To get you up to speed for the week ahead, we serve you a Monday Ristretto here on EDUKWEST by picking the most important reads from the past week, putting them in a grinder and extracting the essential information for a short and punchy brew.
Today we’ve got three shots for you. Quora trying to stay independent by raising another $80 million, legacy players in the programming space consolidating the market and brick and mortar classrooms having a comeback.
In this week’s Sunday Review you will find stories about China’s rapidly changing education system, fundings, mergers & acquisitions we haven’t covered in detail, opinion pieces about elite universities and low-income students and how much a BA will costs students offline compared to online.
Internet.org announced SocialEDU, an initiative that aims to bring free mobile learning experiences to students in Rwanda.
To make this ambitious project happen Facebook partnered with Nokia, Ericsson, edX, Airtel and the Rwandan government.
University of the People, the world’s first tuition free online university, surpassed the 1 million Facebook fan mark today. For comparison, Harvard has 1.7 million fans on Facebook, Stanford 370.000.
“It is with the greatest of joy that we witness the growing acceptance of this innovative model from traditional higher education, industries and businesses, through the individual involvements of these extraordinary scholars and leaders.” Shai Reshef
As UoPeople founder and president Shai Reshef recently stated, the non-profit is gaining more and more momentum. Over the past weeks UoPeople added a group of new advisors to the board that reads like the who is who of higher education.
- Dr. Ariel Kalil, Professor in the Harris School of the University of Chicago, and Director of the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy will join UoPeople’s Arts & Sciences Advisory Board.
- Ms. Gabriele Zedlmayer, Vice President of the Office of Social Innovation at Hewlett-Packard (HP), will join UoPeople’s Computer Science Advisory Board.
- Dr. Shay David, Chief Revenue Officer and Co-founder of Kaltura will join UoPeople’s Computer Science Advisory Board.
- Dr. Terry Fulmer, Professor & Dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University will join UoPeople’s Arts & Sciences Advisory Board.
The expansion of UoPeople’s Advisory Boards comes on the heels of the announcement in April of National Science Foundation Alan T. Waterman Award Winner Dr. Dalton Conley becoming the new Dean of Arts & Sciences for UoPeople
UoPeople also announced a new Presidents Council in May which consists of
- Oxford Vice Chancellor Emeritus Sir Colin Lucas
- New York University President John Sexton
- Academy of Paris Rector Emeritus Mrs. Michele Gendreau-Massaloux
- Institute of Technology in Bombay Director Professor Devang Khakhar
- George Washington University President Emeritus Steve Trachtenberg
The Presidents Council will be integral to advancing the mission of UoPeople: to democratize higher education with tuition-free, online programs designed for students otherwise marginalized due to financial, geographic, personal or societal constraints.
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Editor’s Note: This post has first been published on edcetera – straight talk on edtech.
Facebook’s recent trip down memory lane with the (re)launch of closed groups for schools, colleges and universities is a pretty telling one.
When I first heard about it, I asked myself, “Why should a successful company that decided to kill the closed campus-based networking model in favor of an open social network for everyone on this planet who is older than 13 go back to its startup roots close to the IPO?” Apparently, Mark Zuckerberg and the team at Facebook see enough value in this market to dust off the initial idea and bring it back to life. Hence there seems to be a business opportunity.