University of the People

Three weeks ago the United Nations announced the launch of the world’s first tuition-free online university; the University of the People.

With a high school diploma and a sufficient level of English as entry requirements, students from over 52 countries have already enrolled.

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 [the university’s founder] has donated $1 million of his own money.

This is exciting.