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History

History

Since its establishment in 1989, our school has focused on providing basic humanistic education to our students. Following this idea, general subjects and courses and programs designed to foster students’ fundamental academic abilities and humanistic knowledge were developed while the school was still a junior college of nursing.

        In 1999, our school was restructured and renamed Tzu Chi College of Technology. To elevate the academic standard of the school and strengthen the humanistic values of our students, the Center for General Education was established and incorporated as a Level-1 teaching unit. At the Center for General Education, the chairperson, who should hold at least an associate professor title, is in charge of managing, planning, and implementing the general and humanistic education courses. In addition, according to the faculty members specialties, the members are assigned to one of the following three groups: language, mathematics, or sociology. Regarding the administrative organization of the Center, committees including the Research Association for General Education Teaching and the Teacher Evaluation Committee for General Education were established to manage affairs such as general education promotion and faculty member recruitment. In response to the changing social environment, the college is devoted to enhancing students' basic literacy and liberal knowledge and consolidating students’ humanistic values. The General Education Committee was established during the first semester in 2012. Its main function is to manage the overall general education planning and curriculum. In addition, an interdisciplinary humanities program was developed to enhance the integration of students’ humanistic spirit and professional knowledge. This allows the college to equip our students not only with professional knowledge but also a humanistic quality.

        To respond to the changing social environment, we revised the general education guidelines pertaining to our goal of general education, student basic literacy, and capability indices in 2011. Moreover, as part of the graduation requirements, the required general education requirements for undergraduate students were adjusted to 28 credits (including 20 compulsory and 8 elective general education credits). Students must also fulfill the following course requirements in order to graduate: participate in 8 lectures on general education and liberal art  and take courses related to basic language skills and information management, labor education, and physical education. By regularly holding activities and events (e.g., having artists in residence and hosting a series of activities during the General Education Month as well as various art contests), the college can strengthen students' learning further through the offering of a non-formal and lateral curriculum which allows students to develop their competency in various aspects of general education and liberal arts.