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Shai Reshef

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True Rehabilitation Is Through Education: A Case for Haiti's Future

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 1:01 PM

The question begs to be answered -- why does Haiti still look virtually untouched after the earthquake of 2010?

As of January 1, 2013 there are approximately $6 billion dollars left to disperse towards Haiti's rehabilitation. $6 billion has already been dispersed in three years. And this is...

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Don't Forsake Haiti: A Message From Joe Jean

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 9:11 AM


Joe Jean, a student from University of the People, is now studying at NYU Abu Dhabi. He lives in Cap-Haitian, Haiti.

I would like to say the Haitian earthquake three years ago this month ruined everything. But, sadly, there wasn't...

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A Higher Ed Opportunity for All Undocumented Immigrants

(4) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 2:01 PM

After President Obama signed into law DACA, or "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals," this past August, over 300,000 eligible undocumented students rushed to submit paperwork. To anyone following the hard work done by advocates of the Dream Act over the last 11 years, this should come as no...

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Why You Are So Fortunate and Lucky

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 10:11 AM

The ability to read this blog makes you more fortunate than nearly 900 million adults in the world who cannot read at all. Simply having money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change, makes you among some of the worlds luckiest. You are not longing for...

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Let's Not Stop at the Promise of Only Primary Education for Malala

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 7:28 AM

As 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for wanting to go to school, is undergoing treatment in the United Kingdom, it's time we all reflect upon what her desires really mean.

Malala was protesting her right to go to primary school, the most basic...

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Lessons from Ada Lovelace for All Women of the World

(5) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 11:46 AM

This year, it is on October 16th 2012, that we celebrate Ada Lovelace Day -- an international day celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math.

As I reflect on the achievements of Ada Lovelace, credited as the first computer programmer, I cannot help but feel inspired...

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Solutions Exist

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 10:55 AM

These days, the job crisis seems to be on the tips of everyone's tongues. Almost immediately, that conversation turns to the unprecedented unemployment rates of new degree holders, ultimately falling on the rise of student debt and the new generation of job seekers living with that debt for life.


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One Million Support Not Having Tuition!

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 12:49 PM

Imagine attending university and not having to pay tuition. With skyrocketing tuition rates worldwide, many think this is a pipe dream. However, it is not.

University of the People (UoPeople) is my nonprofit, online, tuition-free academic institution. Recently, the University crossed the million fans mark on Facebook -- showcasing the...

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My Vision: Peace in Palestine and Beyond

(13) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 12:20 PM

"Peace is the respect for the rights of others." -- Benito Juarez (1806-1872)

Peace. I find it troubling that this word has become cliché in much of the world. For the millions of individuals who are living through war and genocide at this very moment, peace is...

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The Tragedy of Those Shut Out of Higher Education: It Needn't be Anymore

(3) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 9:11 AM

The recent tragedy of the stampeding death of a prospective student's mother and the mile-long line for individuals looking for last-chance spots at South Africa's public universities serves to highlight the importance of opening access to higher education. According to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is...

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How Much Does it Cost to Educate All Those Currently Priced Out of Education?

(2) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 6:58 AM

Realistically, it will only take a drop in the bucket in relation to the billions floating within the higher education industry. To exemplify how insignificant the support needed to reach individuals currently priced out of education is, take the recently launched $6 billion fundraising campaign at the University of Southern...

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How Open Educational Resources are Changing Higher Education

(9) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 4:43 AM

With all the talk about the cost of higher education, there is an underlying current bringing about a radical change in education. This quiet, yet revolutionary force, is both directly and indirectly changing the bottom line in the price of attaining education. Behind the curtains in higher education are Open...

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Growing Rejection of Underrepresentation in Higher Education Institutions: NYU's Bold Move for Low-Income Students

(3) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 12:02 PM

Finding talented disadvantaged youth from around the world can be a hard feat to accomplish for New York University, and other elite institutions, largely because of the situation most disadvantaged youth find themselves in. If you are living in a tent in Haiti, or in post-genocide Rwanda, you are trying...

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Peter Thiel May Have Missed the Point of the Higher Education Bubble: We Should Encourage Decreased Costs, Not College Drop Outs

(4) Comments | Posted May 2, 2011 | 12:21 PM

When Peter Thiel, co-founder of Paypal, told Techcrunch that the next bubble is higher education because "a true bubble is when something is overvalued and intensely believed," he caused a stir of reactions. The argument about education being overvalued stems from the belief that paying enormous tuition rates...

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Distance Learning for Developing Countries

(2) Comments | Posted April 26, 2011 | 12:09 PM

There are millions of people around the world, right now, who wish to access higher education but cannot. For example, in Sub-Saharan Africa, only 6% of all eligible students are able to access higher education (UNESCO). Online learning is one way of distance learning that presents an extraordinary opportunity to...

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Higher Education: A Good Promoter of World Peace

(2) Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 6:24 PM

Higher Education can make world peace closer through the amalgamation of two effects online higher education fosters: the betterment of individual lives and an appreciation for diversity.

It is a well known worldwide that the higher an education a person receives can correlate with an increase in salary. Higher...

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Right to Education Denied: Why Millions of People Can't Access Higher Education

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 10:55 AM

Imagine that you're a bright young individual who has just finished high school. You're eager to explore the next steps on your educational path. Yet, for a variety of reasons, all you see is one closed door after another in your quest for higher education. With no way to pursue...

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One Year. One Hope. Education in Haiti.

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2011 | 9:39 AM

It was only one short year ago that we all bore witness to the tragic earthquake that wreaked havoc on Haiti. As we remember those who were lost, we must not forget that the rebuilding is not over. The situation is still dire. The region is still in devastation.

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Seeing a Brighter Future in Haiti (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 4:34 PM

Sadrac Saint Victor saw firsthand the devastation brought by the Haiti earthquake. He lost several friends. Living in poor conditions, the earthquake catalyzed Sadrac and his family's already dire situation.

While parts of his home were destroyed, his spirit was anything but. Now a farmer, he dreams of starting...

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Dreaming After the End of the World (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2010 | 12:39 PM

Roodlyne Pierre wants to be a successful businesswoman. Like many young women, she wants to make her life better, while helping her family and contributing to her country. Roodlyne is among the thousands of Haitians whose home was devastated by the earthquake. For Roodlyne, the disaster felt like the end...

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