UoPeople: An Educational Opportunity for Post-Conflict Societies

This week South Sudan became the world’s newest nation. While the details of independence still need to be sorted out completely, the building blocks of a peaceful relationship between Sudan and South Sudan have hopefully been laid.

Now with peace, comes rebuilding, and education is crucial to rebuilding efforts. According to the World Bank, education is considered “essential for civic order and citizenship and for sustained economic growth and the reduction of poverty.” In general, educational opportunity impacts the health of societies, improves the well being of individuals and increases the quality of living for both individuals and families.

As a university dedicated to the democratization of higher education globally, UoPeople can be a part of helping South Sudan provide quality education, assisting it with rebuilding its higher education sector. The online, tuition-free model of UoPeople can be especially useful for countries in transition and post-conflict societies, such as Sudan and South Sudan, that do not necessarily have the resources to invest in traditional brick and mortar universities at present.

As such, UoPeople opens the gates to education for all –South Sudanese and Sudanese – and hopes that educational opportunity can assist in bringing about economic stability for both countries.

UoPeople salutes the announcement of peace, and welcomes the ushering of the dawn of a new era – one encompassing peaceful progress and not civil war.


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 UoPeople: An Educational Opportunity for Post-Conflict Societies

  1. Zechariah Cornelius Awow says:

    The concept of forming or creating a university bearing the suggested name , sound really very help and backing up to students from South Sudan who are anticipating the political authority or the governing system in the country to construct new universities compensating them with educational vacancies they meeting after the July ,9 , 2011 historical event .

  2. Dear Sir Shai Reshef,

    I am really happy to know about your University, and I think that is a great chance for me to access to the world knowledge and it can help me to upgrade my knowledge to the field that I am really interested in.
    And it will be great for the person from a remote province in the Mekong delta region from a developing country like Vietnam. And I do hope that I can be accepted for the next term that my dream to the world-level knowledge becomes true.

    Many thanks,


  3. Sahar says:


    i want to know, can Afghan student get use of this tuition? I asked this because i am involed with research works and the issue wich we work on is peace building in Afghanistan, it will be my pleasure if you give piece inforamtion about this tuition.

    • Shai Reshef says:


      Yes absolutely. UoPeople has students accepted from over 115 different countries – made up of both developed and developing countries – including Afghanistan.

      University of the People provides universal access to tuition-free online post-secondary education to qualified students in order that students may be able to overcome any geographic or financial limitations and acquire higher learning.

      We have a tuition-free model whereby there is no charge for the cost of instruction, books, teachers or annual enrollment. In order for the non-profit University to remain sustainable, there are nominal application and examination processing fees charged.

      UoPeople works hard to ensure financial limitations do not inhibit any qualified student from attending, and offers grants to students for the application fee and end of course exam processing fees to students based on country of residence. At this time, end of course exam processing fees are not implemented, however, they will be in the future. Thus, the only fee presently is an application processing fee between $10-$50 depending on the applicants place of residence and the University Grant provided.

      Afghanistan is at an 80% Grant level, so the application processing fee, after the Grant, is $10.

      You may see more information on the website:http://www.uopeople.org/

      As well, you may see a breakdown of the grant percentage, by country, in our University Catalog: http://www.uopeople.org/fi​les/Pdf/university_catalog​.pdf

      If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask.

      Shai Reshef

  4. MUGABONEJO Raphael says:

    Dear sir, your idea to form University of the People was absolutely a solution to those who can’t achieve their educational dreams. As you mentioned there is no significant development if education is not a priority in such country policies.

    However, South Sudan as a new a nation should be put much emphasis on educating its citizens in order to accumulate human capital which is today considered to be the very important component of today’s development tools.

    For the newest nation to achieve this goal, everyone’s efforts is necessary.

    May God bless you, Dear Sir

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