The International Conference on “Liberal Education: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Applications” took place from October 26th to 27th at Thai Binh Duong University, featuring prominent speakers such as Dr. Pham Quoc Loc, the Principal; Dr. Nguyen Minh Anh, Director of the International Training Institute and the General Education and Creative Innovation Center; and Dr. Mary Beth Marklein from George Mason University, USA.
The International Conference, “Liberal Education: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Applications,” brought together researchers, educators, scholars, and practitioners from around the world to explore and exchange ideas on the diverse aspects of liberal education. The event focused particularly on interdisciplinary perspectives and practical applications, addressing topics such as:
– The philosophical foundations of education and liberal education.
– Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to education and liberal education.
– Innovations in teaching and optimal methods in education.
– Social and cultural aspects, ethics, and values in education and liberal education.
– The role and impact of technology on education and liberal education.
– Assessment methods in education and liberal education.
– International and comparative perspectives on education and liberal education.
– Other themes related to education and educational management.
The Conference featured main speakers including Dr. Pham Quoc Loc, the Principal; Dr. Nguyen Minh Anh, Director of the International Training Institute and the General Education and Creative Innovation Center; and Dr. Mary Beth Marklein from George Mason University, USA. Notably, the Conference also received contributions from TBD lecturers such as Dr. Nguyen Minh Anh, Dr. Le Anh Van, Dr. Ngo Huong, MSc. Tran Thi Phi Anh, MSc. Dinh Thi Nga, MSc. Nguyen Thi Hong Phuong, Dr. Tran Tri Dung, MSc. Nguyen Le Kim Khanh.
Within the framework of the Conference, there were also training workshops for faculty and staff on two specific topics related to liberal education:
1. Assessment in Liberal Education – Dr. Mary Beth Marklein: Exploring the most effective assessment methods in liberal education; Learning practical skills to implement effective assessment methods.
2. Effective Classroom Organization in the Spirit of Liberal Education – Dr. Nguyen Minh Anh: Understanding classroom organization methods based on the philosophy of liberal education; Empowering and encouraging student autonomy.
As defined by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), liberal education is an approach to learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. It provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g., science, culture, and society) as well as in-depth study in a specific area of interest. Liberal education helps students develop strong intellectual abilities and practical skills, such as communication, analysis, problem-solving, and the ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-life situations.
Currently, Thai Binh Duong University is one of the pioneering universities applying the liberal education model for several years. One of the university’s strengths lies in supporting students in building personal development and expanding their horizons. The entire teaching and learning process focuses on establishing a solid knowledge foundation, nurturing skills alongside personal and social awareness. Through field trips, community activities, special events like Conferences, and student exchanges with universities worldwide, Thai Binh Duong University students have the opportunity to experience the achievements of a progressive global education system, enhancing their qualities and developing essential skills for life and work.
This demonstrates that the liberal education model has provided young individuals with a favorable start in their careers. They enter the workforce with a solid foundation and, in many cases, even enjoy superior advantages compared to many of their peers.
Article by: Nguyen Hong