We are honored to announce our collaboration with the University of Edinburgh which aims to support students uprooted by war, famine and natural disasters. Health Science graduates from UoPeople will be eligible to apply to the University of Edinburgh to a complete a bachelor’s degree in Health, Science and Society.
This academic partnership reflects the University of Edinburgh’s commitment to providing educational opportunities for vulnerable populations around the world. Currently, we have accepted more than 1,000 refugees into our UoPeople degree programs, amongst them 500 Syrian and asylum seekers from more than 40 countries, including many war-torn zones.
This initiative is open to students with permission to stay in the UK as a refugee and live in Scotland. It’s also for Syrian nationals who reside in Scotland with humanitarian protection in the UK. Lastly, UoPeople undergraduates can further their education and earn a post-graduate degree from the University of Edinburgh via online learning.
Professor Sue Welburn, Vice Principal Global Access at the University of Edinburgh, said: “Collaborating with the University of the People to support displaced people in Scotland is a wonderful initiative that fits into Edinburgh’s mission to create access to education for students worldwide, especially those affected by conflict.”
President of the University of the People, Shai Reshef said: “We believe that the best way to integrate refugees into their new countries is by letting them complete their degrees in local universities. We are thrilled to partner with the University of Edinburgh.”
This collaboration, among our other high profile academic partnerships with NYU and UC Berkeley, illustrates our high-quality academic degrees as we work towards the mission of democratizing education.
Together, we will work towards opening the gates of higher education to students from adverse backgrounds, overcoming socioeconomic, political, geographic or environmental challenges.