Tuition-free education for the world: Shai Reshef at TED2014

Is freedom a right? How about health? What about learning without being saddled with a mountain of debt? This article argues that education should be free and I agree. What do you think?

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Shai Reshef. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Shai Reshef. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Shia Reshef believes higher education is a right, not a privilege. In January 2009, he founded University of the People (UoP), a virtual, tuition-free institution dedicated to opening up higher education to anyone in the world with a high school diploma and a willingness to learn — “regardless of who they are, where they live or what society says about them,” Reshef says at TED2014.

“We open the gates for every qualified student,” he says. “Any student from any part of the world with any Internet connection can study with us. We don’t use audio; we don’t use video; broadband isn’t necessary.” UoP currently serves students from 143 countries, including Syria, the US, South Africa, Jordan and Nigeria.

The way the university works is this, Reshef says: UoP keeps costs down by forgoing a brick-and-mortar institution and traditional textbooks, and by using volunteer staff…

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2 thoughts on “Tuition-free education for the world: Shai Reshef at TED2014”

  1. . I also agree that the cost of college tuition is becoming ridiculous and unaffordable to many. I do not necessarily agree that college is a right, however, I do believe that it should be affordable for all of those wanting and willing to receive a higher education. The idea of a free education makes me question the quality and integrity of the curriculum and education being provided.

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  2. I believe that every person has a right to higher education. The cost of college is definitely ridiculous. I understand that we need to pay for the cost of employing professors and maintenance etc. However, I am sure that the cost could be brought down significantly.

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