The world’s first free university
Project start date : 01/07/2001
Beneficiary country : United States of America (the) India Canada Cameroon Kenya Congo (the Democratic Republic of the) Sudan (the) Guadeloupe Martinique Trinidad and Tobago
About the project
Starting with a focus in the health sciences, NextGenU.org’s accredited courses are being used by over 6,500 registered users in 191 (of 193) UN Member States/Countries, and NextGenU.org expect to achieve its ultimate outcome this Spring 2019: the first globally free degree, a Master’s in Public Health (now approved in Texas by UIW.edu, and awaiting final US-based accreditation in June 2019).
Courses span from college-level pre-health sciences and community health worker trainings, through public health graduate training, and a MedSchoolInABox (co-developed with Stanford, U of Toronto, and U Central Florida) that includes Graduate Medical Education. This educational system is not a set of Massive Open Online Courses – courses are competency-based, and include online knowledge transfer, a web-based global peer community of practice, skills-based mentorships, and a free certificate. NextGenU.org’s accredited partners, North American universities that are outstanding in each particular course topic, give learners credit for this training (or institutions can adopt them and use them with their students).
NextGenU.org addresses the pandemic shortage of health workers, with a global deficit of 12.9 million predicted by 2035.
These online, for-free and for-credit Masters of Public Health (MPH) and Medical Degree (MD) are providing high-quality courses and accredited full degrees for post-secondary students’ and institutions’ use.
55 Full-Time equivalents
100 Service providers
Number of beneficiaries since launch