Liberal Arts Education and Colleges in East Asia: by Insung Jung, Mikiko Nishimura, Toshiaki Sasao

By Insung Jung, Mikiko Nishimura, Toshiaki Sasao

This publication discusses liberal arts schooling and liberal arts schools within the context of East Asia, in particular targeting Japan, China and S. Korea the place it has develop into an rising factor in better schooling lately. It first explores the improvement, techniques and demanding situations of liberal arts schooling and liberal arts schools in East Asia. It then delineates the consequences of the easiest practices of chosen liberal arts schools in and out East Asia, and gives coverage and pedagogical directions for the way forward for liberal arts schools and courses in East Asia and beyond.

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The college styles itself as “A community of learning, founded by two great universities, in Asia, for the world” and has placed this slogan in promotional materials as well as painting it on a central wall in its temporary campus on the NUS grounds. In the inaugural class 62 % of the students were Singaporean while the rest were from other parts of Asia and from Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, and South America. The inaugural faculty comprised roughly 50 professors from around the world, chosen from over 3000 applicants and representing the major fields of scholarly research.

Japan Times. VPAw7fmUdh4 Tomlinson, J. (1999). Globalization and culture. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. Yal-NUS College. ) In Widipedia. org/ wiki/Yale-NUS_College Yang, R. (2014, July). Western practicality fused with Confucian virtues: How far can it take East Asia’s higher education? Keynote speech presented at HERDSA (The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia) Annual International Conference 2014, Hong Kong Baptist University. Yin, X. P. (2007). Did China have a tradition of general education?

One can point to the reason for this—the Western compartmentalization of education that from the mid-nineteenth century onwards has found its way throughout the world. In China, the concept of liberal arts education is not new. St. John’s College in nineteenth century Shanghai was one of the pioneers following the American liberal arts tradition, usually with strong religious associations. These institutions were merged into the public university system during the early 1950s when China followed the narrowly-specialized Soviet-style model.

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