The World’s First Non-Profit, Tuition-Free, Online Academic Institution

University of the People (UoPeople) is the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, degree-granting online academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education globally for all qualified individuals, despite financial, geographic or societal constraints.

Founded in 2009 by educational entrepreneur Shai Reshef, UoPeople is affiliated with the United Nations GAID, the Clinton Global Initiative, and Yale Law School ISP. UoPeople has signed collaborative partnership agreements with New York University (NYU) to accept students; Microsoft for scholarships, internships and mentoring and with Hewlett-Packard (HP), through the Catalyst Initiative, to provide student internship opportunities. UoPeople offers undergraduate programs in Business Administration and Computer Science. To date, more than 1500 students from 137 countries have been admitted. Of students polled consecutively each term, 95% would recommend UoPeople to a peer.

UoPeople strives to ensure, in keeping with its mission, that no qualified individual is excluded for financial reasons. To assist students in financial need, UoPeople has dedicated student scholarship funds. Corporate sponsors include Hewlett-Packard’ssponsorship of 100 HP Scholars as part of the UoPeople Women Scholarship Fund; Microsoft’s sponsorship of 1,000 African students as part of the 4Afrika initiative;Western Union’s sponsorship of students and Intel Foundation’s sponsorship of women students from Haiti. UoPeople has launched a Micro-Scholarship Portal, the first of its kind, to allow donors to contribute to individual students.

Applications for the 3rd term in 2014 are open. The closing date for this term  is December 12th 2013.

To read more about University of the People, you may view this one-page brochure or visit their website at www.uopeople.org

 

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