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The design of the General Education courses aims to nurture today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders by emphasizing scientific reasoning, logical thinking, arts appreciation, and excellent communication skills. The General Education is part of a larger effort to make NUK undergraduate education useful and enriching. This is accomplished with the following guidelines.

Responsibilty of the “Course Planning Committee”
The committee consists of faculty designated by all colleges. Their responsibilities include designing the general education courses and reviewing the content of the courses.

Course Planning
The General Education for undergraduates at University is both a requirement and a philosophy. Since the 2010 school year, the design of General Education courses is then divided into three areas, which are Compulsory Curriculum, Core Curriculum, and Liberal Curriculum. Undergraduates must devote courses in the above three areas of the program. The details of three programs are then shown as follows.
Compulsory Curriculum: Physical Education, English Conversion and Reading, and Chinese.
Core Curriculum:
  Core: Logic and Arguments, and Central Problems in Philosophy.
  Esthetic: Introduction to Art, Introduction to Art History, and Art History of Taiwan.
  Citizenship: Law and Life, and Service Learning.
  Culture: Explore Taiwan, Introduction of World Civilization History, and Globalization and Multi- Culture.
  Science: Selected Classics in Scientific Literature, Technology and Society, and Introduction of Science History.
  Ethics: Environmental Ethics, Business Ethics, Legal Ethics and Career Ethics.
Liberal Curriculum
  Humanities: Literature, Cultures, History, Philosophy, Arts, Music, and Creative Writing.
 
Social Sciences: Gender Equality, Psychology, Laws, Economics, Management, Sales, Web Arts, Information Management Ethics, Inter-Personal Skills.
 
Natural Sciences: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Electrical Engineering, Information Sciences, Material Sciences, Ecology, Life Sciences, Civil Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Architecture, Sport Sciences, Health Management, Nutrition, and Leisure Management.

The philosophy of the program rests on the belief that every graduate should be broadly educated as well as trained in a particular academic specialty. To achieve this goal, students need some guidance, which the faculty has an obligation to provide.
Due to the recent development of techniques, the cross-domain learning becomes an important issue. Based on this idea, we design six integrated programs to efficiently integrate the department resources with General Education Center for further macro-human courses.

Future Outlook
Integrating Resources
 
The purpose of General Education is to train students to be good citizens with high moral and intellectual foundations. Therefore, the Center incorporates all resources within University to enhance General Education course planning and execution.
Course Planning and Societal Needs
 
The course structure used in most universities and colleges is based on a “Core Curriculum” and “Elective Curriculum”. The “Core Curriculum” is actually the General Education’s fundamental belief and direction. The “Elective Curriculum” enhances students’ knowledge beyond their specialized concentration.

The General Education curriculum at University currently includes English as a required course. In addition, students choose at least one course from the following three areas: Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences and Technology.

Based on the academic structure and faculty resources of University, the Center plans to divide the General Education courses into “Basic Courses” and “Advanced Courses” to be more in line with students’ needs and develop their academic and intellectual skills.

The foundational courses are the direction to show the value of the General Education. That is, since 2008 school year, we then develop a serious innovation of General Education courses. In the future, the database of course map will be constructed to help learning process of students efficiently and effectively. The course map system will be integrated with each department to design the studying map for each student. Regarding to the designed system, the proper courses of General Education can thus be respectively suited to the students’ requirement.


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