In his Letter to Lingnanians on 12 November, President Leonard K Cheng reported on some recent developments of the University and called on all relevant parties to open their hearts and minds and work together to end the long-drawn-out social and political impasse arising from the Occupy Movement.
Prof Cheng said he was pleased that most Lingnan students carried on their studies as usual and relieved that the three injured students sustained no major wounds. He reiterated that the University would continue to offer assistance to the student still on bail.
He also updated Lingnanians on some exciting developments, such as the opening of the Jockey Club New Hall, the plan to build faculty staff quarters, the record amount of donations raised from the fifth “Walking with Lingnanians” fundraising walkathon, the launch of the AR Mentorship Programme, the introduction of Performance Studies as a new minor, and the establishment of a Science Unit. He said the availability of staff quarters would help the University to recruit outstanding faculty members and enable faculty members to participate in more on-campus extra-curricular activities.
Prof Cheng mentioned his recent presentation entitled “Liberal arts education in Asia: A worthwhile experiment” at a meeting of educators in Brunei, suggesting that liberal arts institutions should be ranked separately from other higher education institutions.
He was glad that there had been excellent interactions at the recent staff and student forums, during which senior management talked about the University’s latest developments (such as progress in the search for a new Vice-President and the review of the Lingnan University Ordinance), highlighted the proposed new version of the Univerisity’s vision, mission and core values, and answered questions raised by the participants.