General education program in a new 4-year university curriculum in Hong Kong

Tan Lei Shek, Lu Yu, Ka Yu Florence Wu, Catalina S.M. Ng

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Since 2012/13 academic year, undergraduate programs in Hong Kong have been changed from three years to four years, with the additional year focusing primarily on general education. A new general education framework entitled “General university requirements” (GUR) implemented at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) was examined in a five-year longitudinal project. Based on different evaluation strategies, including objective outcome evaluation, subjective outcome evaluation and qualitative evaluation (focus groups, case studies and document analyses), findings consistently showed that students had positive perceptions of the subject content, teachers as well as teaching and learning methods in GUR subjects. A large majority of students perceived that the GUR subjects were effective in promoting the five desirable graduate attributes defined by PolyU (i.e., problem solving, critical thinking ability, effective communication, ethical leadership and lifelong learning).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHigher Education in Hong Kong
Subtitle of host publicationNurturing Students to be Caring Service Leaders
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781634850094
ISBN (Print)9781634849807
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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