ALBERT SCHWEITZER UNIVERSITY was founded in October 1999 as a non-profit making institution with headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland). In July 2002 was incorporated in Spain as a Foundation. The opening of the University crowned a series of educational initiatives inspired by the figure of the Nobel Prize award winner. Learning centers worldwide were precursors of the new ALBERT SCHWEITZER UNIVERSITY. Founded in 1984 as the Albert Schweitzer Memorial Foundation, the Institute conducts international programs that link education, ethics and voluntarism. Programs focus on health care development in under-served areas; motivating young people to serve the community and the environment as a way of life; and increasing public awareness of Dr Schweitzer's philosophy and its potential for a more peaceful and sustainable world. The Institute organizes conferences, lectures and workshops, sponsors fellowships and awards, provides humanitarian aid to developing countries, and publicly advocates for human rights, the environment and world peace. The Institute implements its purpose by means of popular and usually scholarly publications; international conferences; university courses and campus events; lectures at schools, churches, service clubs, and other organizations; activities in areas of public concern to which Schweitzer's philosophy may be applied; preservation and expansion of the Schweitzer archive at Chapman University; and collaboration with other centers dedicated to ethical inquiry and the teachings of Schweitzer. The Quinnipiac branch of the Institute teaches young people ethical values and encourages their commitment to community service. Its main program activity in health care is the Schweitzer Conferences and Seminars Series for health care leaders held in Central and Eastern Europe and in countries of the former Soviet Union. These conferences explore clinical, public health, human rights and ethical issues in order to foster health care initiatives that improve the lives of under-served populations. Geneva provides a great counterpoint for the project. But not as a site for a traditional University campus with academic staff and superior facilities. A further objective is to promote forums, projects and courses that study and promote the philosophy that inspired the work of Albert SCHWEITZER. As a first step, the University has created an annual Science and Peace Award and a Peace Honorary Doctorate. The University is committed to finding the necessary patrons to fund other relevant awards.