Education-we all want it- but how many can truly afford it?

In news from the UK, a rise in university applications is putting extra pressure on the student finance system there. Many students will not find out what support they will get until the last minute, and some students could start their courses without having the money to pay for tuition fees and living costs.

In spite of this, the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) says that this year there has been a 23 per cent rise in the number of people applying to go to university. On average, fourteen students are applying for every available university place.

So even in the developed world, there is a growing divide between the demand for university education and the funding available. The response to this challenge is to provide creative solutions – using new methods such as online teaching and tuition-free learning – to reduce the cost of education and increase ways for people to have access to education. This is the mission of the University of the People.

Read more in Times Higher Education



About President Shai Reshef

Starting in 1989, Shai Reshef served as chairman of the Kidum Group, a test preparation company, which he sold in 2005 to Kaplan, one of the world’s largest education companies. While chairman of Kidum, he built an online university affiliated with the University of Liverpool, enrolling students from more than 100 countries; that business was sold to Laureate, another large for-profit education company, in 2004. A vessel for universal higher education, UoPeople has the enormous potential to function as a global stimulus package, reaching even the most remote and poorest places on earth. Our ultimate mission is to democratize higher education and, if the past two years are any indication, this is not merely a pipe dream.
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2 Responses to Education-we all want it- but how many can truly afford it?

  1. Hoa Pham says:

    Reducing the cost of education and saving time of the students are the best ways to increase the number of the mission of UOP is very great. In my country, the distance learning is not popular and many people think that is not an effective way for the student but they don’t think that’s because of their knowledge. They are not enough knowledge to do this mission. Go ahead The UOP ! we are by your side.

  2. RONDINELI says:

    I believe that the story that the university of the people writing today, will be experienced mainly by the institutions of tomorrow. As the world clamors for education, affordable education and equal.

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