THE ALU ADVANTAGE

WHERE ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERS ARE DEVELOPED

At ALU, students benefit from an individualized, mission-driven method that’s just as effective and impactful as traditional ones. You can interview experts. Conduct field studies. Shadow professionals. Watch TED talks. And so much more, based on your individual goals.

At traditional universities, students pursue studies and gain knowledge in one subject area. At ALU, we understand the importance of specialization—but we create more than specialists. We create graduates who will ultimately attract, organize, and lead specialists to work together to solve problems that are too big for one person.

ALU students become team builders and systems thinkers with a breadth of cross-disciplinary knowledge and innovative problem-solving skills. Graduates of ALU programs do things in the world; they solve problems in a variety of domains; and they continuously learn. They develop deep, pragmatic skills for taking meaningful action and cultivate the values and character needed to rally individuals, communities, nations, and global societies to a more equitable, peaceful, and prosperous world.

Today’s future leaders and entrepreneurs need more than just the “stamp of approval” that a bachelor’s or a master’s degree provides. At ALU, students get a well-rounded education including academics, leadership development, and so much more.

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21st Century Skills

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Personalized Learning

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Values & Character

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Career Development and Work Experience

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A Network

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Stamp of Approval

THE ALU DIFFERENCE

ALU differs from traditional universities in the following ways.

1. PREPARATION FOR AN UNCERTAIN WORLD

The world is rapidly changing. Huge advances in artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, robotics, digital biology, and 3D manufacturing are altering the world in unanticipated ways. Traditional university graduates are rarely exposed to this information, let alone given the skills to thrive in volatile, complex, and uncertain environments. ALU graduates develop a high-level understanding of these technologies and their implications, and they practice operating in a world that is full of ambiguity, complexity, and uncertainty.

2. ALIGNMENT WITH PASSION

Traditional universities rarely engage students in deep self-inquiry and self-discovery. At ALU, students have recurring opportunities to assess themselves and receive feedback from others. They have the opportunity to learn more about who they are, their strengths and weaknesses, and their passions and interests. They gain significant exposure to the greatest challenges in our world and the passionate leaders and mentors who are working on them. This repeated exposure allows students to become inspired by what is possible and learn which problems they are uniquely passionate about solving.

3. FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE & POST-UNIVERSITY PREPAREDNESS

Many of today’s universities are structured as “knowledge enterprises” rather than “skills enterprises.” As such, many do not focus on equipping students with the actual skills that employers seek. Recent studies indicate that 90% of employers believe that traditional university graduates are unprepared for the workplace. ALU students are prepared with the skills that are attractive to a wide range of potential employers. They are prepared to become innovators and entrepreneurs and to apply their unique perspectives and abilities to government, corporate, NGO, and nonprofit sectors.

4. MISSIONS NOT MAJORS

At traditional universities, students declare a major in a single academic discipline. Not so at ALU: rather, students declare a “mission” related to problems they want to solve. Instead of dedicating themselves to memorizing a specific body of facts and figures, ALU students dedicate themselves to solving real problems in the real world and acquire the skills and methods they need to solve them. They drive their own personalized educational journeys under the guidance of mentors and curate their learning experiences around the problems they want to solve.

5. INSTITUTIONAL RATIONALE

The goal of traditional universities is to transfer knowledge to the next generation. ALU exists to create leaders: catalysts for change who will navigate a rapidly-evolving world. ALU graduates understand complex systems and are not boxed in by traditional disciplinary lines. ALU exists to develop leaders. Education is simply the means through which these leaders are developed—it is not the end in and of itself.