|Canton Christian College in Guangzhou|
Lingnan School in Hong Kong
Lingnan College (1978-99)
|Motto||作育英才，服務社會 (Education for Service) |
|Chairman||Andrew Yao Cho-fai|
|Chancellor||Carrie Lam (as Chief Executive of Hong Kong)|
|Dean||Yeh Yueh-yu, Emilie (Arts)|
Leng Mingming (Business)
Siu Oi-ling (Social Sciences)
|Students||3,691 (2019–2020) |
|Colours||Red and Grey |
|Affiliations||AALAU, ASAIHL, ACUCA, GLAA|
Lingnan University (LN/LU), formerly called Lingnan College, is the only public liberal arts university in Hong Kong. It aims to provide students with an education in the liberal arts tradition and has joined the Global Liberal Arts Alliance since 2012. Lingnan University became the first university in Hong Kong to accomplish the goal of providing rich hostel experience for all undergraduates and currently, 80% Lingnan students are able to go on exchange for a term during their undergraduate study.
In 2020, the University have come in 2nd worldwide for “Quality Education” in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020.
|Global – Overall|
|QS World||601-650 (2018)|
|Regional – Overall|
|QS Asia||123 (2018)|
Lingnan University has 3 faculties, 16 departments and 19 undergraduate degree programmes of a broad range of disciplines in humanities, social sciences and business administrations. All undergraduates are required to take 33 credits of Core Curriculum courses, 18 credits of Chinese and English language courses, 48 credits of major courses and 21 credits of free elective courses. Lingnan also offers a great variety of taught masters, research masters and PhD programmes, and there are over 3,000 students in total studying in the small liberal arts university.
At Lingnan University, liberal arts education is achieved through the following:
- Deliberately small enrolment
- Broad-based curriculum
- Close staff-student relationship
- Rich residential life and extra-curricular activities
- Active community service and multi-faceted workplace experience
- Strong alumni and community support
- Global learning opportunities.
UGC Research Assessment Exercise 2014
- Department of Economics: ranks 3rd among all the eight UGC-funded institutions in its 4-star rating at 13%, which is above the sector-wide 11%, and LU is the only institution which does not have any research output in the “Unclassified” category among all Economics cost centers.
- Department of History: has 15% 4-star rating, which puts the department in the 4th position among all institutions;
- Department of Philosophy: has 45% of 4-star and 3-star outputs, which is just 3 points below the top institution and above the sector-wide 40%;
- Department of Translation: has 15% of 4-star and 3-star outputs, which is the best result among all institutions and above the sector-wide 11%;
- Department of Visual Studies: has 28% of 4-star and 3-star outputs, making LU ranks second among the institutions and is above the sector-wide 19% (in the “Other Arts/Humanities” cost centre );
- Social Studies: has 25% 4-star and 3-star outputs. LU ranks second among the institutions and is above the sector-wide 19%.
UGC General Research Fund (GRF) Results 2015/16
LU's overall success rate of 36.1% ranks second among the institutions and is above the sector-wide 34.9%.
- Humanities and Social Sciences: LU's success rate of 47.4% is the highest among the institutions and above the sector-wide 32.7%.
- Humanities & Creative Arts: LU's 80% success rate is top among the institutions (sector-wide 40.6%).
- Mechanical, Production & Industrial Engineering: Together with another institution, LU takes the second position among all with a success rate of 50%, and is not far from the top rate of 56.4%.
- Education: LU's success rate is 100% while the sector average is 34%.
UGC Early Career Scheme (ECS) Results 2015/16
LU's success rate of 71.4% is the highest among the institutions while the sector average is 39.9%.
- Humanities and Social Sciences: LU also comes first under this panel with a success rate of 66.7% while the sector average is 34.3%.
- Humanities & Creative Arts: LU's success rate is 100% and the sector average is 47.8%, which makes it rank third in terms of the total amount of funds obtained in this discipline.
- Business Studies (with Economics): LU's success rate is 100% while the sector average is 33.8%.
The school changed location several times over the years. In 1900, the school was relocated to Macau due to the Boxer Rebellion. The school moved back to Guangzhou and built a permanent campus at the Haizhu District in 1904.
The university moved to Hong Kong for the first time in 1938 after Guangzhou fell to the Japanese military. The university stayed in Hong Kong for 4 years before moving to Shaoguan after Hong Kong's capitulation to the Japanese forces.
In 1967, the Lingnan Secondary School board of directors, along with the Lingnan University Hong Kong Alumnus Club and Lingnan Club founded the Lingnan Education Expansion Council, and began to organise the Lingnan School in Hong Kong. In the formative years, the school only provided preparatory form (Sixth Form) education and non-degree programmes.
During the 1970s, Lingnan School began to offer diploma programmes in such subjects as liberal arts, commerce, and social science.
At the end of 1978, the colonial government in Hong Kong issued a White Paper on post-secondary education. Lingnan accepted the government's suggestions, and abolished the 4-year system that is used in other universities around the world in favour of the "2-2-1" regimen (2 years of preparatory courses, 2 years of study for higher diplomas, 1 more year for an honours diploma). At the same time, the school was registered as an Approved Post Secondary College, and changed its name to Lingnan College.
During the 1980s, the school began to focus its resources on Social Science, Commerce, and Literature programmes, and shut down its other programmes, such as Music and Science, to conserve funding. In 1985, an interdisciplinary degree programme was established.
Lingnan's speed of development increased as the 80s drew to an end, due to the colonial Hong Kong government's policy of expanding higher education. At the same time, the preparatory courses that were first mandated by the government in 1978 were steadily abolished.
In 1991, the Lingnan College received funding from the Hong Kong government directly after it passed an academic accreditation review from the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation (HKCAA).
During the 1990s, the University's development as a Liberal Arts university was confirmed by the school's board, and the school moved to its permanent location in Tuen Mun in 1995, the former site of Bowring Camp, a British Forces barracks. The school began to receive authorisation to open bachelor courses in 1992, then master courses in 1996, eventually receiving self-accreditation status and full recognition as a university by the government in 1998, and renaming the institution as Lingnan University on 30 July 1999.
In 2007 Professor Edward Chen retired after his 12 years as president. Professor Yuk-Shee Chan, ex-vice-president of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology become the new president. Lingnan University is now preparing the new "334" system which is planned for introduction in 2012; in the new system, a new 120-credit programme will be divided into parts, e.g. General Education, Ethics. In addition, to prepare for the four-year university system, construction of Lingnan University's new academic building, Simon and Eleanor Kwok Building, has been completed, providing more teaching and learning facilities for the Faculty of Business. Located adjacent to the existing campus and near Fu Tai Estate, the Simon and Eleanor Kwok Building is built on a 4,674-square metre site and has a gross floor area of 5,178 square metres.
Faculties and departments
Faculty of Arts
- Department of Chinese
- Department of Cultural Studies
- Department of English
- Department of History
- Department of Philosophy
- Department of Translation
- Department of Visual Studies
- Centre for English and Additional Languages (CEAL)
- Chinese Language Education and Assessment Centre (CLEAC)
- Animation and Digital Arts Programme Office
- Wong Bing Lai Music and Performing Arts Unit
Faculty of Social Sciences
- Office of the Faculty of Social Sciences
- Department of Applied Psychology
- Department of Economics
- Department of Political Science
- Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Faculty of Business
- Department of Accountancy
- Department of Computing and Decision Sciences
- Department of Finance and Insurance
- Department of Management
- Department of Marketing and International Business
School of Graduate Studies
Core Curriculum and General Education Office
- Science Unit
Business Administration Society
- Senate of Business Administration Society of Lingnan University Students' Union
- Executive Committee of Business Administration Society of Lingnan University Students' Union
Lingnan considers "hostel life" (life in college dormitories) a form of informal education. As a result, all full-time undergraduate students are required to stay at student hostels on campus for at least one academic year while at the university. A majority of students stay for two academic years. Newly admitted four-year students are required to be residents of student hostels for at least two years, and are guaranteed full residence throughout their stay should they agree upon it.
In addition to another new student hostel building under construction, there are currently eight blocks of student hostels in Lingnan University; each hostel holds an estimated 250 people.
July 2019: Students and alumni petition for dismissing Junius Ho from the University Council
After the 2019 Yuen Long attack, a video of Junius Ho circulated widely online. In the video, Junius Ho, who was a member of the University Council, was found shaking hands and taking photos with the white-clad mob who attacked civilians in Yuen Long. Ho claimed that he was not involved in the attack, but many students and alumni had no confidence in him. A number of student bodies and alumni associations made declarations condemning his hate speech and support for the attackers, saying that it seriously affected the image of Lingnan University. They also jointly requested Chief Executive Carrie Lam to dismiss Junius Ho from the University Council. The University issued a statement afterwards stating the irrelevancy between the stance of University and the actions of Ho. The statement also highlighted their respect for freedom of speech.
|Name||Faculty||Graduation Year||Notable Remark|
|Andrew To||Social Sciences||1990||
|Joseph Lee||PhD||2002||Legislative Councillor|
|Herman Yau||Master of Cultural Studies||2008||Film Director|
|Benny Chan||Social Sciences||Actor|
|Vanessa Yeung||Business Administration||1994||Model|
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