In the design of a future ready curriculum, the curriculum framework, especially the structure and content, needs to be fluid and organic to allow for a convergence or an interdisciplinary blend of academic disciplines. This being the case, the liberal arts programme(s) would provide a strong background for students to work in a variety of fields as well as to prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century (Framing Malaysian Higher Education 4, 2018).
Both Lee and De Rycker are proud to share that ‘In the Faculty of Liberal Arts we do not only have qualified and experienced staff but the essence of our faculty is the diverse disciplines they belong to which will add to the rich experiences for students in their programmes of study especially when they take up electives from the different disciplines of the staff’s expertise, e.g. Korean Studies, Media Studies, Pop Culture, Philosophy, Endangered Languages, Bilingualism, to name a few.” It is clear that the graduate attributes of the programmes from the Faculty of Liberal Arts is to produce holistic Liberal Arts graduates that are:
- knowledgeable (acquired from the interdisciplinary and diverse range of programmes and courses from the Schools and Centres in the Faculty),
- resourceful & entrepreneurial (acquired from the critical thinking & problem solving courses and research modules in the programmes) and
- most important of all (which employers need), graduates who are able to articulate well in oral, written and other media forms (skills acquired from English language, public speaking, multimedia, advertising courses).