I love Twitter not because I want to know what Stephen Fry or Ashton Kutcher are up to but because if I follow the right people (like Guy Kawasaki , Mashable, DavidLeeKing, Chuck Green, Seth Godin, mattChevy or TEDTalks) I am constantly getting new and interesting websites and people to connect to!

And one such gem I found this morning in my Twitter feed comes courtesy of Guy Kawasaki.

It’s featured in TIME’s 50 Best Websites 2009 and I can see why!

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Academic Earth has at it’s heart the mission to give everyone on earth access to a world class education. And while this may sound like an almost impossible task it’s really not – if you break it down.

give everyone access – yup they do this by posting the video’s online. If you’ve got internet connection on your mobile, laptop or PC you’re in!

world class education – well, with Berkeley, HarvardMITPrinceton, Stanford, UCLA, and Yale on board they’ve got the world class thing sorted as well!

And it’s not just the “popular” classes Academic Earth is posting they are covering subjects such as:

Each topic can be further subdivided and the quality of the lectures and lecturers are really good.

The editors have also created “themes” of lectures and these look quite interesting and entertaining (when was the last time you used those two words together with lecture?) First Day of Freshman Year – 4 Lectures , Love Is In the Air – 6 Lectures, Wars Throughout History – 7 Lectures, Living a Good Life – 6 Lectures, Building a Company with Great People – 7 Lectures

So now I can benefit from learning from some of the best minds in higher education, without the high tuition fee and in Africa nogals!

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