networks provide new lessons in learning
Social networks provide new lessons in learning
By Lara Farr
Published September 10, 2009

(CNN) -- As millions of students across the world go back to school this month, 178 students from 49 countries will turn on their computers and step onto the virtual campus of the world's first global, tuition-free online university.

Called University of the People, the non-profit, California-based endeavor comes from Israeli entrepreneur Shai Reshef who says he founded the school to provide higher education to those who might otherwise never have access to it.

"Our mission is to change people's lives," said Reshef, who also is the chairman of, an online study community for college students.

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