A New Partnership

I’m excited to share that we are now partners with the World Computer Exchange (WCE)! Last week, I met with Timothy Anderson, the President of WCE, in Boston to discuss our collaboration.

When I first heard about WCE, I knew that working together would undoubtedly help UoPeople further its mission. WCE is a nonprofit that helps connect youth in over 71 developing countries to the skills, opportunities and understanding of the Internet. It provides partner organizations with refurbished computers, teacher training, educational content, online capacity building and volunteers.

At its very core, UoPeople is about offering education to anyone and everyone with the desire to learn. However, over the past year, I’ve come to realize that many qualified UoPeople applicants are unable to join us simply because they don’t have access to a computer with an Internet connection.

WCE is helping us change that. This partnership will extend our reach to precisely those who need us most: people for whom UoPeople is an alternative to nothing.

Tapping its partner organizations’ network of more than 2,650 computer labs throughout the world, WCE will offer prospective and current UoPeople students greater access to computers for their studies, and also help spread the word about our programs. In turn, we will eliminate yet another barrier to earning a college-level education: the lack of technology in certain communities.

I’m confident that this will bring more students from different walks of life and regions of the world. We thank WCE and Timothy Anderson for their great support of our mission to democratize higher education. We are thrilled to begin this fruitful relationship!

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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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