Lingnan University (Guangzhou)

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Lingnan University (simplified Chinese: 岭南大学; traditional Chinese: 嶺南大學; pinyin: Lǐngnán Dàxué) in Canton, Kwangtung Province, China (now Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China), was a private university established by a group of American missionaries in 1888. At its founding it was named Canton Christian College (格致書院).

Lingnan University was incorporated into Chung Shan University (now Sun Yat-sen University) in 1953. Members of the university fled to Hong Kong and founded the Lingnan School in Wan Chai in 1967, which was relocated to Tuen Mun in the mid-1990s and renamed Lingnan University in 1999.

Sun Yat-sen University is a comprehensive university founded by Dr. Sun Yat-sen in 1924. In the Times Higher Education Ranking 2011-2012, it was ranked sixth among all Chinese universities and first in South China.[1]

Originated from Lingnan University, a private university in the early 20th century, Lingnan (University) College was reestablished in 1988 within Sun Yat-sen University.


An old building of Lingnan University, now located in Sun Yat-sen University

The university relocated several times during its existence. It moved to Macau, then a Portuguese colony, in 1900 to escape the repressive measures implemented by the ruling Qing Dynasty of China. In 1903, the Chinese name was changed to 嶺南學堂 in Macau. It moved back to Canton in 1904.

First graduating class of the University Medical School in Canton, 1911

In 1906, the University of Pennsylvania's Christian Association sent University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine graduate, Josiah McCracken, to Canton to determine whether it would be feasible to take over the medical department of the Canton Christian College. McCracken reported that he thought the organization should follow through and in 1907 the school was renamed "The University Medical School in Canton, China," and he became its president from 1907 to 1913. In 1913, the Christian Association ended the affiliation with the Canton Christian College and Josiah McCracken helped start a new medical school at St. John's University in Shanghai.[2]

In 1916, the Chinese name was changed again, to 嶺南大學, as the college expanded to become a university. In 1927, management of the university passed into Chinese hands, and the English name was changed to Lingnan University, the transliteration of the school's Chinese name. Dr. Chung Wing Kwong became the first Chinese principal of the University. On July 23, 1930, the property of the Canton Medical Missionary Society and Hospital were transferred to the Board of Directors at Lingnan University.[3] A branch in Hainan with an emphasis on agricultural studies was founded in 1933.

The Hackett Medical College for Women (夏葛女子醫學院, the first medical college for women in China) and its affiliated hospital known as David Gregg Hospital for Women and Children (Chinese name is 柔濟醫院),[4][5][6][7][8][9] located in Guangzhou, China, were parts of a medical center that was founded by female medical missionary Dr. Mary H. Fulton (1854-1927). Dr. Fulton was sent by the Foreign Missions Board of the Presbyterian Church (USA), with the support of the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, New York, of which David Gregg was pastor[10][11] The College was dedicated in 1902 and offered a four-year medical curriculum. At the end of 1932, the medical center was registered and put under the control of the Chinese government. Furthermore, it affiliated with Guangzhou Hospital and Lingnan University to form the Sun Yat-Sen Medical College in 1936.[12]

During the 1930s and 40s, the university was forced to move several times as Japanese armies advanced across China. In 1937, it relocated to Hong Kong as the Japanese occupied Canton, and in 1942, to Kukong (now Shaoguan) in northern Kwangtung Province, as the Japanese occupied Hong Kong. After World War II, the university was finally able to return to Canton.

In 1953, Lingnan University was incorporated into Chung Shan University (now Sun Yat-sen University). Members of the university who fled from communist rule to Hong Kong founded the Lingnan College in Hong Kong to continue the spirit of the university in 1967. That college became Hong Kong's Lingnan University in 1999.


Undergraduate Program:

Bachelor of Economics, No. 1 in South China Major: Economics, Finance, International Business, Public Finance and Taxation, Insurance and Risk Management Bachelor of Management, Major: Logistics Engineering and Management

Master's Program:

Master of Finance(Professional Concentration) Major: Finance Master of Economics(Academic Concentration) Major: Western Economics, Political Economics, International Economics, Population Resources and Environment Economics, Regional Economics, Public Finance, Industrial Economics, International Business, and Quantitative Economics

Master of Management Science and Engineering

PhD Program

Major in Finance

Major in Economics: Western Economics, International Economics, Population Resources and Environment Economics, Regional Economics, International Business, Public Finance

Major in Management Science and Engineering

International DBA :

The DBA Programme of EMLYON Business School is designed for senior managers who wish to enhance their knowledge and analytical abilities and thus develop relevance in decision-making.


MBA International MBA (MIT Sloan Joint Program)

China Executive MBA Program is joint EMBA program offered by the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and Lingnan (University) College at Sun Yat-sen University, which is among the first batch of joint programs approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council back in 1999.

Lingnan International Advisory Board[edit]

The Lingnan International Advisory Board consists of international and Chinese business leaders and academic leaders from global business schools. The Board will meet once a year and the role of the Board will be: to provide advice on strategic development of Lingnan, to provide insights and share views about future directions of global business education, and to help build and strengthen strategic relations between Lingnan and business enterprises, and between Lingnan and top business schools in Asia, Europe and North America.

2012 International Advisory Board Members (Surnames in alphabetical order)


Josef ACKERMANN, Chairman of the Board of Directors Zurich Insurance Group Ltd. Michael ANDREW, Chairman, KPMG International Michael J. CAVE, President, Boeing Capital Corporation Raymond CH’IEN, Kuo-fung Chairman, MTR Corporation Limited Charles DALLARA, Managing Director, the Institute of International Finance Patrick de COURCY, Head of Markets & Initiatives, Asia Pacific, SWIFT Stuart GULLIVER, Chief Executive, HSBC Group Gerard HARTSINK, Chairman, CLS Juan Rodriguez, INCIARTE Executive Director and Board Member, Banco Santander KOH Beng Seng, Chief Executive Officer, Octagon Advisors Pte Ltd. Patrick, LOW Chief Economist, World Trade Organization Neville, POWER CEO, Fortescue Metal Group Peter, SANDS Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered PLC David SCHMITTLEIN John C, Head III Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management Jean-Pascal, TRICOIRE President and CEO, Schneider Electric Daniel M. TSAI, Chairman, Fubon Financial Holding Co. Ltd. Annie WU, Standing Committee Member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Vice Chairman, Beijing Air Catering Co., Ltd. Carl P. ZEITHAML Dean, F.S. Cornell Professor in Free Enterprise, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia

Permanent Invitees: Man-hung CHAN Vice Chairman, Sino United Publishing (Holdings) Limited Chairman, Board of Trustees of Lingnan (University) College, Sun Yat-sen University Ping LI Deputy Secretary, Sun Yat-sen University Yuan SHU Former Dean Lingnan (University) College, Sun Yat-sen University Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees of Lingnan (University) College, Sun Yat-sen University

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "World University Rankings 2011-2012". 
  2. ^ Chen, Kaiyi (1995). "Josiah C. McCracken Papers 1906-1993". University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ Cadbury, William Warder (1935). At the Point of a Lancet: One-Hundred Years of the Canton Hospital, 1835–1935. Shanghai: Kelly & Walsh, Ltd. p. 279. LCCN 36037529. 
  4. ^ "A Crusade of Compassion for the Healing of the Nations". 
  5. ^ "柔济医院的实验室". 
  6. ^ Hackett Medical College for Women, Turner Training School for Nurses, David Gregg Hospital for Women and Children: Bulletin, 1924-1925. The College. 1924. 
  7. ^ "American Doctors in Canton". 
  8. ^[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "中国近代第一所女子医学院--夏葛医学院". 
  10. ^ Archives of Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, New York
  11. ^ "Inasmuch: Mary H. Fulton, The United Study of Forring: 9781140341802: Books". 
  12. ^ Chung, Rebecca Chan; Chung, Deborah Duen Ling; Wong, Cecilia Ng (2011). Piloted to serve : memoirs of Rebecca Chan Chung : World War II in China with Flying Tigers, U.S. Army and China National Aviation Corporation. D.L. Chung. ISBN 9781467518642. OCLC 825098417. 

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