Lingnan University (Hong Kong)

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Lingnan University
LingnanUniversity logo.svg
Motto 作育英才,服務社會[1] (lit: Training People for Service to Society)
Motto in English
Education for Service[2]
Established 1888 (as Canton Christian College in Guangzhou)
1967 (as Lingnan School in Hong Kong)
1978 (as Lingnan College)
1999 (granted full university status)
Type Public
Chancellor The Hon CY Leung
President Professor Leonard K Cheng
Vice-president Shalendra Sharma (Acting)
Dean Richard L. Davis (Arts)
Dean William Tjosvold (Business)
Wei Xiangdong (Social Sciences)
Administrative staff
Students 2,311
Location Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Affiliations ASAIHL, ACUCA
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Lingnan University
Traditional Chinese 嶺南大學
Simplified Chinese 岭南大学
Lingnan College
Traditional Chinese 嶺南學院
Simplified Chinese 岭南学院

Lingnan University (LN/ LU) (Chinese: 嶺南大學; Cantonese Yale: Ling Nam Tai Hok, formerly called Lingnan College (Chinese: 嶺南學院)) is a public liberal arts university in Hong Kong. It was granted full university status on 30 July 1999.

The Lingnan University administration believes that it provides students with a quality education distinguished by the best liberal arts tradition from both East and West. It attempts to adopt a whole-person approach to education which enables its students to think, judge, care and, ultimately, act responsibly in the changing circumstances of Hong Kong, the region and the world.



Canton Period[edit]

An old building of Lingnan University in Guangzhou, which is now used by Sun Yat-sen University

Lingnan University was founded as Canton Christian College in Guangzhou, China as a Non-Denominational Christian university by the American Presbyterians (North) Council in 1889.

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.

After World War II concluded, Lingnan University moved back to its permanent campus at Haizhu.[3]

Lingnan School[edit]

After the communist revolution in Mainland China, the university remained in Guangzhou, and was merged into Sun Yat-sen University in 1952.

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.

Lingnan College[edit]

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.

Lingnan University[edit]

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 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.[4]

The university has a reputation for the high quality of teaching and learning, particularly for its Faculty of Business. 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.

Academic Organisations[edit]

Faculties and Departments[edit]

Faculty of Arts Faculty of Business
(Business Programmes Office)
Faculty of Social Sciences
(Social Sciences Programme Office)

Research Institutes / Centres[edit]

Faculty of Arts Faculty of Business Faculty of Social Sciences

Office and Units[edit]

Core Curriculum and General Education Office (Common Core and Cluster Studies)[edit]

The Core Curriculum aims to provide students with a broad and balanced foundation through an exposure to a wide range of cross-disciplinary subjects. Designed to cultivate in the students a crucial set of generic and transferable skills treasured highly and widely by educators and employers across the globe, the Core Curriculum is crucial to the realisation of a cohesive, humanistic and all-round education for students in Hong Kong today. This approach is what distinguishes Lingnan as a liberal arts university.

Common Core: Logic and Critical Thinking (邏輯與批判性思維), The Making of Hong Kong (香港社會), Understanding Morality (認識道德), World History and Civilisations (世界歷史與文明)

Cluster & General Education: Creativity and Innovation (創意與創新), Humanities and the Arts (人文與藝術), Management and Society (管理與社會), Science, Technology and Society (科學、科技與社會), Values, Cultures and Societies (價值、文化與社會)

Office of Mainland and International Programmes (Exchange Studies)[edit]

Lingnan aims to excel as an internationally recognized liberal arts university. Central to the University’s international profile is an already diverse culture and we are conscious of the need to enrich our international character and perspectives. The interconnecting priorities for our internationalization activities are to foster our international network, to expand the international horizons of students, to actively integrate international students at our campus, and to facilitate faculty members’ interaction with international universities and institutions. As a liberal arts university that emphasizes whole-person development for students, we are working towards differentiating the Lingnan student experience as engaging, motivating, and internationally-oriented. We operate on an international context and this must be reflected in all areas of our University life; from our students and faculty members, to our curriculum and extra-curricular activities, as well as our collaborations that transcend national boundaries.

Office of Service-Learning (Service-learning Studies)[edit]

The Office of Service-Learning (OSL) offers learning opportunities for students through service, whereby students under the guidance of course instructors and service agencies. Students develop positive attitudes and concrete skills, integrating their knowledge through participation in service-learning programs. At Lingnan, we have implemented service-learning components in the curriculum since 2004-05. In May 2006, OSL provided a vital university-community link so students can simultaneously pursue academia and serve those in need. Our mission is to: Promote the Lingnan University’s motto “Education for Service”, Provide reciprocal benefits to the participants and the community, Produce a positive developmental impact on student learning and growth, and Enhance learning and teaching efficacy through service-learning.

Office of Research Support[edit]

The Office of Research Support (ORS) serves as a focal point to support and coordinate research and knowledge transfer (KT). It provides secretariat services for the Research Committee in the approval and monitoring of research and conference grants, academic exchange fund and study/academic leave. To promote research and KT and to disseminate the outcomes, ORS organizes the Research Excellence Award Scheme and produces university-wide reports and statistics for the University Grants Committee and stakeholders.

Office of Teaching and Learning Centre[edit]

The TLC assists staff to implement an outcomes-based approach to teaching and learning (OBATL), coordinates Teaching Development Grants (TDG), contributes to teaching and learning policies, the development of survey instruments to evaluate the impact of the curriculum on student learning and achievement of graduate attributes, and administers the Teaching Excellence Awards Scheme (TEAS). Enhancing student learning involves professional development for academic and non-academic staff, supporting existing and new academic staff in their development of teaching skills, use of learning technologies for blended learning; supporting innovative teaching practice and training Research Post-graduate students for their role as tutors

Affiliated Institutions[edit]

The Community College at Lingnan University (CCLU)[edit]

In January 2003, Lingnan established a Community College to provide full support for one-year pre-associate degree and two-year associate degree programmes on a full-time basis. They are designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students for work and an enriched life as educated persons, as well as a solid foundation for the possibility of further studies.

To accommodate these classes, a Community College Building was completed in the 2004–05 academic year. The complex provides lecture rooms, computer and language laboratories, laboratories for science subject, art studios, a Christian activities centre, multi-purpose rooms, student consolation rooms and a student function hall for the students at the community college and their instructors.

Programmes Offered by CCLU[edit]


  • Associate of Arts (Chinese), Associate of Arts (History), Associate of Arts (Philosophy), Associate of Arts (Translation)

Business Studies

  • Associate of Business Studies (Business Management)

Social Sciences

  • Associate of Social Sciences (Psychology), Associate of Social Sciences (Social Sciences), Associate of Social Sciences (Sociology)

Lingnan Institute of Further Education (LIFE)[edit]

In April 2001, Lingnan established the self-funded Lingnan Institute of Further Education (LIFE). LIFE's remit was to enable and encourage students to learn continuously and to obtain recognised qualifications for their career and personal development.

Programmes Offered LIFE

Programmes Offered[edit]

Lingnan University in Tuen Mun

Undergraduate Programmes[edit]

Faculty of Arts[edit]

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Chinese
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Contemporary English Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Cultural Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Translation
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual Studies

Faculty of Business Administration[edit]

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Finance
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in General Business Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Human Resources Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Marketing
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Risk and Insurance Management

Faculty of Social Sciences[edit]

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Applied Psychology
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Economics
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Asia and Pacific Studies
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Social and Public Policy Studies

Minor Programmes[edit]


  • Department of Chinese: Chinese, Chinese Writing
  • Department of Cultural Studies: Cinema Studies, Cultural Studies, Creativity, Media Culture and Marketing, Performance Studies
  • Department of English: English
  • Department of History: History, Hong Kong Studies
  • Department of Philosophy: Philosophy
  • Department of Translation: Translation
  • Department of Visual Studies: Visual Studies

Business Administration (Courses coordinating by Business Programmes Office)[edit]

  • Accounting, Business, China Business Studies, Finance, Financial Services Marketing, Marketing, Human Resources Management, Information Technology, Logistics and Decision Science, Risk and Insurance Management

Social Sciences (Courses coordinating by Social Sciences Programme Office)[edit]

  • Environmental Studies, International Studies, Public Policy, China's Regional Development, Behavioural Science, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Research Postgraduate Programmes[edit]

Faculty of Arts[edit]

  • (MPhil/ PhD) in Chinese
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in Cultural Studies
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in English
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in History
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in Philosophy
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in Translation
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in Visual Studies

Faculty of Business Administration[edit]

  • (MPhil/ PhD) in Accounting
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in Decision Sciences
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in Finance
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in Information Systems Management
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in Insurance
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in International Business
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in Management
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in Marketing
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in Operations Management

Faculty of Social Sciences[edit]

  • (MPhil/ PhD) in Economics
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in Political Science
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in International Relations
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in Sociology
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in Social Gerontology
  • (MPhil/ PhD) in Social Policy

Taught Postgraduate Programmes[edit]

  • Master of Accountancy (MAcc)
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Chinese
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Practical Philosophy
  • Master of Cultural Studies (MCS)
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour
  • Master of Science (MSc) in International Banking and Finance
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Marketing and International Business
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy

Student life[edit]

Representative Council[edit]

Executive Council[edit]

Press Bureau[edit]

Business Administration Society[edit]

  • Senate of Business Administration Society of Lingnan University Students' Union
  • Executive Committee of Business Administration Society of Lingnan University Students' Union

Students' Residence[edit]

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 amount 250 people. They are divided into three zones:

Southern hostels[edit]

  • William M. W. Mong Hall, The Bank of East Asia Hall (Hostel A)
  • Tsung Tsin Association Hall, Fok Cho Min Hall (Hostel B)
  • Chung Shun Hall, Yee Man Hall (Hostel C)
  • Lam Woo Hall (Hostel D)

Northern hostels[edit]

  • The Jockey Club Hall (Hostel E, F)
  • The Jockey Club New Hall (Hostel G, H)

The lower floors of hostels are for male residents and the upper floors for female residents. All student rooms are double occupancy.

In the 2012 academic year, a new hostel near Fu Tai would start to cope with the increasing number of students under the "334" system. The new hostel is expected to carry about 500 students. The building fee is donated by Sir Christopher A. Bayly[citation needed].

New Student Hostels[edit]

  • Wong Hoo Chun Hall (WHC)
  • Wu Jieh Yee Hall (WJY)

The two new student hostels are connected with a corridor located on the third floor. The two buildings also share a common passage of entrance; the left is connected to the upper floors of the WJY Hall, why the right is connected to the upper floors of the WHC Hall.

Notable faculty[edit]


  • Prof. Lau Shiu-ming, Joseph (Emeritus Professor)
  • Prof. CHAN, Ching-kiu Stephen (Professor of Cultural Studies)
  • Prof. LI, Siu-leung (Head of Cultural Studies)
  • Prof. HUI Po-keung (Professor of Cultural Studies & MCS Programme Director)
  • Prof. CHEN Yun-chung (Professor of Cultural Studies)
  • Prof. LAW, Wing-sang (Professor of Cultural Studies)
  • Prof. IP Iam-chong (Professor of Cultural Studies)
  • Prof. Eugene Eoyang (Emeritus Professor)
  • Prof. Paisley Nathan Livingston (Chair Professor of Philosophy)
  • Prof. Darrell P. Rowbottom (Professor of Philosophy)
  • Prof. Neven Sesardic (Professor of Philosophy)

  • Prof. HAN Xiaorong (Head of History)
  • Prof. Mark Hampton (Associate Professor of History)

  • Prof. Rafael De Clercq (Head of Visual Studies)
  • Prof. Law Suk Mun, Sophia (Professor of Visual Studies)
  • Prof. Anne Mette Hjort (Chair Professor of Visual Studies)


  • Prof. Dean William Tjosvold (Chair Professor of Management)

Social Sciences[edit]

  • Prof. CHAN Hau Nung, Annie (Programme Director of Social Sciences(Hons), Professor of Sociology and Social Policy; Research: Sexuality, Gender, and Family studies)
  • Prof. SIU Oi Ling (Head of Applied Psychology; Research: organisational psychology, and occupational stress, psychology of safety and work-life balance)
  • Prof. LI Yau Wai, Simon (Professor of Applied Psychology; Research: cognitive psychology, and human error)
  • Prof. LUN Miu Chi, Vivian (Professor of Applied Psychology; Research: abnormal psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and social psychology)

  • Prof. HO, Lok-sang (Head of Economics)
  • Prof. CHENG, Kwok-hon Leonard (Chair Professor of Economics)
  • Prof. Jesus Seade (Chair Professor of Economics)
  • Prof. Ma Yue (Professor of Economics)

  • Prof. Wong Yiu-chung (Head of Political Science)
  • Prof. Shalendra Sharma(Chair Professor of Political Science)
  • Prof. Chan Che-po (Professor of Political Science)
  • Dr. Chu Pok (Senior Lectuer of Political Science)
  • Prof. Park Jeongwon (Professor of Political Science; Research: Global Environmental Politics, Sustainable Development, Political Anthropology)
  • Prof. Tam Wai-keung (Professor of Political Science)

  • Prof. David Phillips (Head of Sociology and Social Policy, Chair Professor of Social Policy)
  • Prof. CHAN Cheung-ming, Alfred (Chair Professor of Social Gerontology)
  • Prof. CHEN Hon-fai (Professor of Sociology and Social Policy)
  • Prof. Peter Baehr (Chair Professor of Social Theory)
  • Prof. William Keng Mun Lee (Professor of Sociology)

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Faculty Graduation Year Notable Remark
Howard Cheng Cultural Studies 2012 *Vice-Chairman of Labour Party
*President of the Executive Council (2010–11)
Leo Tang Social Sciences 2012 *Secretary of Hong Kong Federation of Students (2012–13)
*Vice-Chairman of Hong Kong Federation of Students (2011–12)
*Chairman of the Representative Council (2011–12)
*External Vice-President of the Executive Council (2010–11)
*Vice Editor-in-Chief (Administrative Board) of the Press Bureau (2009–2010)
Eddie Chan Philosophy *Secretary-General of Hong Kong Federation of Students (2013–14)
*President of the Executive Council (2012–13)
Willis Ho Philosophy *Deputy Secretary-General of Hong Kong Federation of Students (2013–14)
*External Vice-President of the Executive Council (2012–13)
Law Kun-kit Cultural Studies *Vice-Chairman of Hong Kong Federation of Students (2013–14)
*Social Movement Officer of the Executive Council (2012–13)
Andrew To Social Sciences 1990 *Former Chairman of League of Social Democrats
*President of the Executive Council (1988–89)
Fred Lam Social Sciences 2003 *Chief Campaigner of Roundtable Community
*Chairman of the Constitution Revising Committee, Representative Council
Joseph Lee PhD 2002 Legislative Counciller
Herman Yau Master of Cultural Studies 2008 Director
Benny Chan Social Sciences Actor
Ronald Law Social Sciences 2007 Actor
Vanessa Yeung Business Administration 1994 Model

ğğ==See also==


  1. ^ "校長歡迎辭 (Chinese)". Lingnan U. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Welcome from President". Lingnan U. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Wang, Dong. Managing God's Higher Learning: U.S.-China Cultural Encounter and Canton Christian College (Lingnan University) 1888–1952. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007.
  4. ^ "Chapter 1165: Lingnan University ordinance" (PDF). Hong Kong government. 30 July 1999. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 

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Coordinates: 22°24′36″N 113°58′59″E / 22.41°N 113.983°E / 22.41; 113.983