GENERAL EDUCATION
INTRODUCTION

In accordance with the College motto “ming de xin min”, the General Education Programme emphasizes intellectual broadening and critical and creative thinking as well as social responsibility of our students. The Programme is designed to broaden the interests of students, widen their outlook, and encourage them to serve the society. The importance of scholastic skills, and the purposes and values of university learning is also emphasized. The programme aims to enhance students’ capability to meet the needs of the rapid-changing society.

Role Statement for College General Education

College General Education is an important feature of undergraduate education at CUHK, designed as an expression of the unique mission, traditions, and resources of each constituent College. All Colleges offer credit-bearing General Education courses as well as non-credit-bearing learning opportunities, such as, assemblies, overseas learning tours, and various types of co-curricular activities. By providing students with a broad perspective that goes beyond academic pursuits, College General Education contributes to the holistic development of students to become responsible citizens of the world.

Although the academic curriculum varies among Colleges, the College General Education Programmes aim at nurturing students to explore their potential capabilities. In the freshman year, the programmes help students to adapt to university life and to appreciate the essential characteristics of university learning. Throughout the undergraduate years, a collegiate environment is provided to promote interaction among students and teachers from different academic disciplines and cultural backgrounds. Learning opportunities are created to enhance student communication skills and enable them to work in interdisciplinary teams.

College General Education Objectives and Learning Outcomes
Objectives
The Programme aims to enable students to:
1. foster character building, and develop positive attitudes and values;
2. demonstrate care for society, and embody the spirit of environmental protection and public service;
3. strengthen fellowship with United College;
4. broaden perspectives of and interest across different fields of knowledge; and
5. meet the needs of rapid-changing society by raising and enhancing their capabilities and skills on independent thinking, life-long learning, interpersonal communication, intercultural sensitivity, leadership and teamwork.
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the Programme, students will be able to:
1. Understand the moral ethics associated with the College motto;
2. Formulate personal set of positive attitudes and values;
3. Recognize the common concerns of contemporary physical and social environment;
4. Show the abilities to protect the environment and serve the community;
5. Develop cohesion and sense of belonging to United College;
6. Expand interest and improve lifestyle.
7. Describe connections and integrate knowledge across fields;
8. Demonstrate the ability to think independently;
9. Develop life-long learning habits;
10. Practise interpersonal communication skills;
11. Demonstrate intercultural sensitivity and appreciate different cultures; and
12. Show leadership skills, and be able to collaborate well in team works.