University of the People


Dear Sir/Madam,

2015 has been a remarkable year for us. We have enrolled 2,500 students from over 170 countries, five times more than we had before accreditation in 2014. We registered 4,000 volunteers and have been covered in over 2,000 media outlets! 

2015 was significant in that we introduced two initiatives we are especially proud of: Scholarships for undocumented students in the U.S., and for refugees around the world, particularly Syrian. Our aim is to support at least 500 Syrian refugees and potentially even more. These two projects have brought us thousands of applicants, interest among foundations and intensive media coverage, some of which you may find below.

We are extremely honored to receive continuous support at UoPeople. Recently, Pamela Trotman Reid, Ph.D., joined our President's Council, as well as Jaap Kloosterman, Andrea Muto and Ellen R. Tise, who joined our Library Services Advisory Board. We are proud to have them on board.

I want to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Holiday Season. Thank you for changing the world with us.

Best regards,

Shai Reshef 

University of the People 

For more information regarding supporting UoPeople’s scholarship funds, please contact [email protected].

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UoPeople Welcomes Distinguished New Supporters 

We are delighted to welcome our newest distinguished members to the UoPeople team.

President’s Council:


President Emerita Pamela Trotman Reid, Ph.D., has joined our President’s Council. She has recently been appointed Senior Scholar of the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development at Wayne State University. She is also President Emerita of University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in Connecticut. Dr. Reid’s commitment to the community has earned her numerous community honors, including being named Northeastern Economic Development Association Higher Education Person of the Year. Named among the 100 Distinguished Women in Psychology, she has received national awards for leadership, scholarship, and publications.

Library Services Advisory Board:

Jaap Kloosterman from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, was formerly general director of IISH – the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam – one of the largest research and document centers in the field worldwide, as well as of the Netherlands Economic History Archive. Kloosterman was a secretary of the International Association of Labor History Institutions, and chaired the Section of Business and Labor Archives of the International Council on Archives. He has been on numerous review committees and advisory boards.

Andrea Muto is a law librarian and attorney who has held a variety of positions in librarianship and international development. Her experience as an information professional over the past several years has spanned a number of cities and countries, from Cleveland, Ohio and Washington DC to Afghanistan and Kosovo. Muto was a consultant for the World Bank in Kabul and later In Kosovo, she worked for a USAID rule of project focusing on commercial law. 

Ellen R. Tise is Senior Director, Library and Information Services at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She has served on major library and information bodies, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award Advisory Committee, OCLC Members Council Delegate and Director of the Sabinet Online Board. Ms Tise was also appointed to the UNESCO International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World and served as Chairman of the Board of the National Library of South Africa. She is a recipient of several awards for distinguished leadership and outstanding contributions to librarianship, including honorary membership in LIASA and an honorary IFLA fellowship.

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See more media coverage on our website

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Our mission is yours. Our University is yours. University of the People is here for the people, by the people. Please help us make sure we continue to open the gates to higher education to those needy of scholarships. 


Thank you! 

University of the People

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