UBC Prof Launches Free online “University” Aimed at Developing World
By RJ Reid
Next Generation University (NextGenU) has opened its virtual doors to become one of the first services in Canada to offer university-level education. Erica Frank, founder and executive director of NextGenU and a professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, began working on NextGenU a decade ago.
“For most people in the world, secondary, much less post-secondary, training is a dream,” said Frank, adding that this lack of education has created a world “grievously under-supplied with healthcare professionals.”
She has made training people for the health sector a priority for the program, which began offering courses this December in the health sciences field. It is free of cost, barriers and advertisements.
Though primarily directed towards people in developing countries, NextGenU.org’s courses can be taken by anyone for either credit at an accredited institution or solely for continued education and training.