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Christians to open 'humanist' college

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 May, 2008, 12:00am

A Christian education foundation has launched a campaign to attract students to an international post-secondary college due to open in September.

Yew Chung Community College of International Studies is to offer a broad arts-based associate degree designed to 'open students' hearts and minds'.

College president John Clark said the goal was to attract both local students and those from international schools in the mainland.

'What we want to be is an international school in terms of the students, the staff, the studies and possible pathways for further learning,' Dr Clark said.

The college had signed firm agreements with 15 overseas universities that would guarantee graduate places on full degree courses if they met a required academic level. Other institutions, including local universities, had agreed to admit graduates on a 'competitive' basis.

It is to offer two linked programmes - a two-year associate degree and a one-year diploma course to prepare students with lower qualifications - with initial intakes of just 25 students each.

The college is the latest addition to the Yew Chung Education Foundation, which also runs Yew Ching International School.

Dr Clark said although the foundation followed a 'morality-based' philosophy, the college preferred more of a humanist approach 'showing people that as humans they can make a difference.'

'We will certainly accept students with other beliefs or even no religion,' he said.

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