On May 8, 2021, the 5th Annual University General Education Alliance Conference was hosted at Wuhan University. Representatives from some 120 universities across the nation gathered in Luojia Mountain to discuss the diverse approaches and future development of general education in Chinese universities.

Of the approximately 500 participants at the conference, only 27 scholars were invited by the conference organizer. As one of the invited speakers, Dr. Shawn Wang, director of the General Education Office at United International College, delivered a speech entitled “World Religion Courses in the General Education System at Chinese and American Universities” on behalf of UIC at the first session entitled “The Diversity of General Education in Humanities and Social Sciences”.

From the foreword of the first edition of his forthcoming book, The Anthology of World Religions, Dr. Wang reviewed the history of world religions courses in American universities and introduced the experience of Chinese universities, especially UIC, in offering courses on world religions. As the first single-volume anthology of world religions produced by a Chinese scholar, The Anthology of World Religions demonstrates the full extent of the popularity of world religions courses. Dr. Wang pointed out that the degree of acceptance of World Religions by a country is directly proportional to its national strength and its stage of globalization. Therefore, UIC’s World Religions courses and the compilation of The Anthology of World Religions not only fills the gap in the content of general education, but also enriches the educational philosophy and practical methods of the diversity of general education, which adds to the promotion of the holistic development of the nation and its people.

United International College is the first liberal arts university in Mainland China, focusing on the development and expansion of students’ minds and the cultivation and shaping of their characters, rather than being limited to imparting knowledge in a narrow field of study. A Liberal Arts Education emphasizes both Arts and Sciences; through implementing small class sizes and valuing teacher-student interaction, the school gives students a broader perspective to better cultivate their ability to apply knowledge and develop holistically. The General Education Office continues to promote the comprehensive development of basic general education courses, with the aim of providing a solid foundation for students to acquire broad knowledge and exercise transferable skills.