FREE-ing up Higher Education - University of the People

FREE-ing up Higher Education - University of the People

Author: Attiyya Mujahid

This learning packet will provide an overview of University of the People by exploring:

  • The Vision
  • Programs
  • Meet the Students
  • Other Tuition-Free Colleges

Anne T. Macdonald, founder of Recording for the Blind, stated that "Education is a right, not a privilege". This statement is true indeed but oftentimes the lack of financial resources and accessibility to technology can eliminate individuals from the opportunity of gaining a full education. 

University of the People, is the world’s first tuition-free online academic institution dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education.  This revolutionaryconcept of combining higher education with the advancements of the technology has the potential to impact millions of lives. 

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The Vision

Shai Reshef discusses University of the People on ABC News. University of the People is the world's first online, tuition-free university.

Mission, Vision and Core Values

University of the People, founded by President Shai Reshef, supports the concept of universal access to education. He believes that this knowledge is connected to world peace and global economic development.

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Meet the Students

As of June 2011, UofP has accepted over 900 students from all over the world. This diversity includes students from various cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds with one thing in common the desire to LEARN.

Meet the student - Dany Touissaint

University of the People student Dany Toussaint shares about his life in Haiti.

Tuition-Free Universities in the US

Although, University of the People, is the world's first ONLINE tuition free institution, it's not the first of its kind. Within the US, there are several universities that are successfully operating on the tuition-free theme.