|Minerva (Mosaic by Elihu Vedder)|
Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom. She also dabbled in medicine, poetry, music, crafts, commerce, magic and weaving. After all, wisdom encompasses a little bit of everything.
These liberal-arts leanings make Minerva ideally suited to the world of academia. It is therefore only natural that a Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) project has been named after her.
According to its website, Minerva Project is “the organization providing technology, infrastructure and student services” to the Minerva Schools (“an accredited, four-year, undergraduate degree program”).
Key features of the Minerva Schools include the following: reasonable tuition ($10,000 per year), seminars consisting of no more than 19 students, faculty that is especially proficient in student instruction, a curriculum that is “based on the science of learning,” and a global-immersion focus (with students living in major international locations such as Mumbai, Hong Kong. Sydney, Buenos Aires, Cape Town and Berlin).
The Minerva Schools embrace "the latest advances in information technology.” “Live, video-based Acting Learning Seminars” ensure that “everyone is visually engaged.”
By no means, however, has Minerva ever been satisfied with just one project. Her name also appears in conjunction with a host of other higher-education institutions (Yale, Berkeley, Heidelberg, Bryn Mawr, just to name a few).
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