PASADENA, Calif., June 28, 2011 – Today, on the heels of the ISTE conference in Philadelphia, Pa., HP is launching a research internship program with University of the People to help prepare UoPeople students for the world economy.
The collaboration was formed as part of the HP Catalyst Initiative, a global network of consortia that brings together leading educational institutions and nongovernmental organizations to explore new approaches to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
“HP has a longstanding commitment to global citizenship and education, and we strongly believe in the work UoPeople is doing to democratize higher education,” said Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president, Office of Global Social Innovation, HP. “By educating the underserved through online classrooms, UoPeople exemplifies the innovative use of technology, and we are thrilled to contribute to this effort by welcoming UoPeople into the consortia.”
In addition to enabling UoPeople to engage in research and apply for research funding, the HP Catalyst Initiative will allow select students to apply for online research internships, working within the consortia on various projects across a number of areas, including education, technology and health.
“Our mission is not only to educate students, but to find them jobs and integrate into the world market,” said Shai Reshef, founder and president, University of the People. “With the support of a leading technology company like HP, we can equip our students with the experiences they need to launch successful careers and truly contribute to their countries and to the world.”
At the ISTE conference, HP also announced that the HP Catalyst Initiative is expanding to 56 members, with the addition of 21 new organizations including a sixth consortium, STEM-preneur, which will be led by Tsinghua UniversityA team of distinguished faculty from Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management (SEM) Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will be leading the HP Catalyst STEM-preneur consortium. The initial five consortia are leading educational research in the following areas: The Multi-Versity, Pedagogy 3.0, Global Collaboratory, The New Learner and Measuring Learning.
UoPeople currently offers academic programs in computer science and business administration. Since its launch in January 2009, UoPeople has enrolled more than 1,000 students from 115 countries. Among UoPeople’s partners are New York University, Clinton Global Initiative, Partners for a New Beginning and United Nations GAID.
About University of the People
Founded by educational entrepreneur Shai Reshef in January 2009, University of the People (UoPeople; www.UoPeople.org) is the world’s first tuition-free, online academic institution. Based on the principles of e-learning and peer-to-peer teaching, coupled with open-source technology and courseware, UoPeople is designed to provide universal access to college studies, despite geographic and economic constraints.
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure at the convergence of the cloud and connectivity, creating seamless, secure, context-aware experiences for a connected world. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.