Lingnan University (Hong Kong)

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Lingnan University
LingnanUniversity logo.svg
Motto 作育英才,服務社會 (Education for Service) [1]
Type Public
Established 1888 (as Canton Christian College in Guangzhou)
1967 (as Lingnan School in Hong Kong)
1978 (as Lingnan College)
1999 (granted full university status)
Chancellor The Hon CY Leung
President Professor Leonard K Cheng
Vice-president Professor Ka Ho Mok
Dean Yifeng Sun (Arts)
Liming Liu (Business)
Wei Xiangdong (Social Sciences)
Students 3,043 (2014-2015) [2]
Location Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Colours          Red and Grey [3]
Affiliations ASAIHL, ACUCA, GLAA
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Lingnan University
Traditional Chinese 嶺南大學
Simplified Chinese 岭南大学

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 the only public liberal arts university in Hong Kong. It aims to provide students with an education in the liberal arts tradition[4] and has joined the Global Liberal Arts Alliance since 2012.[5] Lingnan University became the first university in Hong Kong to accomplish the goal of providing 4-year full residence for undergraduates and currently, two out of three Lingnan students are able to go on exchange for a term during their undergraduate study.[4]

In 2015, Lingnan University was selected as one of the "Top 10 Asian Liberal Arts Colleges" by Forbes.[6]


Entrance of Lingnan University

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 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.[7] 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. [8]

At Lingnan University, liberal arts education is achieved through the following [9]

  • 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.

Research Performance[edit]

UGC Research Assessment Exercise 2014[edit]

The 2014 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) published by University Grants Committee in Hong Kong shows that:[10]

  • 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[edit]

LU's overall success rate of 36.1% ranks second among the institutions and is above the sector-wide 34.9%.[11]

  • 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[edit]

LU's success rate of 71.4% is the highest among the institutions while the sector average is 39.9%.[12]

  • 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%.


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.[13]

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]

Lingnan University Campus in Fu Tei, Tuen Mun

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.[14]

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[edit]

  • 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)

Faculty of Social Sciences[edit]

  • Department of Applied Psychology
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Sociology and Social Policy

Faculty of Business[edit]

  • Department of Accountancy
  • Department of Computing and Decision Sciences
  • Department of Finance and Insurance
  • Department of Management
  • Department of Marketing and International Business

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 (Associate Professor of Cultural Studies & MCS Programme Director)
  • Prof. CHEN Yun-chung (Associate Professor of Cultural Studies)
  • Prof. LAW, Wing-sang (Associate Professor of Cultural Studies)
  • Prof. Eugene Eoyang (Emeritus Professor)
  • Prof. Paisley Nathan Livingston (Chair Professor of Philosophy)
  • Prof. Darrell P. Rowbottom (Head & Professor of Philosophy)
  • Prof. HAN Xiaorong (Head & Professor of History)
  • Prof. Mark Hampton (Associate Professor of History)
  • Prof. Rafael De Clercq (Head & Associate Professor of Visual Studies)
  • Prof. Law Suk Mun, Sophia (Associate Professor of Visual Studies)
  • Prof. Anne Mette Hjort (Chair Professor of Visual Studies)


  • Prof. Dean William Tjosvold (Chair Professor of Management)
  • Prof. LIU liming (Chair Professor of Computing and Decision Sciences)
  • Prof. LUI Hon-kong (Chair Professor of Marketing and International Business)
  • Prof. LINZhen-pin (Head and Professor of Accountancy)
  • Prof. CHAN Koon-hung (Emeritus Profesor of Accountancy)
  • Prof. LO Wai-yee (Associate Professor of Accountancy)
  • Prof LUI Man-ching (Associate Professor of Accountancy)
  • Prof SHAFER William Eugene(Associate Professor of Accountancy)
  • Prof SIMMONS, Richard Stanley(Associate Professor of Accountancy)
  • Prof. LI Jingyuan (Professor and Head of Finance and Insurance)
  • Prof. FIRTH Michael (Hong Kong Economic Journal Chair Professor of finance and insurance)
  • Prof. HO Ho-ming, Stan (Professor of Practice of finance and insurance)
  • Prof. CHENG Joseph (Programme Director of MSc in Finance)
  • Prof. POON Pui-han (Associate Professor of Finance and Insurance)
  • Prof. WONG Man-lai (Associate Professor of Finance and Insurance)

Social Sciences[edit]

  • Prof. SIU Oi Ling (Head & Professor of Applied Psychology)
  • Prof. Lin, Ping (Head of Economics)
  • Prof. CHENG, Kwok-hon Leonard (Chair Professor of Economics)
  • Prof. Jesus Seade (Chair Professor of Economics)
  • Prof. Cheung Chien-peng (Head & Professor of Political Science)
  • Prof. Shalendra Sharma (Chair Professor of Political Science)
  • Prof. Wong Yiu-chung (Professor of Political Science)
  • Prof. Zhang Baohui (Professor of Political Science)
  • Prof. David Phillips (Head of Sociology and Social Policy, Chair Professor of Social Policy)
  • Prof. CHAN Hau Nung, Annie (Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, Programme Director of Social Sciences)
  • Prof. Peter Baehr (Chair Professor of Social Theory)
  • Prof. Roman David (Professor of Sociology and Social Policy)
  • Prof. Mok Ka Ho (Chair Professor of Comparative Policy)

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "校長歡迎辭 (Chinese)". Lingnan U. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "嶺南大學 : 學生統計數字". Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "嶺南大學 : 歷史和發展". Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Lingnan University : Characteristics of Lingnan's Liberal Arts Education". Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  5. ^ author. "Lingnan University : Corporate e-News". Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Sergei Klebnikov. "Lingnan University - In Photos: Top 10 Asian Liberal Arts Colleges". Forbes. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
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  8. ^ 嶺南大學:學生統計數字
  9. ^ 嶺南大學:嶺南大學博雅教育之特點
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  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "Chapter 1165: Lingnan University ordinance" (PDF). Hong Kong government. 30 July 1999. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 

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