First SA students embark on unique global education

Seth Fuchs

This month, Minerva Schools, an innovative liberal arts university with a global campus spanning seven major cities, accepted the first four young South Africans to study their undergraduate degree.

Seth Fuchs, from Somerset West, will start his learning journey in San Francisco this year, along with the other three students, from Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Over the course of the four years of study, he will also live and learn in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Seoul, London and other global hubs across the world.

After graduating from Parel Vallei High School in Somerset West, Seth took two gap years to learn more about the world and himself; and what he discovered was that the traditional routes to education and employment were not for him.

Back in Grade 9, he had showed his entrepreneurial flair by founding an e-commerce store that sold the latest computers and gadgets, and in 2014 he went on to establish a new venture, iXperience, which has been very successful.

In Minerva, Seth has finally found the prospect of an education that he believes is compatible with this century and that can match the exponential rate at which science is building and creating new things from self-driving cars, to artificial intelligence, augmented reality and advanced space travel.

“Minerva Schools is delighted to welcome the four South Africans,” says Minerva CEO, Ben Nelson.

Admission to Minerva is “very accessible, because we consider applications solely based on merit; we are also highly selective so that we connect with those young people who have already established themselves as globally-aware, civically-sensitive, academically accomplished achievers with proven high levels of commitment,” says Mr Nelson.

Minerva provides need-based financial aid to admitted students.

The institution offers degrees in the five accredited majors: arts and humanities, computational sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and business.

Applications for next year close on March 15 next year, and successful candidates start their studies in September.

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