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Educating critical thinkers in a Castle! Nova Academia kicks off…

Where once upon a time you were intellectually challenged, so as to become responsible adults, university students now find themselves in large impersonal bureaucratic systems that treat you as vulnerable to wrong thinking. You learn docility and dogma, leaving you unprepared for the demands of work and adulthood. Why waste your life in such soulless places when there is another way?

        Nova Academia, currently in the process of being established, is situated in a fairytale castle in Wallonia, Belgium. Its founders will be given the key on 22 March to train critical-thinking people for tomorrow’s challenges. ‘Who are these two birds of paradise? And what exactly are they up to?” was the opening question from programme maker Flavio Pasquino, who interviewed founders Dr Erika Turkstra and Prof Paul Frijters about their plans and motivations.

        The academy offers a one-year course focusing on economics and health in particular, alongside a broad, holistic orientation to the world as a whole. Meanwhile, many teachers, from home and abroad, have joined. Including familiar names like emeritus professor Prof Kees van der Pijl.

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