Sponsoring Organizations
  World University Federation  
  The World University Federation is an international association of colleges and universities and network of scholars. It is dedicated to fostering the creation of a peaceful and prosperous global society by emphasizing the integral education of students not only to be competent professionally but also responsible socially. The World University Federation was inaugurated in February, 1996 when 275 representatives of educational institutions -- presidents, professors, educators and administrators -- gathered in Montevideo, Uruguay to discuss the vision of a new federation that could promote the education of students to become world leaders in their fields and exemplary citizens in the global community. The Federation currently advances projects that involve the exchange of students, faculty, administrative personnel, and knowledge between all regions of the world. 


  University of Bridgeport  
The University of Bridgeport is an independent, non-sectarian institution of higher learning with a strong international focus.  It is situated on a 86-acre, 75-building campus in Bridgeport, Connecticut, as well as on branch campuses in Stamford, CT and Trumbull, CT. Founded in 1927 as the Junior College of Connecticut -- the first junior college chartered by any legislature in the northeastern states -- it became the University of Bridgeport in 1947 when it was chartered as a four-year university with authority to grant the baccalaureate degree. Fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and other professional accrediting bodies, the University currently offers degrees from baccaulaureate to doctoral. There are two main divisions:  the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies and the College of Health Sciences.  The University's 3,000 students come from 30 states and 65 foreign countries. 
Ecotrópica -- Fundaçao de Apoio à vida nos Trópicos -- is one of the premier conservation organizations in Brazil.  Headquartered in the state of Mato Grosso, where headwaters of some of the main rivers of the Amazon, Paraguay and Araguaia-Tocatins basins are located, Ecotrópica is uniquely positioned to spearhead activities in three of the last natural paradises on the planet: the Amazon Rainforest, the Pantanal and the Cerrado. Ecotrópica is particularly active in the Upper Paraguay River Basin, advancing such projects as restoration of vegetation in degraded areas of the Pantanal, preservation efforts aimed at the jaguar population, assistance to the Cuiabá River Basin Management Plan, environmental education, and biodiversity protection. This latter project has involved the creation of extensive areas of private protection in the Pantanal region, in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy. Ecotrópica was founded in 1989 by well-known conservationist Adalberto Eberhard.


Sun Moon University  
Sun Moon University is a mid-sized university in South Korea with two campuses, four graduate schools, five colleges, 49 majors and over 8,000 registered students. There are 208 faculty members, including 21 foreign professors. The university places emphasis on becoming a center for international education; currently its student body is drawn from 45 countries. In recent years, Sun Moon University has won recognition as one of the upper-tier institutions of higher learning in South Korea. The decade-and-a-half year-old university is a charter member of the World University Federation. 


Washington Times Foundation  
The Washington Times Foundation (WTF) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit educational and cultural foundation, located at The Washington Times building in Washington, D.C. The WTF collects information and publishes the results of non-partisan research and analysis regarding national and international policy, social, economic and cultural issues, and its conducts and sponsors forums, lectures, seminars, symposiums and similar programs, including publicly broadcast programs for radio and television. The WTF. also promotes dialogue and communication among rival parties of political, cultural and religious disputes. Among the aims of the WTF is the improvement and support of journalistic standards with the enhancement of excellent professional skills and the highest moral values. It researches and advances the classic moral values responsible for the development and growth of all great civilizations. 

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Waterland Research Institute  
  The Waterland Research Institute for Land and Water Resources, Inc. is a non-profit, inter-disciplinary institute, emphasizing basic and applied research and education in terrestrial and aquatic resources. Initiated in 1997, its current foci are primarily in the five areas of aquatic ecology, conservation, forestry, agriculture and engineering, with particular emphasis on the Pantanal area of Brazil. In addition to its research function, the Brazilian office of the Institute is developing certificate programs in coorperation with U.S. universities in the fields of Environmental Studies and Field Ecology. Senior personnel of the institute manage a 12,000-hectare research site in forestry near Jardim, Brazil and the Institute is in the process of developing a research site in the south Pantanal. The Waterland Research Institute has offices both in the United States and in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.