Background

General education has played an important role in CUHK’s undergraduate curriculum since the founding of the University. From 2012 onwards, a 4-year university curriculum has been in place, a reform that CUHK staff members and students have long hoped for. The more sufficient time for learning has fostered students’ development in general education. With the 2012 new curriculum, general education at CUHK is further enhanced with the introduction of the General Education Foundation Programme, a common core programme added to the existing design of university general education and college general education. The programme consists of two courses, in which students, through the study of classics, engage in dialogues with Nature and Humanity to explore the world of science and knowledge, and reflect on ideal society and good life. To better prepare, CUHK started planning GEF in 2006 and piloted it from 2009. Since 2010, all secondary six entrants have benefited from the programme. We expect that with the introduction of GEF, the undergraduate education of CUHK will be brought to a new height.