Background of the Program

The CCU Motto is “To innovate with earnestness; be virtuous with altruism”

When CCU was established,President ChingJiang-Lin provided this explanation of the motto of CCU: “Earnestness stands for relentless hard work, and overcoming all obstacles to achieve one’s dreams; Innovative stands for pursuit of the truth, and discovery of the unknown; Virtuousness includes the acceptance of traditional moral values, complying with the norms of modern culture, and having foresight of future trends; Altruism, a prerequisite of the foregoing virtues, involves striving to develop a harmonious, happy and progressive society.” The purpose of the establishment of the CCU Elite program, is to take concrete action to accomplish the spirit of this motto.


In order to train elite CCU students, the President’s Award was established to award scholarships to highly qualified students. Furthermore, in 2008 the Elite cultivation program was established to nurture gifted students.


In the tradition of outstanding western universities, The Honors College Program has been an important feature. Under the Honors College Program, an integrated systemof courses, activities and dormitory accommodations is provided to bring together students of diverse background and perspectives. This embodies the original purpose of the university, namely.To bring together experience and the strength of youth to engage in creative study, to develop a passion for life and learning.
 

Against this background, one aspect of the Elite program is to go back to the roots of the university, the other is to lay the groundwork for the path ahead. The hope is that students going through this training program will embody the vigor of Chung Cheng University. Moreover, these students will inevitably have a positive influence on society, providing assistance and leadership, demonstrating good ability, foresight and justice.

Educational Targets

Under the guidelines of this founding spirit, there are few concrete targets for the Elite program:
 
1. Cultivate a positive attitude
As a result of self-examination and training, when faced with difficult and challenging circumstances students will be able to maintain a positive attitude to life, so they can deal with various problems and adversities and take one step closer to accomplishing any task, due to their initiative, attitude and action.
 
2. Cultivate critical thinking and creativity
Through logic, critical thinking and creativity, when faced with complex, multifaceted issues, students will be able to understand the premises, propose a systematic solution and alternatives to the main problem, and advance a meaningful initiative.
 
3. Cultivate a broad, pluralistic perspective
Based on training in multiculturalism, internationalism and globalism, students will be equipped with a broad perspective, so they can determine the root issues, seek reasonable common ground, and be tolerant of differences between cultures.
 
4. Cultivate a sense of respect and altruism
Through participation in social services and public issues, students will develop a spirit of empathy, care and respect and a profound understanding of the value of altruism, and advance in noble sentiment.

Admissions

Selection
1. Number
80 students per semester
 
2. Qualifications
Freshmen and students preparing to enter their second year are eligible to be candidates based on the recommendation of their advisor.
 
3. Method
A plan of study and transcript are required, candidates are admitted following a meeting of the Selection Committee.
 
Documents Required
1. Resume
Please download the form from the website
 
2. Transcript
  a. Freshmen:
    (a) Those who entered by recommendation: College Entrance Examination
(b) Students in specific subjects: College Entrance Examination in the specific subject
  b. English Proficiency: Formal certificate of the English proficiency test
 
3. Plan of study
a. Self-introduction in 200 characters, describing motives for entering the Chung Cheng Honors College, as well as reasons you should be selected
  b. Your proposed plan of study for the two years in the Honors College
 
4. Other
  a. Certificates of activities

Training method

1. Action-based Learning
The concept of “Action-based Learning” comes from the idea of “Learning by doing.” In the series of learning activities in Chung Cheng Honors College, through discussion of or action on real-life topics students are able to practice interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. Action-based Learning, as a comprehensive learning experience, satisfies various demands from the learner, and helps the learner approach lifetime learning by “learning to learn.”
 
2. Problem-solving Learning
Taiwanese students are known for doing better on questions that have a single correct answer than on those that don’t, and have even less skill at asking questions. Under the idea of Problem-based Learning, the activities of Chung Cheng Honors College often raise vague questions, providing opportunities for learners to play different roles in the situation. As they prepare for these problem-solving experiences, students learn to prepare ahead, arouse their intrinsic motivation to learn, and develop higher order thinking skills.
 
3. Teamwork
In facing the challenges of the future work environment, teamwork, rather than individual effort, is more important than ever. Moreover, based on educational psychology, interactions between peers provide an environment encouraging students to discover and discuss new ideas, and at the same time promote introspection. As a result, in the Chung Cheng Honors College, various programs are designed to enhance students’ ability to work as a team and learn from peers.

Learning Method

In order to accomplish the aforementioned goals, Chung Cheng Honors College, as part of “The President’s Award and Elite Cultivation Program,” has organized the following programs:
 
1. Core Courses
In accordance with the goals of Chung Cheng Honors College, 4 to 6 Chung Cheng Honors College Approved Courses,” which are elective courses given by lecturers who are outstanding in their academic fields, will be provided for the students, who must complete 4 courses in two years. These courses incorporate the concept of integrated Problem-Solving skills, and address the Core Learning Outcomes of CCU, including thinking and creativity, moral thought and practice, life direction and career planning, citizenship and participation in society, care for humanity and environment conservation, communication and cooperation, global perspective and multiculturalism, aesthetic and artistic appreciation, and analysis and problem solving.
 
2. Lectures and Activities
Organize the Honors College Lecture, inviting scholars, specialists, or industry leaders to speak on their specialization, with time afterward for small-group discussion. Furthermore, other activities will be organized related to social involvement, cultural awareness, community service activities, internships, and student-organized activities.
 
3. Discussion Groups
Different discussion groups will be formed related to various public and global issues, lead by specialists in those areas. In study groups or symposia, there will be regular discussion of these issues to increase communication and exchange of opinion between students and advisors in the program so they can take the pulse of society.
 
4. “Dreams Come True”
In order to explore their vision for the future, for themselves and others, students will write their goals and dreams. International internships, exchange programs, or a dream-building program will be encouraged, suited to their own interests and abilities, with the hope that these real-world interactions will lead them to care for society and the good of others.

5. High School Improvement Assistance Program
Chung Cheng Honors College undertake the Southern Regional Resource Center to help improve area high schools, the plans are as follows:
 
(1) During the school year – Hold Honors College lecture and exploratory activities
Organize an Honors College Lecture, inviting scholars, specialists, or industry leaders to speak on their specialization, with time afterward for small-group discussion, as well as activities for cultural awareness, field trips and exploratory activities 3-4 times every semester, to give participating high school students advanced learning and research opportunities (non-credit) and abilities.
 
(2) Winter & Summer Vacation Camps
Organize camps on global issues and other topics, with college students leading high school students in their development of knowledge, independent thinking, and conflict resolution skills. 1. Action-based Learning