Bill Gates Goes for Distance…Learning.

Access to education via the Internet is the wave of the future. That has been our motto at UoPeople from the get-go. This sentiment is now being echoed by Bill Gates. At the Technonomy conference held in early August in Lake Tahoe, Mr. Gates noted that “five years from now on the web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world.”
Online classes are becoming a widely accepted practice among educators. I recently read in The Chronicle of Higher Education that a panel on higher-education in Texas recommended that students be required to complete at least 10 percent of their degrees outside the classroom, through options like online courses. I am happy to have created UoPeople as an option for not only these students, but those all around the world.
Furthermore, not only will this offer a much more collaborative learning environment, than, to borrow a phrase from Mr. Gates “place-based” education, it will drop tuition costs significantly—something that must happen if we are going to get everyone a university education.
It is clear that I am not the only one who believes that the future of education is online. As we continue our mission at UoPeople to show the world that tuition-free, online education is the way forward, will you join us in this endeavor?


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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8 Responses to Bill Gates Goes for Distance…Learning.

  1. Ford Manuel says:

    It is absolutely a good thing for our planet. Education should really be dynamic, not static in structure and form. Everybody must not attend a lecture within four-walls or sit down before a lecturer physically to be noted as educated, the world has changed, and keeps changing, and so should education! UOPEOPLE has begun something beautiful. It should be encouraged at all levels of human interpretation.

  2. I respect your visionary leadership. The future of the human race
    depends upon “humanware” to draw infinite potentials within
    ourselves through individual and collective learning.
    You are about to enter a universe where no one has gone before,
    and I wish to play my part in this challenging endeavor.

  3. chennit fatiha says:

    very nice

  4. Ante says:

    it is my dream for almost 20 years and i am happy that it so. It could be much betetr when OUN and WORLD BANK would support it, but owing to people like S. Reshef it will be better.

  5. Maria says:

    I think it is a dream comes true. Not all people could be inside of a local university all the time, many have many things to do, and when they arrives home they think: now I have the best time to spend, studying.
    It is our responsibility. I have worked in an university for more than 30 years, but to make something like this, you need not only to have an absolute control of everything and keep it for many years but at the same time think in the evolution of this experiment that certainly is not perfect yet.

    • Maria says:

      It is a treat based in confidense that have to be consolidated across the time. It will work I am sure. Congratulations.

  6. agung purnomo says:

    I also believe the prospects of online education.
    I am therefore interested in joining UoPeople.
    so that someday I can promote online education to Indonesia and Asia.

    • Edwin says:

      Agung, I just finished my first semester with UoPeople and it has been a great experience. Peer to Peer learning really works, in fact learning retention I find is greater since we are actively involved in expanding any subject given, researching, discussing, and gaining information from all possible angles.

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