University of the People (UoPeople) receives $500k Grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


It looks like 2012 is becoming a great year for UoPeople, the world’s tuition-free, non-profit online university that wants to give everyone access to quality higher education no matter where they are and what financial situation they are in. To date, more than 1500 students from over 130 countries have been accepted to UoPeople.

Today, UoPeople announced new financial support in form of a $500,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“We are working very hard on the attainment of accreditation, and are extremely proud of having the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation partnering with us in this quest. Accreditation is important for us, our students and our graduates to as it will afford students significantly better employment prospects upon graduation – thus further improving their lives.”  – Shai Reshef, President of UoPeople

“UoPeople is a part of an emerging set of programs and institutions that is challenging the status quo and effectively meeting non-traditional student needs by leveraging innovative pedagogical and business practices and providing affordable, quality paths to postsecondary credentials. We are proud to be a part of the next major step for UoPeople: attaining accreditation.” Anh Nguyen, Senior Program Officer on the foundation’s Postsecondary Success team

Besides the growing support from individuals around the globe which was recently manifested in surpassing the 1 million Facebook fan mark, UoPeople also finds support by foundations and in academia as the grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation follows recent awards by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Intel Foundation.

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