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With twenty years of experience in the international education arena, I have witnessed first-hand the powerful impact technology has on academia. Drawing on the principles of e-Learning and social networking, coupled with open-source technology and courseware, UoPeople embraces a unique pedagogical model that is high-quality, low-cost and global.

A vessel for universal higher education, UoPeople has the enormous potential to function as a global stimulus package, reaching even the most remote places on earth. Our ultimate mission is to democratize higher education and, if the past few months are any indication, this is not merely a pipedream.
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Shai Reshef's Blog networks provide new lessons in learning

Social networks provide new lessons in learning

By Lara Farr

Published September 10, 2009

(CNN) -- As millions of students across the world go back to school this month, 178 students from 49 countries will turn on their computers and step onto the virtual campus of the world's first global, tuition-free online university.

Called University of the People, the non-profit, California-based endeavor comes from Israeli entrepreneur Shai Reshef… Continue

Posted on September 15, 2009 at 3:20am What is the Future of Teaching?

What is the Future of Teaching?

By Josh Catone

August 31st, 2009

....I recently talked to Shai Reshef of the University of the People, an online-only institution aiming to bring quality education to students, mostly in developing nations, for whom cost is a prohibitive barrier to traditional classroom learning. Reshef told me that his University really acts as a guide, helping people to organize the types of knowledge discovery and peer-to-peer teaching… Continue

Posted on September 15, 2009 at 3:19am

FastCompany-How Web-Savvy Edupunks Are Transforming American Higher Education

How Web-Savvy Edupunks Are Transforming American Higher Education

Anya Kamenetz

Free online courses, Wiki universities, Facebook-style tutoring networks -- American higher education is changing.

......The online University of the People, founded by Shai Reshef, who made his fortune in for-profit education, signed up its first class this fall -- 300 students from nearly 100 countries. While it has yet to get accreditation, the not-for-profit plans to offer bachelor's… Continue

Posted on September 15, 2009 at 3:18am

Business Standard | India -World's first tuition fee-free varsity to start operation soon

By Press Trust of India

Sunday August 16, 2009

In a bid to provide higher education free of cost to needy students, the world's first tuition fee-free online university with its academic-support operations based in India, will start operation from next month.

Founded by an Israeli entrepreneur, the University of People will use the concept of social… Continue

Posted on September 15, 2009 at 3:18am

UoPeople is on NPR Radio

NPR News Radio
By Robin Young
Broadcast July 30, 2009

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Posted on September 15, 2009 at 3:17am

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At 11:04am on December 2, 2009, Lucy Gray said…
Esther is wonderful! She'll be a great asset to your board!
At 8:24am on August 11, 2009, Maria Mugisha said…
There are remote areas on earth which are not reachable due to lack of electricity, in fact not even a single computer has ever reached these places, how about that?

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