Centennial College is committed to integrating a liberal education philosophy with the practical needs of Hong Kong. The broad-based training forms a valuable foundation for many academic disciplines, in particular management studies.
In taking management as a liberal art, students are offered a fresh perspective on management that is built upon the understanding of self, human nature, relationships between the individual and society, and lessons from history, classics and contemporary thinkers. Students will be encouraged to develop multiple-perspective thinking, and synthesize and apply the wisdom and moral lessons learnt in a management context.
The School of Management was established to drive the development of academic and research programmes in this unique approach to management studies. With generous support of the Shao Minglo Foundation, the School has been developing educational programmes and activities with Peter Drucker's theory of Management. A new major Business Management and the Liberal Arts, under the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) programme has been enhanced and open for admission starting from 2017-18 academic year.
The School has also established a Case Research Centre to promote case-based teaching in the tertiary sector in Hong Kong. Through case analysis, students learn to understand the complexity of various contextual factors and appreciate their interplay. They should also see how different aspects of a problem are interwoven, something which is in alignment with the core principle of adopting a liberal art approach in management studies.