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Educational Goals

Educational Goals

The educational goals of GEC:

     1. To cultivate in our students the ability of self-development and life adaptation through the general education program, that is both professionally- and academically-oriented.

     2. To cultivate in our students the personality of truth, goodness and beauty, the attitude of humanism, and the devotion to the pursuit of holistic education and life-long learning.

     3. Cultivate in our students the humanistic qualities with care for both the local welfare and the global well-being.

     4. Cultivate in our students the attitude supporting the sustainable development.

     5. Cultivate in our students the persistence to carry out the NTOU motto of honesty, simplicity, fraternity, and perseverance, so they become all-round citizens.

Adhering to the aims of NTOU to cultivate in students marine awareness, humanistic concerns and pragmatic skills, and the proclamation of the Ministry of Education to have general education as the core of higher education, the General Education Center organizes the liberal arts curriculum in eight domains, with the aims to develop a more "diversified" curriculum, which is hoped to strengthen the self-learning ability, broaden the horizon, enhance the awareness of the ocean, and inspire the enthusiasm to seek constant exploration and innovation and sustained development.

The eight domains of Liberal Arts Education at GEC are introduced below:

(1) Personality Cultivation and Multiculturalism: This is a domain designed to cultivate in students positive attitudes towards life and appreciation of diverse cultures. In an age of globalization, students should be guided to better understand themselves and interact with others, and then to develop awareness and respect for different ethnic cultures, so as to avoid misunderstanding due to biased stereotypes.

(2) Democracy, Rule of Law and Civil Awareness: Students, as citizens in a modern society, are supposed to be equipped with the concepts of democracy and the rule of law, so that they do not make biased judgment with overflowing information from mass media. Through the curriculum in this domain, students are supposed to develop understanding and distinction between right and wrong.

(3) Globalization and Socio-economic Structure: Taiwan is under strong influence of “globalization.” The courses in this domain are designed to help students understand the trend of globalization and the changes it brings to the socio-economic structures of the modern world. This is meant to prevent students from getting disconnected with the big environment, and to help them catch up with the trend of "internationalization" and "globalization."

(4) Chinese and Foreign Classics: In order to cultivate the students' cultural competence, the courses in this domain are offered to introduce to students the classics of Chinese and foreign literature. Through the analysis of classic masterpieces, students can learn more about the background of the classics and their significance.

(5) Aesthetics and Aesthetic Expression: The domain of arts is quite diverse. The courses in this domain are meant to cultivate in students the ability to appreciate beauty, as well as to feel and analyze it, and to express their understanding of beauty, and to practice the aesthetic concept of "truth, goodness and beauty".

(6) Science, Technology and Society (S.T.S.): This is an important domain of study in contemporary development. The questions aroused include how technology is applied to society and how technology and society are integrated to exercise their functions. There are also quite a few professional domains in NTOU curriculum.  Taking the advantage of popularizing science and technology, the courses offered in the domain of S.T.S. are diverse and rich in content.

(7) Natural Science: NTOU is a leading higher education institute of marine science and technology and natural science. The courses offered through general education in the domain of natural sciences mean richer and more professional choices, including contemporary technology, life sciences, marine science, natural sciences, etc. They are all important and can be "independent" in the domain of natural sciences.

(8) History Analysis and Interpretation: The purpose of studying history is to be able to "see the modern world through ancient times" as it is the fastest way to understand human development. History studied today is politics of the past and it is a mirror for the development today and tomorrow. The courses offered in the general education curriculum include world history, Taiwan history, cultural and intellectual history, political and diplomatic history, social economic history, marine history, etc.