GE Programme

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Under the undergraduate curriculum, students are required to complete a minimum of 128 units, with four broad categories, including the major programme, electives, the University Core requirements and the General Education (GE) Programme.

The GE Programme provides students with a well-rounded university education. It foregrounds the essential elements of Whole Person Education, such as integration of knowledge, acquisition of multiple perspectives, empathy and critical thinking, and aims to nurture our students to become responsible and responsive citizens.

The GE Programme is designed to equip students with integrated broad-based knowledge, transferable core skills, guiding principles, and attitudes that they need in both their specialized studies and future professional and personal lives. Our GE asks students to open up their minds to new ideas and perspectives, imagine possibilities, and acquire a deeper understanding of people and issues through making connections at personal, societal and historical levels. It cultivates our students to become well-rounded persons capable of fully participating in the fast-changing, interconnected global world.

After completing the GE Programme, students are expected to achieve a number of programme intended learning outcomes:

  • PILO1. Use historical and cultural perspectives to gain insight into the contemporary issues;
  • PILO2. Apply various value systems to decision-making in personal, professional, and social/political situations;
  • PILO3. Use data for the purposes of analyses and to make recommendations for strategic implementation of policy on social, economic and business, cultural, and political affairs.
  • PILO4. Relate their majors with interdisciplinary thematic knowledge;
  • PILO5. Demonstrate connections among a variety of disciplines to gain insight into contemporary personal, professional, and community situations.
  • Structure and Category Aims

    The GE Programme offers three levels of learning, from foundational courses to courses in themes and a culminating experience, for a total of 18 units. All courses are interdisciplinary.

    As a culminating experience in the GE Programme, students are required to complete an interdisciplinary GE Capstone course or an interdisciplinary independent study (Aims of GE Capstone), which will be in the format of:

    Interdisciplinary GE Capstone Course Interdisciplinary Independent Study
    Courses with structured classes, syllabi, pedagogies and assessment methods, with a project as a key element. These include:

  • Service-learning courses [1] ; or
  • Service Leadership Education courses [2] ; or
  • Experiential learning courses [3]
  • Interdisciplinary group project under the supervision of a faculty member; or
  • An individual interdisciplinary project of a student’s own choice under the supervision of a faculty member.
  • Both the group and individual projects can take the form of a thematic study or experiential learning project.

    GE Programme
    All students are required to take two 3-unit courses under any one or two of the following themes:

    1. Science, Technology and Society
    2. Sustainable Communities
    3. Culture, Creativity and Innovation
    All students are required to take one 3-unit course in each of the categories:

    1. Quantitative Reasoning
    2. History and Civilization
    3. Values and the Meaning of Life