Overview of East Asian Liberal Arts

Across East Asia, there is a surge of interest in liberal arts, where the creativity and initiative developed in students within the liberal arts curriculum is seen as an ideal preparation for inventors and leaders in the rapidly changing 21st century world.

This alphabetical listing by country shows locations within East Asia of liberal arts institutions, both as free-standing liberal arts Colleges, and as programs within larger universities. Many of these institutions will join us at Yale-NUS in our conferences and celebrations in 2015-2016 as we dedicate our new campus and enter our third year of operation. An interactive map of East Asian Liberal Arts Colleges and Programs is also below. You can zoom in to the various sites, and jump to links to their web sites.




Renmin University of China School of Liberal Arts http://www.at0086.com/ruc/College.aspx?c=190

Fudan University – General Education Program – http://www.fudan.edu.cn/en/channels/view/48/

Peking University – Yuanpei College – http://yuanpei.pku.edu.cn/index_en.php

TsingHua University – Social Sciences and Liberal Arts – http://www.sss.tsinghua.edu.cn/publish/sssen/7917/index.html

United International in Zhuhai –  http://uic.edu.hk/en/about-uic/introduction

Xing Wei College, Shanghai – http://english.xingwei.edu.cn

NYU Shanghai – http://shanghai.nyu.edu/

Duke Kunshan University – http://dku.edu.cn/

Hong Kong

Chinese University of Hong Kong – http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/english/index.html ; General Education – http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/english/admissions/general-education.html

University of Hong Kong – Faculty of Arts – http://arts.hku.hk/about-us/vision-and-mission

City University of Hong Kong – College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences – http://www.cityu.edu.hk/class/

Lingnan University –  http://www.ln.edu.hk/info-about/liberal-arts

Hong Kong Polytechnic University – General Education Center – http://www.polyu.edu.hk/~gec/index.php


University Pelita Harapan (UPH) – Faculty of Liberal Arts – http://fla.uph.edu

Universitas Pembangunan Jaya (UPJ) in Tangerang – Liberal Arts and Sustainable Eco-Development – http://upj.ac.id/


Tokyo Institute of Foreign Studies – http://www.tufs.ac.jp/english/education/glap/

Waseda University – School of International Liberal Studies – http://www.waseda.jp/sils/en/

International Christian University Tokyo (ICU) – http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/

Osaka University – Advanced Liberal Arts or “Intellectual Gymnastics” – http://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/education/education_refine/gymnastics

Tohoku University – International Program in Liberal Arts – http://www.insc.tohoku.ac.jp/cms/ipla/

Tokyo Institute of Technology – Center for Liberal Arts – http://www.liberal.titech.ac.jp/w/about-us/

University of Tokyo, Humanities and Interdisciplinary Sciences – http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/admissions-and-programs/undergraduate-students/faculties/arts-and-sciences.html


Ewha Women’s University – College of Liberal Arts – http://www.ewha.ac.kr/mbs/ewhaen/jsp/organizationCon/organizationView.jsp?id=ewhaen_030201000000&cateId=4&lan=eng

Hongik University College of Liberal Arts – http://www.hongik.ac.kr/english_neo/sub2/liter.html

Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology – College of Liberal Arts and Convergence Science – http://www.kaist.edu/html/en/edu/edu_030106.html

Pohang University of Science and Technology – School of Social Science and Humanities – http://wwwhome.postech.ac.kr/web/eng/ecad_01_12

Seoul National University – College of liberal studies – http://cls.snu.ac.kr/vision

Yonsei University’s College of Liberal Arts –  http://www.yonsei.ac.kr/eng/academics/colleges/liberal/

Yonsei University – Underwood International College – http://uic.yonsei.ac.kr/


University of Macao


Monash University, Malaysia – offers 4-year and humanities and arts with some more specialized programs –  http://www.monash.edu.my

Tunku Abdul Rahman University College – has dual degrees with University of Coventry, some arts programs – http://www.tarc.edu.my

Asian Women’s Leadership University – an exciting startup developed with Smith College, and will be like liberal arts colleges in the US and located in Malaysia – http://awluproject.org


De La Salle University, Manila, College of Liberal Arts – http://www.dlsu.edu.ph/academics/colleges/cla/


University Scholars Program, NUS – http://www.usp.nus.edu.sg ; also described at http://bba.nus.edu/undergrad_special_usp.html

Yale-NUS College – http://www.yale-nus.edu.sg


National Sun Yat-sen University, College of Liberal Arts  http://la.nsysu.edu.tw/bin/home.php?Lang=en; also described at http://www.la.nsysu.edu.tw/TEST/introduction1.htm

National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Liberal Arts – http://liberal.ntu.edu.tw/Eng/e_01_01.htm

National Chengchi University (NCCU) College of Liberal Arts –  http://www.la.nccu.edu.tw/main.php

Fu Jen Catholic University College of Liberal Arts –

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences – http://web.lass.ntust.edu.tw/home.php?Lang=en

Tunghai University International College – described as the first university to provide a comprehensive liberal arts education in Taiwan – http://ic.thu.edu.tw/web/college/detail.php?sid=1

National Tsing Hua University opened its Tsing Hua College – residential learning – http://english.moe.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=11885&ctNode=516&mp=1


Chulalongkorn University – http://www.chula.ac.th/en/; also described at – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chulalongkorn_University

Mahidol University International College –  http://www.muic.mahidol.ac.th/eng/?page_id=1071

Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon – Faculty of Liberal Arts –http://www.rmutp.ac.th/en/faculties/faculty-of-liberal-arts/

Silpakorn University – The Thai Princess Sirindhorn got her MA in Oriental Epigraphy here, and has a long tradition of the arts – http://www.suic.org/about-us/silpakorn-university/

Thammasat University – Faculty of Liberal arts – http://translate.google.com.tw/translate?hl=en&sl=th&u=http://arts.tu.ac.th/&prev=search

University of Phayao – School of Liberal Arts – http://www.up.ac.th/en/lib.aspx 

Srinakharinwirot University – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srinakharinwirot_University

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