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Introduction

General education is s a “Humanity Awakening” education. In our university, we not only teach professional knowledge and skills but also help students cultivate right attitudes and characters. Following the national objective “Enhancing Learning Interest via Creative Teaching”, the objective of our general education takes the school motto, conscientiousness, as its guidance and is put into practice from students’ standpoint. Generally speaking, we aim to help students learn diverse knowledge and pass on the ideas of ethics and wisdom of interacting with the society to students so as to achieve the goal of “Holistic Education”.  

Structure of General Education Curriculum

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Features

  • Cultivating students with correct morality and integrity.
  • Cultivating student with world vision and passion for arts.
  • Developing correct value for life and historical view.
  • Developing multi-culture and life-long learning practices.
  • Developing students with logical thinking and attitudes.
  • Emphasizing on “learning by doing”.

Vision

  • Ensuring students have not only professional knowledge but also integrity in character.
  • Enlightening students to have passion for life.
  • Opening up for world vision and being a good global citizen.
  • Being a caring person for the society.
  • Living with wisdom and taste for life.

 

Design of General Education
In the 21st century, both human civilization and technology are being developed at a speed beyond our imagination. Faced by this situation, the ex-principal of Stanford University, Dona Kennedy, once said "the lifetime of professional technology is being greatly shortened day by day, so students' capabilities of developing, analyzing and integrating skills shall last longer and be more important than merely holding those professional knowledge. Students should enhance their knowledge in history, culture and society development, because knowledge will help them find a proper position in the work environment where they will soon face. From principal Kennedy's statement, we see two important points: the first point is to strengthen students' thinking, analyzing and integrating abilities and the second point is to enhance students' concepts and knowledge in humanities. These two points serve as the guiding directions for the general education in Taiwan and are the basic principles when we design the general education courses for our students.

 

Two Major Branches of General Education:  

I. Character Education

1. Ethics and Etiquette(compulsory/4 credits): There are two classes including "The Book of Filial Piety" and "Life Manners". "The Book of Filial Piety" is used as the base of character education and the purpose of carrying out this course is to enhance students' moral integrity wereas the "Life Manners"is a more practicial course.

2. Service(I), (II)(compulsory/4 classes equal to 1 credit): Through the arrangement of volunteer activities, students can learn how to reflect on their own lives and how people coexist with one another.

3. Character and Civic Literacy(compulsory/2 credits): Through explaining the theories of "important characters that dominate the success or failure of people's life" and "essential literacy of modern citizens" and practical training, students are encouraged to cultivate good character and civic literacy.

II. Liberal Arts Education

1. History and Culture(compulsoryd/2 credits): Students are expected to have better understanding our own history and to cultivate their problem solving skills and judgmental abilities through analyzing all those important issues throughout the history so that students could form the habit of participating social activities, caring for the society, and taking social responsibilities.

2. Natural Science(compulsoryd/2 credits): Through this class, students are expected to gain basic knowledge about natural science, technology and the environment so that they could apply these knowledge into their day-to-day life and maybe turn these knowledge into applied science applicable to other fields. Moreover, students can learn how to cherish the relationship with other people and with the natural environment.

3. Psychology and Wisdom of Life(compulsoryd/2 credits): Through this class, students are expected to know how to take care of their psychological health and have a more positive attitude towards their lives.

4. Literature, Philosophy and Art(compulsoryd/2 credits): Through this class, students have a chance to realize different stages and development of human civilization. Students are expected to have a better understanding of their lives, to know how to appreciate the beauty of art and to improve their self-expression and as a result, they can achieve the goal of establishing sound characteristics.

5.General Education(compulsory/2 credits): The content of this class is diverse, with an aim to meet the demands of modern society and be compliant to country's social policies and the spirits of social trends. Most of all, it should be differentiated from the other four general education courses.

Course-Taking Rules
1. Character education course is a compulsory course for freshmen, sophomores and junior students of our 4-year college academic system.
2. Liberal arts education course is a compulsory course for all students from freshmen to senior students. The time of the course will be fixed with different leading topics under the same category so that students could have more choices to choose from.  

Course-Taking List
Credit Allocation


4-Year College (Day School)   17 Credits

Main Branch

Course

Required/Grade

Description

Character Education

Ethics and Etiquette

4/1

Divided into 2 courses, "The book of Filial Piety" and "Life Manners" and staggered for Team A and Team B in both the 1st semester and 2nd semester

Service(I)

0/1

Courses staggered for Team A and Team B in both 1st semester and 2nd semester

Service(II)

1/2

Character and Civic Literacy

2/3

Liberal Arts Education

History and Culture Category

2/1

Based on the course category planned for each grade, actual opened courses will be subject to the final release in the beginning of the semester.

Natural Science Category

2/2

Psychology and Wisdom of Life Category

2/2

Literature, Philosophy and Art Category

2/3

General Education Category

2/4

4-Year College (Evening School)   16 Credits

Main Branch

Course

Required/Grade

Description

Character Education

Ethics and Etiquette

4/1

Divided into 2 courses, "The book of Filial Piety" and "Life Manners" and staggered for Team A and Team B in both the 1st semester and 2nd semester

Character and Civic Literacy

2/3

courses staggered for Team A and Team B in both the 1st semester and 2nd semester

Liberal Arts Education

History and Culture Category

2/1

Based on the course category planned for each grade, actual opened courses will be subject to the final release in the beginning of the semester.

Natural Science Category

2/2

Psychology and Wisdom of Life Category

2/2

Literature, Philosophy and Art Category

2/3

History and Culture Category

2/4

2-Year College (Evening School)   4 Credits

General Education

Life Manners

2/1

Courses staggered for Team A and Team B in both the 1st semester and 2nd semester。

General Education

2/1

Actual opened course will be subject to the final release in the semester

2-Year-College (Evening School Segment)   4 Credits

General Education

General Education

4/2

Actual opened course will be subject to the final release in the semester

1, Courses under general education subject are all one semseter course with credits allocated from 0 to 2 credits.

2, Details of courses that studnets are required to be chosen are clearly listed in the table above. Students need to take courses from required categories with sufficient credits before being able to graduate from the school.


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