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Research Excellence

Research Excellence


Lingnan University, Hong Kong, aspires to excel as an internationally recognised liberal arts university distinguished by outstanding teaching, learning, scholarship and community engagement. We encourage faculty and students to contribute to society through research and knowledge transfer as we want our 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.

The University will build on its strength in research areas which cut across the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business, Faculty of Social Sciences and the Science Unit.

Performance Highlights in UGC Research Assessment Exercise

The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2014 confirms that we have demonstrated our deep commitment to research and scholarship while at the same time remaining true to our liberal arts mission in providing quality teaching and mentorship to our students. Some encouraging results for us include:

  1. In Economics, Lingnan ranks 3rd among all the eight UGC-funded institutions in its 4-star rating at 13%, which is above the sector-wide 11%, and Lingnan is the only institution which does not have any research output in the “Unclassified” category among all Economics cost centres.
  2. In terms of the aggregate percentage for our 4-star and 3-star outputs together:
    • History’s 47% is on par with the sector-wide percentage, while its 4-star rating at 15% puts Lingnan in the 4th position among all institutions;
    • Philosophy’s 45% is just 3 points below the top institution and above the sector-wide 40%;
    • Translation’s 15% is the best among all institutions and above the sector-wide 11%; 
    • Visual Studies’ 28% ranks second among the institutions and is above the sector-wide 19% (in the “Other Arts/Humanities” cost centre );
    • Other Social Studies’ 25% ranks second among the institutions and is above the sector-wide 19%.
  3.  Accountancy and Finance are to be applauded for proving their strengths in the keen competition of their areas.

Moving forward, we shall continue with our strategy of employing scholar-teachers who are not only dedicated to teaching, but also recognized for their research excellence. We encourage our staff to collaborate with their peers in Hong Kong and beyond, and shall strive to become a world-class liberal arts university with excellence in both teaching and research.


Research Annual Report PDF

Research and Impact Newsletter PDF