The recent speech by President Obama on the Middle East followed on the footsteps of his speech two years ago at Cairo University in Egypt, in which he stressed how education will play a role in the “new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.” To carry out the mission of creating new relationships with Muslim communities is the initiative of Partners for a New Beginning (PNB). Chaired by Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company Muhtar Kent and Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson, PNB is a collection of public-private partnerships committed to broadening and deepening engagement between the United States and Muslim communities abroad.
UoPeople is proud to join PNB as a member. As stated in the Aspen Institute’s press release mentioning UoPeople, as part of our membership with PNB, UoPeople will provide eligible students from countries in which PNB works within—Turkey, Pakistan, West Bank/Gaza, Egypt and Indonesia— access to higher education. The Inaugural PNB Summit Meeting, which brings together those committed to achieving new collaboration, is being held this week. I am excited to go to the Inaugural Summit meeting, introduce UoPeople’s mission to other partners and meet those who are also committed to similar educational advancements as UoPeople.
The students accepted to UoPeople from the PNB countries will be joining other students, all of whom, as students, gain exposure to the heightened diversity inherent in our virtual classrooms. By intermixing students of all backgrounds, students can learn alongside each other, find commonalities as well as celebrate differences, and embrace global diversity. We believe exposure to global diversity can and will positively influence individual misunderstandings, and hence, assist in the development of world peace.
With our diverse student body, online model, and tuition-free academic degrees offered, UoPeople is an excellent fit to work with PNB partners and reach out to Muslim communities. We look forward to the strong bridges we will build together with Muslim communities – bridges that further strengthen UoPeople’s mission of democratizing higher education globally and the progression of world peace.