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- In line with the government's lifelong learning policy, we are assisting the public to achieve this goal, hence, providing opportunity for continued learning.
- Promotion of Tzu Chi humanity and cultural education to upgrade cultural standard of the public.
- Fulfillment of Master's wishes of purifying the public's mind, harmonizing society, and achieving zero-disaster for mankind, as well as a loving and caring world that values mannerism and order.
The Director of Taiwan Tzu Chi University's Social Education Center, Professor Yu-Shing Liou, led a team of investigators to Melaka Tzu Chi Branch to assess the possibility of setting up an overseas center in early 2003. On 18 October 2003, and with the blessing and approval of Master Cheng Yen, Taiwan Tzu Chi University's Vice Chancellor, Dr. Fwu-Mei Chang, together with Professor Liou and his team returned to Melaka again - this time, to grace the opening ceremony of the Center in Melaka.
Melaka's Continuing Education Center was established within the compound of Melaka Tzu Chi's premises. There is a garden right in the center of the building, with a water flowing landscape and rustic parquette flooring. Calligraphic frames hung along the hallway which leads to a Japanese flower arrangement classroom, as well as classrooms for art of tea-serving; and a humanity and audio/visual room, which can accommodate twenty-four people. Such artistic interior designs provide the participants and the community a truly ideal and soothing environment for continued learning. Brother David Liu said, "This is a place that provides lifelong learning opportunity for all, regardless of educational background and age. Above all, we look forward to changes, for the better, in people's mind and further harmony in society."
By 27 August 2005, a 3rd Center was set up in KL, after Melaka and Penang. Taiwan Tzu Chi University's Chancellor, Professor Ju-Siong Fang, and Director, Professor Han-Yong Chen, led a few other Professors to grace the opening ceremony.
Located right in the heart of the very busy Bukit Bintang shopping area, and beside Jing-Si Books and Cafe, the Center has a man-made waterfall at the entrance hallway. Coupled with soothing lighting and spacious classrooms, the Center makes visitors feel at ease at first impression. Together with the Jing-Si couplets hung along the hallway, one could very much feel the tranquility at an instance.
Introduction of Courses
Melaka's Center introduces a non-credential course system. Each course arranged for completion in three to four months. There are 10-15 classes in total, with one class held per week. Upon completion of 630 to 1,080 minutes of classes, each participant will receive a certificate. Courses introduced thus far include the art of tea-serving, flower arrangement, cooking class, sign language, calligraphy, water painting, children and adult yoga, children painting, pottery, magic for fun, elementary Japanese language, innovative design and advance art of tea serving.
It is the aim of the Center that through such continued learning, the general public can achieve further advancement in body, mind, and soul; and this will enable them to find peace and sense of belonging amidst such hectic city lives. For instance, through the art of tea-serving and flower arrangement, the students not only learn to brew a pot of good tea but they also learn to improve their habits; and likewise, through flower arrangement, one gains satisfaction from arranging a vase of flowers. In the calligraphy course, the students can attain wisdom from full concentration of every stroke they practise; and through sign laguages, they learn how to turn a stiff gesture into a soft one. The participants will also benefit a great deal from the focused method of teaching provided by the professional teachers concerned.
The Uniqueness of the Courses
Each class is arranged with two teaching assistants to assist the teachers throughout the class and to serve the students'needs. These assistants coordinate well between the teachers and the students to achieve better results. Meaningful courses are provided to help the public in their continued learning.
Lastly, to uphold Master Cheng Yen's principle of "Great Compassion" and "People is the Fundamental Focus", this Center has been set up to further improve the body, mind, and soul of the public, thereby creating a more harmonious society...