Pasadena, CA. April 4, 2016. University of the People (UoPeople) announces today a new partnership with the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). According to the articulation agreement between the two Californian universities, UC Berkeley will consider qualified, top-performing UoPeople Associate’s degree graduates, who wish to transfer to complete a Bachelor’s degree at Berkeley.
UoPeople is the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited American online university, dedicated to opening access to higher education globally.
“We are thrilled to have this collaboration between UC Berkeley and University of the People,” said UoPeople President, Shai Reshef. “This recognition is the ultimate endorsement of the value of our degrees and it offers a great opportunity for our students. Now the most accomplished UoPeople students may be able to further pursue their dreams by attending one of the best universities in the world.”
“UC Berkeley welcomes the partnership with University of the People in considering highly qualified, top-performing UoPeople Associate’s degree graduates for transfer admission to complete a Bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley. As a fellow Californian university, UoPeople’s mission is closely aligned with the mission of Berkeley, to open the gates to a quality higher education to every deserving student – with priority given to residents of California.” said UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks.
UoPeople recently made headlines for launching the first tuition-free, accredited online MBA degree, the latest addition to the university’s offerings of Associates and Bachelor’s programs in Business Administration and Computer Science, all accredited by the U.S. Distance Education and Accreditation Commission (DEAC). The university currently has over 3,000 enrolled students from 180 countries. It is expected that the fast-growing student-body will double in number over the next year.
About University of the People:
Founded by educational entrepreneur Shai Reshef in January 2009, University of the People (UoPeople; www.UoPeople.edu) is the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited online university dedicated to opening access to higher education globally. Using open-source technology, Open Educational Resources (OER), peer-to-peer learning, and the assistance of academic volunteers, UoPeople is designed to provide universal access to university studies for qualified high school graduates, despite financial, geographic, societal or personal constraints.
UoPeople has partnered with New York University (NYU) and UC Berkeley to accept students; Microsoft for scholarships, access to its certificate programs, mentoring, internships and employment opportunities; and Hewlett-Packard, for general support, scholarships for women and internships.
The institution has gained the widespread support of leading academics from leading universities around the world. Its President’s Council, chaired by NYU President Emeritus John Sexton, includes Oxford Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Sir Colin Lucas, U.S. Former Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter, and Nobel Laureate Torsten N. Wiesel among others. UoPeople is supported by The Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Hewlett Foundation, Fondation Hoffmann and companies such as HP, Google, Microsoft, Intel, Western Union, Estee Lauder and many more.
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