The past month is a fruitful one that witnessed encouraging development in the University’s effort to extend its international exchange and research links.
President Leonard K Cheng attended the inaugural QS WORLDWIDE conference and exhibition held from 28 to 30 September in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. He joined the Hong Kong Universities Panel Presentation on the topic“Internationalisation – The Hong Kong Experience” and share with audience Lingnan’s approach in internationalisation. President Cheng, together with other Hong Kong scholars, covered different aspects of Hong Kong’s tertiary education sector and the session was well received by international audience.
On the Asia front, President Cheng and Vice-President Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho were invited to attend the inaugural symposium and ceremony of the Yale NUS College from 11 to 12 October in Singapore. Taking the opportunity, they further strengthened the University’s links with existing partners and actively explored cooperation with new ones from Asia and Europe. Representatives from Waseda University in Japan, National Chengchi University in Taiwan, Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, Utrecht University in the Netherlands, Uppsala Universitet in Sweden, and other universities in Italy, Czech Republic and USA are keen to collaborate with Lingnan on enhancing student learning, postgraduate programmes and research cooperation.
Prof Mok was also invited as keynote speaker on the topic “Higher Education Futures: Trends, Challenges and Prospects” at the OECD Conference on Higher Education Futures held from 14 to 15 October in Singapore with over 500 international participants. To enhance regional and international research cooperation, Prof Mok and Prof Simon Marginson, Professor of International Higher Education at the Institute of Education, University College London co-launched the ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education, a partnership of three UK and eight Asia institutions including Lingnan. Prof Mok will lead a research team working with Prof Marginson to examine employment pathways of Asian students having graduated from universities in the UK. He also established research cooperation with Head Foundation, an independent think tank based in Singapore to engage in comparative education and policy studies in Asia.
On the other hand, Prof Shalendra Sharma, Associate Vice-President (Academic Quality Assurance and Internationalisation) visited a number of Korean universities from 12 to 16 October, including Seoul National University (SNU) and Yonsei University. A student exchange agreement was signed with the Underwood International College, Yonsei University, and Lingnan will also introduce a scholarship scheme bringing one top student from Yonsei and one from SNU to study at Lingnan for a semester. Lingnan also deepened its relationship with current partners including Hanyang University and Yeungnam University, with the latter sending about 30 students in January 2016 for a week for intensive English.