Tuition free, access for all University of the People has seen huge growth as online learning becomes the preferred mode during the outbreak.
And it’s not just students looking to avoid the virus, UoPeople has had applications from students in undeveloped nations and those who identify as refugees, 1000 refugees, 600 of which hail from Syria, have enrolled.
Students seeking a flexible university course have also found that UoPeople’s format is a good fit, one prominent alumnus is the Olympic champion US gymnast Simone Biles, who completed a Business Administration degree while training and competing.
Since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, the accredited online university is set to welcome a record 7000 new students into its new term, that’s a 102 per cent increase from last year.
These students will join the 27,000 students already enrolled from more than 200 countries and territories.
Applications from the UK for Term 4 increased by 217 per cent growing from 239 last academic year to 757 this year, 50 students have enrolled for this term, this is a 16 per cent increase on last year.
Numbers from the US increased by 85 per cent from 6953 to 12,843 this year with 1872 students enrolled, a 25 per cent increase on last year and applications from China increased by 424 per cent from 280 to 1466 this year, there are 117 Chinese students enrolled, a 70 per cent increase on last year.
Italians are also enrolling in number, applications increased by 791 per cent from 164 to 1464 this year with 75 students enrolled, a 74 per cent increase on last year.
Founder and President Shai Reshef established the university wanting to ensure that no one gets left behind, he understands the power of a good education and how circumstances can impede attainment of higher learning.
UoPeople offers degree programs in Business Administration, Computer Science, Health Science, and Education.