Our 2 Year Birthday!

Two years ago, in January of 2009, I announced the pioneering initiative of UoPeople at the DLD conference in Munich, Germany in front of hundreds of innovators. I am currently at the 2011 DLD conference, and find myself reflecting on the accomplishments of UoPeople over the last two years.
To date, we have accepted more than 800 students from over 100 countries. We have developed collaborative relationships with Yale Law Schoo Information Society Project, UN-GAID, World Computer Exchange and the Haitian Connection Network. We have outstanding advisors from highly respected institutions providing their time, assistance and guidance. In two years, we have become the global tuition-free institution we sought out to be, teaching and enriching students located around the world.
I am so proud of the accomplishments of all of our students, who continue to give their motivation and passion to educational progression in the face of the enormous hardships they may encounter in their daily living environments. Our students have proven, with their determination and hard work, that the concept of tuition-free higher education is not just desired, but necessary to the lives of so many around the world. The dream of a global tuition-free university providing quality education has become reality.
Thank you to all of you who have helped UoPeople’s development. It is truly remarkable how much support from volunteers and donors we have received and continue to receive. However, the world has 7 billion people: with all the growth we’ve had, we know the majority of the people that need UoPeople still don’t know about us. How do you recommend we spread the word?


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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6 Responses to Our 2 Year Birthday!

  1. Ajogu stevenson says:

    I am now a beneficiary of this free tuition and i want to thank God for you for giving me the opportunity to actuallise my dream. Happy birthday my dear uopeople.

  2. Happy birthday UoP! It is Greatest project after Wikipedia.org and Linux in the World! Free online university uniting people in the world, no matter of race, religion or residence! Stay online and free, and one day all of 7 billion people will be UoP graduated!

  3. Divakar Dhaveji says:

    As you introspect, with students having completed some of the courses in the past many months, and with some experience and flavour of the discussions with course participants and the method of instruction intended to be accomplished through peer learning, the extent of instructor intervention and guidance, the manner of evaluation of submissions, the degree of understanding of course content potentially may have imbibed, would you have a view on where the course participants can reasonably presume to stand and what, if any, should help improve or enrich the process of learning at UoP?

  4. Hardinal Sampono says:

    “Our 2 years birthday”
    How proud we are of you. Brings the education for all. We still have a long day to come. May God bless us. Congratulation !
    Hope someday we can expand our idea not just online which is only able to be reached by whom has a connection to the internet. We should reached whom are isolated and rural area.
    Good luck and Peace.

  5. k says:

    Happy birthday ! I really want to study Computer Science at UoPeople in future.
    I am working at the company as a temporary contractor in Tokyo. Even though I graduated Japanese old university, nowadays I can not earn enough to live in. Because of the economy in our country has been weakening for 20 years. I often think about the meaning of the life, why I should live and work under hopeless situation.
    However if I can study CS and qualify as a programmer, I would work in many countries and confident myself.
    I appreciate you founding the university. You provide me and people a hope and opportunity to study higher education in low cost. I hope I can study at the University soon.

  6. David Corbin says:

    I’m an advisor the the MI College in Joberg, S.A. Perhaps an alliance?

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