“University is a place for personal discovery and transformation. It is also where students explore and define their dreams, and equip themselves with the necessary knowledge and skills for their future pursuits,” said President Leonard K Cheng in his fifth Letter to Lingnanians published on 1 September, urging students to take full advantage of the learning opportunities to identify and attain their goals.
At the official welcome of new students on 22 August, he invited students to ask themselves two questions: Why are they at university? How can they find their dreams? “The purpose of the questions was simple: to have students think about what they want to achieve at university in preparation for their future, and then set out to achieve their goals during their study here at Lingnan with courage and determination,” he said.
To build a campus that enables students to discover their passion, set their goals and work towards them, Lingnan offers a variety of rich and enlightening learning experiences in addition to a broad and balanced inter-disciplinary curriculum. For example, a wide range of scholarships are offered at University, department and programmes levels to reward outstanding academic achievements and community service. Seasoned professionals from various industries are engaged to serve as students’ mentors. Internship opportunities in Hong Kong and overseas are also sought to help students gain hands-on working experience.
“These are just some examples of the learning opportunities available to Lingnan students. I encourage all students, especially our new students, to consider existing opportunities with openness and to explore new potential options with courage. Students, as you embark on your journey of self-discovery at the University, I hope you will create a unique and memorable chapter of your life by seizing the abundant opportunities available to you in our vibrant learning community,” President Cheng said. Please read President Cheng’s Letter to Lingnanians.
Lingnan University welcomes new students by hosting a series of activities in July and August 2014.
The New Student Orientation took place on 22-24 August, providing freshmen with information on academic and campus life as well as guidance on how to make the most out of their university education. They also had the opportunity to experience the vibrant living and learning environment by enjoying performances and visiting the booths of different interest clubs at the Campus Life Carnival.
Before the New Student Orientation, 177 Year 2 and 3 students had participated in a two-day Peer Mentorship Training Programme on 26-27 July, in which they learned to be mentors of freshmen through team-building games and group discussions.
Apart from the New Student Orientation for local students, a welcoming lunch and a special 1.5-day orientation were organised on 20-21 August for 43 new non-local degree-seeking students, among whom are nine scholarship recipients.
The University also offered a First Year Experience Programme to help new students adapt to university life.