UoPeople was founded in 2009 and accredited in February 2014. The University offers certificates, associate and bachelor’s degree programs in Business Administration, Computer Science, and Health Science as well as master’s degree programs in Business Administration, Information Technology, and Education. University of the People in Arabic was launched in 2020, offering associate and bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration, while simultaneously providing these Arabic-speaking students intensive English-language courses. There presently are more than 126,000 students enrolled from more than 200 countries and territories. Over 16,500 of these students are refugees.
UoPeople is staffed by thousands of volunteers, including its Founder and President, Shai Reshef, the distinguished members of its international boards of trustees and advisors, and its faculty. The President’s Council consists of two dozen leaders from the world’s foremost institutions (see here for the full list). More than 35,000 professionals have volunteered for leadership roles, serving as provost, as deans, as administrators, or as faculty.
UoPeople has built a sustainable and scalable model to serve those millions whose talent and creativity is being lost today. Courses are delivered online to a group of typically 20-30 students who study the material together under the direction of a faculty member. A bachelor’s degree requires completion of 40 courses. Each nine-week course is based on a curriculum drawn from Open Educational Resources (OER) materials, so there is no textbook or materials cost.
The only time a student is asked to pay any amount is at the end of a course. For students who can afford it there is an assessment fee of $120 for an undergraduate course, $200 for a certificate program course or $300 for a graduate-level course. This fee, which is waived if a student warrants that he or she cannot afford it, helps defray the university’s operational costs, allowing UoPeople to remain sustainable and still ultra-low cost.
UoPeople has collaborations with the University of Edinburgh, Effat University, Long Island University, McGill University and NYU. Each of these schools has used UoPeople to identify talented students to whom they have provided admission and generous financial aid. UoPeople not only provides its students with a quality degree but also provides them a way to demonstrate their talent and readiness for spots in the student bodies of the world’s leading universities.
According to uopeople.edu; en,wikipedia. Source of photos: internet