Lingnan University Fundraising Dinner held on 21 April raised over $3.3 million to support student development, with Prof Frederick Ma Si-hang, former Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the HKSAR Government and Chairman of MTR Corporation Limited as guest speaker, who delivered a talk on the topic “Opportunities and Challenges for MTR in Years Ahead”.
The Dinner was graced by the presence of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region the Honourable C Y Leung. Well attended by some 400 guests, the Dinner was a great opportunity to strengthen the connections among Lingnanians as well as the University’s friends and supporters from different sectors of the society.
In his welcoming remarks, Mr Rex Auyeung Pak-kuen, Council Chairman of Lingnan University thanked all guests for their staunch support and Prof Ma for giving an inspiring speech. He also shared the good news that Lingnan University was ranked one of the top ten liberal arts colleges in Asia by Forbes last year. “This is the best recognition to all Lingnanians who have been working very hard for the University’s development over the years. With your continued support, Lingnan University is strongly committed to strengthening our academic research and programmes and broadening students’ learning experiences on campus and in the community, as well as through international exchange programmes,” said Mr Auyeung.
The fund raised by the event will be designated for the University’s “First Generation University Education Fund”, which supports students who are the first generation in their families receiving university education in seizing valuable learning opportunities provided by Lingnan, and for the University’s new development.
“In order to help students grasp every learning opportunity and make the most out of their university life, we strive to provide students, particularly those from the less privileged families, with additional resources, assistance and guidance, ,” said Prof Leonard K Cheng, President of Lingnan University in his address. He pointed out that with generous support from donors, many students are able to join overseas exchange programmes, live in hostels on campus, join local or overseas internship programmes, or involve in different learning experience.