Broad-based Education for University Students
In Fudan University, all of the incoming students are lumped into two groups, art and science, to get a broader education in their first year of studies. While science students are expected to take some arts courses, arts majors have to earn some science credits. But, in their second year of studies, students will begin taking classes offered by their own colleges.
The move completely breaks the barrier of different majors, provides much a wider knowledge range for young students and is a big step forward toward the target of all-round education.
Universities play a key role in providing quality and all-round education to our young people, equipping them to meet the challenges of an increasingly globalized and competitive society. Universities should impart knowledge to the younger generation and widen students’ horizons, actively cultivate students’ social awareness and guide them to show concern for the world, probe into and help solve the different problems that confront mankind, thereby improving the well-being of the world community. To achieve such a goal to help students integrate into society, universities should hone their leadership abilities, assertiveness, and ability to think independently, analytically, critically and creatively as well as to improve their communication skills and establish their own goals in life.
Universities should also revamp their undergraduate curriculum by putting greater emphasis on inter-disciplinary studies and multi-disciplinary studies so as to broaden students’ outlook, and further expanding the major and minor options to meet social demand.