“Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.” - Leonardo da Vinci quotes (Italian draftsman, Painter, Sculptor, Architect and Engineer whose genius epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. 1452-1519)
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” - Galileo Galilei quotes (Italian natural Philosopher, Astronomer and Mathematician who made fundamental contributions to the development of the scientific method and to the sciences of motion, astronomy and strength of materials.1564-1642)
Intellect is defined as the ability to learn and reason. It is one’s capacity for knowledge and understanding. ELI 360 believes that intellect is a facet of the human personality that can be harnessed, refined and channeled through practice and hard work. It is not merely exclusive for those whom society deems gifted, but available to all who seek to grab hold of the opportunities that come their way. In other words, intellect can be developed and nurtured. Intellect matters because society is consistently in need of individuals with exceptional minds who are readily available to find answers to its problems. ELI 360 partner universities are in the business of developing intellect so that students will be equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century head on.