Floating university moored
June 14, 2008 9:07 PM Subscribe
The Scholar Ship
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, an international floating university stewarded by top universities in Morocco
, the United Kingdom
, and Ghana
, have temporarily suspended all voyages
due to lack of funds - mainly caused by the withdrawal of main sponsor and initiator Royal Caribbean International
. The program ran two voyages in 2007
before shutdown. Alumni and prospective students on Facebook
are busily sourcing options to revive the organization, while Semester at Sea is offering spaces
to students who were accepted for the now-cancelled voyages.
This is reminiscent of 2000, when global education non-profit Up with People
were also forced to shut down due to lack of funds
. Efforts from UWP alumni and supporters
allowed for its reform as the WorldSmart Leadership Program
in 2003, before returning to its original performance-based roots in 2006.
Will the alumni of The Scholar Ship be as successful in bringing back their beloved experiences? How does this reflect on the finances of international education programs in general, when the pullout of a major backer can spell life or death for the organization?