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fernando martins · October 13, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Amazing, and this is such an obvious problem and obvious solution if youre really interested in learning, this has been an issue for me since my high school and probably even before. I really hope ppl begin to take concious of this

Azk · October 16, 2013 at 2:10 am

Shit, its Santa Claus!

Steven Deroo · December 18, 2013 at 7:58 am

@10:52 did he mean 2 faculty and 19 students?

Torrey Burke-Weeks · January 20, 2014 at 6:08 am

I am thankful every day I am here for the great people who have paved the road to the existence of this University. I am thankful every day for the students around me who ask the tough questions that cause me to reconsider all my ideas. If your thinking about it, come tour or phone in, you wont regret it:) 

Kaiyin Zhong · March 29, 2014 at 10:05 pm

I wish I were ten years younger so that I could attend this new type of university!

Mike Schultheiss · April 28, 2014 at 10:57 pm

I have spent five years writing essays for college students. My clients have variously been lazy, utterly hopeless, and in some cases simply very busy. There is quite the industry in cheating.  

Having seen so much of the failure of higher education, I have to applaud Helfand. His model is exactly what is needed to reinvigorate higher education. 

Robert Aldridge · May 15, 2014 at 8:51 am

I have visited QUEST, I have seen it, I have spoken to it’s students and faculty and I totally get this place. It is awesome and I recommend it to any student who wishes to question and to understand. To any student who has a real passion and wishes to pursue it. I wish, wish, wish this model had been available to me when I went through my UG education.

melartista · June 10, 2014 at 4:24 am

Bravo!!! I desperately hope that this is an idea that spreads.

veronica vasquez · September 11, 2014 at 5:47 am

I go to Quest and it’s pretty incredible

HabsFan10 · November 25, 2014 at 6:44 am

Undergrad tuition of $31,000 is a tough pill to swallow

Thuy Nguyen · December 19, 2014 at 5:09 am

Bravo for one class at a time method.  I learn best and at my deepest level of enjoyment and understanding when I focus on only one subject at a time because what I study can be nourished in my memory rather then being quickly replaced by a new subject, which is then overwhelmingly replaced with another new subject, until I don’t really know anything at all.  I truly hope we adopt the one class at a time method as a nation.

Henry H · February 19, 2015 at 6:30 am

I didn’t know this school was founded by santa!

Lewis Williams · February 24, 2015 at 6:44 am

This guy, as a presenter, looks and talks similar to Karl Marx, just an interesting thought

GirlFromIpanema · February 25, 2015 at 5:50 pm

This makes so much sense. Having to prioritize courses in order to achieve good grades takes away from the purpose of learning.

Sarah S. · March 14, 2015 at 3:19 am

Great talk! But… to be honest, I’m a bit skeptical over the success of this program. I’m sure it is largely driven by the most enthusiastic, driven, animated, and dedicated professors. Over my educational career, I might have encountered possibly 3(out of houndreds of instructors) of these rare breeds?

KevZen2000 · March 22, 2015 at 8:44 am

Most professions out there do not require years of “education” to meet the demand of the job. Instead of college or University students taking classes irrelevant to the field of study they are interested in, they should only have to take the classes that are related to the major. Also, these classes should be practical in nature, and not just theoretical. This alone would save students thousands of dollars, and it would expedite the training for the job to months to a few years at most.

Jehan Music · May 2, 2015 at 10:43 am

Spot on. Love it.

bladehh1 · June 11, 2015 at 7:07 pm

Wow…thank you TEDx

Jeffrey Robertson · June 13, 2015 at 4:41 pm

What a great concept!  Several of my kids went to a college that began like this one, and they loved it.  Unfortunately, that school morphed into something else entirely, so it is good to know there is another school available for my younger children.

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Raim Surion · September 12, 2015 at 7:02 pm

I wish more universities used the block schedule.

Abdulkareem Adam · November 13, 2015 at 8:26 pm

An absolutely fabulous concept brought back to life. A breath of fresh air and something I will be focusing on in the near future.

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Robert Baur · January 15, 2016 at 9:17 am

my guess is it does not involve safe spaces

Xiaojing Li · January 16, 2016 at 4:24 pm

Insightful and inspiring speech! However,the following wise sayings are definitely not from Confucius, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

indradeep mastan · August 21, 2016 at 7:50 am

Not a practical Idea, bcuz It doesn’t seems to solve the problem stated : “We are here for Degree not education”…… Talk is about : “These are the way old universities are designed, lets design new University in new way” … but How the new design solves the base problem is not clear.

xamael1989 · December 23, 2016 at 7:46 pm

universty should teach working skills so that people can work

Kate Hudson · January 27, 2017 at 4:10 am

I wish that Quest offered graduate programs 🙁

Victor Emma-Adamah · April 23, 2017 at 5:51 am

Karl Marx is at it again, disrupting stuff!! 😄 Love this!

Samar Emara · June 29, 2017 at 4:25 pm

This is amazing!! I didn’t know such a university existed.. I’m so glad it does and the students who attend it are lucky! We need more universities like this, and more professors like this! Professors (or rather tutors) who understand that the main goal of a university is education.. not any other thing!

Travis Zane · September 6, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Love it! Keep up the content 🙂 & feel free to check out mine if you’d like, just starting out

Hambaga · October 24, 2017 at 9:54 pm

2013 and this talk still help me 4 years later. great thinking Mr. Helfand

Kimmy Pillay · December 20, 2017 at 1:19 pm

I would do anything to go to Quest. I wish i had the money to

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Alfie Sod · February 3, 2018 at 9:57 am

This is the first time I see an university like this and I don’t know if there are more like this one, can someone help me?

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