We are a group of critical thinkers, freedom-oriented academics and engaged citizens, who came together during the recent lockdowns.
We are building an institute for real academic growth, personal development and innovative enrichment of our world.
Nova Academia aims to nurture critical, constructive, and creative students, who wish to do vital research, to design or create new appliances or art. We believe that critical thinking and uncensored exploration strengthen both the individual and the general community and are the basis of a healthy and functional society.
Our academics and students enjoy the freedom to think, write, design and create. We limit bureaucracy, as much as we can. This radical freedom attracts the brightest and brings out the best in all involved.
In the mentorship program we teach and guide students in doing interesting cutting-edge research in an area of interest to both mentor and student. The nature of the help depends on the mentor(s) involved, and may include workshops, reading groups, regular one-on-one meetings, co-authorship, joint production of videos, study trips, etc. Many of the learning and community activities are on Discord, in the online Nova Academia community, where students and mentors discuss, share documents, have joint videos, and announce events.
Nova Academia was conceived at the Second Science Summit in 2023 in Amsterdam, born from a desire to create a free, high-quality, and joyful academic institution. Its founders and initial supporters have a long-running interest in education, finding each other during the struggle against government-overreach and the slide of existing “universities” that have become low-level obedience training centres.
The general aim of the Academy is to produce critical well balanced students, to do vital research to strengthen the general community, and to embody new ways of having healthy and functional communities.
“Academia at its best is about beauty, where young minds discover and interpret the world; where communities of both students, academic mentors, and life mentors are built for personal and group betterment; and which is a place of intellectual light and freedom in this world.”
Academic Director Nova Academia
Keep up to date with our events and sign up for activities organised by mentors, students, or Nova Academia staff members.
Find a mentor who shares your vision for research, find out more about the 1-year program.