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.