Developing Students’ Cross-Disciplinary Skills at the Time of Technological Change

Abstract

Technological change has profound impacts on higher education but also opens a window for educational innovations. In this session, presenters from National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) of Taiwan and Chiba University (CU) of Japan will discuss their institutions’ strategies to develop students’ cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills. They will also show how these initiatives can work efficiently through international cooperation.

Recently NCTU has greatly renovated its undergraduate curricula through two experimental projects. First, it opens dozens of cross-disciplinary programs to help students develop additional expertise in addition to their majors. Second, it provides Capstone courses regarding ten ‘Innovative Creative Technologies’ to enhance students’ interdisciplinary-learning and problem-solving capacity.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of CU practices a solution-oriented education, combining arts and sciences into a joint program to promote multi-perspective understanding of knowledge. Students develop mastery of essentials – the ability to identify, analyze and solve issues. And students are required to study abroad at least once prior to graduation. NCTU’s tailored summer program for CU equips students the skills in programming and English as well as expanding their international outlook.

The presentations of this session should be of interest to administrators in curriculum design and international collaboration.