Helping, no matter how hard

In recent days, Haiti has been hit with election unrest that has limited residents’ freedom of movement and paralyzed businesses and daily life. Fearing further violence, people have rushed to the shops to stock up on supplies and have ventured out only when necessary.
For our students this has meant that they have been unable to reach the Student Computer Center in Thomassin, Port-au-Prince to access their studies. Naturally, our first concern is with the safety and well being of our students and all Haitians. We hope for a peaceful resolution to the impasse.
This latest setback for Haiti points up the myriad challenges facing reconstruction efforts as a result of both external and internal developments. The impact of hurricanes, storms and cholera, for example, has set back many planned rebuilding activities. The election violence and uncertain political landscape could now also delay many other reconstruction activities.
UoPeople remains committed to helping rebuild Haiti and to combating the exodus of young people. We will continue to provide an opportunity to students to access higher education in Haiti no matter how hard. Indeed, the latest setback illustrates more than ever that Haiti needs to develop its civil society and economy and invest in its youth to help bring stability and prosperity to the country. I firmly believe that it is through education that we can achieve this, and I hope for a speedy and safe return to the classroom for our current students.
My thoughts are with all our students and friends in Haiti. I wish for a peaceful resolution to the crisis as soon as possible.


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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