University of the People uses its blog uopeople.edu/blog/ chiefly to spread fake news and to cheat Google and other search engines by using fake titles and keywords, e.g. "best MBA in the world", "fully accredited university", "college with no fees", "college without tuition", "scholarships" and many more. This technique is also known as spamdexing or black hat SEO. As a consequence, when a user looks up these keywords, Google is likely to show a page belonging to uopeople.edu, which, however, is just a clickbait article conceived to advertise the for-profit Israeli diploma mill that hides behind the name of University of the People. The blog is basically a content farm that aims at talking about as many (fake) topics as possible.
UoPeople's blog contains hundreds of articles and fake reviews, and unfortunately we don't have enough time to comment on, and refute, all of them, but we have chosen one that we are going to add to our FAQ because it is a great example of what University of the People Ltd says.
University of the People: An Evidence-Based Review
As usual, the title is misleading. From the Cambridge Dictionary: "evidence-based (adjective): supported by a large amount of scientific research." Too bad the page contains no scientific research. Besides, University of the People, which has no real teachers or professors, has never done any kind of scientific research. Most likely, they don't even know what "scientific research" means. But let's go on reading.
Who am I? I studied at UoPeople. Perhaps I'm a right person to write this review. Why am I interested to write this review? I've read many articles and posts about UoPeople. I found some posts are biased and full of misconceptions. I feel to write my review for students, who want to know the truth about UoPeople. I'll share my experience and if you need any proof or assistance you can contact me at email@example.com.
This is how UoPeople reps aka ambassadors usually introduce themselves: they claim to be "students" who invite you to "contact them" because they have "great news to share". It sounds like a cult, but never mind. We already discussed this deceptive conduct in the homepage. What is more, we sent an email to that address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Result: the email bounced back because the address does not exist. Are we surprised? No, because unfortunately we are used to UoPeople's fake addresses, hidden PO boxes, fake phone numbers, you name it.
UoPeople is a fully online-based university. The address of administrative office:
225 S. Lake Ave., Suite 300
Pasadena, CA 91101
Here we go again. That is another hidden old PO box, not a real American "address" where you can find an "administrative office" — University of the People doesn't even have an administrative office, for that matter. That PO box can be rented here: davincivirtual.com/loc/us/california/pasadena-virtual-offices/facility-817 just like the current main PO box that we discovered in the homepage.
As I've seen teachers and students are from more than 200 countries, technical supports are from Japan
Few administrative officers are from Israel. This doesn't mean the university is Israeli.
On the contrary, University of the People Ltd is registered and located in Israel, as stated by the Israeli register of companies.
Students who are unable to pay exam fee can apply for scholarships. I received four scholarships ($4,000)
Firstly, there is no evidence that you actually received $4,000 from UoPeople.edu — that's a good one 😂
More importantly, so you want us to believe that UoPeople.edu is paying you? Well, considering that you are a rep who is spreading fake news and spam about University of the People, that might be true. As for scholarships, they are just a marketing ploy, which we described in the homepage.
Respected publications from across the world trust that University of the People is not a scam.
According to Google Scholar, no "respected publications" (let alone "from across the world") state that University of the People is not a scam. It is no accident that UoPeople blog doesn't quote these hypothetical scientific publications or journals. In fact, Google Scholar only lists Shai Reshef, who is not a "scholar" or a "publication" and who happens to be UoPeople's owner promoting his own website and business model. How ridiculous.