Yes. But these two additional years will equip you with skills that will better prepare you for the future, whether it be; Kolehiyo, Trabaho or Negosyo!
Join two current Minerva students on an online webinar designed to answer any questions applicants, students and counsellors may have about Minerva and its application process. These webinars will take place every month from October 2019 to January 2020. Instructions on how and where to sign up are below. We look forward to seeing you all and providing the best guidance we can about applying to Minerva.
Monthly Minerva Schools Asia Webinar
Time: Every first Sunday of the month
Next Webinar: Sunday, 6th Oct 2019
Time: 6th October, 2019 5.30 PM (Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Brunei)
Please register here:
Please register using the link above and join Zoom meeting (link below):
Join our South-East Asia Minerva Community for latest updates, application tips and student stories!
Minerva will attend CAMP Study Abroad Conference on 17 August in Manila. Come and meet current Minerva students.
Event Address: Assumption College San Lorenzo (26 San Lorenzo Drive, Makati, 1223 Metro Manila)
Time: Saturday, 17 Aug 2019, 1 - 3 PM University Fair (though the Conference is the whole day)
Trixie Miraflores was born to a middle-class Filipino family that could barely even afford her education at a private elementary school. Now, she is taking her undergraduate degree at one of the most innovative schools of the 21st century, experiencing and facing challenges in 7 different cities all over the globe.
Are you a student or college counselor interested in an innovative university that is attracting the most brilliant, driven, and curious students in the world? Join Patricia Miraflores, a current Minerva student from the Philippines and Joyce Tagal, Regional Manager for Southeast Asia, in a live overview of Minerva Schools at KGI. This session will be presented in Tagalog and English.
Join Minerva on Jan. 14, 10 AM
Register at this link: http://learn.minerva.kgi.edu/AnIntroductiontoMinerva-Jan14JoycePatricia_registration.html
The Future of College?
by GRAEME WOOD, September 1, 2014
A brash tech entrepreneur thinks he can reinvent higher education by stripping it down to its…
Read the full article here: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/09/the-future-of-college/375071/
Extreme Study Abroad: The World Is Their Campus
by CLAIRE CAIN MILLER, October 30, 2015
Extreme study abroad: a different country every semester, until you graduate.
Read the full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/education/edlife/extreme-study-abroad-the-world-is-their-campus.html?_r=0
The SXP Teams designed the more structured co-curricular programs to delve deeper into significant topics and issues, with a focus on practical learning. Through team-based activities and work sessions with partner organizations, these programs foster your broad understanding of the challenges facing each society and often inspire deeper inquiry into a specific concern. These explorations incorporate concepts and material from your courses to bring the lessons to life.
Below are three examples of the several co-curriculars held by the SXP Teams:
Holocaust Memorial Visits
Though Berlin is a forward-looking city, there is no denying the strong ties it has to its past. Students were moved when they visited several memorials dedicated to the victims of genocide and Nazi aggression, to those who lost their lives in combat, and to Cold War brutality and division. During this co-curricular, members of the Class of 2019 had a chance to more deeply understand the complexities that come with designing memorials, how memorials have the ability to evoke strong emotions, and how they play an important role in Berlin's reckoning with its past.
The Berlin Olympic Stadium
M2019 students participated in a guided tour in the Olympia Stadium, where the Olympic Games were held in 1936. Elements of the stadium’s structure were discussed in relation to German nationalism, power dynamics, and how they were expressed and maintained through Nazi architecture and sports culture.
Nuclear Fusion - The Future is Here
Students travelled three hours north of Berlin to the town of Greifswald, where they visited a groundbreaking experimental nuclear fusion reactor, Wendelstein 7-X, at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics. They also learned more about the quest to achieve efficient nuclear fusion for energy production.
The SXP Teams also curate university-wide activities to bring the community together. First of the biggest Minerva traditions is the Foundation Week. Held on the first week of each school year, the Foundation Week brings together Minerva students for a warm welcome upon arriving at their new home city. The Foundation Week is intended to kick things off for students, bonding them through food, performances, and shared experiences as well as preparing them to live as locals in their new city. The week ends with a huge feast in which students gather alongside Minerva staff and faculty for a night of celebration — the first of many community feasts where food and human connection take center stage.
Berliners are known to be both creative and resourceful. What appears to be no more than a run-down building may be the city’s next premier art gallery. Minerva students will be challenged to keep an open mind and look deeper, as the locals do. They will explore the heart of Berlin’s famous counterculture, in neighborhoods like Prenzlauer Berg, Mitte, and Kreuzberg. The streets are filled with buskers performing eclectic mixes of reggae, prog rock, and classical music; numerous small restaurants and cafés, many proffering the ubiquitous Turkish döner; and intriguing street art and murals at nearly every turn. Minerva students’ time in Berlin will help them see how a society can integrate multiple perspectives into a single, lively cultural identity.
There is no denying that Berlin’s painful history is still present in the collective imagination. However, the way the city has reinvented itself in the decades following both World War II and the Cold War is what makes it so unique. In the shadow of the Berlin Wall lies a hotbed of philosophical thought and artistic expression, the palpable energy of reinvention. While embracing the political turmoil of its past, Berlin refuses to be defined by it — forging its way forward as one of Europe’s thriving capitals. While here, Minerva students have access to a multitude of landmarks and supplementing talks & activities. For instance, Social Science majors taking the Economics core course are required to visit the famous DDR Museum, located at the heart of Berlin, for their location-based assignment. This museum provides an engaging and comprehensive experience for students to understand life in East Germany after the war. This museum visit is supported by in-class activities and lessons designed to nurture students’ understanding of what transpired economically when East Germany closed itself off from the rest of the world.
San Francisco is home to a robust collection of arts, from contemporary to theatre. Minerva provides students with several opportunities to attend events held by institutions such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Opera. Minerva students who are highly interested in theatre and the performing arts are able to frequent exclusive premieres and showcases, such as SF Opera’s renowned Madame Butterfly. This student experience program supplements artistically-inclined students with distinguished contacts to explore their interests in the Arts academically, and provides enriching experiences for those who simply wish to appreciate the arts in general. Furthermore, Minerva Communities exist as platforms for students to make and discuss arts relevant to their experience in San Francisco, and their academic life.
San Francisco is a vibrant city in the Silicon Valley decorated by thousands of highly innovative startups, ranging from transportation to genetic engineering to social media. In fact, the Class of 2020 live right across the Uber and Twitter Headquarters. To truly immerse students in the startup culture, Minerva’s San Francisco SXP Team have designed programs in partnership with companies like 500 Startups, Asana, GSVLabs, and the groundbreaking Leap Motion for students to have hands-on experience. As part of this immersion, students are encouraged to give the companies constructive feedback that will directly impact their development of certain processes and products. Minerva also provides internship opportunities for students interested in pursuing technology and scientific innovation.
“Our students are active participants, not tourists, in the community. They meaningfully engage and contribute to the city by applying their knowledge to civic challenges and location-based projects.”
- Mike Wang, Student Experience Director
The global student experience at Minerva is configured to coordinate with — and build upon — in-class activities and assignments, bringing the concepts and skills from the coursework into the context of each city. The four categories of Minerva’s experiential learning demand different levels of commitment — exposure, engagement, immersion, and impact.
Each of the seven global cities have designated professional Minerva staff, collectively called the Student Experience (SXP) Team, who are in charge of curating activities of varying degrees and required participation, as illustrated above.
The SXP Team designs regular activities with local individuals and organizations in their respective cities, providing a broad platform for blending your studies with your personal interests. As an introduction to pertinent concepts in each city, Minerva hosts an ongoing series of informal discussions, presentations, and tours, exposing you to new people, places, and perspectives.
Below are some of the introductory programs curated by the SXP Teams in San Francisco and Berlin, two of the seven global cities that Minerva students will get to visit.