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.