Last week, Hoa Sen University held a seminar about Liberal Arts Education in Asian universities of Asia with Professor Earl Jude Paul Cleope (Silliman University, the Philippines) as the speaker. His lecture successfully got the attention and attendance of lecturers and staffs of Hoa Sen University. .
Lecturers and staffs attended the seminar
In the seminar, Professor Earl Jude Paul Cleope, Dean of Education College of Silliman University (The Philippines), briefly presented the history of Liberal Arts Education which appeared in Western nations centuries ago.
Dr. Cleope reinforced how "liberal arts education endows students with the ability to think broadly across a range of subjects, enabling them to think outside the box."
"State-run institutions traditionally take a pragmatic pre-professional approach to higher education, training students in highly specialized fields for focused careers. Recently however, these institutions have begun to discover that such curricula may be more of a limitation than a help as graduates seek competitive jobs in globalized markets," he explained.
Professor Earl Jude Paul Cleope, Dean of Education College of Silliman University (The Philippines)
Professor Paul Cleope said that some Asian nations, such as China, Japan, and South Korea had many universities successfully applying Liberal Arts Education as their own education model. In ASEAN, Laos, Thailand, and Philippines had begun to follow this kind of Education.
"They're recognizing that a well-rounded education not only brings personal enrichment; it produces creative, flexible, critical-thinking professionals capable of success in any number of fields," he added.
However, according to few statistics and facts, the education system of Việt Nam has not showed much change towards Liberal Arts Education. Professor hoped that Hoa Sen University would be the pioneer in making a further step to adapt Liberal Arts Education.
Quốc Anh - Thanh Thanh