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The Importance of Understanding the General Education in Strengthening the Higher Education System


  • Nababan, Tongam Sihol


Abstract Lately the system of modern education has produced reliable scientists and technocrats but has not spawned graduates with the integrity of mature personalities. To overcome this, the concept of General Education (GE) can be applied. GE is the implementation of the concept as a reaction to the tendency of modern society in idolizing the products of technology and tend to ignore human values due to the product of modern secular education system . GE is education aimed in developing the personality of the students in the community and the environment through educational programs that foster and develop all aspects of a student 's personality. Besides that, GE aims to cultivate and create mature understanding in the purpose of life according to the nature of science of all time . With GE, it is expected that students can apply the ethical behaviors and culture when they live in the society . GE programs must be maintained in the curriculum of higher education (universities), but need to be adjusted inaccordance with the times.

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  • Nababan, Tongam Sihol, 2014. "The Importance of Understanding the General Education in Strengthening the Higher Education System," MPRA Paper 53910, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:53910

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    Keywords : General Education ( GE ); humanistic; personality; higher education system; integrity.;

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    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions

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