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UN University Worldwide Woo Wo

Posted in Uncategorized by rewiringangel on June 8, 2009

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=30848

UN announces launch of world’s first tuition-free, online university

19 May 2009 – A leading arm of the United Nations working to spread the
benefits of information technology today announced the launch of the first
ever tuition-free online university.

As part of this year’s focus on education, the UN Global Alliance for
Information and Communication Technology and Development (GAID) presented the
newly formed University of the People, a non-profit institution offering
higher education to the masses.

“This year the Global Alliance has focused its attention on education [and]
how ICT can advance education goals around the world,” Serge Kapto from GAID
told a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York.

For hundreds of millions of people around the world higher education is no
more than a dream, Shai Reshef, the founder of the University of the People,
told reporters. They are constrained by finances, the lack of institutions in
their region, or they are not able to leave home to study at a university for
personal reasons.

Mr. Reshef said that this University opened the gate to these people to
continue their studies from home and at minimal cost by using open-source
technology, open course materials, e-learning methods and peer-to-peer
teaching.

Admission opened just over two weeks ago and without any promotion some 200
students from 52 countries have already registered, with a high school
diploma and a sufficient level of English as entry requirements.

Students will be placed in classes of 20, after which they can log on to a
weekly lecture, discuss its themes with their peers and take a test all
online. There are voluntary professors, post-graduate students and students
in other classes who can also offer advice and consultation.

The only charge to students is a $15 to $50 admission fee, depending on their
country of origin, and a processing fee for every test ranging from $10 to
$100. For the University to sustain its operation, it needs 15,000 students
and $6 million, of which Mr. Reshef has donated $1 million of his own money.

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2 Responses to 'UN University Worldwide Woo Wo'

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  1. Charlie Balanon said,

    This is a great opportunity. How can I register?
    Thanks.

    Charlie


  2. you have to go to the united nations worldwide university for this information. the last note I sent was bout my meditation classes. not the same! woo wo!


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