UoPeople Descends on Times Square

Yesterday I was invited to ring the NASDAQ closing bell on behalf of University of the People, its students, volunteers and educators. The experience was exhilarating!

When I arrived at the NASDAQ building in the heart of Times Square, I saw University of the People’s name broadcast on the 7-story video tower. I couldn’t believe it!

Then I was taken into the hall where the ceremony was held. I was introduced by Gregg Hernandez, the managing director of NASDAQ—who had only positive words about UoPeople—and then I had the opportunity to speak before ringing the bell at 4pm ET. The entire ceremony was broadcast live on the video tower, with a clip airing on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business Network and others.

I’ve posted pictures on our Facebook for all of you too see and you can watch the video here

The experience was a great reminder of the support we have received from both the non-profit and business world! Armed with thousands of volunteers and the power of the Internet, we are providing tuition-free education today for the bright, global business leaders of tomorrow.

Did you see the ceremony? What did you think?


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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4 Responses to UoPeople Descends on Times Square

  1. Iskandar says:

    What else could I say with this remarkable news, from the President of our University of the People, Business School, Mr. Shai Reshef. He is telling straight from the bottom of his heart – his struggle, his perseverance, his wisdom and his determination are all enshrined from the above remarks – finally recognized! Really exhilarating.

    This institution will shine and prosper in the years to come, leadership mentality and triumphant spirit. Realizing the impossible into the possible. managed by a group of superb and spectacular team members, from the instructors up to the high ranking committee, board of directors and advisors, all with immaculate, colorful track record and performance, this school of mine will one day become the leading example of academic innovation and efficiency.

    Dear people of the world, with dreams and the vision, the agents of change has arrived! Competitive and contemporary.

    Thanks to the invisible hands as well, the individuals, the institutions, the farsighted circles without which the pace and the distance will be beyond the immediate reach!

  2. Ikbal says:

    I proud of UoPeople.
    Thanks for giving me a chance to be learn and experience a very precious knowledge and culture of sharing. I believe I am getting closer and closer to get my MBA and PhD from top BSchool in USA and become a policy maker in Indonesia someday in future for brighter Indonesia.

    Ikbal, Indonesia
    BA Student at UoPeople

  3. Ham J says:

    I was amassed!!! when i saw the picture of NASDAQ welcoming University of the People.
    Am not just happy but finding more fun studying here.
    Thanks President More grace to your elbow…….

    • Edwin Guzman says:

      I was traveling and missed seeing the NSADAQ welcoming UoPeople. Wow, I would of loved to have been there since I live in NY. Does any one have a video of this?

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