Learning Alongside the World: A Profile of Diversity in UoPeople’s Classrooms

Take a moment and answer this question: Do you personally know at least one person in most of the following countries?

Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Ghana, Rwanda, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Peru, Spain, Jordan, Egypt, Hungary, Fiji, Algeria, Maldives, Ethiopia, Tunisia, United States, Philippines, Brunei, Mauritius, Malawi, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Canada, Cambodia, Ecuador, Finland, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Portugal and Zambia.

Do you personally know people located in 20 different countries?

There are 195 countries in the world. To date, University of the People has accepted students from over 110 countries. For each subject, 20 students are likely to be with students from around 20 different countries in the same virtual classroom.

What this means is that students of University of the People get heightened exposure to diversity, and study alongside not just physical neighbors, but people from around the world. We have created an environment that simply cannot be replicated in a textbook. In a global world, diversity in the classroom itself is an important lesson; quite possibly as important as the student’s subject of study.

Crossing numerous inhibitions to global dialogues – including physical boundaries, economic barriers, societal castes, religious differences and more – we are proud that UoPeople’s virtual classrooms provide cross-cultural international dialogues via peer learning, in order to enrich student’s lives and futures with exposure to global diversity.

What are your experiences of being a student in one of our diverse virtual classrooms?

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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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One Response to Learning Alongside the World: A Profile of Diversity in UoPeople’s Classrooms

  1. Kale says:

    It’s really nice to know that we have classmates and schoolmates from all over the world. The thing is, we don’t really get much chance to interact. Don’t you think it would be better if there is a university-wide place on the web where all UoPeople students can interact? Like, get some help or something from senior students.

    Just saying.

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