Lifelong Learning at HTISC

Since its beginning in 2003, HTISC has boasted a diverse and pragmatic curriculum. The institution encourages its students to learn with two Chinese phrases in mind:「活到老,學到老」、「學海無涯,學無止境」. The first means to not only live to an old age but to continue learning even in your golden years. The second means to treat education as the sea, as knowledge is endless and without bounds, reinforcing our diverse curriculum. Students learn language, health care, physical and mental care, creative arts, music, and technology. They also study choir, painting, Tai Chi, Ikebana, Chinese calligraphy, handcrafts, and dance. At HTISC, education is taken to another level as elders are able to go on field trips every month to cultivate their understanding of culture and history. At the end of the semester, the results are prominent in their progress and by then, students have fostered a sense of community with one another.


The concept of lifelong learning is as old as human history and prized within Japan. Its definition is simple: it's a process in which an individual continuously develops his or her knowledge, skills, and attitudes in life, which in turn will have a great impact on vitality and facilitate positive impacts. American scholar, J. Dewey, also put forth that education and gaining knowledge are two experiences that span a lifetime. However, there are other things that can aid in lifelong learning, such as friendship, community, and the ability to gain new experiences.  

The meaning of lifelong learning: 

  1. Understanding that learning is a journey that lasts a lifetime.

  2. The methods of learning are diverse and flexible.

  3. Learn to emphasize the spirit of autonomy.

  4. The content of learning is all-encompassing, and education develops a person as a whole.

  5. Learning is a right, not a privilege. 


We need to learn to grasp lifelong learning opportunities. People often use "wait a minute" as an excuse. And this becomes an obstacle when there's time and chance to obtain lifelong learning. Motivation blooms from within a person, which will lead to an interest in knowledge. Although we get older every passing minute, our spirits stay young and curious.

At present, life is moving sunset after sunset, so we should grasp the opportunity to learn during good times. That way, life becomes a happy harvest. In accordance to your interests and needs, you can attend HTISC to pursue an honorary degree or take classes that pertain to your interests. Both paths pursue a better ability to live life to its fullest.


Horticulture, Ikebana, and crafts are courses based around improving physiological and psychological health, benefiting a person's well-being by bringing them closer to nature. Tai Chi, dance, and morning exercises are to emphasize exercise and fitness. Computer classes are to expand your horizons and bring awareness to the modern world. Choir, Chinese calligraphy, painting, and music appreciation make up the recipe to a tempered mind and soul. History, Hakka culture, Taiwanese history, Taiwanese proverbs, health knowledge, and etc. are all subjects to enrich life knowledge and provide wisdom. All of our classes promote physical and mental health. Lifelong learning can reduce and avoid early onset of dementia and Alzheimer's and help create happier families and a better society.