Minerva Schools at KGI, in partnership with Al Ghurair Foundation, to reach brilliant students

Story dated:Friday February 24th, 2017,10 16:am
  • Minerva Schools focuses on educating the 21st century undergraduates from around the world
  • High achieving students will get the chance to pursue one of the most-sought- after degree courses preparing them for success in our modern world

Minerva Schools at KGI, a San Francisco-based innovative undergraduate university program, has announced their plans to select the creme of students from this region. The organization has partnered with UAE-based Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education to reach students in this region who are brilliant but do not have the financial means to afford such a higher education experience.

With this joint initiative, smart students, who are unable to afford the cost of foreign education, will have the opportunity to pursue one of the most-sought- after degree courses in the word from the highly selective college, where the students learn in ways no other university offers.

Founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ben Nelson, and former Dean of Social Sciences at Harvard University Stephen Kosslyn, Minerva offers a reinvented university experience for the brightest and most motivated students from around the world. The Minerva Schools at KGI were established in 2013 and offer undergraduate and graduate degrees accredited by WASC.

Speaking to the media in Dubai, Mr. Ben Nelson, Chairman and CEO of Minerva, said, “We are aiming for a higher intake of students from the UAE and Middle East. The intensive four-year experience at Minerva is deliberately designed to challenge the students accelerating their intellectual growth and preparing them for success in today's rapidly changing and interconnected global context. Our new partnership with the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education is one of our efforts to reach students in this region who are brilliant but do not have the financial means to afford such a higher education experience”.

“The university a student chooses to attend will impact more than the next four years. It will define how they learn and shape the way they think – for the rest of their life. Minerva pushes the students in ways no other education will, teaching the students the skills needed to solve the most complex problems of our time,” he added.

“The students at Minerva will be provided the opportunity to learn 21st century skills with the world’s brightest students and veteran experts from multiple fields of study, through seminars, and projects with coveted institutions and companies,” Mr. Nelson further said.

The university program of Minerva combines Global exposure during study, as the students do not merely study diverse cultures, they experience them, living in up to seven of the world’s most important cities over the course of their four years.  They start in San Francisco in their first year and then experience a different world city each semester through a curated global rotation that includes cities like Berlin, Buenos Aires and Seoul.

The practical experience at Minerva’s curriculum emphasizes that the students learn and apply the transferable skills needed to succeed in the modern world and economy. It also designs and provides a series of experiential learning activities (co-curriculars + local partnerships) in each country providing opportunities to apply classroom learning to real life projects. The students work and intern at great places like Apple, Amazon, Airbnb, Uber, IDEO, CalTech, UCSF and more.

When it comes to classroom experience, every class is a small seminar centered on intensive discussion and debate so that developing their critical and creative thinking skills. All classes are highly interactive seminars taught using proven instructional methodologies and innovative technology.

About Minerva Schools at KGI

Minerva Schools at KGI is a San Francisco based, innovative undergraduate program founded by Stephen Kosslyn, the former Dean of Social Sciences in Harvard and Ben Nelson, a silicon valley entrepreneur. The Minerva Schools at KGI offer a reinvented university experience for the brightest, most motivated students from around the world. Combining an interdisciplinary curriculum and rigorous academic standards, an accomplished faculty versed in the science of learning, an advanced interactive learning platform leveraging cutting-edge technology, and four years of immersive global experience, Minerva delivers an exceptional liberal arts and sciences education for future leaders and innovators in every discipline. The Minerva Schools at KGI were established in 2013 by KGI – Keck Graduate Institute – a WASC (WASC Senior College and University Commission) accredited institution – in alliance with Minerva Project. www.minerva.kgi.edu