President Reshef Meets UoPeople Student at 2013 CGI U!


University of the People is honored to have a long standing relationship with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a forum which brings together world leaders, turning ideas into actions which change the world. In 2010 President Reshef announced at the CGI Annual Meeting, UoPeople’s commitment to educate 250 Haitians for free. This month, on April 18th, 19th, and 20th, President Reshef will be in Haiti to announce the unveiling of 150 new scholarships for additional Haitian students, as UoPeople has fulfilled 100 scholarships to date. (Check back for more info on President Reshef’s upcoming Haiti trip).

At the CGI University meeting at Washington University in St. Louis this year, President Reshef met with a current student, Sandy, who was in attendance at the meeting as well (see picture above).  President Reshef presented on a panel titled, “Going Digital in Education,” and spoke about the limitations and challenges of technology to open the gates of higher education globally, especially for the most marginalized populations.

The Clinton Global Initiative was established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton and annually convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. This is an annual event for undergraduate and graduate students who are developing commitments in their communities and around the world. Throughout the year, and as a prerequisite of attending the CGI U Annual Meeting, students and youth organizations developed their own Commitments to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge on campus, in the community, or around the world.

CGI U is proof that young people have the power to make a significant impact by confronting some of the world’s most urgent challenges. University of the People is proud to have been a part of this important meeting.

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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