Brief History of the University

The University was created as a Religious University by His Eminent Highness Archbishop Count Lorenz Michael De Valitch. Archbishop of the American Catholic Orthodox Church and Grand Master of the Federation of Autonomous Priories of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem – Knights of Malta, who become its first Magnificent Rector. The original name of the University was “Universitas Internationalis Studiorum Superiorum Pro Deo”.

On the 20th day of November 1974,  H.E.H. Archbishop De Valitch registered the  “Universitas Internationalis Studiorum Superiorum Pro Deo” , in accordance with the american legislation, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

On the 18th of April 1992, due to his serious health condition H.E.H. Archbishop Count Lorenz Michael De Valitch is relieved from his duties as Magnificent Rector of the University and replaced by the Patriarch of His Church and His successor as Regent of the Federation, H.E.H. and Beatitude Dom Lorenzo O.S.B..

On May 1st of 1998 H.E.H. and Beatitude Dom Lorenzo O.S.B., registers officially the change of the name from “ Universitas Internationalis Studiorum Superiorum Pro Deo” to “PATRIARCHAL STUDIUM GENERALE UNIVERSITAS PRO-DEO”.

On the 11th of November of 1999, H.E.H. And Beatitude Dom Lorenzo O.S.B., both as Head of the American Catholic Orthodox Church, Jurisdiction of New York, and as Regent of State of the Federation of Autonomous Priories of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem – Knights of Malta, in a public Ceremony that took place in Bologna, Italy, transfers the jurisdiction of the “PATRIARCHAL STUDIUM GENERALE UNIVERSITAS PRO-DEO” from His Church to the State of the Federation of Autonomous Priories of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem – Knights of Malta, placing it under its Ministry of Education, but keeping its statute as a Religious University, due to the religious past of the Sovereign Order.

Due to this transfer, the Pro Deo University changed into a Ecumenical State University of the Federation and received all the attributes to become an independent and international State University.

After the decease of H.E.H. and Beatitude Patriarch Dom Lorenzo O.S.B., on the 14th of November 2005, the Grand Council of The Federation elected His successor as Head of the State and Grand Master of the Federation, Prince Jose, who, as the new Magnificent Rector of the University, decided to change its name to “ PRO DEO STATE UNIVERSITY “ in order to adapt it better to the modern reality and objectives of the State and started conducting a profund reorganization of the University and its courses, in accordance with the modern international requirements and standards of quality and efficiency, namely with the Bologna Agreement.

The Federation, respecting the necessary academic autonomy of the institution and paying due respect to the past of the actual University, has started in 2007 a total reorganisation of the old University, including the change of its designation to “Pro Deo State University” and maintaining it as an institution of the State.

The University is an academic community that follows the ancient vocation of the Sovereign Order and the modern principles stipulated by the United States of America, by the European Union, by the recent Bologna Process, respecting at the same time the legislation in force in the countries where it’s branches are established.

The University has the aim of contributing to the global Development by the means of a high quality education and professional oriented training at  international scale and level.

Presently the Pro Deo State University is preparing the opening  in a very near future a Campus in Florida- USA dedicated to Physical Sciences, Security and Alternative Medicine, another Campus in Hungary for international professional courses and a School for Arts and Handcrafts in Angola and is also establishing agreements of cooperation with several renown Universities in different countries.

The Pro Deo State University has recently finished a course of Municipal Management that took place in the Police Academy in Budapest, Hungary, and is running and preparing other courses in several areas from Diplomacy and International Relations, Management, Emergency Medicine, Development, Security to Music and Arts, among others.




We officially acknowledge hereby that the PDSU (Pro-Deo State University) is NOT an accredited institution in the EU!

The honorary degrees awarded by PDSU, or by any other universities – are Honours, (see WIKIPEDIA under Honoris Causa) therefore can not be introduced as a scientific degree in official documents issued in many countries of the world.

Season's Greetings from the Grand Master of Knights of Malta (KMFAP)

Season’s Greetings

Dear Knights, Dames, Squires, Damsels and friendly Orders,

On behalf of the Government of our State and of the structures of our Sovereign Order, I have the honour and the pleasure of presenting to all our most sincere Greetings for the coming Season.

Season's greetings from the Grand Master

The Magisterial House of the Federation, in full respect for the religious options of our Knights and Dames, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights of the United Nations, comes to express to all the greetings for the present season, namely for the following religions:

Partnership with the International Humanitarian House
Welcome to the "Transfer of experience V4 from their EU integration and transformation processes - children´s rights” project. This is International Humanitarian House project supported by the International Visegrad Fund (IVF) and implemented by our partners from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary. The pilot project will be implemented with help of our Georgian partner - No.53 Public School of Tbilisi.

A szlovákiai Danubius Főiskola 10. évfordulóját ünnepelte a PDSU részvételével

Alapítása óta 10 sikeres oktatási év telt el a Sladkovicovo/Diószeg városban működő Danubius Főiskola életében, Doc. Ing. Djamal Gasymov PhD, az Akadémiai Tanács elnöke, és Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Danis rektor vezetésével.

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