Lingnan University

Lingnan University (LN/LU), formerly called Lingnan College, is a 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 rich hostel experience for all undergraduates and currently, 80% Lingnan students are able to go on exchange for a term during their undergraduate study.[4]

Lingnan University
Former names
Canton Christian College in Guangzhou
Lingnan School in Hong Kong
Lingnan College (1978-99)
Motto作育英才,服務社會 (Education for Service) [1]
Established1888 (1888)
ChairmanAndrew Yao Cho-fai
ChancellorJohn Lee Ka-chiu (as Chief Executive of Hong Kong)
PresidentLeonard Cheng
Vice-presidentJoshua Mok
DeanYeh Yueh-yu, Emilie (Arts)
Leng Mingming (Business)
Siu Oi-ling (Social Sciences)
Students3,691 (2019–2020) [2]
8 Castle Peak Road - Lingnan
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Hong Kong
Colours   Red and Grey [3]
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese嶺南大學
Simplified Chinese岭南大学
Cantonese YaleLíhng nàahm daaih hohk
The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Traditional Chinese嶺南學院
Simplified Chinese岭南学院
Cantonese YaleLíhng nàahm hohk yuhn

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

In 2020, the university ranked 2nd worldwide for “Quality Education” in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020.[7]

University rankings
Global – Overall
QS World[8]601-650 (2023)
Regional – Overall
QS Asia[9]152 (2023)
Entrance of Lingnan University

Lingnan University has 3 faculties, 16 departments, and 19 undergraduate degree programmes comprising a broad range of disciplines in humanities, social sciences and business administrations. All undergraduates are required to 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.[10] Lingnan also offers a variety of taught masters, research masters and PhD programmes. Total students comprise more than 3,000 students.[11]

At Lingnan University, a liberal arts education is achieved through the following:[12]

  • Deliberately small enrollments
  • Broad-based curricula
  • Close faculty-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

UGC Research Assessment Exercise 2014

The 2014 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) published by University Grants Committee in Hong Kong shows that:[13]

  • 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

LU's overall success rate of 36.1% ranks second among the institutions and is above the sector-wide 34.9%.[13]

  • 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

LU's success rate of 71.4% is the highest among the institutions while the sector average is 39.9%.[13]

  • 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

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 Andrew P. Happer of the American Presbyterian (North) Council in 1889. The school changed location several times over the years. In 1900, the school 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.[14]

Lingnan School

After the 1949 revolution in 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

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

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 former site of Bowring Camp, a British Forces barracks. 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.[15]

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.

In 2015, Lingnan University established Science Unit to offer science courses and minors. In 2017, Wong Bing Lai Music and Performing Arts Unit was established.

Academic organisations

Faculty of Arts

  • 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)
  • Animation and Digital Arts Programme Office
  • Wong Bing Lai Music and Performing Arts Unit

Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Office of the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Department of Applied Psychology
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Sociology and Social Policy

Faculty of Business

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

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Wong Bing Lai Music and Performing Arts Unit

Core Curriculum and General Education Office

  • Science Unit

Student life

Representative Council

PeriodChairpersonVice ChairpersonSecretaryChairperson of Finance CommitteeChairperson of Constitution Revising CommitteeChairperson of Auditing CommitteeChairperson of Monitoring CommitteeChairperson of Election CommitteeChairperson of Affiliated Clubs' and Societies' Affairs CommitteeChairperson of associate degree Programme Affairs Committee
46thHaven YuTeli TangIrene LamJustin LoYip Ka-cheongKing WongLee Pik-wahDennis Leung
45thKenny YeungYuen Hon-mingKevin ChauCharles YauJanice KwanDicky KwanDexter PangJonathan Chan
44thLeo TangVivian LiJoseph TongYoyo KwanCY TsangElvis SiuSiu Tsz-chingKitty Wong

Executive Council

PeriodNamePresidentVice-PresidentExternal Vice-PresidentFinancial Officergeneral secretaryInternal SecretaryExternal SecretaryUniversity Affairs OfficerAcademic Affairs OfficerCurrent Affairs and China Proper Track OfficerPublic Relations OFficerRecreation OfficerInformation Management OfficerPublication OfficerWelfare OfficerSocial Movements OfficerHuman Capital and Resources Management OfficerInternational Communication Officer
46th逆風Vivian YipSonia TsangCindy NgBranting LaiChan Wai-ningPatience WongGary MakMax WuRonnie LamKelly LeeHo Yiu-fai‡Leung Chi-hin‡Clara ChanManyi Cheung
45th狂瀾Eddie ChanNatalie WuWillis HoLok-pui LumMandy ChowStephanie KwokLai Tsz-yeungHaven YuAmis KwokYu Wai-panHo Yan-ming‡Chan Sze-yan‡
Eddie Yip†
Chun Hei-tung‡Koey LeeAu Wai-ho†Law Kun-kit
43rd鼎築Howard ChengIsabel ChangLeo TangHo Hung-hingLilian NganLucy ZhaoDebby ChanGary ChanLiu Tsz-lamPandora WongLi Hua-zhenXathieur YueKristy HoChris Wong

† Resigned ‡ Added

Press Bureau

PeriodNameEditor-in-ChiefVice Editor-in-Chief (Administrative Board)Vice Editor-in-Chief (Editorial Board)Financial Secretarygeneral secretaryPublic Relations OfficerArt DirectorEditor
46thManni CheungChichio SuenSylvia LamRemoni ChoiAlice LamChristine LeeWayne Wong
Wong Chung-ying
Tracee Law†
Lau Cheung-Yee
Helen Yeung
Emn Kwan
Fiona Ko
Mankei Tse
Ruby Yiu
Ryan Tai

† Resigned ‡ Added

Business Administration Society

  • Senate of Business Administration Society of Lingnan University Students' Union
  • Executive Committee of Business Administration Society of Lingnan University Students' Union

Students' Residence

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 250 people.


July 2019: Students and alumni petition for dismissing Junius Ho from the University Council

After the 2019 Yuen Long attack, a video of Junius Ho circulated widely online. In the video, Junius Ho, who was a member of the University Council, was found shaking hands and taking photos with the white-clad mob who attacked civilians in Yuen Long.[16][17] Ho claimed that he was not involved in the attack, but many students and alumni had no confidence in him. A number of student bodies and alumni associations made declarations condemning his hate speech and support for the attackers, saying that it seriously affected the image of Lingnan University. They also jointly requested Chief Executive Carrie Lam to dismiss Junius Ho from the University Council. The university issued a statement afterwards stating the irrelevancy between the stance of university and the actions of Ho. The statement also highlighted their respect for freedom of speech.[18][19]

Tiananmen relief removing

The Tiananmen relief, commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and massacre, an artwork by Chen Weiming, was removed on 24 December 2021 by University authorities, because they "reviewed and assessed items on campus that may pose legal and safety risks to the university community." The same time, similar Tiananmen protests' memorial artworks were removed all over Hong Kong. Chen Weiming said about the actions that authorities removed the artwork during night, because "they were afraid of exposure and of a backlash from students and alumni.This incident shows that CCP is oppressing the right of free speech in Hong Kong.This act is widely regarded by the public as a violation of Hong Kong as the last land under the rule of the CCP where people can discuss and commemorate the protests and massacre,and an injury to freedom,democracy and human rights."[20]

Notable alumni

NameFacultyGraduation YearNotable Remark
Andrew ToSocial Sciences1990
Joseph LeePhD2002Legislative Councillor
Herman YauMaster of Cultural Studies2008Film Director
Benny ChanSocial SciencesActor
Vanessa YeungBusiness Administration1994Model
Xian Yuqing Education 1924 Historian, poet, painter, and longtime academic at Lingnan University

Office of Service-Learning

In 2006, Lingnan University became the first local university to establish an Office of Service-Learning.[21][22]

From 2007 to 2013, the Office of Service-Learning and Lingnan University jointly organised the biennial 1st to 4th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning.[23][24][25][26][27]

See also


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