Lingnan aspires to be a fine research university: it wants its excellent faculty to fulfil their intellectual potential and to provide teaching that is informed and inspired by their research. This small and collegial campus community is ideally suited to the pursuit of research excellence and to the climate of flexible inquiry and discussion which lies at the heart of the liberal arts ethos. In order further to advance its reputation as a liberal arts university which excels in both teaching and research, Lingnan will continue to pursue the highest standards of scholarship in our focused areas of research, and in other areas as well.
In line with the definition of priorities for research under the University’s Strategic Plan 2009-2016, there are seven focused research areas that have been identified. These are: Modern Literature in Chinese; International Financial Markets and Economic Performance; Taxation in China; Conflict Management in Chinese Business; Age and Work-Life Balance; Cinema Studies; and Cultural Policy and Heritage. The University will continue to build on the strong performance demonstrated by these focused research areas which cut across its three faculties.
Research Governance and Infrastructure
The Research Committee (RC) is charged with the formulation of policies for the promotion, conduct, supervision and funding of research in the University. It decides on all internal funding allocations and monitors progress of research projects funded by various grants. Research Panels at the Faculty level undertake initial assessment of applications for research grants and make funding recommendations to the RC. The Office of Research Support provides administrative assistance to the Committee in the management of allocated grants to ensure that all funding and budgetary procedures are properly followed.
The University has established a number of Research Institutes and Centres to stimulate academic research that will enrich the faculty and enhance the research productivity of the University. In this capacity, the Institutes and Centres initiate innovative research projects, provide support to academic staff members in their research interests, and pursue research activities within the University and through external alliances that enhance high quality theoretical and applied research consistent with the mission and objectives of the University. The RC provides oversight on activities of the Research Institutes/Centres/Programmes.
2006 RAE Results Confirm Lingnan' s Excellence in Research
Whilst some liberal arts colleges do not require or pride themselves on a high level of staff research, others have earned—as we do—major research reputations by encouraging and/or requiring staff research, often on the assumption that such research, far from depleting energies that might otherwise be spent on teaching, in fact nourishes and inspires outstanding teaching. The UGC’s 2006 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results confirmed Lingnan’s research strength, apart from our distinctiveness in teaching and learning. The University is very pleased to learn that its research strengths stretch across all its three academic areas, i.e. arts, social sciences and business studies.
2) Lingnan performed well in all the three RAE panels (namely Business Studies & Economics Panel, Social Sciences Panel and Humanities Panel) under which its thirteen academic departments are grouped. The research indexes of all its three panels surpassed the sector-wide average. In fact, its Business Studies and Economics Panel ranked second with an index of 84.14% (see Table 1).
3) In terms of the nine cost centres which Lingnan were assessed, the research indexes of seven cost centres, namely (1) Accountancy, (2) Business Studies, (3) Economics, (4) Other Social Sciences (Politics & Sociology), (5) Chinese, (6) English, and (7) Translation surpassed the sector-wide average. As shown in the attached Table 2, the research indexes of Lingnan' s cost centres compare very favourably with those of the other universities in Hong Kong. It is believed that at least one of Lingnan' s fields ranks first among the eight UGC-funded institutions.
The results of Lingnan' s 2006 RAE demonstrate the remarkable achievement of the University in this area. Even though the UGC adopted a higher threshold standard this time than in the 1999 RAE, the institution-wide RAE index of Lingnan has surged from 38.85% in 1999 to 76.35% in the 2006 exercise.
This webpage is set up by ORS to facilitate departments and staff submitting items for the RAE2014 to have a common and quick point of reference to documents and related materials. Uploading of resources into this webpage will be carried out in the next few weeks and hopefully all named resources will be available to all by the end of April. Please visit regularly.