1.According to this passage, what is the purpose of New York University’s partnership with the online school?
2.Have you ever taken part in a nonprofit online school? What do you think of this kind of school?
New York University (NYU), well on its way to becoming the first truly global university, is starting a new partnership with the University of the People, an unusual nonprofit online school offering free classes to students around the world.
With the partnership, students who show exceptional promise after at least a year of studies with the University of the People can apply to NYU, and also have the right to apply for financial aid.
The University of the People, created two years ago by Shai Reshef, an Israeli entrepreneur, offers programs in business administration and computer science using mostly volunteer professors, and course materials freely available on the Internet. Its programs have attracted more than 1,000 English- speaking students from 115 countries, including a large number of students from China, Indonesia, Nigeria and Vietnam.
"When I met Shai last year, I told him that we were so committed to his agenda that we had to become partners," John Sexton, the head teacher of NYU, said in an interview. "Our duty is to spread education and knowledge, and set an example among famous universities with studying resources."
Mr. Sexton said that there were no specific promises of priority2 for students at the University of the People, but he expected some might be admitted to NYU in the entering class of 2012. Mr. Sexton said that he hoped the partnership would encourage the NYU faculty3 and graduate students to work with the online institution4.
1. partnership n.合作关系；合作
2. priority n.优先；优先权
3. faculty n.(高等院校中院、系的)全体教师
4. institution n.(大学、银行等规模大的)机构