Session

Building a university for the 21st century


Zernikezaal April 5, 2016 3:20 pm - 4:20 pm

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Marielle van der Meer
Zoey Haar

The world is changing rapidly. It is becoming more and more global, digital and interconnected. Yet, higher education hasn’t changed much in centuries. The traditional model of universities is still very much based on how it was designed 100s of years ago. But, is this model still relevant? What would Harvard, Oxford or the Universiteit of Groningen have looked like if they were built today?

Minerva has tried to answer that question by radically reinventing the university experience from scratch to make it relevant to today’s changing world – and, to today’s students and employers. How can universities prepare students for jobs that haven’t even been invented yet? How can universities teach students the skills that are necessary to be successful in an uncertain world? How can universities teach students how to think, not what to think? How can universities use technology to enhance the curriculum? How can universities help students develop a global understanding that goes beyond a regular campus, or even a study abroad, experience?

Through explaining Minerva’s unique and innovative model of higher education, Marielle van der Meer (Managing Director, Europe and the Middle East) and Zoey Haar (Founding Class student) will discuss these questions and explore how the future of Higher Education can and should be reshaped.