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Dear Students,

As a student fresh out of high school, there are things in the university that you may not be familiar with. One of them could be General Education (GE).

To get the most out of your education, it is important that you understand what General Education is, for it is now a firm feature of undergraduate education in the world’s leading universities, as it is at this University.

At its root is the idea that every university student should “know something about everything, and everything about something”. At UM, we have coined the term “4-in-1” whole-person education model that promotes depth and breadth of learning, as well as “learning by doing” and “learning by serving and sharing”.

But GE promises more. It is designed to help you understand the world, society, nature and human nature, while training you to be an ethical, caring and globally-aware citizen.

You will notice that instead of the narrow and tightly compartmentalized perspective of traditional education, this University has adopted a multi-disciplinary approach for its GE programme—training you in big-picture and creative thinking that comes from learning across disciplines.

After several years of executing the GE programme, we have modified it to better prepare you to be a valued member of society. We want to see you excel as a critical thinker, problem-solver and good communicator. These days, the university is no longer just a “high-class job training center” for jobs that may soon disappear.

Eric Hoffer, the American social philosopher once said, “In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future.” As our world is rapidly transformed by technology, GE promises to give you the transferable skills that are future-proof. It is part of our plan to see to it that you will be among the inheritors of our future.


Prof. Wei ZHAO