two, both the University and
the Roundtable, under his chairmanship, have gone into the third
generation of their existence.
Campus: An eighty acre campus at the foot of
the Rincon Range near Tucson, Arizona which has been selected to house
the offices and residences of the University and Roundtable. The
property comprises nine buildings, including the library and kitchen
facility, the visitors center, and an Olympic size pool. The previous
owners used the property as a school and sanctuary and sold the campus
to the World University in 1985.
Objective: To inspire the world’s peoples of goodwill to
place their humanity above their nationality, to elevate their faith
above their creed, and to reconcile the many diverse cultural and
ideological beliefs into a synthesis of understanding, capable of laying
foundations of a better world for everyone. In fulfilling such a
purpose, the World University shall also channel human energies into a
major assault on the principal enemies of man: poverty, hunger,
ignorance, and war; and lift education into a new spiritual dimension by
shifting the learning process from mind training to soul cognition.
Its goal is to help improve the overall human
condition by applying a wider perspective on learning and by
disseminating deeper insights into the reality of Man and the Universe
than those commonly accessible at existing institutions today. In
addition, it seeks to ennoble and qualify all learning with a new level
of future-conscious global responsibility.
The practical work of the World University in the
immediate term will center around the education of future world leaders
in different fields. Apart from teaching them appropriate knowledge and
skills for their various mundane tasks, strong emphasis will be placed
on their need to develop a heightened level of awareness and
responsibility. In this way we hope to help eventually improve
prevailing conditions of widespread human suffering caused by ignorance,
prejudice and destructive conflicts.
Reason: To fulfill the needs and aspirations
of men and women of goodwill, of whatever age, nationality, or culture,
who are preparing themselves for their part in building the new world of
the Planetary Age.
Aim: To set before the student a broad
overview of mankind’s extant learning, and to suggest the areas of
research and study which will advance their comprehension of what lies
within their immediate future.
Intent: To lift education into a new
spiritual dimension by shifting the learning process from mind training
to soul cognition, from cultivating the intellect to liberating the
potentialities of the heart, from mastering the expression of thought to
experiencing the wonders of love. Hence, to synthesize a group of world
servers into a single cooperative coalition of spiritually motivated and
responsible executives who are capable of functioning on all levels of
constructive activity for the common good.
Plan: To merge faculties of New Education
learning and research centers across the world into a single
indivisible, although autonomous, educational commonwealth which will
merit acceptability and prestige for the new knowledge of mankind, now
on the frontiers of the paraphysical sciences.
Hope: To demonstrate to the vanguard of
Twentieth Century mankind a Twenty-Second Century learning, in a
Twenty-First Century environment, thus providing present-day humanity
with a design for future living beyond the imperfections of our time.
Challenge: To evolve human consciousness and
human character through a process of refinement and purification, until
the initiate stands free of all harm, suffering, and disintegration,
resolving every negation and defeating every limitation with
understanding and compassion.
Expected Result: To realize a New World for a
better age under a higher law in which happiness becomes a permanent
experience of self-worth. It is to this end that the World University
strives, and it is to this cause that the World University is