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Newsletter No. 411 > Feature > Freshmen's Dialogue with the Classics > Fifty Years of General Education in CUHK

Fifty Years of General Education in CUHK

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General education (GE) is a curriculum design concept that originated in the US in the 19th century. Its mission is to provide a balanced undergraduate education to complement academic and expertise training in a university. Its aim is to furnish students with a broad intellectual perspective and facilitate all-round development.

The Chinese University will celebrate its Golden Jubilee in 2013. The year also marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the GE programme at the University. Below is a timeline of important general education events at CUHK.

1963–1976

  • Constituent Colleges Chung Chi, New Asia, and United each designed their own GE programmes

1976–1986

  • Implementation of unitary university administration
  • College departments integrated under central administration, GE continued to be entrusted to the Colleges
  • Review of the undergraduate curriculum in 1984

1986–1991

  • GE entered a new phase in 1986
  • University General Education (UGE) programmes coordinated by central administration
  • College GE offered by the Colleges

1991–2004

  • Implementation of a flexible credit unit system, required GE programmes units were reduced to 15
  • The one-line budget was introduced in 1995. Funding of departments was linked to the number of students taught. Number of GE courses soared
  • Review of UGE in 2002–03

2004–2012

  • Clearly defined the aims of GE
  • Restructured UGE courses under four areas: Chinese Cultural Heritage; Nature, Science and Technology; Society and Culture; Self and Humanity
  • Course management and quality assurance scheme was established
  • In preparation of the ‘3+3+4’ curriculum, the Senate Committee on General Education approved the overall General Education Foundation (GEF) programme framework in 2006
  • Task Force on GEF courses was established in 2007
  • Pilot GEF programme (two courses ‘In Dialogue with Humanity’ and ‘In Dialogue with Nature’) introduced in 2009
  • The soft launch of the GEF programme in 2010, mandatory for all S6 entrants
  • GE units increased to 21 under the undergraduate curriculum* starting September 2012:
    - GEF programme (6 units)
    - Four UGE Areas (9 units)
    - College GE (6 units)

* Undergraduate students should complete at least 123 units

2013

  • Formal launch of GEF programme in January

 

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