University of the People (UoPeople), world-famous tuition-free American university, is proud to welcome a new member of the President's council: Torsten Nils Wiesel, President Emeritus of The Rockefeller University. In 1981, Torsten Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine - together with David H. Hubel and Roger W. Sperry - for his work about information processing in the visual system.

Giuseppe Macario, 33-year-old Italian researcher and record-setting computer programmer who has recently joined the Computer #Science faculty - led by Dr. Alexander Tuzhilin (NYU), Dean, and Dr. Dan Taipala (HP), Associate Dean - in order to teach Analysis of Algorithms, explains that the mission of this California-based institution, is to open the gates to higher education to any qualified student in the world by offering affordable, accredited, degree-granting programs. UoPeople is the first and only university that does not charge annual tuition and makes only use of open educational resources (OER), which means that #Students do not have to pay for textbooks. The university currently has staff and students from more than 150 countries.

The university, which is accredited in the US by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), was founded by Israeli entrepreneur Shai Reshef. Reshef's philanthropic project has attracted high-profile support from several international organizations such as Google Grants, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, as well as many donors. Moreover, some of the most important universities in the world work with UoPeople through long-term academic partnerships: in addition to New York University and Yale University, UoPeople's leadership come from UC Berkeley, University of Oxford, INSEAD and many more world-class leading institutions.

For the time being, University of the People offers Associate and Bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Associate and Bachelor degrees in Computer Science. However, a new MBA program is being developed, and other degree programs may be added in the near future.