Changing The Game

I’m a firm believer that education has been too expensive, too exclusive and too elusive for too long. But, in the digital age, I’m seeing barriers that historically constrained and separated us fall. The concepts of distance and time hold less and less weight, and I believe that our capacity for a global community expands as technology evolves.

Communication is instantaneous. Each and every day, I see information from one side of the globe reach the other with the click of a mouse.

For our global community to survive and thrive, we must dedicate these technologies to the dispersion of not just information—but knowledge.

In the past, I know that an institution such as University of the People would have been impossible. Impossible to comprehend. Impossible to create. Impossible to fund. Impossible to succeed.

Now, we have the tools to change the game. Throughout my twenty years in this field, I have seen the pervasive lack of education splinter communities, impacting not only the lives of individuals—their income, heath and quality of life—but the societies in which they live—crime rates, social awareness and economic stability.

I also know that access to education can mend these divides. With technology, we have the capability to bring together a heterogeneous mix of students and spread knowledge around the world—all at a low cost. And at University of the People we are doing just that.


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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1 Response to Changing The Game

  1. bunga bakara says:

    i think too

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