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Traveling college coming to Taipei for one semester

2017/12/14 20:41:17

Image taken from the official website of Minerva Schools at KGI

Taipei, Dec. 14 (CNA) The first students cohorts at Minerva Schools, a revolutionary college startup that conducts courses via online seminars and has no set classrooms, are looking to visit Taipei in the final semester of their four-year programs, which have taken them to six countries so far.

Speaking at an education awards ceremony, Stanley C. Yen (嚴長壽), chairman of the Alliance Cultural Foundation, said the plan was a major development that could serve as an inspiration for Taiwan's education system.

However, there are some bureaucratic issues, such as visas, that must be resolved before the 100 students from 40 different countries can come to Taiwan under the Minerva Schools program, Yen said, urging the government to assist.

In response, Lee Yen-li (李彥儀), director of the Ministry of Education's (MOE) Department of Higher Education, said she was thrilled Minerva Schools had chosen Taiwan as one of its global destinations and she would be willing to assist with any logistical issues.

Since the MOE is not responsible for conferring degrees on Minerva Schools students, this eliminates any legal issues in terms of curriculum and teaching, Lee said.

Regarding any visa issues, she said, the education ministry could assist by communicating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The inaugural class at Minerva Schools kicked off in the fall of 2014 in San Francisco, and after spending the first year there, the students have been traveling to a new location every semester.

They have been to London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Hyderabad and Seoul, and are looking to make Taipei their classroom for the final semester of their four-year programs.

(By Cheng Chih-chung and Kuan-lin Liu)