University of the People has joined Partners for a New Beginning (PNB) as a member in order to further spread higher education. 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.
Through the implementation of the Building Bridges through Education initiative, UoPeople is strengthening the achievement of its mission to democratize education and promote peace and cultural understanding via tuition-free, collegiate-level programs for students in Muslim countries. This seamlessly aligns with PNB’s objective, which supports President Obama's vision for a New Beginning, focusing on economic opportunity, science & technology, education and exchange.
As part of its membership, UoPeople will provide students from countries in which PNB works—Turkey, Pakistan, West Bank/Gaza, Egypt and Indonesia— access to higher education. Eligible students will be admitted to study programs and work toward a Bachelor's or Associate's Degree in either Business Administration or Computer Science. Graduates in these disciplines will gain highly sought after skills including increased professional development, enlarged networks and enhanced employment prospects.