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PIS Intro

PIS Intro

EN Introduction

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A typical phenomenon in Asia is that high school students are divided into specific disciplines, such as liberal arts or science. This situation of early disciplinary separation and the high pressure of college entrance examinations have resulted in young students lacking the ability to solve comprehensive and complex problems.

The new Program in Interdisciplinary Studies (PIS) was established in 2018 at National Sun Yat-sen University to face this challenge. This program offers issue-oriented courses and projects with an emphasis on collaborative learning and implementation. Students in this program focus on the specific problems that they want to solve.

Strategies applied in PIS include Practicing in the Real World, Learning by Doing, Learning through Creative Thinking, Learning through Caring with People, Learning through Entrepreneurial Spirit.

Through educational innovation, the Program in Interdisciplinary Studies (PIS) will help young people see future developmental trends during rapid technological development and dramatic environmental changes.

 

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The PIS was developed by a bravely innovative faculty group. Through interdisciplinary cooperation, passion, and a sense of adventure, they developed a learning process with humanistic-care, scientific and technological practice, and environmental sustainability. This process cultivates students' ability to face future challenges and opportunities. Respect, empathy, and reflective attitudes (which all citizens of the world should have) are core competencies in this program. Students will learn to break through the framework, stimulate each other, and dream in the mutual learning environment that PIS created.

 

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PIS leads students to study in the real world. In Yancheng District, as the practice field, faculty and students teach and leam from the community while trying to find and solve problems for local residents through cross-field cooperation and innovation. Two regular events are planned every year - Don't Say Goodnight to Yecheng District: Yancheng Night Creative Exhibition and Street Fun: Yancheng Children's Game Day. In the process of creating project works and holding activities in the community, students gradually learn the abilities they need in their future workplace.

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▲ 2020 Street Fun for Children in Yancheng District

 

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Technological innovation and the changing world are bringing all kinds of novelties, especially in products and services. Curiosity can be stimulated through practice, and students can achieve results from such practice. PIS emphasizes learning by doing. A physical makerspace serves as a practical room that helps students to cross the gap of the virtual-reality transformations. Educational innovation has no boundaries. In cooperation with the German company Besu Solutions, PIS helps students to recognize changes in future industries through virtual game-based learning.

 

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PIS emphasizes a people-oriented spirit, using courses and workshops to provide students with a deep understanding of people and of care for social issues. Innovative design and courses developed every year toward addressing different social issues. In 2020, to improve the silence caused by the epidemic, students designed from the perspectives of different industries and parties for an exhibition named Warm Design. PIS also encourages students to explore and experience people who need care. Workshops such as experiences with senior-aged and visually impaired are organized so that students can gain empathy toward various groups of people.

 

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Young people are full of ideals and innovative capabilities. Simultaneously, they are afraid of failure. By nurturing an entrepreneurial spirit, PIS encourages students to step outside their comfort zone and have the courage to create new entrepreneurial opportunities. Around 10 startup teams are established each year by cross-disciplinary students. Student teams learn to shape and remodel their innovations repeatedly to meet social and market needs.