Minerva University: How to build an effective university when the system trains people to do things wrong
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Empirical evidence demonstrates that universities are among the least effective organizations in their purported goal of educating learners. The measures which universities themselves use to certify knowledge acquisition demonstrate that students do not retain what they supposedly learn a mere few months after that certification. To fix this problem, new universities must be built with radically different processes, procedures, and incentive systems and existing universities must be reformed along similar lines. But how do you accomplish that when practically everyone in the system (and those outside of it) were trained to believe in ineffective practices?

Minerva University is a private university that was established in 2012 by Ben Nelson. Minerva is proud to be ranked #1 Most Innovative University in the World by The World University Rankings for Innovation (WURI). Its undergraduate program is designed to develop the leaders and problem-solvers of our future. Through the global rotation, students will engage in rich cultural experiences, learn how to navigate new and unfamiliar contexts and develop connections with local communities. Small dialogues are the way seminars are conducted with around 20 students. Minerva students are exposed to an abundance of experiential opportunities.

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Ben Nelson

Ben Nelson

Founder and CEO of Minerva Project and the Chancellor of Minerva University. 

  • He founded Minerva in 2011, with the goal of nurturing critical wisdom systematic, evidence-based learning. 

  • With him, Minerva ranked as the most innovative university in the world. 

  • Nelson has a B.S. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where the frame Minerva began. 

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