Opening Up Education

University of the People was founded on the principles of Open Education and, from the beginning our mission has been to ensure individuals that have previously have faced barriers to higher education get access to high quality education at a low cost.
Given our founding principles, I was so glad to see educators, researchers and academics gather together for Open Ed 2010 in Barcelona this past week. With the theme of “impact and sustainability,” the conference served as a meeting ground for those “who wish to learn about the institutional decisions needed to make open education a reality.”
Technology has truly helped us lay the foundation for greater access to education. I strongly believe that we must use the internet to share information, including educational materials. By engaging a global community in learning, we are creating a more tolerant, well-versed world, something I deeply value.
Have you accessed any interesting courses online?


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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