Scholars and experts from the United States, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong gathered at Lingnan University on 14 November for the international symposium entitled “How Sustainable is the Current Massification Surge in Asia Pacific?”. The event was hosted by the Centre for Asian Pacific Studies at Lingnan University together with the Centre for Greater China Studies and Department of Asian and Policy Studies at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, in collaboration with the Asian Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership, United Board for Christian Higher Education Asia, One Asia Foundation and HEAD Foundation.
President Leonard K Cheng delivered an opening speech for the Symposium highlighting the contributions of liberal arts university against the context of massification of higher education. Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho, Vice President and Dr Jin Jiang, Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University critically examined the impact of the massification of higher education on graduate employment and social mobility. Students from Lingnan also attended and joined in-depth discussions with the speakers.