Since its foundation in 1955, Tunghai University has aimed towards an ideal of liberal arts education, emphasizing close faculty-student relationships, encouraging freedom of thought, advocating the integration of knowledge and practice–guided by four principles of education: service to the community, a broad-based education, small class sizes, and residential learning.
The establishment of the Po-Ya School strives to revitalize this spirit of innovation. Every part of the Po-Ya Program is centered on the humanistic ideals of character-building, development of the whole individual, and a commitment to the integration of theory and practice.
Distinctive elements of the Po-Ya School Program include:
1. The Po-Ya School Program aims to provide broad-based learning exposure to life skills in order to complement and enhance the professional education offered in each specialist department without conflicting requirements.
2. Po-Ya School’s budget is covered entirely through the generosity of donations–no extra tuition is required of Po-Ya School students. Cultivation of a sense of gratitude for life’s gifts is a theme of the Po-Ya Program.
3. A wholehearted and stated commitment by Po-Ya School students to the ideals, principles and practice of liberal education.
4. Po-Ya School students reside together during their freshmen year in a multi-disciplinary residential environment. On top of existing departmental mentoring, Po-Ya School students will be formed into small groups of 10-15 for additional specialist mentoring by an assigned faculty mentor with a Po-Ya student associate assisting.
5. In addition to the regular university-wide freshmen labor education program, Po-Ya School students participate in a wide range of community service learning programs in their sophomore year.
6. The Po-Ya School program includes: guest lectures, focused general education curricula on Western and Eastern culture and thought, discussion-based coursework on contemporary global issues, coursework relating to the classical Chinese concept of the “6 Arts”, project-based learning, experiential and outdoor-leadership learning. Over the 4-years of the Po-Ya School program, students are expected to develop a sense of personal and professional ethics with a moral guiding compass, a sense of personal vocation, a relevant life skills-set, and a sense of compassion for others.