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BIU Founder - Deric Bircham


Prof. Emeritus Dr. Deric Bircham

The BIU pedagogy, teaching & academic Network.

Prof. Dr. Deric Bircham is the designer of the BIU pedagogical system and the heart that gives impulse to the BIU Academic Board and Instructors Network.

The ancestral family of Bircham settled in the area of West Anglia England around the 12th century in a place named Bircham: a group of three villages in West Anglia, Norfolk, England. The name of these three villages were Bircham Newton, Bircham Tofts, and Great Bircham. Today, the town of Great Bircham is the only remain. The Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Great Bircham was built in the early 14th century starting with the Chancel about 1300, and was completed around 1345 and has received Royal Patronage since Henry the 8th was King of England, and still continues in this tradition. There is a Great Bircham Windmill, which is still fully functional and a tourist attraction.

William Bircham was the last Squire of the Village of Great Bircham 1750-1796. The Bircham family can be traced back in a direct line to the year 1360 through the Squires of the Village of Great Bircham. Further research could and should lead to the family being traced back to the foundation of the Villages of Great Bircham around 1066 AD, and who knows perhaps even further?

Family name of Bircham can be seen in other villages in Norfolk that the Family migrated to over the past 600 to 700 years. Such records can be found in Oxnead, Alysham, Buxton, Brampton, Booton, (where the last Lord of the Manor was a Samuel Bircham), Reepham, (where the Lord of the Manor resided). There is also the Bircham Library and Bircham Arts Centre. Records of the Bircham name are also found in North Creake, Dorking and elsewhere in Norfolk.

This Noble family dedicated itself to the agricultural exploration of the area. The Bircham's became an example to the dwellers of the area and they introduced new crop techniques, helped in the design of a new windmill, and so forth.

Times became hard in the Nineteenth Century and the wealth of the region was stuck. The Bircham's pioneer spirit was calling for further development. New lands promised new futures on the other side of the world. So one of the Bircham's, Stanley Ernest Bircham immigrated to New Zealand, some of his brothers to Canada and the United States of America. There were many things to do in these new lands as had happened before in the ancient village of Great Bircham. The Bircham's put aside their Noble origins and dedicated themselves to the many works that were required in the new colonies. Years passed by and those families settled into their new Countries and were very comfortable with their new lives. None of the Bircham's returned to reside in the Villages of Bircham. The past origins and pioneer spirit was buried by the comfort of the new life, but not for all.

One of the sons of Stanley Ernest Bircham was Deric Bircham who was himself an adventurer at heart and captured the beauty of New Zealand by writing and illustrating published books. Deric was born in December 16, 1934. He dedicated time to cover the country and had published the first “Coffee Table” Full Colour Visual Photographic Essay book about New Zealand. This turned out to become a “best seller” going into 5 editions. He has written and illustrated many books since then covering many topics.

Deric Bircham became involved in the academic world but never forgetting his outstanding skill in photography. In the early 1970’s he pioneered in the Southern Hemisphere the technique of Photographic images onto Canvas. This technique along with his skill in Portrait Photography brought about commissions to Portray onto Canvas many Royal’s including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, His Royal Highness Duke of Edinburgh, Their Royal Highnesses Duke and Duchess of Kent, Nobles of Europe, several Prime Ministers, Governor Generals and the distinguished.

He received countless nominations and honors as tokens of appreciation for his contributions and expertise in many areas such as Education, Visual Communication, Literature, Religion, Natural and Complementary Medicine (Acupuncture & Reiki), Philosophy, Management and International Law.

As an Academic he graduated with several Doctorate Degrees and rose to the status of Consulting Professor, Visiting Professor, Full Professor, and later conferred Emeritus by three separate Universities and Colleges. Prof. Emeritus Dr. Deric Bircham presented Lectures, Seminars, Master Classes in many Countries on an equally large number of topics, and his largest audience in China was estimated at 2,000 eager students hanging on his every word and his Philosophy.

While teaching he came to realize that educational strategies should be different when aimed towards higher adult education. For some years he strove to get the traditional educational establishment to consider his pedagogical ideas (that are synthesized in the BIU Study Guide), but the traditional educational establishment was too much tied and restricted by its own regulations, and could not establish a system that was not discriminatory. All students must study the same way despite their age. There cannot be a system so different for adults than for the young. That is discriminatory and out of the norms. A no-end street had been reached. This was in the early 1990.

Destiny brought together Prof. Emeritus Dr. Deric Bircham and the Martin-Alonso Martinez family from Spain, another Noble tracked family with high pioneering spirit. Other like minded people joined with them from England, the USA, and the Commonwealth, and with the managing drive of Laurence, Prof. Dr. Laurence Cheng Wen Hung they created a team that firmly believed in the pedagogical research that had been achieved. This group of well educated men concluded that the traditional educational establishment was not going to ever accept this adult higher education pedagogical approach and decided to establish an independent higher education institution apart from the traditional educational establishment, and so Bircham International University was born.

Bircham International University was initially established in the England, in the town of Oxford as a College, a symbol of the English pioneer spirit of the Bircham's family. It also opened offices in Miami (USA), Madrid (Spain) and Kaohsiung (Taiwan). It was intended to really provide a multicultural and multi-language new approach to adult higher education. Soon the executive development of the BIU changed the organizational map. The United Kingdom Office was not very functional and William Martin demonstrated an excellent capacity to run the project worldwide from Madrid with the collaborations of many other partners.

Bircham International University now has operational offices around the world, thousands of students, a permanently increasing recognition as an institution out of the traditional educational establishment and an excellent team of academics and directors with unquestionable reputation.


Prince Deric, Academician Professor Emeritus Dr. Deric Bircham carries duel citizenship of both New Zealand and Great Britain. He was Legally Adopted by Royal Charter and through the High Courts of Nigeria into the Ashade Royal Family in 2002 by His Majesty King (Oba) Dr. Ibrahim Sanni Arolagbade Ashade (IV) The Ologba Of Ogba Kingdom as a Son of the King and a Chief of the Ancient Kingdom of Ogbaland that has been acknowledged by the British Crown since the 1850's. He is the advisor to the Kingdom on International Affairs and Confident to his Majesty the King. In 2009 He was also raised to the Status of a Prince and a Grand Duke of Russia endorsed with the Blessing of His Holiness The Patriarch Krill, Head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

His career path was spent with 26 years in the New Zealand Public Service in Wellington from 1952-1978 in the Ministries of Soil Conservation and Rivers Control, Tourist and Publicity, Works and Development and Foreign Affairs, after which time he relocated to the Southern City of Dunedin where he was appointed onto the staff of the University of Otago from 1978 - 1989 after which time he returned to the Capital to commence his own Business in Visual Communication (Photography, Video & Film) as well as in Natural and Complimentary Medicine and also help establish several International Organizations.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1985 with a major in "Visual Communication" and in 1987 a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a thesis in "Psychological Management" both from California University, San Francisco, USA. In 2000 he was awarded with a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with the thesis "Aspects of Management", also in 2000 he completed a Doctor of Science Degree with a double thesis "Nerve Stimulation" and “Nerve Stimulation Therapeutics” from the Open International University for Complimentary Medicine in Sri Lanka. 

In 2005 he was awarded a Ph.D in Arts and Letters from California University in Los Angeles, USA, and more recently a LL.D from Southern Eastern University (Founded 1899) then a J.D. from the IUFS St. Petersburg, Russia. He has received many Doctorate Degrees Honoris Causa from Universities around the World, covering several in Philosophy in many fields, others in Photography, Psychology, Literature, Science, Music, Complimentary Medicine, Humanities, Political Science, Education, Pedagogy, Public Relations, and Jurisprudence Law and several Diplomas and Post Graduate Diplomas Honoris Causa, in Public Relations, Culture and Humanitarian Relations, Science, Education, Pedagogy, International Relations, Education (Multi), Arts and Letters, and Chinese Wisdom. 

Fellowships in Professional Organisations have been from the Royal Photographic Society, and Royal Society of Arts (England), International Biographical Centre United Writers Association. (Bombay, India), New Zealand Institute of Management, Beijing Institute of Management (China), Mazdayashnie Monastery (India) and Life Patron of Genesis Business Institute (Ghana, West Africa) and Senior Life Patron (Honourary) Zoroastrian College, India. 1995 he pursued studies in the area of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine under Lord Pundit Professor Dr. Sir Anton Jayasuriya in the field of Acupuncture at the South Colombo Hospital in Sri Lanka. 

He attended post graduate seminars and courses in "Pain Management" and "Sports Medicine" in Australia held by The Royal Australian General Practitioners Association adding to his skills and knowledge which resulted in his being awarded the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Complimentary Medicine in 1997, Certificate of Excellence in the
Healing Arts, and the Laureate of Honour with the appointment of "Royal Physician" of the Ancient Royal Order of Physicians of Sri Lanka dedicated to the memory of King Buddhadasa.

Deric Bircham also undertook studies in the ancient form of healing known as Reiki to Master level. (Shamballa Method of Healing). Awards of Excellence and Special Certificate of Merit in Health Sciences (Mazdayashnie Monastery, India), Awards of Excellence in Education and Services to Humanity, together with Holistic World Health Congress Certificate, Millennium Award for Education, Zoroastrian College (India). Honourary Life Membership of "Amigos de la Holistica" (Spain) conferred upon him in 2000, and many others.

He has received many Honors, Medals, Citation, and Accolades over the years including the 1986 Albert Einstein Peace Medal, and in 2004 he was made a Companion of the Order of the International Professional Research Association for Integrated Medicine and in 2005 the Commission on Academic Standards in the Healing Arts (CASHA) honoured him. 1996 saw him awarded an Academician to the Italian Accademia Costantiniana de Letters, Arti e Scienze, and in 2002 made Emeritus Professor of Bircham International University also Professor Emeritus of the Zoroastrian College and the Status of Academician of the Mazdayashnie Monastery (India) as well as The Indian Council of Natural Medicine and Research (India) appointed him a "Pundit" for Services to Humanity. The International University of Fundamental Studies Faculty of Law and Jurisprudence appointed him Professor Emeritus in 2009. He has also been honored with the “Heart of Danka” and “Order of St. Peter” from Russia, and many other prestigious accolades.

His interest in Mental Mathematics commenced in 1998 and along with other colleagues established The International Institute of Mental Arithmetic in association with the World Mental Arithmetic Inc of Taiwan. The President of Taiwan, President Lee presented him, and three colleagues with large Presidential Silver Salvors each at a Special Dinner Reception held in their honour in recognition of their contribution of the development of Mental Mathematics in Taiwan. He has been Director, Instigator and Speaker at various Schools, Seminars, Lectures and Workshops at Universities, Congresses and Conferences in England, Europe, United States of America, Taiwan, Malaysia, China, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, in the areas of Photography, Management Studies, Pedagogy Education, Psychology, and Mental Mathematics. The author and co-author of many books including Seeing New Zealand (5 Editions), Waitomo Tourist Caves, Towards a More Just World, Table Tennis, Thirteen Facets, A Day In The Life Of New Zealand, Old St. Paul's, Rhapsody, Dunedin-New Zealand's Best Kept Secret, St. Joseph's Cathedral, Work's of Gottfried Lindauer, Course Design and Turf Care at the Royal Melbourne Golf Course, I Shall Pass This Way But Once, New Zealanders of Destiny, Deric's Photo Notes Volume 1 & 2, Discover the Way of Survival, Hospitality Management, Management Made Easy, Hands on Reiki, Nerve Stimulation, Nerve Stimulation Therapeutics, Staff Training and Development, Aspects of Marketing, Choose your Destiny, and A Philosophy for Life, Success Never Sleeps, New Zealand Mini Series Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, My Alpine Paradise, Images, and several others.

Currently he holds several International port-folios including International Director of the powerful Chinese Mei Yuan Group. President Pacific Rim for AMC International Law Associates, and several positions around the Globe.


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