The Hong Kong General Education
Initiative aims to support Hong Kong universities'
efforts to develop exemplary general education curriculum
as they prepare to introduce the year-2012 four-year
undergraduate degree programs. Liberal arts education
is designed to provide students with the knowledge,
skills, attitudes, and values they will need to
sustain Hong Kong's rich quality of life and high
level of social freedom.
While the current three-year
undergraduate degree programs might have met British
Colonial needs by providing students with top-notch
education in an academic specialty or profession,
or prepared them for places in the colonial civil
service, today's graduates need much, much more.
They need a curriculum that will help strengthen
their personal identity and sense of efficacy, while
providing them with ability to be participating
members of Hong Kong's evolving civil society.
The Value of Liberal Arts/General
HKGEI is based on the belief
that the purpose of a liberal arts/general education
curriculum is to:
students with knowledge and understanding of the
challenges that threaten global stability, such
as climate change and global warming, public health,
unequal resource utilization and distribution
of wealth, and religious and ethnic conflict.
Help students to achieve target
learning outcomes and competencies, skills such
as communication, critical thinking, creative
thinking, problem solving, entrepreneurship,
information technology, and collaboration and
Enable students to question
values that are contrary to those that promote
self-responsibility, tolerance, and moral behavior;
and to reinforce values and attitudes that motivate
people to actively engage in activities aimed
at solving personal, inter-personal, community,
and global problems.