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December 2016
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UoPeople’s 2016 Milestones
Having A Greater Impact, Together

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Dear Supporters,

It is my pleasure to share with you our Winter 2016 newsletter. It’s the time of year for reflection, when we can look back proudly on all our recent accomplishments and the remarkable impact of our work. We owe this wonderful success to you, our outstanding supporters, who have enabled UoPeople to reach this point.

Thanks to support like yours, the university has seen many milestones and introduced a number of programs to better serve our students. We are making great strides toward achieving our mission, having a significant impact on the lives of students, and addressing global issues such as the refugee crisis and shortage of healthcare professionals, while dramatically strengthening academic standards.

We are proud to say that today UoPeople serves more deserving, qualified students from around the world than ever before, bringing us one step closer to ensuring that no qualified student is left behind due to personal, financial, cultural, or any other barriers to education.

I hope you continue reading and enjoy hearing about the incredible impact of all those who support and contribute to UoPeople’s mission to open the gates to higher education.

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Accelerated Growth

We are excited to announce that UoPeople has reached over 6,000 enrolled students from nearly 200 countries worldwide. This is truly an incredible accomplishment, considering the size of our student body when we were accredited in 2014 was 500 students! UoPeople is grateful to all its supporters who contributed to the university’s mission, enabling this outstanding growth.


Related Media: “The High-Quality Global University Which Costs Next to Nothing” - Australian Financial Review

Syrian Refugee Initiatives

In the wake of the on-going conflict that has displaced over 11 million Syrians, UoPeople launched a special scholarship program to assist 500 refugee students from around the world (primarily Syrian).

Through this program, we offer 500 refugee students the opportunity to pursue an associate or bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Computer Science or Health Science at the university, on a full scholarship. UoPeople is the first university to admit and offer scholarships to 500 refugees; all of this was made possible by contributors to this project, including Fondation Hoffmann.


Related Media: President John Sexton at the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos

Populations in Crisis

UoPeople welcomes students from all walks of life. The university offers a learning experience that is, like our students, geographically and culturally diverse. We are honored to serve as an opportunity for all qualified students, especially those with no other alternative for higher education. These students include refugees, survivors of natural disasters, women from areas of low gender equality, undocumented immigrants and more.

UoPeople just announced two new scholarship funds, one initiative to benefit 50 students born in Myanmar and another program for 20 Vietnamese students.

Below is a short video about Ernest, a UoPeople student from Malawi who applied to the university for financial aid. Thanks to generous contributions from kind supporters like you, he was given the opportunity to pursue his studies at UoPeople!



Related Media: “US Online University Offers 50 Scholarships to Burmese Refugees” - The Irrawaddy

Academic Partnerships

UoPeople recently announced its third academic partnership with University of California, Berkeley. This follows the university’s two longtime partnerships with NYU, in which top-performing UoPeople students are considered for admission to NYU with a generous scholarship after their first year of studies, and with Yale Law School for research. UoPeople’s agreement with UC Berkeley enables qualified UoPeople associate degree-holders to apply to complete a bachelor's degree on campus at Berkeley.


Related Media: “Berkeley to Accept University of the People Graduates” - Times Higher Education

MBA & Health Science Programs

This Fall, UoPeople successfully launched its first master’s degree program (MBA) and its third undergraduate degree program: Health Science, including associate and bachelor’s degree tracks. We believe that these new offerings help address global needs, like the critical shortage of skilled health-care workers worldwide and the need of many deserving students to get an MBA, in order to accomplish their career goals. Our ability to introduce these two in-demand programs was made possible by all our supporters who contribute to UoPeople’s mission everyday.


Related Media: “This is the World’s Cheapest MBA” - Fortune
“New Tuition-Free Health Studies Degree Launched in Non-Profit US Online University” - Times of India

How You Can Support UoPeople

Contributing to UoPeople online is quick and simple!

Using our donation page, you can make your gift online using PayPal or a credit card.

Please contact donations@uopeople.edu for alternative methods to donate and/or additional information on how to sponsor a student, start a scholarship fund, support the university’s operations, or fund a new program.

Also, if you shop online with Amazon this holiday season (and all year-round), you can use Amazon Smile instead, which donates a percentage of your purchase to UoPeople!


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