Clinton Global Initiatives Supports Univeristy of the People in Haiti

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?


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 Clinton Global Initiatives Supports Univeristy of the People in Haiti

  1. Ghazni gul says:

    Thank you
    i study this information but it will be better if you tell me clearly how i join in this session and please praper me more information about this issue in a sample words

    • Shai Reshef says:

      Dear Ghazni Gul,
      University of the People welcomes applicants from around the world.
      We invite you to view our website, academic programs and online application process at

      Please note that in order to apply to our institution, all UoPeople students are required to have completed secondary schooling, be proficient in the English language and have access to a computer and internet connection.

      Should you wish you start the online application process, our Admissions Office will thereafter contact you.

      We look forward in welcoming you to our student body.

      Regards and best of luck,

      UoPeople Communications Team

  2. Mr Reshef, what are embarking to do in Haiti is heartwarming and inspiring. I must say that after the disaster I sympathised with the people of Haiti but I never considered the academic implications of their ordeal. It is reassuring to know that there are still people like you and institutions like the University of the People who still care. Thank you for your effort. We here in Sub-Saharan Africa say: may God bless the work of ur hands and mightily increase you

    • Shai Reshef says:

      Thank you for your kind words of support for both Mr. Reshef and University of the People.
      It is students and supporters like yourself who add extra value to our initiative.

      We are grateful for your encouragement and hope we can further spread our message and enable many more people to access tuition free education.

      We wish you best of luck.

      Kind regards,
      UoPeople Communications team.

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