Currently, the Center is responsible for scheduling the general educational courses of KMU. Students have to take general educational courses that include 28 credits, including fundamental general knowledge and liberal knowledge. The revision of the general education courses in August 2015 are as follows:
Deepening and Supporting the courses for the modification of the future structure of general education
The less general and more professional courses will become required or selected courses. The general courses will be subject to the courses of the Liberal Core Curriculum. Besides, the seven fields of the main courses will be intensified and integrated into a new Liberal Education Curriculum. The seven fields include citizenship disposition, localization of globalism, thinking and inferring, aesthetics evaluation, environment and science, and integration of interdisciplinary knowledge. Students have to take at least one of the courses of the seven fields (two at the most) to structure a holistic concept of general education. Besides, the center will open “integration of interdisciplinary knowledge field” to let different institutes offer ethical courses.
Modification of fundamental General courses
Increasing Chinese and English advanced courses: if students pass qualification and evaluation at the end of the first term, they do not have to take “freshman English” or “freshman Chinese” courses; instead, they can take Chinese and English classical courses, by which the students of a better level can learn the beauty of literature. In addition, “Application of Computer Information” is changed into a course with no credit. If students have recognized certificates or have passed an examination, they do not have to take the course.
Physical Education is subject to the General Education Curricular structure:
KMU’s physical education belongs to the courses of the General Education but it has not been included within the General Education curricular structure. Therefore, the Center added “Physical Education” to the General Education curricular structure.
Adding “Experience Program” to General Education curricular structure:
“Getting Your Life Started in University” is the intensified course of general education, as the course introduces the School Education association and the related services to students and requests students to participate in the School’s activities, experiencing “learning from doing.” As a result, the Center plans to include the course and “Service Learning” into the “Experience Program.”
KMU School is one of the characteristics of the General Education Center. At the beginning of its establishment in early 2010, on the basis of KMU’s core value—“Respecting Life, Pursuing the Truth”—and the traits of the medical university, the School takes “Exploring Life” as the characteristic of its experimental classes. Since 2013, the experimental objects have been expanded to all freshmen in KMU. The School is composed of five thematic schools, including “the school of saving the world, embracing love, teaching and learning, renewing daily, and caring life” so as to achieve the educational core indications of “thanksgiving, passion, respect, politeness, team, and care”;takes five citizen’s dispositions (Ethics, Democracy, Science, Media, Aesthetics) as the foundation; makes students experience the meaning of the five dispositions practically; and multiplies and enriches the life learning environment of dorms.
The School will hold continuous lectures about literature, history, philosophy, arts, and society and dynamic and static aesthetics activities to create a campus full of aesthetics and culture. At the same time, the formation of a democratic campus will be completed by formulating dormitory conventions, autonomous room management, campus media and electronic bulletin boards, and student participation in discussing public issues.
In the future, based on the existing foundation, the General Education Center will promote excellent general curricular teaching modules to all general education curricula by holding learning camps and activities for teachers, and enhance citizens’ sense of humanities by improving and renewing teaching approaches and forming a milieu of culture on campus. The Center will help students learn from the “experience program,” strengthen teamwork, communication, negotiation, and altruism through practical activities so as to carry out a combination of knowledge and action. Finally, through the School Education, official and nonofficial courses will be connected, which will help students internalize what they have learned before. In this way, the Center hopes to cultivate modern medical professionals with professional expertise, medical humanitarianism and a sense of citizenship so that they can undertake the mission of maintaining and improving human health and welfare.