31 October, 2013
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“Lingnan University Week 2013” (LU Week) was held on 20-26 October to showcase the vivid features of the University’s liberal arts education. This year the LU Week started with “Walking with Lingnanians” – a fundraising walkathon – which was followed by an International Day, an inaugural lecture by Prof Liu Liming, Chair Professor of Computing and Decision Sciences, and an Information Day.

More than 850 students, alumni, teachers, staff and friends of the University participated in the fourth “Walking with Lingnanians” on 20 October from Tai Wan Shan Park, Hung Hom to the Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui. More than HK$1.8 million was raised in support of the University’s whole-person development programmes. Mrs Cherry Tse, JP, Permanent Secretary for Education, Government of HKSAR; The Hon Bernard Charnwut Chan, Chairman of the University Council; Mr Rex Auyeung Pak-kuen, Deputy Chairman of the University Council; Prof Albert Ip Yuk-keung, Chairman of the University Institutional Advancement Committee and President Leonard K Cheng were officiating guests at the kick-off ceremony. For the list of recipients of the top fundraising and participation awards, please go to: http://www.ln.edu.hk/news/20131020/walkathon_2013.

Under the theme of “be an i-LINGNANIAN”, local and international students from various cultures and countries put on an array of games, cuisines and performances on the International Day on 23 October to display the vibrant colours of Lingnan’s internationalised campus.

In his opening remarks, President Leonard K Cheng said, “The Lingnan family has extended beyond national boundaries. In addition to degree-seeking students from various countries, the number of inbound exchange students this semester has reached a record-high number of 210. 46% of our academic staff members are from overseas. I am gratified to be a member of this ‘international’ Lingnan family. At Lingnan, our internationalisation efforts extend beyond merely attracting overseas academics and students to our campus. A variety of study opportunities including student exchange, internship, service-learning, summer programmes, short-term field trips and study tours are available to students. In the last academic year, 367 Lingnan students went on overseas exchange.”

Prof Liu Liming, Chair Professor of Computing and Decision Sciences, examined the relationship among the ports of Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou in his inaugural lecture on 25 October. He presented a theory of the competitive Pearl River Delta Port System and an analysis of the evolving roles of the three major ports in this system. Prof Liu also offered suggestions on what should be done for the Hong Kong port to maintain and strengthen its leading position in the Pearl River Delta Port System and in Hong Kong’s economy.

On 26 October, Lingnan University welcomed over 9,000 visitors, mostly senior secondary students who will sit for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education in 2014 and their parents, at the Information Day 2013. The Faculties of Arts, Business and Social Sciences held briefing sessions on their respective admission requirements and curricular structures in 2014/15. Various academic departments also set up booths to introduce their features and organised seminars for the visitors.

Meanwhile, the University hosted the 17th Jackie Chan Challenge Cup Inter-collegiate Invitation Tournament, an annual sports gala in which athletes from all local tertiary institutions flexed their muscles for glory and honour. Please go to http://www.ln.edu.hk/news/20131026/Info%20Day_2013 to review the final results of the Tournament.