U. of the People Announces That It Has Received Accreditation

The University of the People, a tuition-free online institution that aims to reach underserved students around the world, announced on Thursday that it had received accreditation from the Distance Education and Training Council, a national accrediting group, The New York Times reported.

The university currently has 700 students in 142 countries enrolled in business-administration and computer-science programs, according to the Times. But the Israeli entrepreneur who started the project four years ago, Shai Reshef, said he expected it to expand rapidly now that it has accreditation, to as many as 5,000 students by 2016.

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