General education is meant to span ancient wisdom and modern discoveries, bringing knowledge of both nature and civilization to students at the University, in order to cultivate citizens useful to society. The mission of the University's general education program has always been to honor the University's spirit. The implementation of the core curriculum program of general education was motivated by the hope of living up to the University's motto and academic traditions, exemplifying and crystallizing the core values of the University's approach to education.
To promote the University's motto of "develop self constantly, treat all beings kindly" and its tradition of facilitating dialog between the humanities and hard sciences, the Center for General Education has established three central aims:
1. To promote the spirit of Tsing Hua: while pursuing conventional scholarship in the fields covering the entire spectrum of disciplines from traditional to modern and from humanities to hard sciences, the center encourages innovative exploration in these fields.
2. To implement the educational ideal of student-centered education: the center designs courses rich enough to nurture the multiple intelligences of the students.
3. To face global competition: the center focuses on the key concepts of globalism, local culture, and dialogue between them, to promote an understanding of multiculturalism, and to encourage social care and action.
In keeping up with the aims described above, the Center for General Education has designated six dimensions of competence that are to be actualized by the design of the curriculum of general education in order to cultivate a range of diverse skills of Tsing Hua students. These six dimensions of competence are: 1. Self-awareness, expressions & communication; 2. Logical reasoning & critical thinking; 3. Scientific thinking & reflection; 4. Aesthetic & humanistic literacy; 5. Information technology & media literacy; 6. Diverse views & social practices.
The diagram below illustrates these areas: