The online California-based University of the People is offering 50 scholarships to Burmese applicants, including refugees who live on the Thai-Burmese border, the Irrawaddy Online reported on Thursday.
The offer was announced by president of the university Shai Reshef during a visit to Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot district of Tak province of Thailand. More than 100 people, including migrant workers and refugees, attended the event.
The scholarship is specially aimed at students born in Burma to facilitate tuition-free study toward American accredited degrees at the university’s virtual campus, said a statement of the university, the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free accredited American online university.
Shai Reshef said he was very happy to see the level of interest in education. They really want to study higher education. There seems to be a big demand for Myanmar people to study. They think the University of the People, offering an online degree is a great opportunity because it is tuition-free.
By earning such a degree, he expected that students will be better able to contribute to their families, societies and their countries.
Uniquely equipped, the university accepts applicants to study despite transitory circumstances, like those experienced by many along the Thai-Burmese border. The university’s vision includes offering opportunities for higher education to migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people. It has enrolled 1,000 refugee students from 180 countries so far.
Founded in 2009, the university has partnered with prestigious educational institutions such as Yale University for research and New York University and University of California Berkeley regarding student selection. It also works with Hewlett-Packard for internship and with Microsoft for scholarships.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)