Cypress, CA, January 25, 2011 — TUI University, a leader in online education, today announced an official name change to Trident University International (TUI). The name pays homage to TUI’s unique history as a pioneering force in online education and reaffirms the institution’s pledge to academic excellence, compassionate student support and unparalleled access for current and former members of the military family.

The name is new, yet it remains familiar as it is still TUI, paying tribute to the more than 18,000 alumni who worked hard to earn their TUI degree! The addition of the word Trident is symbolic of TUI’s dedication to providing high quality education to military, veterans, civilian military personnel and their families. The name change also coincides with TUI’s many enhanced offerings and recent educational strides, including:

  • A new website which expands functionality, makes it easier to find information, and simplifies ways to connect with networks and share pages with friends;
  • New markets as we expand our student base with more veterans, military families and civilians on our military bases;
  • Soon to be launched New degree programs;
  • A new motto: Aspire – Believe – Achieve;
  • New members of TUI faculty & staff;
  • An expanded board of managers with key representatives from the military and academia, featuring a new military advisory committee of our board that includes these key past military leaders: General (Ret.) William R. Looney III and Army Lieutenant General (Ret.) Thomas F. Metz and CSM (ret.) William J. (“Joe”) Gainey.

New enhancements to the student experience in and across student support services and registration, with the appointment of a new Vice President of Student Experience and including the creation of a new department, Student One Stop or SOS for short that was created to provide a wide-range of student support in a centrally-located area to promote student success and ease of student life at Trident University.

“This is an exciting time at Trident University,” said Kenneth Sobaski, president and CEO of Trident University. “While our name may be new, our dedication to providing the highest quality education remains our primary goal. Through our strengthened mission and vision, Trident University International is ideally and uniquely positioned to cater to the distinct needs of active and reserve duty military personnel, veterans and their families.”

The trident, a three pronged scepter, has a multifaceted meaning for the University. It symbolizes the institution’s vision to set the standard for academic excellence, unparalleled access and compassionate student support for all members of the military family. It also reflects the three degree levels TUI offers and the three components of TUI’s course structure.

About Trident University 
Founded in 1998, Trident University International (Trident) is a leading online post-secondary university serving adult learners. Trident developed the Trident Learning Model, which employs case-based learning in an online setting to teach real-world relevant critical thinking skills to enhance student’s lives and careers. Trident offers high-quality bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs, led by a qualified faculty team, over 80% of whom have doctoral degrees. Visit, Trident’s Facebook page, or call at 800-579-3197 to learn more about Trident’s wide range of program offerings.