Established 114 years ago, Washington Adventist University (WAU) focused its efforts on global growth after Dr. Weymouth Spence assumed his role as president in 2008. Spence raised the faith-based university’s international profile while maintaining academic excellence and commitment to the service of humanity.

Located in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., WAU, formerly known as Columbia Union College, is able to support its students in whatever career paths they pursue, whether in government, business, humanitarian service, or culture and the arts. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the school takes particular pride in its MBA program, as well as its strong athletics and music departments.

WAU sends its choral group on tour and its orchestra to the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York every year.

Since the university adopted a globalized outlook, East Asia has become an important area for collaboration.

“We want to tap into the Asian market. It fits our culture,” said Spence, who plans to develop a summer language program that will allow students to spend their holidays in China and Japan to expose them to different cultures.

“The entire flavor of the campus is internationally based. We bring the world together. At WAU, we engage minds and transform lives,” Spence said.