The Preparatory Office for the Holistic Education Center was set up in January 2010 with an aim to promote the service learning program and to build a holistic education solution. The Holistic Education Center was officially launched in 2015 under the OSA.
The purpose of holistic education is to provide students with a free learning environment which could help them explore the meaning and values of life, inspire their learning and creative potential, and to attain a balanced personal development while becoming people with integrity. The goal of holistic education is to cultivate students to become good citizens with humanistic understanding/sentiment, technological aptness, interpersonal communication skills, critical thinking, and social awareness.
Holistic education emphasizes human’s intrinsic qualities and external characteristics, wholeness of the body and interpersonal relationships. In view of this, when devising the development plan for holistic education, we aim to cultivate the ‘wholeness of body, mind, and spirit’ in students. In our preparation plans, we seek to formulate school education policy, establish core values, define vision, recreate holistic curriculum, foster healthy campus culture, improve campus environment, revitalize organizations, build a sustainable campus, and nurture top notch talents.
1) Plan and organize annual them-based holistic education events
Plan and organize annual holistic education events to promote the concept of holistic education with an aim to help students get into good living, study and exercise habits as well as to equip them with core values and core competences
2) Implement service learning programs
Service learning program component (I): Lectures regarding service learning are held to enhance students’ knowledge about service learning
Service learning program component (II): The component primarily features campus and community services with an aim to encourage students to explore diversified service learning experiences based on their own interests
Service learning program component (III): Professional course elements are incorporated into the service learning pedagogies in a hope to assist students in combining their expertise into the services, to provide services needed by the community, and to foster in-depth thinking on social issues through a systematic design.
3) Promote character education
a) Convene holistic education committee meetings to formulate guiding principles for moral education and specific implementation strategies.
b) Convert the University motto into core moral values and infuse them into formal and informal curricula, as well as hidden curriculum
4) Promote a five-fold education combining moral, academic, physical, social, and art education to help students achieve a well-balanced development with equal emphasis on academic skills and moral values.
5) Construct digital student portfolio system
c) Encourage students to engage in diversified learning as a way to equip themselves with basic literacies such as language, information, knowledge, and core competencies
d) Set up a ‘digital student learning portfolio system’ to record the learning process of students at NTNU. For more information about the portfolio system, please visit: https://epp.sa.ntnu.edu.tw