In his latest Letter to Lingnanians, President Leonard K Cheng elaborated on Lingnan’s new vision and mission statements, which provide the University with a clear direction for future development.
President Cheng pointed out that Lingnan needs to further strengthen its position to meet the challenges ahead in view of new developments in higher education both locally and internationally. In mid-2014, after critically reviewing the University’s vision and mission statements which were developed in 2009, we started a comprehensive process of reformulating and refining these statements with a view to building upon our tradition, capitalising on our strengths and heading towards our goal of becoming one of the best liberal arts universities in Asia. The process included consultations with the University’s senior management, Council and Court members, staff, students and alumni, and witnessed the convergence of successive revisions of draft statements. The final version was endorsed by the Senate and then approved for adoption by the Council at its meeting on 9 February 2015.
Our new vision statement has been extended to highlight “community engagement”, something we have been doing all along without explicit affirmation. The new mission statement spells out clearly the University’s goals of “providing quality whole-person education informed by the best of Chinese and Western liberal arts traditions” and “encouraging faculty and students to contribute to society through original research and knowledge transfer”.
It was specified that liberal arts education at Lingnan is achieved through our deliberately small enrolment, broad-based curriculum, close staff-student relationship, rich residential life and extra-curricular activities, active community service and multi-faceted workplace experience, strong alumni and community support, and global learning opportunities.
Our motto “Education for service” and four core values (namely “a collegial community of learning and discovery for students and scholar-teachers”, “whole-person cultivation and all-round development”, “community engagement and social responsibility” and “the Lingnan spirit”), which reaffirm our major goals and aspirations, are now presented after the vision and mission statements.
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