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KAFA Partners with Project Minerva to Launch New Higher Education Institution, Business News

SAN FRANCISCO and Seoul, Korea, September 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ –The Korea-ASEAN Friendship Association (KAFA) has entered into a partnership with Minerva Project build a new educational institution, based on the Minerve model. This is the only full implementation of the Minerva system in Korean higher education announced so far. The goal of this new educational institution is to equip future leaders in East Asia and ASEAN countries equipped with the cognitive and leadership skills to help solve regional, socio-economic and geopolitical problems through superior local education rather than relying on the traditional educational paths of Asian students pursuing their study at Western institutions abroad.

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The new institution will provide students with the set of cognitive tools necessary to support peacebuilding, conflict mitigation and conflict resolution locally and globally. Furthermore, it will emphasize the development of Asian values ​​such as community culture and the balance between humility and trust.

“The future development of ASEAN countries, which are demographically young and rapidly growing, will depend on how the younger generation is educated and trained as future creative leaders,” said KAFA Executive Director Sunggi Baik, former President of POSTECH. “The remarkable growth and transformation of South Korea, from one of the poorest countries in the 1960s to the 10th largest economy in the world, can be largely attributed to the investment in quality education that has produced competitive and innovative leaders capable of driving its socio-economic development. Through this partnership with Minerva to create a new institution of higher education capable of developing cognitive skills for leadership through technology-based education, KAFA wants to play a role in sharing Korea’s knowledge regionally. and strengthen mutual ties with ASEAN for the peace and prosperity of the whole region.”

Minerva Project’s experience in creating educational programs spans more than a decade, beginning with Minerva University, recently ranked by WURI as the most innovative university in the world. Since then, Minerva Project has selected a number of innovative new universities or existing educational institutions seeking curriculum and pedagogical reform to partner with around the world.

Project Minerva’s methodology is based on decades of research in the science of learning, implementing its proprietary interdisciplinary curriculum and fully active learning pedagogy, using Forum, the world’s first synchronous digital learning environment combined with integrated, place-based experiential learning. These programs, which focus on the systematic teaching and measurement of the skills and knowledge most important for the 21st century, create transformative educational outcomes for students.

While some Korean institutions falsely claim to offer Minerva education, KAFA’s new institution will offer Korea’s only digital learning environment optimized for hybrid residential higher education programs. It will include customized versions of Minerva’s courses, as well as new collaboratively designed offerings that deliver the educational benefits and resilient delivery model that Minerva and its partners have successfully used. It will also include regional rotations, where students live in different Asian cities, applying their knowledge in different contexts and solving local and global challenges.

“Minerva’s reputation in Korea is well known,” said Ben Nelson, Founder and CEO of Minerva Project. “While many institutions claim to offer Minerva-inspired curricula and pedagogies, KAFA’s new institution will be the first institution of higher learning in Asia designed, developed and delivered by the Minerva project team. Their commitment to adopting the best educational methodologies to nurture local leadership skills for the future generation of Asia This is the reason why it is the only new Korean university that Minerva has chosen to work with so far.”

The new institution’s curriculum will offer various four-year degrees with concentrations in social sciences, business, computer science, natural sciences and humanities. It will be highly selective and in its first year will admit 100 top performing students from East Asia and ASEAN countries.

The institution is expected to open in fall 2024.

About KAFA

The Korea-ASEAN Friendship Association (KAFA) is a private non-profit corporation established in 2017 by a group of prominent Korean leaders led by Dr. Jung Kil HongFounder and President of Milal Welfare Foundation with seed funding from Ham Tae Hoformer chairman of Ottogi, one of Korea’s leading food companies.

KAFA’s mission is to share its knowledge and experience of crucial leadership development with ASEAN countries by establishing the most advanced institute of higher learning to foster ASEAN talents needed in the Asian era. and ultimately contribute to a better future for the region and the world. KAFA also engages in cultural exchanges and the development of research and innovation projects aimed at improving the quality of life and environmental conditions in ASEAN countries.

For more information about KAFA, visit

About the Minerva Project

Minerva Project is a groundbreaking educational innovator, designing and delivering world-class educational programs through educational and business partners around the world.

Founded by Ben Nelson in 2011, Minerva’s mission is to nurture critical wisdom for the good of the world. Drawing on the best traditions of liberal arts and science education, Minerva is committed to preparing global leaders and innovators for the complexities of the 21st century. His groundbreaking creation of Minerva University is detailed in the book Building the Intentional University: Minerva and the Future of Higher Education (MIT Press).

For more information on the Minerva project, visit

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