GE Programme


(For AY2017/18 Intake or before, please click here.)

The General Education (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.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

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.

Curriculum Structure

University Core

GE Programme

Students admitted from AY2018/19

Structure and Category Aims

The new GE Programme will offer 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
(i) Service-Learning or Experiential Learning Course[1]; or
(ii) Service Leadership Education Course associated with project elements.
(i) Interdisciplinary Thematic Group Project under the supervision of a faculty member; or
(ii) An independent interdisciplinary project of a student’s own choice under the supervision of a faculty member.
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


The following transition courses will be offered in AY2018/19 only for year 1 students under the new GE Programme:

Remarks: From AY2019/20, new courses will be delivered under the new GE curriculum.
Undergraduate students of all study years will be allowed to take those new courses to fulfil their GE requirements.