On November 11, the Annual Presidents’ Forum of the Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities (AALAU) was held at Northeast Normal University. With the theme of “Liberal Arts Education: Mission of the Times and Implementation Path”, this forum was convened in the form of “online + offline”, attracting more than 40 experts and scholars from 19 universities in Asia.
As a member of the alliance, ECNU was invited to participate in this forum. Academician Qian Xuhong, President of ECNU, addressed the forum online. Du Zhenyu, Director of the International Cooperation and Exchange Division, and Wang Subin, Director of the Office of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs, also attended the meeting.
Qian Xuhong gave a speech on the topic of “Curriculum Construction and Teaching Reform of Liberal Arts Education”. With the theme of “Thinking-Oriented General Education-ECNU’s Exploration and Practice”, he comprehensively interpreted ECNU’s concept, exploration and effectiveness of General Education 2.0 from the perspectives of the talent cultivation models, the concepts of general education, the curriculum system of general education, and the creation of excellent general education courses.
Qian pointed out that in an era of profound technological reform and rapid knowledge changes, the talents that universities need to cultivate should highlight the vitality of innovation and creativity, the spirit of independence, and the ability to perceive happiness, all of which are cultivated with the prerequisite of thinking ability. ECNU, taking “Education, Civilization, and Development” as its mission, puts forward the goal of “excellent education” and actively promotes thinking-oriented general education, so as to build a pyramid-shaped general education curriculum system featuring thinking training.
Established in November 2017, AALAU is a network of prestigious liberal arts universities in Asia that share common values, a global vision and a commitment to educating future leaders. ECNU was among the first group of the universities. At present, the alliance has expanded from the initial 15 members to the current 26 universities, involving renowned liberal arts institutions in 7 countries and regions in Asia.
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