From the mid 1980s to 1990s, the political and economic environment underwent an important change in Taiwan. The President of Republic of China (Taiwan) Lee Teng-Hui declared the Temporary Provisions Effective during the Period of Communist Rebellion to be terminated in 1991. Along with the footsteps of democratization, the policies regarding religion and education have increasingly opened to allowing people to form a newly independent religion and establish a new college. Therefore, an embryonic form of new religion named Weixin Shengjiao was found in 1983. In 1994, The President of Republic of China (Taiwan) Lee Teng-Hui declared the educational policy to address the importance of lifelong education. The founder of Weixin Shengjiao Grand master Huan Yuan responded to UNESCO and the national educational policy for lifelong learning by saying: 'Everyone has a fundamental right to education.' In 1994, I Ching University was established as a pioneer of lifelong education in Taiwan to spread Chinese cultural orthodoxy of the heart method of the I-Ching and Feng-Shui. The I Ching University is a lifelong learning oriented religion education, and it has 42 branch campuses and has sixty thousand students in Taiwan. The increase of low birth rate and the aging population rate have challenged the educational industry in Taiwan. This study applied the methods of environmental analysis and the resource-based view to explore how I Ching University faced these challenges, but still have significance growth. Additionally, a religious education of Chinese culture for world peace has been addressed.
Li-Yueh Chen, Weixin Shengjiao College, Taiwan
Chen-Mei Li, Weixin Shengjiao College, Taiwan
Stream: Religion - Religion and Education
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