ERIC Number: ED298013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Education in Asia and the Pacific: Reviews, Reports and Notes. Number 23.
Education in Asia and the Pacific: Reviews, Reports and Notes, n23 Dec 1986
The first article in this annual compilation ("Review of an International Conference on the University in the Future World," by Ransoo Kim) describes an international conference of Christian universities, held in May, 1985 at Yonsei University, to review the functions, problems, and missions of universities from a global perspective. Universities have frequently been the converging point for revolutionary forces and the catalysts for ideas to improve human welfare and, as a result, should develop futuristic orientations and global perspectives. Dr. Nathan M. Pusey, President of Harvard University, later emphasized that the mission of the university is to direct more attention to rational inquiry in search of truth and to the study of humanism in curriculums. Dr. P. T. Chandi, representing Christian universities in India, recommended a shift from studying facts to learning how to learn and an emphasis on developing the "whole person". Dr. Woo Chu Lee maintained Korean universities should return to an emphasis on liberal arts curricula and become creators of the social values which will lead people in the future. Dr. A. Latif added that universities should cooperate in higher education as a desirable step in meeting the world's needs in the future. Participants agreed that in order to assure that educated persons become a serving minority instead of an exploitative one, universities should teach the value of human dignity and a commitment to serve all persons. Most of the attendees urged Yonsei University to become a leader in teaching the dignity of humanistic values. (JHP)
Descriptors: Conferences, Curriculum Enrichment, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Higher Education, Humanism, Humanistic Education, Social Studies, Universities, Values Education
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Bangkok (Thailand). Regional Office for Education in Asia and the Pacific.