Fudan holds Third International Liberal Arts Education Conference


The Third International Liberal Arts Education Conference was held at Fudan from April 15th to 16th. About 210 experts and scholars from 70 higher education institutions at home and abroad attended the conference to share their views on the theory and practice of liberal arts education.

Fudan President Xu Ningsheng, Yang Fujia, President of the University of Nottingham (Ningbo), and Xu Qingsen, Deputy Director-General of Department of Higher Education of Ministry of Education, addressed at the opening ceremony. Xu Qingsen pointed out that the fundamental mission and core tasks of universities lie in the cultivation of talents, which is also the ultimate pursuit of liberal arts education. In recent years, the theory and practice of liberal arts education has been the main concerns in colleges and universities. Innovative ideas and adaptive measures are needed to further liberal arts education in China. He also stressed that more attention should be paid to integrate scientific and humanistic education.

Bao Xinhe, Vice President of Fudan, introduced liberal arts education at Fudan against the background of the Double First-class plan. The undergraduate education at Fudan is students-oriented, and a “2+X” model has been established to improve the all-around cultivation of talents, i.e., liberal arts education are stressed in the first two years, while specific and multi-dimensional education are tailored to students’ needs.
The Third International Liberal Arts Education Conference was concluded with success, recognized as an opportunity for higher education institutions to re-examine liberal arts education, and further exchange and cooperation among them.