West Bank deposit to aid poor (Israel)

An Israeli entrepreneur who set up an online university has opened an operations centre in the West Bank. Shai Reshef, founder of University of the People, said his agreement with ASAL Technologies, a Palestinian software and IT services company based in Ramallah, was the first stage of a plan to move the university’s entire office to the disputed area. University of the People is a not-for-profit institution offering free online education to students in more than 120 countries, The New York Times reported. Students pay a one-time application-processing fee on a sliding scale depending on their income and country of residence. Mr Reshef recently initiated a fundraising drive to provide scholarships for its poorest students and to allow the university to become self-sustaining. “This is low-cost, high-quality education for people who can’t afford anything else,” he said.

Source: The Times Higher Education  http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=418417&c=1