China’s first modern liberal arts college, the United International College (UIC) of Beijing Normal University and Hong Kong Baptist University, launched the Pacific Alliance of Liberal Arts Colleges (PALAC) along with eight other liberal arts colleges.
Addressing global issues in education and climate change, PALAC creates networks of like-minded institutions that work to exchange liberal arts and scholarships to benefit students and the community.
Other founding institutions include Soka University of America, Pomona College, University of Puget Sound (USA), Quest University (Canada) and Fulbright University (Vietnam).
PALAC encourages joint programming and multilateral cooperation initiatives in innovative pedagogy through a series of working groups.
The groups focus on liberal arts development and global issues, conducting collaborative research on climate change.
They also discuss exchanges between teachers and administrators and the sharing of intellectual property and digital resources.
This new alliance held its first Annual Global Liberal Arts Conference June 3-4, 2022, UIC management said in a press release.
As one of the founding members, UIC is home to a diverse faculty from over 30 countries and regions, with English as the language of instruction.
Located in Zhuhai City, Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, The UIC articulates its whole-person perspective on international liberal arts, drawing on traditional Chinese and Western cultural resources, according to the university press release.
Among the UIC Class of 2021 that confirmed their ranking, 82% chose to continue their studies abroad; and of those postgraduate graduates, 81% were admitted to the top 100 universities in the world according to QS.
Bae Geuna, a marketing student from Korea, took three semesters of Chinese classes and spent the last two Chinese New Year holidays with local friends.
She said the UIC helped her understand China from a global perspective. Some of her classmates took classes in culture, such as Chinese archery and guqin.
The multicultural environment also benefited Xia Qing, a UIC graduate who is doing his PhD at Oxford University on a full scholarship.
Mrs. Xia credited the close mentorship between faculty and students on UIC’s intellectually stimulating campus, a liberal arts privilege that guided his future career.
Joining the PALAC is in line with the UIC’s commitment to promoting the internationalization of Chinese higher education, which has been one of its core values since its inception in 2005.
In addition, UIC has extensive partnerships with elite universities including the University of Edinburgh, University of California, Berkeley Extension, University of Seoul and Sydney University of Technology, which spans Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania.