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Singularity University is a non-profit learning institution in Silicon Valley whose stated aim is to "educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges."
Singularity University is not an accredited four-year university, but is instead intended to supplement traditional educational institutions. It offers an annual ten-week summer course intended for graduate and post-graduate students and ten day programs for senior corporate executives and senior government leaders. The first Graduate program began in June 2009, with full tuition costing US$25,000 (although a majority of the participants were provided full or partial scholarships). The inaugural 2009 class was limited to forty fellows chosen from over 1,200 applicants. Eighty graduate and postgraduate students were accepted for the graduate course beginning summer 2010 from a pool of 1,600 applicants.
- Futures Studies and Forecasting (Ray Kurzweil, Paul Saffo)
- Policy, Law and Ethics (Marc Goodman)
- Entrepreneurship (Eric Ries)
- Design (Jonathan Knowles)
- Networks and Computing Systems (John Gage, Brad Templeton)
- Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (Raymond McCauley)
- Nanotechnology (Ralph Merkle, Robert Freitas, Jr.)
- Medicine and Neuroscience (Daniel Kraft, Michael McCullough)
- AI, Robotics, and Cognitive Computing (Neil Jacobstein)
- Energy and Ecological Systems (Gregg Maryniak)
- Space and Physical Sciences (Dan Barry)
Other faculty members and advisors include: Tom Byers, Vint Cerf, José Cordeiro, Marc Goodman, Aubrey de Grey, Christopher deCharms, Tim Ferriss, Terry Grossman, Daniel Kammen, Larry Brilliant, Bob Metcalfe, Matt Mullenweg, Peter Norvig, David Orban, Daniel Reda, Tina Seelig, George Skidmore, Larry Smarr, George Smoot, Sebastian Thrun, Vivek Wadhwa, Pete Worden, and Will Wright.
The University offers three kinds of academic programs:
- Graduate Studies Program — a ten-week summer program for 80 students running once per year (Tuition US$25,000)
- Executive Program (10 days) — a 40-student program running about 3 times per year (Tuition US$15,000)
- Specialty executive programs — like FutureMed 2011, with a concentration on a particular area of interest.
In collaboration with Cisco, SU launched a series of Global Impact Competitions, looking for innovative project ideas which could improve the lives of one million people in a 3-year period with the help of technology.
Singularity University is overseen by a Board of Trustees. Rob Nail, one of the organization's Associate Founders, was named CEO of Singularity University in October, 2011. Vivek Wadhwa is the organization's Vice President for Academics and Innovation.
Corporate founding partners and sponsors include NASA, Google, Nokia, Autodesk, IDEO, LinkedIn, ePlanet Capital, the X Prize Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation and Genentech.
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