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University of the people, the method, how it works, examples of its validity

I arrived at the decision to write this article about the “method” University of the People uses, after receiving messages from everywhere, asking for such peculiarity. As a student who has almost finished her path, I know how this process works, by virtue of the fact I personally experienced that, during the past five years. As a consequence, I can show proof of its advantage as well as their application; simultaneously, I will inform you about some researches, including a confirmation of what I’ve been saying all along. Debbie Time, an American graduate of the University of the People, contributes to this article.

Point of departure: the method of University of the People is extremely different from traditional ones; consequence: people all around the world compare it with their own.

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How are you doing? Of University of the People and Statistics

How are you doing?

With the complicity of global warming, the last Italian Summer turned out to be the hottest of the three on record in more than a decade; indeed, my imminent exam for the “Statistics course” raised my perception of temperatures. That is to say: “statistics are statistics” and this time, studying in a language other than my mother tongue caused me visions, something similar toseek out an oasis in the desert”. I speculate such “emotional” approach sprang after the intense routine I lived during the last five years, which is comparable to an enduring Marathon, where the city assumed the form of my home, runners became

other students all over the world, I wore out a keyboard instead of jogging shoes and the conclusive mile turned into Statistics. That sprint signified something specific to me: it symbolized a special revenge in front of life; particularly about women‘s rights, which also include getting a College Education. Continue reading


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University of the People, environment and biology

“Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal”.
– Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,available at: NASA website, see here.


Ethics are recurring arguments at Uopeople, in the sense that courses encourage us to act in a fair manner, whatever we do. Additionally, the very recent economic downturn arose some important issues about the correct ways to run businesses; at least, we ought to discuss some of the previous approaches in front of trade. Thus, it is no longer possible to separate the environmental emergency from economics and as a consequence, some courses are fundamental in the aim of developing an environmental awareness.

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Knowledge

Knowledge

It’s like hungry: you feel it coming from the bowels. Knowledge is a noun and a shout for those who cannot grasp it. It’s a jump towards a world you do not know. I wanted to study, I wanted to learn and I waited  for 20 years; I waited, I promised, I was ready and I believed in the University of the People project. In the beginning, my college was not officially recognized and it was a pioneering project, therefore I had more things to discover.

Background music: Soft cell, “Tainted love”.

Image courtesy of: anonymous artist, city walls – Ravenna, Italy.


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University of the People. How is it?

The first adjective that comes to my mind after thinking about the University of the people is: difficult. I’m close to my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and I have a clear opinion about my experience there. For first, I’d like to clarify what “virtual” means, if applied to online studies, in a multicultural environment, with students “spread” all over the world, with time zone gaps. Continue reading