The Implementation of Holistic Education
The ideals of Holistic Education are grounded in “the respect for nature and human dignity, and the
pursuit of harmony among the universe, humans, matters, and self.” This is not only our current goal
of education at Chung Yuan. We believe it will also be the guiding principle of a future trend of higher
education in Taiwan. When implementing, holistic education are embodied in “the four balances” as
explicated in the following:
1. Balance Between Specialty and General Knowledge
With a specialty, one is equipped with the power to do a specialized job; while general knowledge affords one
a wider horizon. Facing a diverse and ever-changing environment, students need to find a balance between the
study of professional and general knowledge. They need both to build a knowledge framework where both can
reinforce each other and produce synergy.
While engaging in the vertical pursuit of professional knowledge, university students should not lose sight of
the various disciplines outside their professional fields. We at Chung Yuan aim at helping students build a well-
rounded knowledge base. Emphasis is placed on helping them gain the power of empathy with which they are
enabled to understand and appreciate other kinds of thinking or life experiences.
2. Balance Between Character-building and Knowledge-building
At Chung Yuan, we do not only teach students what they need to know to excel academically, we place an
equal emphasis on character-building. Young men and women with biased or distorted personality often are the
cause of unease. They cannot communicate with others, and often become the source of social disturbance.
Therefore, we aim to teach students to view things from different perspectives and to communicate free of
prejudice. In an era that increasingly relies on team work instead of individual talents, we hope that students
cultivate a sound character while building a solid base of knowledge. The two elements can reinforce each other,
and the synergy resulted would prove to students’ advantage.
3. Balance Between Self and Group
The world is increasingly moving toward a trend of collaborative learning, and there is a greater need to
address the importance of interaction between self and group. Therefore, educators today must emphasize the
need to maintain a balance between self and group. Students need a better self and group interaction to ensure
a better and more efficient learning process. Under this principle besides academic pursuits, students are taught
to serve. Students are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities, thereby learning to help one another
and enhancing their leadership skills. In addition, they are encouraged to take part in community service and to
care for their community. The campus is also opened to the public so that our neighbors can also enjoy the
university’s various cilities. It is hoped that we can therefore build a unique campus culture whereby students and
community can grow together.
4. A Balance Between Body, Mind, and Spirit
One of our goals in Holistic Education is to help students find a balance between body, mind, and spirit. Chung
Yuan can boast of having excellent facilities such as stadiums, sports fields, and a warm water pool. Students are
very keen on competing in sports. Our equally excellent health care facilities are such that few universities can
match. In addition, our excellent counseling team can provide timely psychiatric counseling service for faculty and
students who may need it. An on-campus chaplain is always ready to help students who wish to seek the ultimate
peace that lies in the pursuit and satisfaction of Christ and God our Father.