Nature and Scope
Hindu University of America (HUA) was established in 1989 to provide students of North America with a unique academic environment to explore the many aspects encompassing human existence, derived from the system of knowledge and practices popularly known as Hinduism – Hindu thought, tradition and culture.
The word “Hindu” in the name of this university is used with a broad connotation, identifying all people who adhere to the traditions of Bhārat (i.e. India), no matter where in the world they reside. HUA does not promote any one Hindu perspective, but rather strives to present all that is authentically available to study under broad terms such as Hindu, Vedic, Sanātana, Śaivism, Vaiṣṇaivism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, etc.
HUA’s primary purpose is to fulfill an ever increasing Western interest in Eastern philosophy and religion. The university presents this ancient body of knowledge in collaboration with the study of Hinduism’s influence on modern realms of natural and social sciences, politics, economics, education, the fine arts, literature, and more.
HUA also provides students and the greater academic community with a place of guidance in understanding difficult issues of our modern global society by examining, researching, and studying Hindu culture and literature, Yoga, Ayurveda, Jyotiṣh and other spiritual disciplines.
HUA welcomes all qualified students seeking to learn about Hinduism from highly qualified faculty who specialize in many different areas of studies. Those who already have exposure to Hinduism through their own heritage will find the university to be an excellent source to get an enhanced understanding of their own identity, and newcomers will find a thorough and accessible introduction to a seemingly esoteric way religion.
The university provides opportunities at various levels of study, including Master’s and Doctoral programs to those who hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree. It also offers Diploma, Advanced Diploma, and Fellow programs in select disciplines to all, including those who do not hold a Bachelor’s Degree. In addition to these formal programs, HUA hosts many seminars, workshops, and intensive courses, varying from a few hours to few days, for all who wish to learn and grow without pursuing a specific degree. The university is proud to undertake research in related fields, and has successfully established collaborations with institutions worldwide to facilitate such research.
HUA is guided by its mission to provide its students with a liberal education that in itself reveals their unlimited potential. Students of HUA become citizens of the world shaped by universal values and awareness of a holistic way of life.
Hindu University of America was incorporated in the State of Florida as a religious academic institution in 1989, with its first classes offered in October 1993.
Many prominent individuals were approached for their advice, guidance and blessings. A large number of well wishers contributed during the development concept.
Initially, the university operated out of temporary offices in Orlando and Tarpon Springs area, both in Florida. Finally in 2000, HUA acquired a 9.7 acre property with two building, which were renovated and transformed into offices, classrooms, library, and residential facility. The university later received an additional land grant from donors Edith and Robert Grimm, encompassing 2.5 acres of an adjacent property. In 2004, part of the land was cleared to add roads, a parking lot, and two prefabricated structures, and a shrine of the Mother Goddess. Finally in October 2015, HUA officially moved to its current location in Orlando.
The first full time residential faculty was added in August 2002, with another two between 2003 and 2004. A large number of adjunct faculty members, visiting faculty and other academic institutions from the US, Canada, and other countries have supported the growth of the various academic programs, including the establishment of very first extension center in Bangalore, India. In December 2003, this center produced its first 14 graduates, signifying the beginning of extraordinary growth for the university.
The mission of Hindu University of America is to provide learning, research, and training in a broad spectrum of topics related to Vedic and Hindu culture, including religions, philosophies, and practices. The university aims to promote the universality of Hinduism, and to establish harmony between eastern religious thoughts and modern sciences, thereby contributing to a global sense of empathy, understanding, and peace.
HUA is committed to comprehensive and liberal education with a broad curriculum at Master’s and Doctoral levels in various areas related to Hindu religion, philosophy, language, and culture, providing its students with a practical base for their spiritual and academic growth. The university fulfills the growing need for modern western society to obtain authentic and unbiased understanding of the vast and rich heritage of Hindu culture, traditions.
•Development of comprehensive and liberal education programs at Master’s and Doctoral levels which are consistent with its mission.
•Development of certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and fellow level programs in select areas and special courses for non-formal education.
•As far as feasible, offering its courses both online as well as on-campus mode (classical class-room style) so that students from anywhere can take advantage of the university offering.
•Actively seeking out institutions for collaborative arrangements which are beneficial to not only the institutions themselves but to the students as well.
•Undertaking research, and when appropriate joint research in collaboration with other institutions and researchers, to bring out authentic knowledge from Hindu traditions, literature and concepts and publish results.
•Establishing itself as the source of authentic and unbiased information.
•Offering its educational services to temples, ashrams, and other religious spiritual institutions.
•Establishing a comprehensive library and developing a digital library system.
•Extending its services to the local community, where such services are needed.