Invited by Higher Education Research, Prof. Futao Huang, from Hiroshima University, made a lecture named “The undergraduate talents training and curriculum development” in Room 602 of South Tin Ka Ping Building in Suiyuan Campus on November 2nd.
At the beginning, Prof. Huang introduced several factors which influenced talents training. Among these factors, the curriculum development had a great influence on the training. Looking back the history of curriculum development from middle ages to the 20th century, he concluded 4 types of curriculum, they are professional education, vocational education, liberal education and competency-based education. The competency-based education covers all the other three curriculums’ features, talents from this training mode could adapt the changing society much more easily and meet the requirement of the modern world with critical thinking, professional skills and so on. By observing the USA, Western Europe and Japan, Prof. Huang drew a conclusion of the curriculum development’s tendency: the professional education is the main mode of undergraduate training, the boundary between professional education and vocational education is disappearing, the curriculum is paying more attention to training abilities and practices instead of teaching knowledge and textbook, the education activity is treating learners as center instead of teachers and emphasizing the evaluation of study. In the end, Prof. Huang thought it was impossible for a nation’ s higher education to train different talents in one same mode, a mature higher education system should be multiple.