Tuition-free education for the world: Shai Reshef at TED2014

A fantastic idea! I love learning!! ~ Linne

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Shai Reshef. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Shai Reshef. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Shia Reshef believes higher education is a right, not a privilege. In January 2009, he founded University of the People (UoP), a virtual, tuition-free institution dedicated to opening up higher education to anyone in the world with a high school diploma and a willingness to learn — “regardless of who they are, where they live or what society says about them,” Reshef says at TED2014.

“We open the gates for every qualified student,” he says. “Any student from any part of the world with any Internet connection can study with us. We don’t use audio; we don’t use video; broadband isn’t necessary.” UoP currently serves students from 143 countries, including Syria, the US, South Africa, Jordan and Nigeria.

The way the university works is this, Reshef says: UoP keeps costs down by forgoing a brick-and-mortar institution and traditional textbooks, and by using volunteer staff…

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2 thoughts on “Tuition-free education for the world: Shai Reshef at TED2014

  1. I hope a New Era is coming Linne, on many fronts.. The systems are going to have to change because people will soon not be able to afford higher education and go onto Universities etc… And those poorer families are already disadvantaged.. Good luck I say to this project.. xx

    • Oh, I think it’s coming, Sue. But it will likely not be what anyone envisions. But you are right; people can’t afford higher education anymore. There was a time (not so long ago, I think) when retired people could take uni courses for free. Wish that were still so . . . I love to study and learn and it would be fun to pursue a degree . . . and not have to think if it would further a ‘career’ . . . I agree, too, that people from all economic strata need education . . . or else we create more problems for the future . . .

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to reading your comments. ~ Linne

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