Minerva Schools at KGI aims for higher intake of bright young minds with support from Schools like Roots IVY

Founder Editor Tazeen Akhtar..

Islamabad – April 25, 2017: 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. Smartstudents from the region will get the chance 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 atHarvard UniversityStephen 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 Islamabad on Wednesday, Ms. Fatou Baidane Regional Director MENA and Mr. Naveed Ejaz Regional Manager MENA of Minerva Schools at KGI said, “We are aiming for a higher intake of students from the Pakistan. 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.”

“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 learn21st 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,” Ms. Fatou further said.

Minerva’s unique university program combines -

  • Global exposureduring study – Minerva 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, London and Seoul.
  • Practical experience – Minerva’s curriculum emphasizes practical knowledge. Minerva students learn and apply the transferable skills needed to succeed in the modern world and economy. It also designs and provides a series of unique experiential learning activities (co-curriculars + local partnerships) in each country providing opportunities to apply classroom learning to real life projects.
  • Best in class career prospects – Minerva students work and intern at great places like Apple, Amazon, Airbnb, Uber, IDEO, CalTech, UCSF and more.
  • Unique classroom experience – Every class is a small seminar centered on intensive discussion and debate. Minerva students develop critical and creative thinking skills through active learning, not memorization for exams. All classes are highly interactive seminars taught using proven instructional methodologies and innovative technology.
  • Relatively low cost – Tuition is $12.5K/year – a fraction of the cost of peer institutions, like those in the Ivy League. Minerva offers need-based financial aid (incl. scholarships, low-cost loans, work-study) to ensure no admitted student is denied the Minerva experience due to finances.

The application to Minerva is simple and free. There are three parts to the application - transcripts,extracurricular achievements and a set of online challenges.

The key dates for application cycles are as follows:

Early Action: 1st November

Regular Decision I: 17th January

Regular Decision II: 15th March

This application cycle aligns with application timelines common outside of North America, making it convenient to apply regardless of a student’s geographic location.

Minerva shares a special relationship with Roots IVY and acknowledges the quality of education that it has been providing over the past 29 years under the leadership of Dr. Khadija Mushtaq. Roots IVY students are very competitive and have been making Pakistan proud. We at Minerva are really looking forward to collaborating with Roots IVY and working more closely to enhance the leadership qualities, critical thinking and creativity in students. 

Dr Khadija Mushtaq addressing the press conference said that Roots Ivy students are studying in 150 top universities of the world. She told that 8 students of Roots Ivy were selected for Minerva in 2015. This selection provides the students 100 % scholarship to study in 7 cities across the world. Students have just to work and study hard to prove them equal to occasion.