Remember that nagging sense of urgency when you feel like you should do something productive? Something that’s going to help you achieve your goals? At the same time, can you think of a time when your plans just fell through unexpectedly? Luckily, many of you understand that setbacks also have an alternative solution. Often times, you’d turn to an educational source to acquire new skills to help you actualize your dreams.
However, for millions across the world, being stuck in life-imposed circumstances with no foreseen alternative is just… Life. In fact, educational alternatives are almost impossible to come by. The University of the People, however, is here to change just that.
In many developing as well as developed countries, an elementary education is hard to come by, let alone a higher education. There are various reasons why many potential students worldwide do not pursue an academic degree. For the most part, an academic education is financially unattainable making it an amenity for the privileged. Additionally, inequalities produced from socioeconomic, geographic, gender, health, and religious affiliation all contribute to economic and social disparities as well.
Israeli entrepreneur and educational philanthropist, Shai Reshef, presents a new alternative for qualified students worldwide to achieve a higher education; regardless of their geographic, social and financial class. He established the very first nonprofit online university– the University of the People (UoPeople). It’s the first online university of its model that provides an accredited degree that’s accessible to anyone in the world with a high school diploma.
Reshef had previously led various for-profit educational services in Israel and Europe. As he retired from leading profitable businesses, he managed to figure out a way to give back. The UoPeople provides any high school graduate with the chance to pursue new educational opportunities. It offers majors with a high market demand that will ensure its students a job when they graduate. Obtaining an academic degree will provide them with a comparative advantage for social mobility. It will pull them out of the cycle of financial and sociocultural limitations, which convey a natural occurrence in underprivileged circles. The idea is to help design better quality individuals which is the predictor of better future communities wherever they may be. This is an initiative to create a new high-quality world-citizen to ensure a future and safer world.
According to Aristotle, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”. Shai Reshef took this sentiment to the next level. He created a platform that will result in bettering the lives of people with little to almost no opportunities. UoPeople delivers a message to underprivileged individuals that they too have an alternative way to better their lives. Reshef aspires to help push forward the academic dreams of millions of motivated individuals. Regardless of inequalities produced from geocultural restrictions, high-school graduates globally have a fresh, new hope for the future.
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