The University of the Underground is open for application
University of the Underground, visual artist Marta Giralt, ©NellyBenHayounStudiosLtd
Following the International Space Orchestra performance with Sigur Ros at the Hollywood Bowl, and therelease of the trailers from the astrobiology project The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking; SETI Institute's Designer of Experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun, is now up to a new challenge. She is opening a university in the undergrounds of cities.
With the aim of teaching postgraduate students how to engineer situations, to design experiences and events, that best support social dreaming, social actions and power shifts within institutions, companies and governments, the world’s first University of the Underground, based in the underground of the urban space, promotes unconventional collages of references, interdisciplinary practices, chaos and experimentations at the start of any creative process.
The University of the Underground responds to the current trend of increased fees for postgraduate programmes by firstly proposing a business model in which every student is provided with scholarships to cover their tuition fees. By hosting the University of the Underground, Sandberg Instituut is making steps towards a new, ambitious model for financing education. Scholarships are to be provided to students through the support of philanthropists (80%) and governmental grants (20%). As such, it aims to act as a model of what can be achieved through coordination, shared passion and belief in the next generation. The goal being to create many more of these educative structures worldwide with the same financial structure 80%, 20%.
The University of the Underground is Sandberg Instituut’s MA design programme based in the underground of cities. The Sandberg’s Instituut is the postgraduate programme of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. The University of the Underground is developing Sandberg Instituut’s Unconventional Research Practices Department that is aiming to provide PhDs in the near future. The programme will, therefore, emphasise research, critical theories and context within students’ practices.
The University of the Underground is established as a foundation in Amsterdam, composed of a multidisciplinary world class team as part of its advisory board and teaching team. It is directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun and managed by Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios Ltd in the Village Underground in London and from the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, where Nelly will soon return.
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