This week, world leaders are gathering in midtown Manhattan for the Clinton Global Innitiative Annual Meeting, working to develop solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems.
I’m excited to share that I am joining this renowned group, on behalf of University of the People, to present our commitment to action: the democrtatization of higher education in Haiti.
Following January’s earthquake, 28 of Haiti’s 32 major universities were completely destroyed and the four remaining were severely damaged. While there is an enormous amount of work to be done, we hope to do our part by providing university-aged, Hatian students with the opportunity to attend University of the People.
Over a three year period, UoPeople will accept 250 qualified students to study online with their peers around the world, utilizing the institution’s resources to earn an Associate’s Degree in either Business Administration or Computer Science.
This commitment is designed to elevate and empower the youth population in Haiti, many of whom currently reside in refugee camps and would not otherwise have the means to pursue higher education. By bringing educational resources and encouraging students to study in their home country, we are not only helping individual project participants, but providing them with the vital skill set to rebuild their country while also raising the standards for higher education within Haiti.
What’s your commitment to action?