The Five ‘I’s of Liberal Arts Education


1. Interactions

Interactions and collaborations are considered more important than just knowledge imparting. The small student population and residential campus allow students to interact more with faculty inside and outside the classroom, and develop close interpersonal relationships with them as well as hone their social skills;


2. Individualisation

The student focus means classes are small rather than big, with a lower student-teacher ratio.  Each student is given individual attention by teachers, personal tutors and mentors;


3. Inter-disciplinary studies

Contrary to multi-disciplinary curricula which tackle each discipline separately, the inter-disciplinary/trans-disciplinary approach entails issue/problem-based teaching and learning, so that students can adopt a holistic view and cross disciplinary boundaries (covering topics within the humanities, as well as social, and natural sciences) to think critically and creatively;


4. Intra-curricular activities

In a liberal arts college, no activity is extra-curricular; campus life enables students to learn from various intra-curricular/co-curricular activities, such as community service and service-learning, which are integral parts of the formal learning experiences in classrooms; and


5. International exposure

In order to give students international exposure and help them build a global perspective, opportunities for interaction or project collaboration in a cross-cultural environment on- or off-campus, study-abroad, field trips and internships overseas have to be provided.