World Economic Forum

I have spent the past few days at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, meeting leaders in virtually every field. This year’s theme is “Purpose, Resilience and Prosperity.”

A popular topic has been the power of technology and its impact on everything from healthcare and renewable energy to business and politics.

Of course technology is turnkey to the future of education as well, and I was elated to share University of the People’s mission with my peers. Our model resonated with many of the people I spoke to, especially with the Middle East and North Africa on the mind.

Tomorrow, I will be joining another inspirational group as the Huffington Post toasts its Game Changers, 100 innovators, leaders and visionaries, of which I’m proud to be a part.

How do you define resilience?


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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