Minerva competes with and disrupts elite colleges through their “flipped classroom” model by helping students obtain intellectual skills through structured curriculum, and effectively educating students to become creative and critical global thinkers.
This new unconventional program has managed to attract thousands of applicants, and the interest is growing every year. Minerva, with its need-blind admission, an international student body, and a strong focus on critical thinking, is becoming an educational that has managed to create alternative to the failing traditional university model.
In this interview, Minerva Founder Ben Nelson discusses the struggles with creating a university from scratch, dispels the myths, and explains how Minerva’s curriculum lets students craft their own education.
Among other emerging alternatives to the traditional education model, Minerva is reforming the education sphere through its decentralized university program where students earn their bachelor’s degree while living and learning around the world.
At Minerva, there are no tests. The first year of four years of studies is about learning critical thinking. Students live together on campus, but all classes are taught via online video platforms so professors and students don’t need to be in the same physical location.
Founder Ben Nelson details the value of Minerva in today’s developing technological sector. He states that Minerva is structured around true-life application and preparing students for jobs in the real world. This is all structured around a university format devoid of lectures, which allow for greater retention of concepts, and a format providing educational materials at a reasonable price, illustrating how information in the digital age is available at our fingertips.
Without fancy infrastructures, Minerva has been able to keep its cost at minimal $30,000 and promises to give an Ivy League quality education. The students of this travelling global university will be staying in Bangalore for six months of their undergraduate.
Minerva’s acceptance rate is described and compared to other Ivy League schools. Minerva is stated to be different from other schools in that students travel all over the world, and that the admissions process is unlike no other. These facts, coupled with low tuition rates, illustrate Nelson’s final point that Minerva will create competition in higher-education arenas.
We want Minerva to be a catalyst for global change in higher education, and it’s our hope that other universities will adopt our approaches or develop something even better over time.
In addition to having a distinguished faculty and novel use of technology, the school takes a daring approach to pedagogy…
What will the future of higher education look like? That was the question addressed on Tuesday, when Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun brought esteemed psychologist Stephen M. Kosslyn, founding dean of theMinerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute, to campus to introduce the university community to a new model of undergraduate education.
The cost of college is rising, and those most in danger of missing out on the rewards of higher education and suffering the burden of student loan debt are people who do not finish their studies, experts told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Tuesday.
There have been several talks on reforming higher education, various strategies for making the change. We have in our journey explored many such projects which have the same aim and during this continuous search we got to know of Minerva Project.
A startup college aims to offer a top-notch education for half the price of elite universities
There are no lectures allowed at San Francisco’s Minerva Schools, an innovative college with a curriculum specifically designed to improve knowledge retention for students. Professors hold their seminar-style classes online, allowing Minerva students to move around the globe each semester, from Berlin to Buenos Aires.
In Minerva’s seminars, there is no front row and back row; no long tables where it’s possible to hide. “It feels like you’re always sitting next to the professor,” says Jonathan Katzman, chief product officer. “It really brings a heightened awareness, a different level of consciousness as you’re engaging in the classroom.”
The San Francisco startup promises an Ivy League-caliber education for a tuition of $10,000.
Robin Goldberg is the Chief Experience Officer of the Minerva Project, a groundbreaking venture to reinvent the university experience for the world’s brightest and most motivated students.
Minerva Project Inc., a university that combines online learning with dorm life and other real-world college experiences, is beefing up with a new Series B round led by Chinese investors, the company told VentureWire.
Broadcast on Al Jazeera National on August 26, 2014
This university may give Harvard a run for its student talent, disrupts education with digital classes & real world experiences
Universidade Minerva tem modelo inovador que aboliu as aulas tradicionais.
Guilherme Nazareth, de 19 anos, trocou a UFRGS pela iniciativa americana.
Minerva is one of the most interesting startups in the world today. Minerva hopes to revolutionize higher education, not just by putting courses online, but by becoming itself an institution of higher education, albeit one that uses technology to make in-class education more efficient and effective.
Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Minerva CEO and founder Ben Nelson explains the institute's unique approach to higher education. He speaks with Pimm Fox on "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)
The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
San Francisco-based technology executive Ben Nelson has set out to kick Harvard off its pedestal.
Se llama Minerva, tiene sede en San Francisco y promete educación de alta calidad a un 40% del costo de Harvard. La primera camada cursará en 2015. Código Tek habló con Alex Aberg Cobo, director para América Latina, que tiene como una de sus funciones seleccionar a los argentinos.
Des étudiants internationaux qui vivent ensemble mais changent de ville tous les semestres, et suivent uniquement des cours en ligne : tel est le concept du projet Minerva, une université on-line d'un nouveau genre qui se lancera en 2014 à San Francisco. Ayant annoncé qu'elle avait levé 25 millions d'euros auprès d'un fonds d'investissement, Minerva ambitionne de devenir une alternative aux universités de la "Ivy League". Son fondateur Ben Nelson, ancien patron de Snapfish, une start-up de photos en ligne avec laquelle il a fait fortune, nous explique sa stratégie.
Throughout my career, I have witnessed the following: It is much easier for humans to ascertain when and where we disagree rather than when and where we agree. We declare our disagreements proudly and loudly, while our points of agreement tend to remain hidden, silenced by our passionate discord.
An online university with no campus that aims to rival the likes of Yale and Harvard has promised to revolutionise education around the world.
By teaming up with Keck Graduate Institute, the world's "first startup elite university" now has accredation and a lot more to offer its students.
Online learning has been trumpeted by everyone from academics to politicians to venture capitalists as a way to improve access to education. But now a novel idea is emerging from a prominent group of digital education supporters: you can’t learn everything online.
Entrepreneurs seeking to build an elite global university based on new ways of teaching online announced Monday the creation of a $500,000 prize to be awarded each year to an educator “whose innovations have led to extraordinary student learning experiences.”
Today Ben Nelson, the founder of online education Minerva Project, announced a global academy and $500,000 prize for professors who change how students think.
The Minerva Project, which turned heads last April with its mega $25 million seed round, has grand ambitions for bringing a Harvard-level education to the Web. But there are two aspects of Ivy League schooling it’s trying to avoid: exorbitant tuition and traditional professor hiring practices.