The predecessor of the General Education Center was the “General Education Curriculum Department” set up in August, 1972. When Kaohsiung Medical College changed its name into Kaohsiung Medical University in August 1999, the name of “the General Education Center” was established. In order to schedule and promote curricular affairs, “Humanities and Social Science Section,” “Science and Fundamental Science Section,” Physical Education Section,” “Service Learning Section,” and “Language Education Center” were set up successively from 2004. In August 1, 2012, the College of Humanities and Social Science was established. The “Physical Education Section” and “Language Education Section” in the General Education Center were subject to the College of Humanities and Social Science, expanded into the “Physical Education Center” and the “Language and Culture Education Center.” “Humanities and Social Science Section,” and “Science and Applied Science Section” were expanded into the “Humanities and Arts Education Center” and “Fundamental Science Education Center.”
Teachers in the General Education Center were assigned to different education centers according to their professions. The Center hopes to strengthen students’ cooperation in teamwork, to cultivate communication ability and altruism, and to integrate knowledge and practice through official and nonofficial curricula. In so doing, the goal of “life and ethics, humanities, social care, and basic skill in using language and information” will be reached.