Minerva Schools at KGI ミネルバ大学 Nurturing Critical Wisdom for the sake of the World

米国翻訳専門職大学院(USA)副学長 堀田都茂樹




The Minerva mission statement―7Guiding Principles
Being Unconventional
We are unique, standing apart from other universities and other ways of learning. We believe there is a better way and refuse to settle for the status quo.
We challenge conventional thinking, anticipating needs and desires, and championing novel approaches. By delivering the unexpected — that which brings a sense of mystery, or a moment of delight — we encourage further discovery.
We never do things simply because others do, instead we develop different, more effective solutions.


 ‘How great leader inspire action’

Being Human
We are deeply curious and cosmopolitan. We embrace the energy and complexity of the world, seeking to understand the diverse cultures we live in. We build relationships through respectful, personal connections. By celebrating the power of different perspectives, we promote mutual understanding and shared ideas.
We eliminate barriers to human interaction, emphasizing meaningful contact.

Being Confident
We are bold and decisive, unwavering in our commitment and beliefs. We take informed risks and make prudent decisions, without fear of failure. We approach challenges directly, working through adversity and complexity. By acting with conviction, we are able to advance our progressive vision for the future.
We act with clear intent and strong judgment, yet understand that confidence does not mean hubris or arrogance.

Being Thoughtful
We continually analyze, evaluate, and examine, incorporating depth and dimension. We look for things others do not see, including details and information that add nuance and levels of interest beyond what is immediately evident. We are considered in our own views, initiating discussion and debate, and treating those that disagree with dignity and respect.
We never accept superficial thinking or lack of due diligence and expect others to engage with the same level of depth and scrutiny.

Being Selective
We are prestigious, exacting, and rigorous, attracting the finest talent in the world. We focus our time and attention on the people, institutions, and initiatives that are most important for our collective success. We carefully consider what we present to the world, producing high quality with clear intention.
We are not suitable for everyone, but neither are we elitist.

Being Authentic
We communicate openly and candidly, addressing people directly and conveying heartfelt emotion. We welcome honest dialogue, even about sensitive or controversial topics. We impart accurate information with genuine sincerity, building trust and establishing mutual respect.
We avoid anything artificial, false, or contrived; hyperbole breeds suspicion and erodes credibility.

Being Driven
We are ambitious, always pushing to transcend the commonplace. We look for opportunities to improve, refining our approach, and enhancing the outcomes for our students and the world. We work to reach apotheosis, the highest point of achievement. Only by constantly striving to excel will we realize our full potential.
We never settle for “good enough”; if we can’t accomplish excellence, we pursue a different route.


How is Minerva different from other undergraduate programs?
The key differences that distinguish Minerva include:
• Rigorous curriculum based on the science of learning
• Accomplished faculty focused on student instruction
• Four years of global cultural immersion
• Small seminars with fewer than 20 students
• Advanced interactive learning environment
• Lifelong career support services
• Merit-based and need-blind admissions process
• Accessible and affordable with tuition $12,950/year






学生はみな寮生活を共にするが、18名ひとクラスの授業は全てオンラインで、なんと教授の側が世界各地からコールインします。MOOCS(Massive Open Online Courses、一般的なオンライン講座)等とは逆の発想です。従って、教員は自分の滞在している研究施設等から授業を行えるので、その分移動コストと時間を節約、研究活動に専念できると言います。


What makes the interactive learning environment better than a traditional classroom?
Minerva’s Active Learning Forum platform uses the latest advances in information technology to provide an engaging class experience that is unmatched. Live, video-based seminars enhance student-to-professor and peer-to-peer interactions by ensuring that everyone is visibly engaged and actively participating.
The Active Learning Forum also facilitates numerous rapid mode changes, including moving from full group discussion to smaller breakout groups, one-on-one and team debates, collaborative document sharing and editing, as well as dynamic polling and real-time simulations. The platform’s asynchronous tools provide powerful capabilities for students and professors alike, by enabling deeper and more frequent data-rich feedback, schedule and assignment management, and searchable review of prior class footage.

< 2014年に入学した一期生は2019年に卒業予定。起業を志す学生も多いが、多くの企業からインターシップや雇用についての問い合わせも殺到していると言います。 br>

What is included in the lifelong career services?
Minerva’s Professional Development Agency acts as a personal talent agency. In addition to unlimited consultation sessions, the team of experts provides networking, publicity, and entrepreneurial support. These coordinated services help raise the visibility of your achievements and propel your career forward.









Why are all classes small seminars?
Minerva classes focus on building skills and understanding — not mere information dissemination. Cognitive and behavioral research documents that students learn most effectively when actively engaged with the subject matter — a learning approach not that large lectures or other passive forms of teaching do not facilitate.
Minerva’s small class size, fewer than 20 students — coupled with the advanced Active Learning Forum technology, enables professors to provide expert instruction, direct personal interaction, and frequent feedback, simultaneously ensuring that every student is an active class participant.






How can Minerva offer such low tuition?
Minerva is able to uphold our commitment to affordable education because we only invest in the things needed to provide the best education possible; we don’t invest in expensive real estate, outdated infrastructure, collegiate sports, or unnecessary amenities that don’t directly support your educational experience. This is also why we do not offer faculty tenure; our expert faculty are here because they want to teach.


Which global cities are included in the four-year undergraduate program?
Minerva’s residence halls are located in seven major cosmopolitan cities around the world. Students spend their first full year in San Francisco, California in the United States, and subsequent years in up to six other cities: Seoul, Hyderabad, Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, and Taipei.

1年次はサンフランシスコ。そこでは、日本の大学で例えると教養課程のような共通の授業を受けます。HC(Habits of Mind and Foundational Concepts = 思考習慣と基礎概念)。

What makes the Minerva curriculum distinctive?
The curriculum was intentionally structured to teach both breadth and depth demanded by the constantly evolving world, emphasizing on four core skills — thinking critically, thinking creatively, communicating effectively, and interacting effectively. By exposing students to interdisciplinary subject matters and continuously reinforcing key habits of mind and foundational concepts, Minerva teaches a broad and adaptable set of skills and knowledge, applicable to any field. Depth of learning occurs in the major and concentration courses, and the self-directed Capstone project, where students focus on a specific area of expertise starting in their third year and continuing through their final year.

• 分析   統計手法、論理、意思決定判断、シミュレーションなど
• 複雑系  互いに関係しあう要因を観察する
• 実証分析 仮説を立て、調査・実証してみる
• 修辞学  多様なコミュニケーション方法を探る





では、なぜ、このような 最先端の学びを生み出すことができるのでしょうか。

加えて、実は最先端のテクノロジー開発や、後述のカリキュラム開発は、全てミネルヴァのfor-profit wing(利益追求を目的とする関連会社)が手掛けていて、ここへはベンチャーキャピタル等から投資を受けて、将来的には他の教育機関へライセンス契約をすることでリターンを上げていくと言います。

ミネルヴァ大学は同社のnon-profit wingであるため、このライセンスを無償で使うことができる仕組みになっており、授業料が更に抑えられていると言います。

創業者のBen Nelson氏は、ネット上で写真ストレージと印刷を手がけるSnapfishというスタートアップのCEOを務めていた実業家として知られる。もともと教育界にいなかったメンバーが集まって理想の教育を追求して始まったが、教育界の既成概念から解き放たれることで、新しい発想を制約なく形にして行くことが可能になったのかもしれない、とのこと。