The Gates Open Further for Students: Collaborating with NYU to Identify Top Students Eligible for Transfer to NYU Abu Dhabi

When I met Shai last year, I told him that we are so committed to his agenda that we have to be partners. Our mission is spreading our education and knowledge, and if we can find some amazing kids from sub-Saharan Africa or Haiti through this wonderful vehicle of the University of the People and set an example among elite schools with resources, so much the better. – John Sexton, President of NYU

This could be perhaps one of the biggest milestones for University of the People to date: NYU and UoPeople have established an agreement as announced in The New York Times on June 8 2011.

To have NYU recognize the work we are doing, collaborate with us to identify top students eligible for transfer to NYU – Abu Dhabi Campus, and work to ensure bright UoPeople students receive generous scholarships, is phenomenal. We have worked very hard to strive for quality in our work while opening the gates to higher education for individuals around the world, and now have received the supportive acknowledgement of both our quality and the aptitude of our students from NYU.

Our collaboration with NYU is not only a milestone for UoPeople, but also one within academia itself. For too long, underprivileged youth have been shut out of the opportunity to progress academically, largely because of financial reasons, but also because of the lack of resources available. We are so excited that the time has finally come for those less financially fortunate to be able to seize the opportunity presented and go as far as they can with it, including the potential to transfer to NYU Abu Dhabi – one of the most selective institutions in the world.

Our mission is to democratize higher education worldwide: what an achievement to see the gates of opportunity for our students opening wider, extending out to NYU. For all our students living in tents in Haiti or elsewhere, living as refugees after genocides or expulsion, living in extreme conditions of poverty, struggling to eat a meal but still determined to study – this opportunity is for you more than ever before. Stay focused on your studies; keep your determination to excel at every course and overcome every challenge; and prove to yourself, and the world, that when the playing field to opportunity is leveled, every individual has the capability to progress forward and change our world for the better.


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 The Gates Open Further for Students: Collaborating with NYU to Identify Top Students Eligible for Transfer to NYU Abu Dhabi

  1. Dipesh kayastha says:

    I am mister dipesh kayastha,I m from Nepal n now I am in uk for m forther studies bt I really don’t like the teaching style of our college,so that in want to study in nyu can I apply for uk or not.plez reply me as soon as possible.
    Gud wisher
    Dipesh kayastha

  2. * I am from a financially helpless home.
    * After secondary education in 2005,
    * hope of furthering to higher education was very faint,
    * yet I passionately want to further it,
    * and for 5 years I have been searching for undergraduate scholarship without fruition;
    * until when UoPeople come and told me that internationally recognized quality education is my right and not for privileged few…
    * God Bless Uopeople.

  3. Joe Jean says:

    After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, I could not find a better opportunity than the opportunity to attend UoPeople. At a time when the only thing I could offer in exchange to a quality higher education was my enthusiasm and strong desire to learn and to succeed in life, UoPeople did not leave me out. Now After more than one year of studying with UoPeople I can frankly say that UoPeople is one of the best things that have happened to me in my life.
    I will never thank Mr Shai and his team enough. Unlike other people who decided to just give us the fish you have been showing us how to fish. And that is what makes the greatest difference.
    Much Respect From the students of HAITI.

  4. Abdulrazaq O Hamzat says:

    What else can one wish? It pay to be good.
    I have registered with the University of the people for over a year now, but was not convinced the stuff the school is made of. So i didn’t send my document to complete my admission process.Just recently,i have this feeling that Uop is not just a university,but a blessing to humanity. So i decided to send my documents and waiting for admission. This giant step i.e partnership with NYU further confirmed my conviction.

  5. I felt lucky being part of this great UoPeople, a university that is by us, a university that is for us, and a university that is to us.. Thank you Mr Shai Reshef , You are our God sent human angel.

  6. Danijel Artenjak says:

    Great post Mr. Reshef.

    Our collaboration with NYU is a magnificent chance for the hardworking UOPeople students – committed to excellence.

    You are a pure inspiration!

    We share the same positive energy, enthusiasm, and vision. I hope we’ll have the opportunity to discuss and exchange opinions, and ideas in our near future.

    Greetings from Croatia!

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