Institute for Business and FinanceWaseda University


Future of Education online seminar “Minerva Schools, its background, philosophy, reality and future of Higher education”

Future of Education online seminar
“Minerva Schools, its background, philosophy, reality and future of Higher education”


In a world of increasing uncertainty, Japan’s society and education are facing the need for significant change, and there are many different views on the future of education, including elementary, junior high, high school, university and adult education. While there seems to be no absolute right answer that applies to everyone in education, Minerva has received a great deal of attention from around the world as one model for the future of education. Since its inception in 2013, Minerva Schools at KGI has been a residential four-year university, where students live with their classmates in seven international cities and conduct joint projects with local companies and government agencies, etc., and where learning is designed based on the Science of Learning. The school has appealed to talented students from around the world by offering highly engaging seminar style classes using forum, its classroom and feedback technology platform.

In 2017, Minerva Schools welcomed its first Japanese students. In Japan, it is perceived as a difficult school to get into, even more so than Harvard University, but the reality of the situation is little known to many. Minerva was started by Ben Nelson, who wanted to find a solution to the problems of America’s universities, and in fact, we have learned a lot about the founding spirit and the process of starting up the university. There are many things that should be done.

In this seminar, Mr. Ben Nelson, founder of Minerva, will talk about the background and the founding of Minerva, its philosophy, the reality of education, and the future of education, He will also talk about the range of exciting initiatives that Minerva is leading to reform not only university but high school and professional learning as well. This seminar will be hosted by Prof. Ikegami of Waseda University Business School.


  • 24th September 12:00-13:15 (Japan time)
  • Language: English (with simultaneous translation in Japanese)
  • Format: ZOOM Webinar and Free of charge
  • Application form Please also apply from the QR code below:

-  Three days before and on the day of the event, we will send the viewing URL to your registered email address.


Hosted by Minerva Project, Waseda Global Strategic Leadership Institute (Future of Education Forum), Waseda University Institute for Business and Finance  Nissan Global Foundation

Speaker/ Ben Nelson,Founder, Chairman, and CEO

Ben Nelson is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Minerva, and a visionary with a passion to reinvent higher education. Prior to Minerva, Nelson spent more than 10 years at Snapfish, where he helped build the company from startup to the world’s largest personal publishing service. With over 42 million transactions across 22 countries, nearly five times greater than its closest competitor, Snapfish is among the top e-commerce services in the world. Serving as CEO from 2005 through 2010, Nelson began his tenure at Snapfish by leading the company’s sale to Hewlett Packard for $300 million.
Prior to joining Snapfish, Nelson was President and CEO of Community Ventures, a network of locally branded portals for American communities.
Nelson’s passion for reforming undergraduate education was first sparked at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he received a B.S. in Economics. After creating a blueprint for curricular reform in his first year of school, Nelson went on to become the chair of the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education (SCUE), a pedagogical think tank that is the oldest and only non-elected student government body at the University of Pennsylvania.

Organizer/ Jusuke Ikegami

Professor Ikegami received Doctor of Business Administration from Hitotsubashi University in 2015. After working for Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Tokyo office, he joined MARS Japan. While he is working for Softbank EC Holdings as a Director of New Business Development, he also served as BOD of several subsidiaries. He also worked for Nissay Capital Co. Ltd., before joining Waseda Business School. His research interest includes corporate strategy, global management, new business development and global leadership. He is a member of international committee of JAIBS (Japan Academy of International Business Studies). He is also an outside company auditor of Toyo INK SC Holdings.

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