As Dr. Donald Kennedy wrote in Academic Duty, “The university is above all else about opportunity: the opportunity to give others the personal and intellectual platform they need to advance the culture, to preserve life, and to guarantee a sustainable human future.” Thus, the most important role of a university is to teach young people how to think, reason and make informed decisions, and improve their ability to adapt to society and cope with the changing times.

Features of Universities in the New Era

Interdisciplinarity Integrating different fields of knowledge and expertise to solve the ever-increasing complex problems of modern society.
Internet Evolution in the exchange and availability of scientific information.
Internationalization Globalization of social issues (internationalization of competitiveness, the linkage of international financial markets, environmental changes, etc.).
Multiple Age Groups Higher education provides society with an environment for recurrent learning and opportunities for further education.
Rapid advancement in economy and technology Increasingly shortened life-span of professional skills.
Diverse Education Opportunities for diversified and open competition and freedom of choice.

Philosophy and Direction of Development of Teaching (Education) at NCTU

Ability to think and analyze
Ability to integrate knowledge and conduct self-learning
Ability to understand new environments and one’s position in them
Professional training and advanced knowledge

Reflection on (and Analysis of) the Fundamentals of Holistic Education

Experiential learning
Moral development
Spiritual growth
Social expectations
Rapid advancement in economy and technology
Internationalization

Strategies for Developing the Availability of Resources

1. Assuring that course design, credit planning, and the allocation of teachers and funding are in compliance with the University’s mission.
2. Strengthening undergraduate teaching.
3. Establishing mechanisms for implementing development and reforms.