|Canton Christian College in Guangzhou|
Lingnan School in Hong Kong
Lingnan College (1978-99)
|Motto||?,? (Education for Service) |
|Chairman||Simon Ip Shing-hing (acting)|
|Chancellor||Chief Executive of Hong Kong|
(Current officeholder: Carrie Lam)
|President||Prof Leonard K Cheng|
|Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho|
|Dean||Yifeng Sun (Arts)|
Liming Liu (Business)
Wei Xiangdong (Social Sciences)
|Students||3,203 (2017-2018) |
|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 4-year full residence for all undergraduates and currently, 80% Lingnan students are able to go on exchange for a term during their undergraduate study.
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 :
LU's overall success rate of 36.1% ranks second among the institutions and is above the sector-wide 34.9%.
LU's success rate of 71.4% is the highest among the institutions while the sector average is 39.9%.
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.
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.
In 2019 Yuen Long attack, there was an online video widely circulated. Junius Ho, who was a member of the University Council, was found to shake-hand and to take photo with the mob dressed in white attacking passengers at Yuen Long Station platform Ho Claimed that he was not involved into the attack, but many students and alumni had no confidence on him. A number of student bodies and alumni associations had made declaration condemning his support on the attack and hate speech, which seriously affect the image of Lingnan University. They also jointly request Chief Executive Carrie Lam to dismiss Junius Ho as the member of 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 on 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|