Core values and action plans
Exploration and Experience
In the future, learning is no longer centered around knowledge but through different experiences gathered from action or practice. One of the action plans in response to exploration and experience is “off-campus learning”. It allows students to take a gap year, echoing the strategy of “breaking the fixed location of the classroom” so that students explore and learn independently off campus (such as launching a startup, studying abroad, etc.).
Autonomy and Guidance
Learners are given sufficient flexibility to plan and study autonomously with the guidance and assistance from different stakeholders for resource matching. One of the action plans in response to autonomy and guidance is a “Trans-disciplinary bachelor degree program” that allows the students to “break the barriers of discipline” to learn from diverse fields to build their own “specialization programs”.
Learning is no longer limited within a single field or discipline of studies but has shifted to dynamic exchanges in a trans- disciplinary environment. In response to cross-domain co- learning, one of the action plans for Future NTU is “Alumni Warranty”. This action plan allows graduates to return to the campus to recharge for the enhancement of their competitiveness. Different from the classic design of executive education, “Alumni Warranty” creates the opportunity for graduates to participate in the undergraduate classroom, allowing co-learning among different generations. It echoes the strategy to break down the differentiation between “alumni and current students.” This will introduce diverse perspectives contributed by the alumni and will strengthen the bonding between the school, current students, and alumni. This will also revitalize the relationship between academia and industry contributed by the participating sector of the alumni.
Openness and Trust
The learning field should bond to the core value of trust, enabling learning outcomes to be presented in a diverse manner and facilitating open-sharing of resources and technologies. One of the action plans in response to openness and trust is the concept of “equivalency certificate” to echo the strategy to “make a connection between the studies and individuals''. Instead of defining the learning outcomes with grades, CV and portfolio will be adopted to accurately represent their personal learning process.
Complementary roles of action plans
All these action plans are complementary to each other. For example, when a student applied for “off-campus learning”, the action plan of “accompanied and guided teaching” could be incorporated. A mentor-board could be assembled to provide mentorship feedback on the motivation and learning goals, to recommend additional resources and to help clarify the goal.
The full descriptions of the Future NTU action plans will be disclosed in Future NTU implementation proposal [Natl. Taiwan Univ. 2020]. This proposal would evolve from time to time, to accommodate the fast changing reality.