Milestones

Since its launch in 2009, University of the People has taken great strides as the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited, online academic institution. Founder & President Shai Reshef has also been widely recognized for his contribution to higher education. 


UoPeople receives accreditation from the DETC - February 2014
UoPeople receives accreditation from the Distance and Education Training Council, a U.S. Department of Education authorized accrediting agency.
President Shai Reshef is awarded FastCompany's Most Creative People award – December 2013
President Shai Reshef was featured in FastCompany's Most Creative People.
President Shai Reshef awarded an RSA Fellowship - December 2013
President Shai Reshef was awarded membership to the British Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) fellowship.
Microsoft 4Afrika partners with UoPeople - August 2013
Microsoft 4Afrika announced a scholarship program to give 1,000 students from Africa scholarships to study at UoPeople.
UoPeople at the White House! - February 2013
President Reshef was invited to the White House on behalf of the University and its innovative education model.
UoPeople introduces Women Scholarship Fund – Hewlett-Packard Pledges $200,000 to Educate 100 Women - July 2012
HP was the first corporation to the fund, sponsoring Associate degrees for 100 women.
1,000,000 Support UoPeople on Facebook! - June 2012
More than a million have voiced their support of opening the gates to higher education by joining UoPeople on Facebook.
Presidents of Oxford, NYU, GWU and More Unite Behind UoPeople as Members of a New Council - May 2012
UoPeople’s Presidents Council has leadership from top-tier universities around the world.
President Shai Reshef nominated in Wired Magazine's "50 People Changing the World.”- February 2012
President Reshef has, “revolutionized higher education.” - Wired Magazine,
NYU Collaborates with UoPeople to Accept Students to NYU Abu Dhabi - June 2011
UoPeople students identified for admission to one of the most selective institutions worldwide.
HP Opens Research Internships to UoPeople Students - June 2011
HP announced the launching of a research internship program with University of the People to help prepare UoPeople students for the world economy.
Partnering for a Technology Center in Ramallah - November 2011
The technology center will be building upon and enhancing the technology infrastructure of University of the People.
Haiti Project Commences - November 2010
In November, Shai Reshef, travelled to Haiti to officially launch UoPeople's CGI Commitment to provide 250 Haitians with the opportunity to access higher education.
HuffPost Game Changer - September 2010
Reshef attended the Washington Ideas Forum 2010, an annual event hosted by The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute and Newseum.
Clinton Global Initiative Grants Membership - August 2010
Reshef, on behalf of University of the People, became a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in August 2010.
University of the People Rings NASDAQ Closing Bell - August 2010
In August 2010, the non-profit organization was invited by the for-profit world to ring the closing bell.
Reshef Inducted into International Ashoka Fellowship - January 2010
In recognition of his revolutionary venture, Reshef was elected an Ashoka Fellow in December 2009.
Law School Information Society Project Partners with University of the People - September 2009
Yale ISP expanded its program in digital education with this research partnership.
Classes Commence - September 2009
At the UNDESA-GAID Global Forum Mexico, President Reshef announced inaugural UoPeople class of 177 students from 49 countries.
Fast Company Names Shai Reshef to Its List of the 100 Most Creative People in Business - May 2009
Fast Company named President Reshef as one of its 100 Most Creative People in Business.
United Nations Welcomes Shai Reshef and University of the People - May 2009
The United Nations GAID named President Reshef to its High-level Panel of Advisers.
University of the People Launches - January 2009
Reshef announces pioneering initiative at the DLD Conference in Munich, Germany, in January 2009 in front of 300 innovators in education, Internet and design.