In a recent interview with Smile Family of Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 5, President Leonard K Cheng spoke on Lingnan’s liberal arts education, his childhood and teenage memories, and the development of the Community College at Lingnan University (CCLU) and Lingnan Institute of Further Education (LIFE).
President Cheng began by introducing the key elements of Lingnan’s liberal arts education, namely a small student population, close faculty-student relationship, a broad-based Core Curriculum and a residential campus. “Lingnan focuses on nurturing students’ inspirational thinking and problem-solving skills, and teaching professional knowledge on the basis of our liberal arts education. We hope to instil in our students a spirit of care and commitment for society, so that they would give back upon graduation,” he said. In the next five years, President Cheng aspires to enhance Lingnan’s competitiveness by strengthening the undergraduate curriculum and raising the students’ Chinese and English proficiency, so that Lingnan would become one of the best liberal arts institutions in Asia. To provide students with a wider spectrum of knowledge, two professors in natural sciences would be recruited to offer non-major courses, exposing Lingnan students to the methodology of natural sciences in order to inspire creative thinking.
In the second part of the interview, President Cheng recalled his childhood and teenage years of poverty and instability, and how he studied diligently to reach his goals. He said “nothing is impossible for someone who is determined”, encouraging young people to work hard and persevere in pursuing their dreams.
On CCLU and LIFE, President Cheng reported that a taskforce had been set up to oversee the development of both colleges, and quality assurance of their teaching and programmes had been enhanced. Adjustments should be made in response to the changing views towards and demand for associate degree and vocational training.
You may go to the below link to review the interview: http://programme.rthk.hk/channel/radio/programme.php?name=radio5/smilefamily&d=2014-03-14&p=4304&e=254830&m=episode (in Cantonese).