Advancing the Lingnan Excellence
In the second half of the academic year, the University continues to launch a series of celebratory events to mark the 50th Anniversary of its re-establishment in Hong Kong.
Lingnan University 50th Anniversary in Hong Kong Celebration Banquet
About 1,400 guests including the University’s supporters and friends from different sectors, staff, alumni and students joined the Lingnan University 50th Anniversary in Hong Kong Celebration Banquet held on 20 January at the Grand Hall of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The joyful occasion was graced by the presence of The Hon Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as Guest of Honour.
The banquet featured a number of performances showing the long-standing solidarity and affection of the Lingnan family. They included performances by the Lingnan Choir comprising about 130 students from all levels of Lingnan schools – day nurseries, kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, and university – as well as alumni of the University; a String Quintet formed by the University’s staff, alumni and students; and a Drum Show by the University’s alumni and students.
Two new books capture Lingnan University’s glorious history and achievements
Two new books, titled 50 Years of Lingnan Spirit and The Old Spirit in a New Setting — The Hong Kong Story of Lingnan University, were published and launched on 18 January which captured the glorious history, development and achievements of Lingnan University over the past 50 years.
Published by Lingnan University and edited by the Hong Kong and South China Historical Research Programme and the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, 50 Years of Lingnan Spirit features 50 prominent Lingnanians including the University’s founders, staff, alumni, students and friends. It gives readers the interviewees’ personal insights and perspectives into how Lingnan was transformed from a modest institution into a leading Asian liberal arts university.
On the other hand, The Old Spirit in a New Setting — The Hong Kong Story of Lingnan University, published by the Lingnan Education Organization traces the history and development of Lingnan as an institution over the past 50 years, in particularly the extensive contributions made by the Lingnan Education Organization in carrying on the fine traditions of Lingnan education in Hong Kong.
Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative
As a comprehensive and concerted effort to nurture an entrepreneurial culture on campus, the University launched the “Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative” (LEI) at a ceremony held on 11 April.
LEI is a collaborative platform set up to offer education and service opportunities for students, teachers and community partners to further address the community needs with a sustainable development mindset and entrepreneurial spirit. It also aims at fostering a culture of innovation for addressing social, business and humanitarian challenges locally and globally.
Under the LEI, the University aims to develop more credit-bearing courses with innovation and entrepreneurial elements. By expanding Lingnan’s Stanford Teaching and Learning Studio (TLS) alumni network, Design Thinking Studios from Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford could be brought to Asia while the Stanford TLS alumni network will apply design thinking with local community partners and offer Design Thinking workshops for local schools and communities.
On the global platform, LEI will provide students and teachers with opportunities to compete and exchange ideas with other universities by organising innovation and entrepreneurship competitions, workshops and activities. International internship programmes will also be launched so that students can work as interns in start-up companies overseas.
LEI also encourages students to put their innovative ideas into practice by founding their own businesses. The competitive Entrepreneurial Knowledge Transfer Fund was established earlier which awards students’ outstanding projects with a start-up fund for two years, with possible extension if the projects’ innovative ideas can be developed into sustainable business with meaningful outcomes to the community and the world.
Distinguished Leaders Dialogue Series
Dialogue on Education
Mr Bernard Charnwut Chan, Convenor of the Non-official Members of the Executive Council and Mr Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, Secretary for Education of the HKSAR Government were invited as panelists for the dialogue on 16 January while Ms Lee Suet-ying, Chairperson of the Hong Kong Association of the Heads of Secondary Schools served as the dialogue’s facilitator. They shared their insights on education-related affairs such as our examination and assessment systems, issues arising from curriculum development and adjustment, ways to boost the resilience of students, career options for young people and other with some 200 attendants including staff and students of Lingnan University, principals, teachers and students of secondary schools, staff members of other tertiary institutions, as well as other members of the education sector and the general public.
Dialogue on Financial Development
Dr the Honourable Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, Non-official Member of the Executive Council and Mr Rex Auyeung Pak-kuen, Chairman of the Council of Lingnan University were invited as panelists for the dialogue on 26 February while President Leonard K Cheng served as the dialogue’s facilitator. Focused on finance-related policies, financial infrastructure, regulatory issues, and the development of new financial products and services, they discussed how Hong Kong can enhance and strengthen its status as an international finance centre under the context of adjustment of the global economy and advancement of the Chinese economy to the central part of the international economic arena.
Dialogue on Housing for the Youth
Prof Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, Former Secretary for Transport and Housing, and Mr Stanley Wong Yuen-fai, Member of the Housing Authority were invited as panelists for the dialogue on 20 March, and Mr Ricky Yu Wai-yip, Founder and CEO of Light Be was the dialogue’s facilitator. They analysed phenomena or ideas from various perspectives, with topics including “university students’ wait for public housing”, “reliance on financial support from the family”, “nano flats”, “luxurious subdivided flats”, “mortgage slaves”, “Hong Kong people’s priority in using local land”, “the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area rental development” and more. They also delved into the reasons behind the rise of co-living spaces and housing concepts that advocate shared accommodation. The dialogue analysed whether government policies such as the Interim Scheme of Extending the HOS Secondary Market to White Form Buyers and “Starter Homes” Pilot Scheme for Hong Kong Residents will be able to relieve the pressure on young home buyers, what is the chief obstacle to tackling young people’s housing demand, and whether there is a way out for the housing crisis among youths in Hong Kong.
Dialogue on Creative Arts and Culture
Dr Wilfred Wong Ying-wai, Chairman of Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Ms Ada Wong Ying-kay, Founder and Director of Make A Difference Institute and Mr Adam Wong Sau-ping, film director were invited as panelists for the dialogue on 17 April, and Prof Michelle Huang Ying-ling, Assistant Professor of the Department of Visual Studies of Lingnan University was the dialogue’s facilitator. Panelists shared ideas and thoughts about developing a creative culture and the arts, such as what role stakeholders should take in promoting creative arts and culture, how the influences of East and West should be combined, how to initiate arts education and cultivate appreciation given Hong Kong's exam-oriented education system and parental expectations of instant benefits, and how Artificial Intelligence will affect the future development of the creative industries.