Evaluation of the general university requirements: What did students say?

Tan Lei Daniel SHEK, Lu YU, Wen Yu CHAI

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The General University Requirements (GUR) is the core general education component of the new 4-year undergraduate curriculum at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) commencing from the 2012/2013 academic year. The major objective of the GUR is to widen students’ horizons and promote their holistic development in their undergraduate years. To evaluate the perceived effectiveness of the GUR in its second year implementation, 18 focus group interviews (n=74 students) were conducted in the 2013/2014 academic year. Findings showed that subjects under the GUR framework were overall welcomed by students for the well-designed subject contents, dedicated teaching staff, and collaborative and experiential learning methods. Students perceived that the GUR was beneficial to their development in effective communication, critical thinking, problem solving, lifelong learning, and ethical leadership. Some challenges encountered by students were noted to further revamp the GUR curriculum in the future. Copyright © 2017 by Walter de Gruyter GmbH.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-82
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Issue number1
Early online date14 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017


Shek, T. L. D., Yu, L., & Chai, W. Y. (2017). Evaluation of the general university requirements: What did students say? International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 29(1), 75-82. doi: 10.1515/ijamh-2017-3010


  • Focus group
  • General education
  • Higher education
  • Hong Kong


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